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The Devil's Dictionary of Bankruptcy Terms: Priming Lien

by Polsinelli on

The "Devil's Dictionary" is a quick-reference guide for commercial lenders and other restructuring professionals. In this series, we highlight many of the buzz words found in the Dictionary and used in today's bankruptcy...more

The Cookie Crumbles in Baker’s Bid for a § 503(b)(9) Administrative Claim

Under section 503(b)(9) of the Bankruptcy Code, a creditor may recover as a priority administrative expense the value of goods sold to the debtor in the ordinary course of its business that are “received” by the debtor within...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

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

Fee Disgorgement Can Be The Least Of Your Problems

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In a decision signed October 25, 2017, Judge Shannon of the Delaware Bankruptcy Court issued an opinion requiring a professional to disgorge fees, pay a sanction of $25,000, and enjoined him from taking various actions in...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

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

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

Fees for Fees: Testing the Limits of ASARCO

Unsecured creditors and other stakeholders sometimes challenge the reasonableness of fees incurred by estate professionals in a bankruptcy case. Whether this is to augment unsecured creditor recoveries or serve as a check on...more

Secured Lenders Take Note! In re Sunnyslope is something you want to know about

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

In re Sunnyslope Hous. Ltd. P’ship, 859 F.3d 637 (9th Cir. 2017), as amended (June 23, 2017)(“Sunnyslope”), is a noteworthy case for secured lenders. The case involves confirmation of the cram down plan proposed by Sunnyslope...more

A Momentive Decision: Second Circuit Splits with Third Circuit on Make Whole Premiums; Adopts Sixth Circuit’s Two-Step Approach in...

Last week the Second Circuit issued its long-awaited opinion on the appeals of plan confirmation taken by the first lien, 1.5 lien and subordinated noteholders in In re MPM Silicones, LLC (“Momentive”). With one exception,...more

Second Circuit Gives Momentive Secured Creditors Another Shot at Market-Based Interest Rate in Cramdown Fight; Also Affirms...

by King & Spalding on

On October 20, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit delivered a victory for secured lenders by remanding the District Court’s order confirming the Debtors’ proposed plan to determine whether an efficient...more

SDNY Ruling Restricts Involuntary Bankruptcy Filings Against Chapter 15 Debtors

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Cross-border debtors gain another tool to use against dissident creditors seeking to disrupt foreign restructuring proceedings. Introduction - In In re Ocean Rig UDW Inc., et al., Case No. 17-10736, a creditor...more

The Devil's Dictionary of Bankruptcy Terms: Insolvent

by Polsinelli on

The "Devil's Dictionary" is a quick-reference guide for commercial lenders and other restructuring professionals. In this series, we highlight many of the buzz words found in the Dictionary and used in today's bankruptcy...more

No Notice: How Unnotified Creditors Can Violate a Discharge Injunction

by Bryan Cave on

Here is the scenario: You are a creditor. You hold clear evidence of a debt that is not disputed by the borrower, an individual. That evidence of debt could be in the form of a note, credit agreement or simply an invoice. ...more

Restructuring and Insolvency Bulletin Issue 2 - 2017: Offshore and off limits: SDNY Bankruptcy Court finds foreign transfer...

by Dechert LLP on

Can foreign transfers of a U.S. debtor be avoided under the Bankruptcy Code’s avoidance provisions? While the Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York recently found that the answer is no, that court, as well as...more

Can An Entity Qualify as a Chapter 15 Debtor Without Ever Filing for Bankruptcy?

by Dechert LLP on

Chapter 15 of the Bankruptcy Code provides a framework through which representatives of foreign insolvency proceedings can commence ancillary U.S. proceedings and obtain relief from U.S. courts in aid of foreign...more

Houston Bankruptcy Court Splits With Third Circuit on “Statutory Impairment”

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Ultra court clarifies the requirements for classifying a creditor as “unimpaired” under a plan of reorganization. Key Points: - Texas bankruptcy court splits from Third Circuit in finding that a creditor must receive...more

Not so Stern: Delaware Bankruptcy Court Finds Authority To Approve Non-Consensual Third Party Releases; Stern Not Applicable

by Allen & Overy LLP on

On remand from an appeal to the United States District Court for the District of Delaware, Bankruptcy Judge Laurie Selber Silverstein penned a resounding and thoroughly reasoned sixty-nine page opinion holding that the...more

Failure To Comply With Plan Technicality Causes US Securities Law Violation

by Dechert LLP on

Section 5 of the Securities Act of 1933 prohibits the sale of a security unless a registration statement is in effect. This prohibition on the sale of unregistered securities does not apply to exempt transactions. One such...more

When Contracts And Bankruptcy Collide, A Short Term May Be Better In The Long Term

As we learned during the downturn in 2008, the economic climate can change rapidly. When things are going well, many businesses forget the lessons of the past. No matter what industry your business is in, there may be...more

Double Whammy: In a Sweeping New Opinion, the Ninth Circuit Creates a New Mechanism for Completely Wiping Out Unexpired Leases in...

In In re Spanish Peaks Holdings II, LLC, Case No. 15-35572 (9th Cir. Sept. 12, 2017), the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held that a bankruptcy trustee may use Section 363(f) of the Bankruptcy Code to sell real property free...more

Fees for Defending Fees – Recent Rulings Permit Contractual Circumvention of Supreme Court’s Baker Botts v. Asarco Decision

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

The Supreme Court two years ago ruled in Baker Botts v. Asarco that bankruptcy professionals entitled to compensation from a debtor’s bankruptcy estate had no statutory right to be compensated for time spent defending against...more

The Devil's Dictionary of Bankruptcy Terms: Ipso Facto Clause/Provision

by Polsinelli on

IPSO FACTO CLAUSE/PROVISION: A contract clause that terminates or modifies, or grants the non-debtor party the right to terminate or modify, the contract upon the debtor’s bankruptcy filing or the insolvency or financial...more

Eroding the Majority Rule: Another Circuit Concludes That Lease Can Be Extinguished in Free-and-Clear Bankruptcy Sale

by Jones Day on

The ability of a trustee or chapter 11 debtor-in-possession ("DIP") to sell bankruptcy estate assets "free and clear" of competing interests in the property has long been recognized as one of the most important advantages of...more

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