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Parties Beware—Noncompliance with Delaware ABC Statute Can Lead to Serious Consequences (US)

Last month the Delaware Chancery Court sent a clear message to Delaware companies that failure to strictly comply with the Delaware Assignment for the Benefit of Creditors (“ABC”) statute will result in severe consequences, including dismissal. On December 27, 2023, WMT (an ABC) LLC (the “Assignee”) filed an assignment petition which provided that it had … Continue Reading

Subchapter V Debt Limit: Don’t Get Caught Assuming Congress Will Act (It Probably Will…But Still) (US)

In my most recent blog post, I provided some tips for creditors who find themselves in the Subchapter V arena. This is somewhat of a follow-up to that one. There is a general consensus that Subchapter V has been successful for debtors in smaller cases. The American Bankruptcy Institute recently commented that Subchapter V bankruptcies … Continue Reading

New York’s Renewed Efforts to Pass Sovereign Debt Legislation (US)

As discussed in our prior blog entitled “New York’s Sovereign Debt Restructuring Proposals,”[1] three bills were introduced in the New York state legislature to overhaul the way sovereign debt restructurings are handled in New York.  Those bills sought to implement a comprehensive mechanism for restructuring sovereign debt, limit recovery on certain sovereign debt claims, and … Continue Reading

Texas Bankruptcy Court Declines to Deem Nonvotes as Votes in Favor of Plan (US)

As seen in the recent proliferation of bankruptcy cases seeking a structured dismissal or conversion after a successful sale, debtors constantly seek creative and efficient ways to wind up a case, including through a traditional plan of liquidation.  Yet, as discussed below, debtors must ensure that any proposed voting procedures for a plan comply with … Continue Reading

The Restructuring Outlook in Australia, Asia Pacific and the US in 2024

In our latest insight we look back at the key restructuring cases and events from last year in the United States, Asia-Pacific, and Australia and consider the outlook in 2024 for restructuring transactions as a whole.   This insight provides an overview of the US banking crisis involving Silicon Valley Bank and Signature Bank, the … Continue Reading

Mallinckrodt Trust Asserts Novel Argument in Response to Safe Harbor Defense (US)

A common defense to a fraudulent transfer claim in bankruptcy concerning a securities transaction is the “safe harbor” defense under section 546(e) of the Bankruptcy Code.  In a unique twist, a post-confirmation trust in Delaware recently argued that the safe harbor defense should not be available if the underlying transaction was illegal under the law … Continue Reading

Sri Lanka’s Restructuring Plan Is Here to Stay (US)

In March 2022, the International Monetary Fund (the “IMF”) assessed Sri Lanka’s public debt to be unsustainable after the country entered the pandemic with thin reserve buffers, high debt levels, and no fiscal space. The IMF’s determination prompted Sri Lanka to begin restructuring its debt the following month. As part of that process, Sri Lanka … Continue Reading

(US) Who Owns the Crypto: Bankruptcy Court Rules That Customers Do Not Own The Deposited Crypto

Who owns cryptocurrency held by a cryptocurrency exchange?  Do the cryptocurrency assets belong to the customers who deposited the crypto with the exchange, or do the cryptocurrency assets belong to the exchange itself?  The answer to this question will have huge significance, both in terms of creditor recoveries as well as preferential transfer liability exposure. … Continue Reading

Routes to Reorganisation: A Comparative Study of the Insolvency Procedures Available in the UAE, KSA, US and England and Wales

Our recent insight provides a comparative summary of the insolvency procedures that are available in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), England and Wales, and the US. It compares which debtor-in-possession, office-holder and terminal procedures are available in each of those jurisdictions, as well as considering the extent to which the … Continue Reading

Tips For Subchapter V Creditors (US)

The overwhelming majority of my practice has involved larger, complex Chapter 11 cases and out-of-court restructurings, representing debtors, Chapter 11 trustees, committees, or creditors. However, with the expansion during Covid of the Subchapter V debt limit to $7.5 million, I have found myself participating in multiple Subchapter V cases as counsel to creditors. I discovered … Continue Reading

Cryptocurrency Brings Disruption to Bankruptcy Courts—What Parties Can Expect and the Open Issues Still To Be Resolved (Part Two)

In this second part of our blog exploring the various issues courts need to address in applying the Bankruptcy Code to cryptocurrency, we expand upon our roadmap.  In part one, we addressed whether cryptocurrency constitutes property of the estate, the impacts of cryptocurrency’s fluctuating valuation, issues of perfection, and the effects of cryptocurrency on debtor-in-possession … Continue Reading

Cryptocurrency Brings Disruption to Bankruptcy Courts—What Parties Can Expect and the Open Issues Still To Be Resolved (Part One)

