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Fraudulent Transfers

Dodging the Issue: The Supreme Court "Weighs" In On Bankruptcy Law

by Clark Hill PLC on

The Supreme Court has been unusually busy in addressing bankruptcy-related matters by issuing two recent opinions – Merit Management Group, L.P. v. FTI Consulting, Inc. (“Merit”) and U.S. Bank, N.A., as Trustee v. Village at...more

Supreme Court Narrows Applicability of Bankruptcy Code's Safe Harbor for Securities-Related Transfers

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

In a case that could have significant, long-term ramifications for the holders of stock and other securities, the U.S. Supreme Court vastly limited the scope of a Bankruptcy Code “safe harbor” that shields certain transfers...more

Supreme Court Limits Safe Harbor Defense in Bankruptcy "Clawback" Suits

Recently, the United States Supreme Court decided Merit Management Group, LP v. FTI Consulting, Inc., a decision that has potentially far-reaching implications for a broad range of business transactions, particularly...more

Blog: Safe Harbor Rule Narrowed: Supreme Court Opens Door for Possible Avoidance of Previously Protected Transactions

by Cooley LLP on

Over the last twenty years, courts have increasingly insulated transactions from avoidance as fraudulent transfers by invoking the so-called “settlement payment” defense codified in section 546(e) of the Bankruptcy Code. The...more

U.S. Supreme Court Narrows the Scope of the Section 546(e) Safe Harbor

by Alston & Bird on

Resolving a circuit split, the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling excludes protection for certain transferees when a settlement payment merely passes through an intermediary. Our Bankruptcy & Financial Restructuring and Finance...more

High Court Tightens Section 546(e) Safe Harbor for Securities Transaction Payments

by Jones Day on

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 payments from...more

Not So Safe: The Supreme Court Clarifies the Scope of the Bankruptcy Code’s Section 546(e) Safe Harbor Provision

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

Section 546(e) of the Bankruptcy Code shields certain transfers involving settlement payments and other payments in connection with securities contracts (for example, payment for stock) made to certain financial...more

Supreme Court Clarifies Securities Safe Harbor Under Bankruptcy Code

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• In a unanimous decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against the petitioner in Merit Management Group, LP, Petitioner v. FTI Consulting, Inc., affirming the decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. ...more

“Clearing & Settlement” Exception to Trustee’s Avoiding Powers Saves Only Payments “To” (not “Through”) Market Intermediaries

by Burr & Forman on

Last week, the unanimous Supreme Court clarified that the “clearing and settlement” exception to a bankruptcy trustee’s avoiding powers covers only payments “to,” not merely through, financial market participants....more

Supreme Court Holds That Use of Financial Institutions as Conduits Will Not Insulate a Transaction From Avoidance Actions

by Reed Smith on

On February 27, 2018, the Supreme Court of the United States issued a unanimous decision delivered by Justice Sotomayor holding that a party otherwise subject to an avoidance action under the Bankruptcy Code is not shielded...more

The Supreme Court Reshapes the Section 546(e) Safe Harbor

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

The Supreme Court’s recent decision in Merit Management Group, LP v. FTI Consulting, Inc. has the potential to dramatically change how the safe harbor contained in § 546(e) will be applied to avoidance actions brought under...more

Resolving Circuit Split, US Supreme Court Holds Section 546(e) Safe Harbor Applies Only to Protected Parties

by Dechert LLP on

The Bankruptcy Code allows trustees, as well as debtors-in-possession and in some circumstances creditors’ committees, to set aside and recover certain transfers for the benefit of the bankruptcy estate. The purpose of the...more

Supreme Court Scales Back Safe Harbor Protection for Some Pre-Bankruptcy Fraudulent Transfers

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Title 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code contains provisions that allow some pre-bankruptcy transfers to be avoided, or "unwound," by a debtor in possession, trustee, or other party granted standing to do so. ...more

No Safe Harbor for “Overarching Transfer”: Trustee Can Avoid Payments Passing Through Financial Institutions

by K&L Gates LLP on

On February 27, 2018, the Supreme Court issued a significant decision that will increase the exposure of debt and equity investors that receive payments from all kinds of highly leveraged transactions, including leveraged...more

Something Amazing - A Unanimous Opinion by the United States Supreme Court in a Bankruptcy Case, Affirming and Remanding to the...

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

Once in a while, a Supreme Court opinion crosses my desk that I cannot ignore. Such was the case today. The United States Supreme Court issued its opinion in MERIT MANAGEMENT GROUP, LP v. FTI CONSULTING, INC., a unanimous...more

Supreme Court Issues Decision on Section 546(e) Safe Harbor Provision Resolving Long-Standing Circuit Split

On February 27, 2018, the Supreme Court handed down a unanimous opinion, authored by Justice Sotomayor, resolving a Circuit split over the interpretation of Section 546(e) of the Bankruptcy Code, the “safe harbor” provision...more

Supreme Court Issues Decision on Section 546(e) Safe Harbor Provision Resolving Long-Standing Circuit Split

On Feb. 27, 2018, the Supreme Court handed down a unanimous opinion, authored by Justice Sotomayor, resolving a Circuit split over the interpretation of Section 546(e) of the Bankruptcy Code, the “safe harbor” provision that...more

Supreme Court Narrows Bankruptcy “Safe Harbor” Fraudulent Transfer Protections

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

On February 27, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling that will make it easier for bankruptcy trustees, creditors’ committees, and other bankruptcy estate representatives to claw back payments made to shareholders in...more

Supreme Court Limits Scope of Safe Harbor Protection for Avoidance Actions

by Allen & Overy LLP on

Section 546(e) of the Bankruptcy Code protects certain transfers from clawback under the avoidable transfer provisions of the Bankruptcy Code where, among other things, such transfers are made by, to, or for the benefit of...more

Transfer by a Non-Debtor is not a Fraudulent Transfer under DUFTA

by Morris James LLP on

Cystallex Int'l Corp. v. Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A. et al., 879 F.3d 79 (3d Cir. 2018). As a matter of law, a transfer by a non-debtor cannot be a fraudulent transfer under the Delaware Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act...more

How Corporations Can Stay Vigilant Against Online Banking Fraud – Lessons from Recent Court Judgments

by Morgan Lewis on

Due to the general flexibility granted to banks by their standard account opening terms, corporate victims of online banking frauds often face substantial hurdles in court in their attempts to recover the sums lost from the...more

Preference Actions Filed In Hancock Fabrics

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

On January 31, 2018, Hancock Fabrics Inc., the post-effective date debtor, filed approximately 68 complaints seeking the avoidance and recovery of allegedly preferential and/or fraudulent transfers under Sections 547, 548 and...more

Fraudulent Transfer Avoidance Recovery Not Limited to Total Amount of Creditor Claims

by Jones Day on

Courts disagree as to whether the amount that a bankruptcy trustee or chapter 11 debtor-in-possession ("DIP") can recover in fraudulent transfer avoidance litigation should be capped at the total amount of unsecured claims...more

Chris Lazarini Discusses Fraudulent Transfers During Broker Bankruptcy Filing

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Chris Lazarini discussed a case involving an arbitration award and bankruptcy filing. The court ruled that where a bankruptcy action has been closed, the bankruptcy trustee's exclusive authority to...more

Split Third Circuit Holds Transfer By Non-Debtor Cannot Be Fraudulent Transfer

Refusing to rely on “equitable principles” when interpreting the Delaware Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act (DUFTA), the Third Circuit (2-1 decision) in Crystallex Int’l Corp. v. Petroleos De Venezuela, S.A, et als. held that a...more

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