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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

Maritime and offshore restructuring in Singapore: A safe harbour?

by White & Case LLP on

The new laws have made Singapore more attractive for companies looking to restructure, but will it become the jurisdiction of choice for Asian debt restructurings? The maritime and offshore (M&O) sector has endured almost...more

Third Circuit Rules That WARN Act's "Unforeseeable Business Circumstances" Exception Requires That Layoffs Be Probable, Not...

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In Varela v. AE Liquidation, Inc. (In re AE Liquidation, Inc.), 866 F.3d 515 (3d Cir. 2017), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit became the sixth circuit court of appeals to rule that a "probability standard"...more

Toys “R” Us Files for Chapter 11

by Hogan Lovells on

On September 18, 2017, the iconic US-based retailer Toys “R” Us filed for Chapter 11 in the US Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia in front of Judge Keith L. Phillips. The company filed twenty-five entities,...more

Reform Comes to Australian Restructuring and Insolvency Law

by Morgan Lewis on

Two key changes made to Australian insolvency law enhance restructuring efforts in Australia and could improve outcomes for US investors. ...more

Courts, Cooperation, and More: Incorporating Case-Specific Provisions in Insolvency Protocols - September 2017

by Jones Day on

In cross-border restructuring cases, interested parties increasingly rely on court-approved insolvency protocols to aid in managing complex insolvencies involving debtors' assets, liabilities, or operations that span...more

Without WARN-ing: Third Circuit Clarifies WARN Act's Unforeseen Business Circumstances Exception

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Valera v. AE Liquidation, Inc., the Third Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with five other circuits in holding that WARN notice was not required where an external event outside the employer's control triggering layoffs was...more

Restructuring and Insolvency Bulletin Issue 1 - 2017: United States: D&O Insurance Policies – a cautionary tale: the Peril of...

by Dechert LLP on

Directors and officers (D&Os) of troubled companies should be highly sensitive to D&O insurance policies with Prior Act Exclusion. While policies with such exclusion may be cheaper, a recent decision by the U.S. Court of...more

Countering counterparty insolvency

by Hogan Lovells on

These days, the threat of counterparty insolvency looms over the energy sector: whether it is a natural disaster or precipitous decline in the price of oil, perhaps no industry is more susceptible to the financial decline and...more

Singapore Enacts New Corporate Bankruptcy Law in Bid to Become Center for International Debt Restructuring

by Jones Day on

On March 10, 2017, Singapore's Parliament approved the Companies (Amendment) Bill 2017 (the "Act") to enhance the country's corporate debt restructuring framework. The Act, a copy of which is available here, was assented to...more

Amendments to Companies Act Aim to Transform Singapore into Debt Restructuring Hub

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Singapore’s firm trajectory towards becoming an international hub for debt restructuring received a boost with the Companies (Amendment) Act 2017 coming into force on 23 May 2017....more

Not Chapter 11 but Chapter 11-ish

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Parents, headmasters, hoteliers, restauranteurs, insurers and countries love them or hate them, depending on how their school or restaurant, company or nation is ranked. I’m referring to the World Bank’s annual Doing...more

Equitable or Equity Committees: Lessons from Recent Cases

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

The second half of 2016 saw a surge in the number of requests to form official equity committees, especially in commodity-related restructurings. This most recent restructuring cycle began in August 2015 and remains active....more

Singapore: Asia Pacific’s Debt Restructuring Hub?

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Earlier this year the Committee to Strengthen Singapore as an International Centre for Debt Restructuring (the “Committee”) published, and the Singapore Ministry of Law accepted, recommendations aimed at enhancing Singapore’s...more

Bachmanity – From Sizzle to Fizzle and Maybe Bachruptcy (Silicon Valley – Episode 24)

At its heart, Episode 24 was about relationships – from the wayward dating lives of Richard and Dinesh to Big Head and Ehrlich’s marriage of “Bachmanity”, the Pied Piper entourage found themselves faced with the messy...more

Delaware Bankruptcy Court Rules TCEH First Lien Distributions Are Governed by the Bankruptcy Code, Not by Intercreditor Agreement...

On March 11, 2016, Judge Christopher Sontchi of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware issued an opinion in the Energy Future Holdings bankruptcy that resolved an intercreditor dispute over $90 million in...more

Will the Safe Harbour Ipso Facto Assist with Restructuring in Australia? - Proposed Reform to Australian Insolvency Laws

by K&L Gates LLP on

The Productivity Commission has handed down its long-awaited report on Business Set-Up, Transfer and Closure (Report) to the Australian Federal Government. Key recommendations from the Report have been embraced by the...more

New York Federal Bankruptcy Court Finds Insurance Insolvency Proceeding Does Not “Reverse – Preempt” Bankruptcy Court Jurisdiction

by Carlton Fields on

In a recent adversary proceeding in the chapter 11 case involving Ames Department Stores, Inc. (“Ames”), Lumbermens Mutual Casualty Company (“Lumbermen’s”) argued that under the McCarran-Ferguson Act, the issues in dispute...more

"Berau May Expand US Restructuring Options for Foreign Issuers"

A recent decision in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York clarifies that restructuring options under Chapter 11 or Chapter 15 are available to foreign issuers of U.S. debt, even if those issuers...more

Global Private Equity Newsletter - Winter 2016 Edition: Recent Developments in Acquisition Finance

by Dechert LLP on

Two recent court decisions may result in a broadening of the range of options available to an equity sponsor in respect of an insolvent portfolio company. The first decision may provide increased flexibility in structuring...more

Officer/Director Breach of Duty: If Things Get Bad Enough, There May Be Recourse

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Official Comm. of Unsecured Creditors v. Baldwin (In re Lemington Home for the Aged), 777 F.3d 620 (3rd Cir. 2015) – The debtor was a nonprofit corporation that operated a nursing home. The chapter 11 unsecured...more

50 Cent Files for Bankruptcy, Trades In Da Club for In Da Courthouse

The rapper Curtis James “50 Cent” Jackson III filed a voluntary chapter 11 bankruptcy petition in Connecticut bankruptcy court on Monday, July 13, 2015. Jackson rose to prominence with songs like In Da Club and P.I.M.P. from...more

Distressed Download - March 2015

What Happens in Delaware Does Not Always Stay in Delaware: Caesars Victorious in Venue Battle - On Wednesday, January 28, the Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware transferred venue for the involuntary bankruptcy...more

Oil Price Decline: Positioning for Turnaround or Sale

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As a reaction to the dramatic oil price volatility, many energy companies plan to streamline operations by reducing work force and shedding assets. Those who do so face tightening credit and decline in asset value that may...more

Reducing a Customer's Accounts Receivable in the Zone of Insolvency

Reuters, Bloomberg and Debtwire are all reporting negative financial information about your customer: "Bond ratings are down-graded, bond prices are falling, a likely “restructuring” to address the bond debt,...more

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