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Ninth Circuit: Federal Law Governs Substantive Consolidation, and Supreme Court’s Siegel Ruling Does Not Bar Consolidation of...

by Jones Day on

In Clark’s Crystal Springs Ranch, LLC v. Gugino (In re Clark), 692 Fed. Appx. 946, 2017 BL 240043 (9th Cir. July 12, 2017), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that: (i) the remedy of "substantive...more

Cross-Border Bankruptcy Update: COMI Migration and Illegitimate COMI Manipulation Distinguished

by Jones Day on

With the significant increase in cross-border bankruptcy and insolvency filings in the 43 nations or territories that have adopted the UNCITRAL Model Law on Cross-Border Insolvency (the "Model Law"), including the U.S., the...more

The So-Called “Innocent Spouse” Defense to Denial of Discharge Under 11 U.S.C. § 727(a)(3)

by Burr & Forman on

Under § 727(a)(3) of the Bankruptcy Code, a court shall not grant a debtor’s discharge if “the debtor has concealed, destroyed, mutilated, falsified, or failed to keep or preserve any recorded information, including books,...more

In Brief: First Circuit Rules That Section 1109(b) of the Bankruptcy Code Creates an Unconditional Right to Intervene in an...

by Jones Day on

In Assured Guaranty Corp. v. Fin. Oversight & Mgmt. Bd. for Puerto Rico, 872 F.3d 57 (1st Cir. 2017), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit ruled that section 1109(b) of the Bankruptcy Code gave an unsecured...more

Restaurants vs. Apparel: A Different Recipe for Restructuring A Retail Footprint

by Bryan Cave on

With the holiday season now upon us, analysts are closely watching the restaurant industry, particularly the casual dining segment. Reminiscent of the conditions in 2008-2009, many are speculating whether the increase in...more

Client Alert: Shorter Deadline for Filing Bankruptcy Claims and Other Changes to Bankruptcy Rules Starting December 1st

Creditors need to know of significant changes about to occur to the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure ("Bankruptcy Rules"). On December 1, 2017, certain amendments to the Bankruptcy Rules will become effective. This...more

Venezuelan Debt Crisis: Serious Financial Problems Plague the South American Country

Perhaps this is one of the first articles you’re reading about the debt crisis in Venezuela. It won’t be the last. The situation there is bad and will get worse. ...more

In Bankruptcy, a Lease Isn't Always a Lease

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

In In re Price, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina recently explored the difference between a “true” lease of personal property and “disguised” financing. Creditors should take heed...more

(Make) Wholly Moly: U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit Upholds Ruling Denying Noteholders’ Entitlement to a Make-Whole...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On October 20, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued a decision which, among other things, affirmed the lower courts’ holding that certain noteholders were not entitled to payment of a...more

A Decision of Interest: U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit Opines on the Proper Interest Rate Under the Cramdown...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On October 20, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued an important decision regarding the manner in which interest must be calculated to satisfy the cramdown requirements in a chapter 11 case....more

Amending Complaints 101 By Judge Gross – Physiotherapy Holdings

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In a 10-page decision signed November 6, 2017 in an adversary proceeding arising within the Physiotherapy Holdings bankruptcy (PAH Litigation Trust, case 15-51238), Judge Gross of the Delaware Bankruptcy Court denied a motion...more

2nd Circuit: Secured Lenders Entitled to Market-Rate Interest in Cram-Down Plan

by McGuireWoods LLP on

In October 2017, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, in In re MPM Silicones (Momentive) LLC, held that a non-consenting class of creditors is entitled to receive post-confirmation interest at a market rate if an efficient...more

Non-Consensual Third-Party Releases in Chapter 11 Plans: a Recent Decision

A recent decision of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York provides important guidance on the limits of nonconsensual third-party releases in the Second Circuit. SunEdison, Inc. sought...more

Amendments to Chapter 12 make it easier for a family farmer to reorganize

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

In a rare bipartisan moment, Congress overwhelmingly passed and the President signed into law on October 25 the Family Farmer Bankruptcy Clarification Act of 2017. This legislation makes it easier for family farmers to...more

Third Circuit Reinforces that Rules are Not Meant to Be Broken

The Third Circuit recently held, in Schepis v. Burtch (In re Pursuit Capital Management, LLC), No. 16-3953, 2017 WL 4783009 (3d Cir. Oct. 24, 2017), that under section 363(m) of the Bankruptcy Code, if a party does not seek a...more

Second Circuit Momentive Decision Adopts Two-Step Test for Cramdown Rate; Creates Make-Whole Circuit Split

On October 20, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued a long-awaited decision in In re MPM Silicones, LLC (“Momentive”) holding that, with one important exception, that the plan of reorganization...more

Judge Silverstein’s Opinion in Millennium Lab Holdings Threatens to Bring Clarity and Common Sense to Debate Regarding...

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

In December 2015, U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Laurie Silverstein of the District of Delaware confirmed a plan of reorganization in the Millennium Lab Holdings chapter 11 case that included the non-consensual release of...more

Second Circuit Addresses Key Chapter 11 Plan Issue

It is a unique characteristic of debt restructuring under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code that a majority of a class of creditors can accept a modification of the terms of the debts owed to the class members, as provided in...more

We, the Releasees: Delaware Bankruptcy Court Holds That It Had Constitutional Authority to Approve Nonconsensual Third-Party...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On October 3, 2017, Bankruptcy Judge Laurie Selber Silverstein of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware issued a decision holding that the Bankruptcy Court had constitutional authority to approve...more

Second Circuit Requires Consideration of Efficient Market for Chapter 11 Cramdown Interest Rates

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Ruling overturns New York decision rejecting market-based approach. Key Points: - Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit requires courts to consider efficient market interest rate, if available, for purposes of chapter...more

Bankruptcy Trustees Are Entitled To Jury Trials Too?!

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Americans generally cherish their right to a jury trial under the Sixth and Seventh Amendments to the United States Constitution and the media certainly perpetuate the idea that jury trials are the norm. However, there are...more

Momentive: Key Second Circuit Decision Tackles Make-Whole Premiums and Cramdown Interest

by Blank Rome LLP on

Action Item: Lenders and bankruptcy practitioners will need to consider with care how the Second Circuit’s recent Momentive decision will impact negotiations of (i) contractual provisions relating to payment of make-whole...more

Second Circuit: Secured Lender Not Entitled to a Make Whole Premium in “Cramdown” Restructuring, But May Be Entitled to Higher...

by BakerHostetler on

On October 20, in Matter of M.P.M. Silicones, L.L.C. (“M.P.M. Silicones”), the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit held that secured noteholders were not entitled to an approximately $200 million make-whole...more

Waivers of Jury Trials and Lawsuits in Bankruptcy Cases

Figuring out when a pre-petition waiver of a jury trial will be respected in lawsuits brought in bankruptcy cases can be tricky. In a recent case, In re D.I.T., Inc., 2017 Bankr. LEXIS 3386 (Bankr. S.D. Fla. Oct. 2, 2017), a...more

In Preference Suit, Seventh Circuit Holds That Debtor’s Assignment of Contractual Rights Does Not Negate Creditor’s New Value...

In Levin v. Verizon Bus. Global, LLC (In re OneStar Long Distance, Inc.), 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 18374 (7th Cir. Sept. 22, 2017), the Seventh Circuit recently addressed a situation where a debtor sought to reduce a creditor’s...more

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