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4 Top Takeaways: Recent Trends Involving Intellectual Property in Bankruptcy

Kilpatrick Townsend partner David Posner spoke at a recent New York State Bar Association event where he and other panelists discussed the topic “Around the Edges of IP: Complexities of IP in Bankruptcy.” Mr. Posner...more

Debtor’s Subchapter S Status Isn’t Property of the Estate

This post examines an interesting intersection between bankruptcy and tax laws: if a corporation terminates its Subchapter S status pre-bankruptcy, can a bankruptcy trustee bring fraudulent transfer claims against the...more

SDNY Bankruptcy Court Rejects Non-Consensual Third-Party Releases

Third-party releases attract significant attention and debate in Chapter 11 cases. A Southern District of New York bankruptcy court recently weighed in on this hot topic and issued a decision in In re SunEdison, Inc., et al.,...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

Lyondell Trial Teaches Lender Lessons

by Baker Donelson on

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

by Dechert LLP on

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

Fifth Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Claims Relating to Pre-Petition Payments to D&O’s

The Fifth Circuit, in In the Matter of: ATP Oil & Gas Corp. (Tow v. Bulmahn, et. al.), dismissed breach of fiduciary duty claims and fraudulent transfer claims brought by a chapter 7 trustee relating to cash bonuses and...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

Virginia Is For Lovers … And Chapter 11?

by Cole Schotz on

It’s no secret that Delaware, New York (Southern District), and Texas (at least since the oil and gas crisis) have become known as the “hotspots” for filing large chapter 11 bankruptcy cases. Whether due to desirable...more

Silence is Not Consent: SunEdison Court Rejects Third Party Releases by Passive Consent

by K&L Gates LLP on

In today’s chapter 11 practice, third party releases are ubiquitous. A staple of the largest and most complex cases for years, plan provisions releasing and enjoining claims against non-debtors, particularly officers and...more

When Worlds Collide: Article 2 of the Uniform Commercial Code and Chapter 11

Picture the scene: A vendor has just received word that its customer has filed chapter 11. The vendor put the customer on a cash-before-delivery basis and demanded assurances of performance. The vendor was successful in...more

Chapter 11 Plan Not Providing for Payment of Make-Whole Premium Impaired Noteholders

by Jones Day on

In In re Ultra Petroleum Corp., 2017 BL 335015 (Bankr. S.D. Tex. Sept. 21, 2017), the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas ruled that certain private-placement noteholders were entitled to receive a...more

To Have and to Hold: Third Circuit Rules That Physical Possession of Goods Is Required Under Section 503(b)(9) of the Bankruptcy...

by Jones Day on

Since its enactment as part of the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005, section 503(b)(9) of the Bankruptcy Code has provided an important safety net for creditors selling goods to financially...more

Second Circuit Issues Key Cramdown Interest Rate Ruling

by Jones Day on

In Momentive Performance Materials Inc. v. BOKF, NA (In re MPM Silicones, L.L.C.), 2017 BL 376794 (2d Cir. Oct. 27, 2017) ("Momentive"), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, in a long-anticipated decision,...more

The Defense of Commercial Lenders in Multi-Tenant Bankruptcy

by Stinson Leonard Street on

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in its recent decision in Town Center Flats, LLC v. ECP Commercial II LLC (In re Town Center Flats LLC), Case No. 16-1812 (6th Cir. May 2, 2017), reinforces an option that commercial lenders...more

In Brief: Bankruptcy Court Rules That It Has Constitutional Authority to Grant Nonconsensual Releases in Chapter 11 Plan

by Jones Day on

In In re Millennium Lab Holdings II, LLC, 2017 BL 354864 (Bankr. D. Del. Oct. 3, 2017), the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware ruled that it had the constitutional authority to grant nonconsensual third-party...more

Real Industry Inc. Files For Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Relief In Delaware

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

On November 17, 2017, Real Industry, Inc., along with its subsidiaries and affiliates (collectively the “Debtors” or “Real Industry”), filed a petition for relief under Chapter 11 in the Bankruptcy Court for the District of...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

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

Healthcare restructurings: four key issues to consider before a chapter 11 filing

by DLA Piper on

A growing number of healthcare companies are facing financial challenges. Among these challenges are the ever-changing regulatory environment, enhanced government scrutiny, increased competition, reimbursement changes and...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

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