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Restructuring and Insolvency Bulletin Issue 2 - 2017: Focus on schemes of arrangement: recent key judicial decisions

by Dechert LLP on

Schemes of arrangement remain a popular tool for companies to reach a compromise with their creditors and effect complex multi-jurisdictional restructurings. In this article, we highlight a number of recent judicial decisions...more

In Brief: Second Circuit Reaffirms Broad Scope of Bankruptcy Code’s Subordination of Shareholder Claims

by Jones Day on

Section 510(b) of the Bankruptcy Code provides a mechanism designed to preserve the creditor/shareholder risk allocation paradigm by categorically subordinating most types of claims asserted against a debtor by equityholders...more

Supreme Court To Hear Dispute Over Debt Recharacterization

One critical issue affecting complex restructuring cases are efforts by the estate or creditors to recharacterize debt into equity. This can happen in a variety of factual contexts, including where an existing equity...more

Supreme Court to Decide Bankruptcy Test for Recharacterizing Insider Debt Claims

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

On June 27, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear an appeal brought by Ropes & Gray of the Fourth Circuit’s decision in PEM Entities LLC v. Eric M. Levin & Howard Shareff. The Supreme Court’s decision in the case will...more

Supreme Court to Resolve Circuit Split on Scope of 546(e)’s Safe Harbor Provision

Earlier this month, the Supreme Court announced that it will review the scope of Bankruptcy Code section 546(e)’s safe harbor provision. Section 546(e) protects from avoidance those transfers that are made “by or to (or for...more

2016 Georgia Corporate and Business Organization Case Law Developments

by Bryan Cave on

The annual survey of decisions by state and federal courts in 2016 addressing Georgia corporate and business organization issues is now available. This survey covers the legal principles governing Georgia businesses,...more

Appeals Court Overturns Marblegate, Citing Analysis by Shearman & Sterling Partner

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The law on debt restructurings and liability management is back to where it was. Yesterday, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the controversial District Court decisions in the Marblegate-Education Management...more

When Can a Bondholder Insist on Prompt Payment of Principal or Interest: Recent Developments under the Trust Indenture Act

In December 2014 and January 2015, the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York issued two sets of decisions — Marblegate Asset Mgmt. v. Educ. Mgmt. Corp. and MeehanCombs Global Credit Opportunities...more

Seventh Circuit: Section 546(e) Safe Harbor Does Not Shield From Avoidance Transfers Made Through Financial Institution Conduits

by Dechert LLP on

In FTI Consulting, Inc. v. Merit Management Group, LP, the Seventh Circuit recently held that transfers are not protected under the safe harbor of section 546(e) of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code from fraudulent transfer and other...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

Tennessee Chancery Court Denies Motion to Dismiss $164 Million RMBS Suit Brought by Tennessee Pension Fund - On May 24, 2016, Chancellor Carol L. McCoy of the Chancery Court for Davidson County, Tennessee, declined to...more

Bankruptcy & Financial Restructuring/Finance Advisory: Second Circuit Rejects Potential Loophole in the Securities Contract Safe...

by Alston & Bird on

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals recently held that the “safe harbor” protections for securities contracts in Section 546(e) of the Bankruptcy Code prevented individual creditors’ state law constructive fraudulent transfer...more

Second Circuit Finds that Barclay’s Bought Lehman’s Assets Free and Clear of FirstBank’s Claims

by King & Spalding on

On March 29, 2016, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that FirstBank Puerto Rico (“FirstBank”) could not recover from Barclays Capital Inc. (“Barclays”) the securities (“Securities”) pledged by it, in connection with a...more

Litigation Alert: Private Equity Funds Liable for Withdrawal Liability Although Each Had Less Than 80% Ownership

by Reed Smith on

Sun Capital Partners III, LP v. New England Teamsters & Trucking Industry Pension Fund - It’s Part 2 of one of the most important withdrawal liability cases in a decade… - In 2013, the First Circuit issued the...more

Second Circuit Holds that State Law Constructive Fraudulent Transfer Claims Brought By Individual Creditors are Preempted under...

by King & Spalding on

On March 24, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (the “Court”) ruled that former shareholders of the debtor Tribune Media Company (“Tribune”), who were cashed out in a leveraged buyout (“LBO”), would be...more

SEC Charges Municipal Bond Issuer, Broker With Fraud

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Municipal bond offerings have become a key focus of SEC Enforcement. The agency has brought a series of actions in addition to an initiative that encourages the self-reporting of underwriters in return for reduced sanctions....more

Lenders Beware: Ignore Warning Signs at Your Peril

by Buchalter on

A recent ruling of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals resulted in an otherwise secured lender’s claim being rendered unsecured because the lender ignored warning signs casting doubt on the debtor’s right to pledge the...more

Ralls Builders Limited – clarification on directors' liability for wrongful trading

by Reed Smith on

In February 2016, Mr Justice Snowden handed down his judgment in the High Court proceedings concerning Ralls Builders Limited (in liquidation) [2016] EWHC 243 (Ch). This matter concerned an application by the liquidators of...more

Can a Company's Founder and CEO Use Company Documents to Support His "Advice of Counsel" Defense After the Company Declares...

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Courts agree that bankruptcy trustees control bankrupt companies' attorney-client privilege. It is easy to underestimate this basic principle's strength. In SEC v. Present, Civ. No. 14-14692-LTS, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS...more

REMIC Trust Payments Adrift After Losing Clarity of Their Safe Harbor

by Alston & Bird on

As we previously reported, in April 2015 Judge Jacqueline P. Cox (U.S. bankruptcy judge for the Northern District of Illinois) issued an opinion that broadly interpreted the safe harbor provisions of Bankruptcy Code Section...more

Wrongful Trading: Robin Hood’s not-so Merry Men

by Reed Smith on

Brooks and another v Armstrong and another [2015] EWHC 2289 (Ch) 0 - In a rare judgment considering wrongful trading in detail, the memorably-named “Robin Hood” case considers at which point the directors ought to have...more

Section 236 of the UK Insolvency Act 1986 – extra-territorial effect?

by Reed Smith on

The English High Court rejects an application by the Joint Special Administrators of MF Global UK Limited (“MF Global”) for an order seeking the production of documents pursuant to section 236 of the Insolvency Act 1986 (the...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

First Circuit Rules Bankruptcy Code Preempts Puerto Rico's Recovery Act - On Monday, July 6, the Court of Appeals for the First Circuit affirmed the February 6, 2015 order and injunction of the Puerto Rico District Court...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

European Commission Requests 11 Member States to Implement Bank Recovery and Resolution Directive (BRRD) - On May 28, 2015, the European Commission published a press release announcing that it has requested 11 member...more

Delaware Chancery Court Holds that Creditor Plaintiffs in Derivative Suits May Satisfy Standing Requirement by Showing...

In Quadrant Structured Products Co., Ltd. v. Vertin, C.A. No. 6990-VCL, 2015 WL 2062115 (Del. Ch. May 4, 2015), the Delaware Court of Chancery held that a creditor plaintiff needs only establish that a corporation was...more

Locke Lord QuickStudy: Rights of Creditors and Duties of Directors of Insolvent Delaware Entities Clarified

by Locke Lord LLP on

When companies are in financial distress the question arises as to what rights shift to creditors from shareholders or other equity owners. The Delaware Chancery Court recently addressed this issue in some detail in Quadrant...more

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