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Tools to Navigate the Financial Crisis Related to COVID-19 Webinar

Please join the American Bankruptcy Institute’s (ABI) free webinar featuring a distinguished panel of Squire Patton Boggs and FTI Consulting professionals, including former House Speaker John A. Boehner, this Monday, April 6, from 12:00 – 1:15 pm EDT. These experts will decipher the most recent federal stabilization programs and developments and provide unique and practical … Continue Reading

Managing Fiduciary Duties In The Time Of COVID-19

In light of the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting global economic slowdown, many companies—even previously healthy ones—are now faced with difficult decisions regarding investments, loans, employees, and myriad other matters in order to ensure their survival. It is in these times that directors must be especially aware of and abide by their … Continue Reading

Licensees And Licensors Need To Prepare For Potential Bankruptcies Caused By COVID-19

We are in unprecedented times. The current COVID-19 pandemic will not only have an impact on the physical health of our country, but the economic health of our country as well. Increased bankruptcy filings are a virtually certainty and this raises concerns of many, including licensors and licensees of intellectual property. What should these parties … Continue Reading

A Breathing Spell From The Breathing Spell – Should A Chapter 11 Case Be Suspended During COVID-19?

In the past several years, the United States has seen a tidal wave of retail sector chapter 11 cases. The end result for most of those cases has been going out of business and liquidation sales. On March 11, 2020, Modell’s Sporting Goods commenced its chapter 11 cases seeking to follow a similar path taken … Continue Reading

Restructuring Considerations: Making the Most of Stimulus Relief

On March 26, 2020, the Senate approved a roughly $2 trillion stimulus package—the biggest economic stimulus in recent U.S. history—in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This economic relief provides expanded protections for American families, workers, and businesses affected by the public health and economic crisis. The key measures included in the package are: Bailouts for … Continue Reading

Healthcare Lenders And Borrowers: COVID-19 And Our Loan Documents

Obviously, the health and safety of your employees and their families is the top priority. Beyond that, however, lenders and borrowers in the healthcare space should be thinking about how they are handling the situation vis-à-vis one another. Below are questions intended to get lenders and borrowers thinking about various issues surrounding COVID-19 and how … Continue Reading

How do you know if your business is an essential service?

Globally, most nations affected by Covid-19 have restrictions in place that significantly impact business operations.  In some cases requiring businesses to temporarily shut the doors whilst balancing that against the need to maintain essential services.   But how can a business identify whether it is an essential service?  This note explores that question.… Continue Reading

Directors’ Duties and Covid-19 – a view from the UK

Given the current pressure all businesses face dealing with the effect of Covid-19, it is important that directors understand what their duties are in respect of insolvent companies or companies that are at risk of heading towards insolvency. In this blog we briefly remind directors what their duties are, the potential claims that could be … Continue Reading

Restructuring Protections In A Time Of Coronavirus

What do businesses and their lenders/investors need to do to minimize loss and to maximize long-term financial stability in this volatile and unprecedented environment? Our global supply chain and R&I teams have produced a recent article that focuses on: Preparing new projections. Developing new financial and operating plans. What to do if maintaining existing financing … Continue Reading

How to manage business risk posed by Covid-19: self-assessment tool

Squire Patton Boggs is working hard to support clients to navigate legal issues and manage risk posed by Covid-19. We have created an online tool for businesses to self assess their contingency arrangements. The self-assessment tool will take a maximum of 15 minutes to complete. Within 24 hours, you will be sent a summary, which will map … Continue Reading

Managing business risk as the UK announces it is moving into the delay phase

Yesterday, following a meeting of the Cobra committee the Government announced that the UK has moved into the “delay” phase of its plan aimed at tackling the coronavirus outbreak. For businesses the main impact will be operational given that anyone who shows certain symptoms has been advised to self-isolate for 7 days, regardless of whether … Continue Reading

Score One for Shopping Center Landlords: Adequate Assurance of Future Performance Means Just What the Bankruptcy Code Says!

In a recent decision, the Chief Judge of the District Court for the Southern District of New York reversed a decision of the bankruptcy court in the Sears bankruptcy case that was prejudicial to the interests of shopping center landlords whose tenants become chapter 11 debtors. The district court’s decision in MOAC Mall Holdings, LLC … Continue Reading

Which law applies when determining the validity of an assignment of receivables cross-border?

The validity of an assignment of receivables cross-border depends on the law that applies to the assignment. What might amount to a valid assignment in one jurisdiction, does not mean, that it is valid in another and where there are competing claims to the receivables and competing jurisdictions, the question of which law applies and … Continue Reading

New Year, New Resolutions and New Name

Happy New year to all of our blog readers! With the start of a new decade, we are giving our restructuring and insolvency blog a fresh new look and name: Restructuring GlobalView. Restructuring GlobalView will provide readers with unique perspectives on restructuring and insolvency issues from around the globe, offering practical views from the global … Continue Reading

Cannabis and Bankruptcy: 2019 in Review

Courts struggled this year to find a balance between state-licensed cannabis activity and the federal right to seek bankruptcy protection under the Bankruptcy Code.  During 2019, we had the first circuit-level opinion in the bankruptcy/cannabis space that appeared to open the door to bankruptcy courts, albeit slightly.  We also had lower court opinions slamming that … Continue Reading

How does the EU Restructuring Directive compare to Chapter 11?

On June 26, 2019, the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union published a new EU Restructuring Directive on preventive restructuring frameworks, discharge of debt and disqualifications, and measures to increase the efficiency of procedures concerning restructuring, insolvency and discharge of debt (“Directive”). This is an extraordinary achievement given the existing differences in … Continue Reading

Up in Smoke: More Cannabis Companies Get Shut Out of Bankruptcy

Marijuana Cannabis LeafsIn another loss for the cannabis industry, a district court recently affirmed the dismissal of chapter 11 petitions filed by companies that sold product used by both state-licensed marijuana growers and non-marijuana growers.  The district court’s decision in Way to Grow, Inc. demonstrates that the door that was opened by the Ninth Circuit in Garvin … Continue Reading

No Right, No Power, No Claim: Anti-Assignment Provision Voids Claim Trader’s Proof of Claim

Road Stop SignOn September 11, 2019, the Delaware district court affirmed the bankruptcy court’s decision to expunge a proof of claim filed by a claims trader in the Woodbridge Group of Companies, LLC bankruptcy case.  The court’s holding was based on three primary legal conclusions:  (1) the anti‑assignment provisions in the underlying loan agreements and promissory notes were … Continue Reading

Bankruptcy Court Tells Debtors They Must Choose Between Bankruptcy Or Being Able To Buy Medical Marijuana

We have written before about the virtual dead end faced by marijuana companies who try to seek protection in the bankruptcy courts.  Almost uniformly, bankruptcy courts have shut their doors on marijuana companies, including their landlords and suppliers.  These courts have held that although marijuana use may be legal in a majority of the States, … Continue Reading
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