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Thoughts From the BAP on How to (re)Define an “Executory Contract”

Making a quiet entrance into the public realm during the final week of last year, a new opinion from the United States Bankruptcy Appellate Panel of the Ninth Circuit (the “BAP”) suggests that it is time to revisit the...more

Exelco’s US Chapter 11 Case Dismissed in Favor of Belgian Proceeding

by Dechert LLP on

The Delaware Bankruptcy Court recently dismissed a Chapter 11 bankruptcy case pending before it and recognized, under Chapter 15 of the Bankruptcy Code, the debtor’s bankruptcy proceeding in Belgium. Exelco NV (“Exelco”), a...more

Bankruptcy Venue Reform Act Seeks to Limit Districts Where Debtors May File

by Hogan Lovells on

On January 8, 2018, Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) introduced the Bankruptcy Venue Reform Act of 2017. The bill would require that individual debtors file in the district where their domicile,...more

Financial Litigation Roundup: Key Federal Rulings in 2017

In case you missed it, here is our list of the most significant financial services rulings in 2017 from the Supreme Court of the United States and major federal appellate courts. While there were no decisions of overwhelming...more

A Patent Law Dispute Before the Supreme Court This Term Could Have a Major Impact on U.S. Bankruptcy Courts

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

The Supreme Court recently heard arguments in a patent dispute case, Oil States Energy Services, LLC v. Greene’s Energy Group, LLC. Although the case has nothing to do with bankruptcy law, its outcome could have a...more

Dispute Evolution: A bona fide dispute regarding claim amount may disqualify creditor from maintaining an involuntary case.

Section 303(b)(1) of the Bankruptcy Code generally requires three petitioning creditors to join an involuntary petition, each of which must hold claims against the debtor that are not contingent as to liability and are not...more

Eleventh Circuit Affirms Award of Attorneys’ Fees Incurred by Individuals for Stay Violation in Damages Action and on Appeal

The Bottom Line - Addressing an issue of first impression in the Eleventh Circuit, the Court in Mantiply v. Horne (In re Horne), 876 F.3d 1076 (11th Cir. 2017), recently held that section 362(k)(1) of the Bankruptcy Code...more

Fourth Circuit Approves Partial Dirt for Debt Plan

by Poyner Spruill LLP on

Do you want to own that rural timberland you financed a few years back? Well, what if I told you that not only are you taking ownership, but you’re taking it in exchange for a credit of three times its appraised value? The...more

Chris Lazarini Discusses Challenge to Dischargeability of Claim Against Broker in Bankruptcy

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Chris Lazarini discussed an adversary proceeding brought against a broker by a plaintiff seeking recovery of investment losses. After the plaintiff filed a FINRA arbitration, the broker filed a...more

Life Insurance Investment Company Files For Bankruptcy In Delaware

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

On December 29, 2017, Life Settlement Absolute Return I, LLC (“LSAR”), along with Senior LS Holdings, LLC (“Senior LS”; collectively with LSAR, the “Debtors”), filed petitions for relief under Chapter 11 in the Bankruptcy...more

Court Holds that Bankruptcy Judges Cannot Impose Punitive Sanctions

Bankruptcy courts lack the power to impose serious punitive sanctions, a federal district judge ruled recently in PHH Mortgage Corporation v. Sensenich, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 207801 (D. Vt. Dec. 18, 2018). Judge Geoffrey...more

A Special Purpose CDO, an Involuntary Filing and a Single Lien Structure — Can an Investor “Create” an Unsecured Claim?

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The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York recently addressed whether secured noteholders against a CDO can waive their entitlement to a portion of the collateral securing all notes issued under an...more

Beware secured creditors: The newly amended US Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure now require filing a proof of claim

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Certain amendments to the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure, which became effective on December 1, 2017, impose affirmative obligations on secured creditors to protect the right to distribution in a bankruptcy case....more

Second Circuit Clarifies Interest Rate Applicable in Chapter 11 "Cramdowns"

by Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP on

On October 20, 2017, in In re MPM Silicones, LLC ("Momentive"), Nos. 15-1682, 15-1771, 15-1824, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, considering the Supreme Court's opinion in Till v. SCS Credit Corp., 541 U.S. 465 (2004),...more

Warning To Creditors: The Clock Is Ticking

In a case of first impression, the North Carolina Court of Appeals recently held that a creditor’s fraudulent conveyance claim was time-barred, even though the creditor did not know about the fraudulent nature of the...more

Breaking New Ground in U.S. Cross-Border Insolvency Law

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Russian Insolvency Proceedings Recognized under Chapter 15 of the United States Bankruptcy Code - Blank Rome LLP’s bankruptcy team has the distinction of representing foreign representatives of Russian debtors in two...more

Examining the Limits of the Forward Contract Safe Harbor

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As discussed in a recent Dechert OnPoint, section 365(e)(1) of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code provides that an executory contract of a debtor may not be terminated solely because of a provision in such contract that is conditioned...more

New Bankruptcy Rules that Creditors Need to Know and Follow

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

On December 1, 2017, several changes to the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure took effect. The changes involve consumer cases under Chapter 13 and affect creditors with secured claims, unsecured claims, and judgment liens...more

Approval for Super Priority Rescue Financing - What does an applicant need to show a Singapore court? - A case study of Re:...

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For the first time, the Singapore High Court has ruled on whether to grant ‘super priority’ for debts arising from rescue financing under the amended insolvency laws via the Companies (Amendment) Act 2017 (the Act). ‘Super...more

English recognition for Agrokor insolvency: not a tick-box exercise

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On 9 November 2017, in a rare example of a contested recognition hearing, His Honour Judge Paul Matthews granted recognition of Agrokor’s extraordinary administration (EA) as a foreign main proceeding under the Cross-Border...more

Lyondell Trial Teaches Lender Lessons

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Multiple draw and revolving loan lenders and counsel can find three important lessons in the 84 page trial ruling after eight years of litigation, three federal judges, and more than five interesting opinions. See Weisfelner,...more

The Enforceability of Ipso Facto Provisions in a Dismissed Chapter 11 Case

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Section 365 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code does not address the legal status of an executory contract that is not assumed or rejected in a chapter 11 proceeding. In such cases where a chapter 11 plan is confirmed, courts adopt...more

Tidewater Inc. Settles Its Remaining Charter Agreement Rejection Damage Claim After Judge Shannon Found Stipulated Loss Value...

by Cole Schotz on

On November 28, 2017, Tidewater Inc. and its affiliated debtors (collectively, the “Tidewater Debtors”) withdrew their motion objecting to final allowance of rejection damage claims of Fifth Third Equipment Finance Company...more

Creditors Beware: Inbound Bankruptcy Rule Changes Require Heightened Awareness

On December 1, 2017, several important changes to the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure will be implemented. Those changes will impact creditors who have secured claims, judgment liens, and unsecured claims against...more

Forum Selection Clause in an Unsigned Pre-Petition Engagement Letter is Binding on Chapter 11 Trustee.

Every lawyer knows that it is important to enter into a signed engagement letter with a client before commencing legal representation. But, as one law firm recently discovered, even an unsigned engagement letter is better...more

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