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      Bankruptcy and Insolvency News and Analysis – Week Ending August 14, 2015
    Bankruptcy and Insolvency News and Analysis – Week Ending August 7, 2015
    Bankruptcy and Insolvency News and Analysis – Week Ending July 31, 2015
    Debt Equity: Recharacterization of Debt in Bankruptcy Proceedings – And What To Do About It
       

    Bankruptcy and Insolvency News and Analysis – Week Ending August 14, 2015

    Friday, August 14th, 2015

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    Avoidance and Recovery

    Assumption/Assignment of Contracts – Preference Defense

    Fraudulent Transfer, Breach of Fiduciary Duty Claims Constitute Equitable Tolling

    Sales

    Chapter 11 Sales: Believe It Or Not, There Really Are Limits

    Transferring Customer Data in an Asset Sale

     

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    Bankruptcy and Insolvency News and Analysis – Week Ending July 31, 2015

    Friday, July 31st, 2015

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    Trends

    Fitch: U.S. Consumer Bankruptcies Set to Fall to Eight-Year Low

    Bankruptcy Filings Down 12 Percent Since Last June

    Sales

    Credit Bidding: Not An Absolute Right (And What Does That Mean?)

    Avoidance and Recovery

    The Fifth Circuit Declares A Mulligan In The Golf Channel “Innocent Transferee” Case

    Claims

    Tenth Circuit Declares “No Recharacterization Without Justification”

    Cross-Border

    SDNY Sides with Fifth Circuit and the UNCITRAL Model Law when Granting Recognition to OAS S.A. et al.

    OAS S.A. Part II – SDNY Holds That Austrian Financing Subsidiary Has Its Center of Main Interests in Brazil

    OAS Chapter 15 decision sheds new light on cross-border insolvency practice, but may add complexity to financial institutions’ global credit risk management

     

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    Debt Equity: Recharacterization of Debt in Bankruptcy Proceedings – And What To Do About It

    Thursday, July 30th, 2015

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    How can an ostensible lending transaction be recharacterized later on as an equity investment?

    When a client decides to extend debt funding to a struggling venture that finds itself in bankruptcy, this loan can later be “recharacterized” as equity, leaving your client to wait at the back of the line behind “true” lenders and lienholders.

    On Tuesday (7/28), colleagues Victor Sahn and Jeff Pomerance of SulmeyerKupetz Professional Corporation joined me and about 30 of our friends for a webinar discussion on debt-equity recharacterization and the related (but distinct) concept of claim subordination in bankruptcy.

    View it here.

    Update:  A 3-judge panel of the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals has very recently issued a decision on this issue (available here), upholding prior authority and deciding a request for recharacterization in favor of the creditor.  Along the way, the Tenth Circuit acknowledged a split in the Circuits over the basis for Bankruptcy Courts’ authority to recharacterize claims.  Will we see a trip to the Supreme Court?

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    Bankruptcy and Insolvency News and Analysis – Week Ending June 26, 2015

    Friday, June 26th, 2015

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    Jurisdiction

    Difficulties in Pursuing Non-Bankruptcy Litigation in Bankruptcy Court

    Corporate Governance

    The LLC Member In Bankruptcy: Ehmann And Its Progeny

    Claims Objection And Subordination

    Mandatory Subordination of Claims Arising from the Purchase or Sale of Securities

    Can You Object to a Claim Just Because It Doesn’t Include Supporting Documentation? The Answer May Not Be as Simple as You Think

    Avoidance and Recovery

    Everything Has Its Own Value: 7th Circuit Holds That Forbearances by a Lender May Be Considered When Determining Reasonably Equivalent Value

    Confirmation

    Insight – Trucker’s bankruptcy exit may roughen road for small creditors

    Cross-Border

    Raising a Drawbridge Objection: Eligibility in Chapter 15 Cross-Border Insolvency Cases

    Related Articles

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    Bankruptcy and Insolvency News and Analysis – Week Ending June 5, 2015