Many authorities and commentators have considered cryptocurrencies, and the blockchains that undergird them, as a potentially disruptive force in the financial industry.  Now, that disruption has made its way to a different side of finance—bankruptcy, and during the past year, the United States bankruptcy courts have had to confront many unexpected challenges involved in dealing … Continue Reading

Do I Really Have To Pay Default Rate Interest In Order to Reinstate My Loan? (US)

In a scholarly, comprehensive and lengthy opinion written by one of the Southern District of New York’s most recently appointed Bankruptcy Judges, the issue of whether the reinstatement of defaulted and accelerated debt requires the payment of default-rate interest and fees was answered in the affirmative, undoubtedly to the delight of lenders everywhere. … Continue Reading

Three Arrows Capital Co-Founder Avoids Contempt and Sanctions in United States, But Bankruptcy Court Previews Worldwide Enforcement Options

On June 27, 2022, Three Arrows Capital (“3AC”), a crypto hedge fund, commenced liquidation proceedings in the British Virgin Islands and thereafter filed recognition proceedings in, among other countries, the United States and Singapore.  As we discussed earlier this year, on December 2, 2022, the bankruptcy court presiding over 3AC’s chapter 15 proceeding pending in … Continue Reading

How Close Can You Be To Cannabis And Still Have Access To The Bankruptcy Courts? (US)

How close is too close?  The answer to this question can have dire implications for people and companies involved in the cannabis industry who wish to seek bankruptcy protection.  Last month, a United States District Court issued an opinion which, while it did not directly answer this question, rejected a “zero tolerance” cannabis policy and … Continue Reading

Bankruptcy Appellate Panel Rules That A Section 524(a) Discharge Does Not Protect The Debtor’s Alter Egos (US)

When a debtor receives a bankruptcy discharge, section 524(a) of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code prohibits a creditor from seeking to collect a prepetition debt against the discharged debtor or its property. Importantly, the discharge does not extinguish the debt—it merely limits recourse against the discharged debtor. Section 524(e), however, provides that the discharge does not … Continue Reading

New York’s Sovereign Debt Restructuring Proposals

The confluence of the COVID-19 pandemic, high inflation, and increased borrowing costs culminated in countries incurring record levels of debt.[1] Despite this global debt crisis, there is currently no comprehensive set of rules or body of law to govern the restructuring of sovereign debt. Instead, when a sovereign restructures its debt, it is usually guided … Continue Reading

Bank Failures Breathe New Life into Old Issue

The first half of 2023 witnessed the failure of three financial institutions in quick succession—Silicon Valley Bank (March 10, 2023), Signature Bank (March 12, 2023), and First Republic Bank (May 1, 2023).  This was the first time three financial institutions failed in such a compressed time period since the Great Recession of 2008.  The failure … Continue Reading

Envision’s Bankruptcy Provides Insight Into All That is Ailing The Healthcare Industry

The increase in bankruptcy filings that restructuring professionals have been expecting is now arriving.  With rising inflation, increased interest rates, tightening credit markets, labor shortages and supply chain disruptions, we are starting to see a dramatic increase in filings.  Last week the American Bankruptcy Institute noted that commercial Chapter 11 filings increased 105% in May … Continue Reading

Delaware Bankruptcy Court Approves DIP Financing of 700 Bitcoin

On May 8, 2023, online cryptocurrency exchange platform Bittrex, Inc. and three of its affiliated entities (collectively “Bittrex”) filed for chapter 11 to wind down their U.S. and long-dormant Malta operations.  The bankruptcy filing followed costly regulatory investigations and an April 17, 2023 SEC enforcement action alleging that Bittrex improperly sold crypto assets that were … Continue Reading

MOAC Mall Holdings LLC v. Transform Holdco LLC – The US Supreme Court Unanimously Rules That Section 363(m) Is Not Jurisdictional

On April 19, 2023 the Supreme Court issued its unanimous ruling in MOAC Mall Holdings LLC v. Transform Holdco LLC, 528 U.S ____ (2023), holding that the limitations contained in section 363(m) of the United States Bankruptcy Code are not jurisdictional.  The Supreme Court’s ruling not only resolved a split amongst the circuits, but it … Continue Reading

Highland Capital Fails Bid to Recuse Presiding Judge (US)

In January, we wrote about Highland Capital Management, L.P. and the reorganized debtor’s filing of a petition for a writ of certiorari, by which the reorganized debtor asked the Supreme Court to consider whether section 524(e) of the Bankruptcy Code prohibits non-debtor exculpations.  Now for something completely different.  Earlier this month, the Bankruptcy Court for the … Continue Reading
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