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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 7, 2015

    Friday, August 7th, 2015

    Burning 20

    Trends

    July Commercial Chapter 11 Filings Increase 77 Percent from 2014

    Claims And Litigation

    Just Follow the Rules!  FRCP amendments could be e-discovery game changer

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

    Avoidance and Recovery

    Ordinary Course of Business Defense Further Examined – Burtch v. Revchem Composites, Inc.

    In a Case of First Impression at the Circuit Level, Ninth Circuit Holds an Insider Who Waives his Right to Indemnification from the Debtor is not a “Creditor” for Purposes of Preferential Transfers Under Sec. 547 of the Bankruptcy Code

    Sales

    The ABI Commission on Business Bankruptcy Reform: The Sale of All or Substantially All of the Debtor’s Assets and Proposed Creation of “Section 363(x)”

    Confirmation

    IN RE SEASIDE ENGINEERING: ELEVENTH CIRCUIT HOLDS FAST ON LEGITIMACY OF NON-CONSENSUAL THIRD PARTY PLAN RELEASES

    Structured Dismissals Part IV – Bells & Whistles: Sweetening the Pot and Drawing Objections

    Post-Bankruptcy Investing & Chapter 22s: Iconic Branding Alone Is Not Enough

    Cross-Border

    OAS S.A. Part III – SDNY Takes a Narrow View of Chapter 15’s Public Policy Exception

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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 19, 2015

    Friday, June 19th, 2015

    Uncle Sam is Broke

    Trends

    Return of the Turnaround?

    Polsinelli’s Jim Bird talks top five distressed industries

    Secured Claims

    Video Interview: Discussing Bank of America v. Caulkett, Supreme Court Ruling Survives Bankruptcy

    Confirmation

    Losing Momentive: A Roadmap to Higher Cramdown Interest Rates

    Can You Vote More Than Once? The Bankruptcy Code’s Current “Numerosity” Standard Under § 1126(c) and Possible Reform

    Cramdown Hurdles Round 3: Try, Try Again

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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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    Bankruptcy and Insolvency News and Analysis – Week Ending May 29, 2015

    Friday, May 29th, 2015

    Run on the Bank

    Jurisdiction and Procedure

    All’s Wellness That Ends Well?: Supreme Court Permits Parties To Consent To Bankruptcy Court’s Entry Of Final Judgment On Stern Claims

    2015 Amendments to the Federal Rules and Potential Changes in 2016

    Confirmation

    Third Circuit Authorizes Structured Dismissal of Chapter 11 Case

    Cross-Border

    New Focus On Cross-Border Restructuring Of Groups For The Recast EC Regulation On Insolvency Proceedings

    NEW YORK’S SOUTHERN DISTRICT HAS 70 PERCENT OF CH. 15 CASES

    DTEK Restructuring Scheme Opens Door For Global Bond Issuers To Bypass Chapter 11

    The International Comparative Legal Guide to Lending & Secured Finance 2015

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    Insolvency News and Analysis – Week Ending May 8, 2015

    Friday, May 8th, 2015

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    Trends

    Commercial Chapter 11 Bankruptcies Drop 41% in April

    Avoidance and Recovery

    Payments to Investors in a Securitization Structure Protected from Avoidance

    Confirmation

    ABI Commission Report – Exculpatory Clauses in Plans

    Distributions – Section 1143

    Supreme Court Bankruptcy Decision Strengthens Creditor Leverage in Plan Negotiations

    Cross-Border

    A Comparative Overview of Transatlantic Intercreditor Agreements

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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

     

    Pigs Get Fat

    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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