    Friday, June 5th, 2015

    Down With the Rich

    Trends

    May Commercial Chapter 11 Bankruptcies Increase 16%

    Quick Bankruptcy Exit May Lead to Return Trip, Professionals Say

    Unsecured Claims

    Setoffs – Cutting Your Losses Both Inside and Outside Bankruptcy

    Secured Claims

    United States Supreme Court Begrudgingly Extends Dewsnup Decision

    You’re Late! You’re Late! For a Very Important Date! Seventh Circuit Holds Bankruptcy Rule 3002(c) Deadline to File Proofs of Claim Applies to Secured Claims

    The ABI Commission on Reform of Chapter 11 Final Report: What Secured Creditors Need to Understand

    Recent Unitranche Issues in the RadioShack Bankruptcy Case

    Fodder for the Dinner Table: The Rights of Secured Creditors in Chapter 11

    Litigation

    Spoken in Your Office, Read in the Courtroom: What Corporate Officers and Trustees Need to Know About the Waiver of the Attorney-Client Privilege in Bankruptcy

    Confirmation

    In re Jevic Holding Corp: Third Circuit Allows Structured Dismissal of Chapter 11 Case that Violates the Bankruptcy Code’s Priority Scheme

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    Insolvency News and Analysis – Week Ending May 15, 2015

    Friday, May 15th, 2015

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    Trends

    Chapter 11 Duration, Preplanned Cases and Refiling Rates: An Empirical Analysis in the Post-BAPCPA Era

    From the Abstract: 

    “This article empirically examines and quantifies the effect of the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act (“BAPCPA”) on three distinct aspects of the Chapter 11 process: a) the duration of traditional Chapter 11 cases; b) the use of prepackaged and prenegotiated bankruptcies; and c) debtor refiling rates. The sample studied consists of companies with more than $100 million in assets that both filed for and exited Chapter 11 between 1997 and 2014. BAPCPA is found to be associated with shorter Chapter 11 case duration, and an increased use of prepackaged and prenegotiated bankruptcies. Additionally, BAPCPA is found to be associated with an increase in the proportion of firms that soon refile for bankruptcy. It seems that the 2005 amendments force the debtor to emerge hastily from its Chapter 11 proceedings, ignoring operational and structural problems and, therefore, not achieving true rehabilitation.”

     

    Avoidance and Recovery

    Securitized Loan Payments Safe Harbored Under Section 546(e)

    Ninth Circuit Insulates Corporate Insider from Preference Liability

    Bankruptcy Court Analyzes Preference and Fraudulent Transfer Claims as Applied to the Termination of a Lease

    Sales

    FIFTH CIRCUIT FINDS UNDERSECURED CREDITOR WAIVED RIGHT TO CREDIT BID

    In re Motors Liquidation Co: SDNY Bankruptcy Court Denies Successor Liability Claims Against New GM for Ignition Switch Defect

    Claims

    Court Reiterates that Debtor’s Setoff Rights Trump those of Claimant

    Cross-Border

    Chapter 15 Cross-Border Insolvency Means Comity and Cooperation; Not Necessarily Comedy and Concern

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    Bankruptcy and Insolvency News – Week Ending May 1, 2015

    Friday, May 1st, 2015

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    Trends

    March 2015 Bankruptcy Filings Down 12 Percent

    Bankruptcies Drop: ‘The Worst I’ve Seen in 30 Years’

    SINGLE ASSET REAL ESTATE DEBTORS ACCOUNT FOR 19 PERCENT OF ALL CH. 11 CASES TO DATE

    The American Bankruptcy Institute’s Recommendations for Chapter 11 Reform

    Out-of-Court Workouts

    RECENT DECISIONS CONCERNING THE TRUST INDENTURE ACT UNDERLINE THE LIMITS ON OUT-OF-COURT RESTRUCTURINGS

    Avoidance and Recovery

    The Fraudulent Transfer Laws Do Indeed Apply To Future Creditors

    Liability for Preferential Transfer May Be Reduced by Subsequent New Value

    Fraudulent Transfer Damages: Creditor Windfall, Creditor Claims Cap, or Equitable Determination by the Court?

