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Debate Intensifies as to Whether the Bankruptcy Code’s Avoidance Provisions Apply Extraterritorially

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The ability of a trustee or chapter 11 debtor-in-possession to avoid fraudulent or preferential transfers is a fundamental part of U.S. bankruptcy law. However, when a transfer by a U.S. entity takes place outside the U.S. to...more

First Circuit Rejects Sunbeam Approach to Effect of Rejection of Trademark License in Bankruptcy

by Jones Day on

In Mission Product Holdings, Inc. v. Tempnology, LLC (In re Tempnology, LLC), 879 F.3d 389 (1st Cir. 2018), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit ruled that the rejection of a trademark license in bankruptcy means...more

Will the dismantlement of Obamacare affect healthcare restructuring?

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Bankruptcy filings among hospitals and medical centers more than tripled in 2017, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. While there are many factors contributing to this financial volatility, the political battle over The...more

Maritime Liens and the Automatic Stay: Impact of the Ninth Circuit’s Barnes Decision

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

Can a Bankruptcy Court order the sale of a vessel “free and clear” of a seaman’s maritime lien for maintenance and cure under Bankruptcy Code § 363? According to the Ninth Circuit’s recent ruling in Barnes v. Sea Hawaii...more

Check Pleas: Reimbursement Check Delivered to Employee Pre-Petition is Unauthorized Post-Petition Transfer

Section 549 of the Bankruptcy Code permits a trustee or debtor in possession to avoid (and ultimately recover) a transfer of the debtor’s property “that occurs after the commencement of the case” and “is not authorized under...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The notoriously close-to-the-vest Amazon revealed for the first time yesterday in a letter to shareholders that its popular Prime program boasts more than 100 million paid members globally....more

U.S. Supreme Court Narrows Scope of Section 546(e)’s Safe Harbor for Securities Transaction Payments

by Jones Day on

On February 27, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a highly anticipated ruling resolving a long-standing circuit split over the scope of the Bankruptcy Code’s "safe harbor" provision exempting certain securities transaction...more

Bankruptcy Remoteness Going to a Court of Appeals (Progress Report No. 2)

Our February 22 post reported that the Franchise Services of North America, Inc. decision of Bankruptcy Judge Edward Ellington of the Southern District of Mississippi dismissing a Chapter 11 petition because a shareholder had...more

Despite Acceleration of Debt Through Prior Dismissed Foreclosure Action, Bankruptcy Petition Tolls Statute of Limitations on...

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

In Lubonty v. U.S. Bank National Association, a mortgagor sought to void a mortgage loan claiming that the six-year statute of limitations to foreclose had expired. The mortgagor had commenced multiple bankruptcy proceedings...more

S.D.N.Y. Dismisses Chapter 15 Appeal By Purported Shareholder On Standing And Equitable Mootness Grounds

In an April 6, 2018 memorandum opinion and order, U.S. District Judge John G. Koeltl dismissed an appeal challenging the Chapter 15 recognition of a Cayman Islands restructuring of an offshore drilling contractor, holding...more

Recent Bankruptcy Court Decisions Address Bankruptcy Code Section 365

by Cole Schotz on

Section 365 of the Bankruptcy Code provides that a debtor “subject to the court’s approval, may assume or reject any executory contract or unexpired lease of the debtor.” 11 U.S.C. § 365. This provision is a powerful tool...more

Financial Services 2017 Year-End Report

by BakerHostetler on

Welcome to the 2017 Year-End Report from our financial services industry team. We are pleased to share our analysis of some of the key developments in the financial services industry in 2017 and our expectations for...more

Supreme Court’s Merit Management Ruling Highlights Potential Alternative Path to Safe Harbor

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Possible application of Section 101(22)(A) to safe harbor’s covered entity requirement raises important questions for future transferee defendants. Key Points: ..Merit Management raises the possibility that customers of...more

Has Partial Substantive Consolidation Taken Off with Republic Airways Holdings?

Substantive consolidation is the ultimate disregard of the corporate separateness of a group of related debtors--it is “the effective merger of two or more legally distinct (albeit affiliated) entities into a single debtor...more

The CFPB is About to Enact New Requirements for Mortgage Servicers – Is Your Organization Prepared?

On April 19th, changes made by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) via the Mortgage Servicing Final Rule to Regulation Z will take effect, and mortgage servicers will be required to make changes to the periodic...more

VER Technologies Files For Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

On April 5, 2018, VER Technologies Holdco LLC, along with eight subsidiaries and affiliates (collectively, “VER”), filed a voluntary petition for relief under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for...more

The Palmaz Plan: Investors Can Have Their Direct D&O Claims But Not The D&O Insurance Proceeds #WinningWhileLosing

by Bryan Cave on

In In re Palmaz Scientific Inc., the bankruptcy court for the Western District of Texas determined that a confirmed plan of reorganization would not stop a group of investors from pursuing direct (non-derivative) claims...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - April 2018

Bobby D. Fentress, et al, vs. Exxon Mobil Corporation, et al - "This is an Employee Retirement Income Security Act case alleging a breach of fiduciary duties in the management of a defined contribution plan. Defendants'...more

Supreme Court Narrows Scope of Safe Harbor Exception for Securities Clawbacks

by Hogan Lovells on

On February 27, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court resolved a circuit split under the Bankruptcy Code and determined that where funds passed through financial institutions acting as payment conduits, where the ultimate transfer...more

Taking the easy way out of business rescue proceedings

by Hogan Lovells on

It’s an open secret that the commendable goals envisaged by the legislature with the introduction of the business rescue proceedings in Chapter 6 of our Companies Act are being hampered as a result of poorly drafted statutory...more

Why It Pays to Read the Definitions Carefully: Merit Management Group, LP v. FTI Consulting, Inc.

In its February 27, 2018 decision in Merit Management Group, LP v. FTI Consulting, Inc., the United States Supreme Court resolved a circuit split on the scope of the “safe harbor” defense under section 546(e) to certain...more

Ninth Circuit Rules That Bankruptcy Filing Does Not Affect District Court’s In Rem Jurisdiction Over Vessel and Adopts...

by Lane Powell PC on

On March 28, 2018, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals addressed both the in rem jurisdiction of a federal district court sitting in admiralty vis-a-vis an intervening bankruptcy, and in a question of first impression in the...more

Client Alert: Dumbing Down Intellectual Property: Chapter 11 Impact on IP License Agreements

Innovation and creativity are essential for competitive advantage and success in a global economy. The attendant intellectual property assets are the product of substantial capital investment, and companies should carefully...more

Are There Limits to the Remedial Powers of an Indenture Trustee?

In the recent case of Cortlandt St. Recovery Corp. v. Bonderman (NY Ct. Ap. Feb. 20, 2018), the New York Court of Appeals addressed the question of the limits on the authority of an indenture trustee to pursue remedial...more

CDS Market Integrity After Hovnanian

In a companion piece, we reviewed the recent federal district court decision in Solus Alternative Asset Management LP v. GSO Capital Partners L.P. (SDNY Jan. 29, 2018)....more

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