    Leases and Executory Contracts

    Filene’s Basement Decision Interprets Lease Rejection Damages Statute

    Intellectual Property and Social Media

    Texas Bankruptcy Court ‘Likes’ Facebook and Twitter Accounts as Property of the Reorganized Debtor

    Cross-Border

    Reorganization By Foreign Debtors In The US And UK

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    Insolvency News and Analysis – Week Ending April 24, 2015

    Friday, April 24th, 2015
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    Historic Minnesota Supreme Court Chamber in the Minnesota State Capitol (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

    Trends

    Why It’s OK That Companies Are Dying Faster Than Ever

    Business Bankruptcy Filings Continue To Decline, Will The Trend Continue?

    Retail Chapter 11 Filings Up, Bucking Bankruptcy Trends In Economic Recovery

    Proposed Recommendations for the Reform of Chapter 11 U.S. Bankruptcy Code

    Administration

    SEC Temporary Asset Freeze Not Barred by Automatic Stay Provisions

    US SDNY Bankruptcy Court Finds Bank Violated Automatic Stay by Placing Administrative Freeze on Debtor’s Bank Account

    Avoidance and Recovery

    Minnesota Supreme Court Rejects The Ponzi Scheme Presumption: Lenders Claw Back Some Of Their Own Rights

    Valuation

    Valuation of derivatives and complex securities

    Confirmation

    ABI Commission Report – Cramdown Interest Rates

    Cross-Border

    US Bankruptcy Court Recognized Israeli Liquidation Proceeding in a Chapter 15 Case

    Delaware decisively ousts New York as friendliest US cross-border insolvency venue

     

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    Insolvency News and Analysis – Week Ending April 17, 2015

    Friday, April 17th, 2015
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    Trade Off theory diagram (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

    Trends

    Corporate bankruptcies are on the rise in America

    U.S. public companies seek bankruptcy at fastest 1st-qtr rate since 2010

    Q1 Bankruptcy Filings Fall 15%

    Dr. William Rule (AOUSC): When Will Bankruptcy Filing Trends Change Course?

    The $12,473 Corporate Reorganization

    Current Developments

    Bankruptcy Year In Review 2014

    Corporate Governance

    Corporate Governance In Chapter 11 – Business As Usual, With Possible Exceptions

    Administrative Claims

    Reclamation, Administrative Claims and Other Possibilities for Recovery When a Factor Has Not Approved Orders

    Unsecured Claims

    Mandatory Subordination: How Even A Money Judgment Can Be Treated Like Equity In Bankruptcy

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    Insolvency News and Analysis – Week Ending April 10, 2015

    Friday, April 10th, 2015

     

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    Trends

    Q1 Distressed debt & bankruptcy restructuring review: Thomson Reuters

    ABI Commission’s Plan Process and Confirmation Recommendations: A Mixed Bag for Secured Creditors

    Weil’s Bankruptcy Blog: 2014 Annual Review

    Out-of-Court Restructuring

    Recent Case Law Impacting Debt Transactions

    Sales and Distressed Investing

    Distressed debt: Loan to own investment strategies after Fisker

    Hedge Funds and Distressed Debt Investing Program – Summary

    Avoidance and Recovery

    9th Circ. Panel Bolsters Trustees’ Reach-Back Powers

    Secured Claims

    Have Courts Left The Pinegate Open?

    Confirmation

    Tipping Point: Plan Clarification or Plan Modification? Third Circuit Denies Bankruptcy Court’s Use of Its Plan Clarification Powers to Circumvent Plan Modification Requirements of Section 1127

    Non-Consensual Third-Party Releases: Eleventh Circuit Joins “Pro-Release” Majority

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