Tag Archives: Asset Sales

Government proposes legislation to enhance UK insolvency regime

On 26 August, the Government announced that it will be making changes to UK insolvency legislation. The changes are intended to support distressed companies and address issues highlighted by major company failures and include: the ability for all companies to apply for a moratorium a new insolvency process – the “restructuring plan”, enabling companies to cram … Continue Reading

Contracts via email – potential pitfalls

A recent decision of the High Court (Goel and another v Grant and another [2017] EWHC 2688 (Ch)) has provided a useful reminder that care must be taken when administrators enter into pre-contract negotiations and the risk of inadvertently entering into a binding contract before terms are finalised. It also deals with the risks of disposing … Continue Reading

Fight or Flight – Insolvency in the aviation industry

Air Berlin, one of Europe’s largest airlines, filed for insolvency on 15 August 2017. The airline, which is Germany’s second-largest carrier after Lufthansa, filed following the decision by Etihad Airways to pull financial support. Etihad owns 29% of Air Berlin and had been pumping money into the struggling airline for the past 6 years. The … Continue Reading

Lessees Left in Limbo

Do a lessee’s possessory interests in real property survive a “free and clear” sale of the property under section 363 of the Bankruptcy Code? In a recent decision, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals said “no,” holding that section 365(h) did not protect the interest of the lessee in the context of a section 363 … Continue Reading

Statutory Limits to Retained Jurisdiction – – The Contract May Not Be The Answer

A recent decision by the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit provides additional guidance with respect to jurisdictional disputes that bankruptcy professionals often see in practice. In particular, the Gupta v. Quincy Med. Ctr., 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 9814 (1st Cir. June 2, 2017) case analyzed whether a bankruptcy court had jurisdiction … Continue Reading

A TUPE sting in the tail – Project Viva Limited (In Administration)

An employment tribunal has recently confirmed that employees who have been unfairly dismissed from an insolvent employer can bring an action against a connected successor company. The tribunal held that there was a ‘commonality of ownership’ between the original and successor companies and that it was correct as a matter of public policy that employees should be able … Continue Reading

Snooze and you lose in Slovakia

A recent decision of the Slovak Courts suggest that if main proceedings have been opened in one member state and the debtor has assets in Slovakia, the insolvency practitioner in the main proceedings must act quickly and sell those assets before secondary proceedings are opened in Slovakia, otherwise he runs the risk of losing the … Continue Reading

Digging for Help Part 2: Additional Key Issues in Metals Exploration Bankruptcies

Last week, we discussed the complexities of metals exploration chapter 11 bankruptcy cases and addressed several of the notable issues that arise in those cases. The discussion of significant issues continues below. Enforceability of Rights of First Refusal  Mining exploration is often undertaken by partners, one of which may contribute the mining properties and the … Continue Reading

The new SIP 16 and pre-pack pool

Further to the review of pre-pack administration sales (“pre-packs”) by Teresa Graham CBE last year (the findings of which were published in the “Graham Report” and discussed in one of our earlier blogs, Change in Sight for UK Pre-pack Administration Regulation), the key recommendations have now been implemented in order to improve fairness and transparency … Continue Reading

A shift in the balance……?

On 14 September 2015, judgment was handed down in the case of Re SSRL Realisations Limited (In Administration), in which a landlord was granted permission to forfeit a lease by peaceable re-entry. The case will be of interest to insolvency practitioners and landlords alike – but for very different reasons. The facts of this case … Continue Reading

Insolvent sellers and validation orders in the English High Court: Buyer Beware!

In the recent case of Wilson (as liquidator of 375 Live Ltd) v SMC Properties Limited, the English High Court reviewed the policy behind section 127 Insolvency Act 1986 (“the Act”) and the underlying principles that apply to validation order applications. The Court considered the interaction between the requirement of good faith and the role … Continue Reading

Ohio Receivership Laws Get Some Muscle

On December 19, 2014, the Governor of the State of Ohio signed into law legislation that clarifies and expands the scope of powers given to a receiver under Ohio’s receivership statutes (chapter 2735 of the Ohio Revised Code (“ORC”)).  Most significantly, effective March 23, 2015 (the effective date for all of the amendments), an Ohio … Continue Reading

Proposed tightning in regulation of UK pre-packs

Pre-packs are a valuable business rescue tool but have often been criticised by creditors because they enable an administrator to conclude a sale without involving them. The term ‘pre-packaged sale’ refers to an arrangement under which the sale of all or part of the company’s business or assets is negotiated with a purchaser prior to … Continue Reading

Buyer Beware: Payment on Assumed Debt in An Asset Sale Could Be An Avoidable Preference

Sophisticated distressed investors know the benefits of acquiring assets through a § 363 sale in a bankruptcy case.  The primary benefit, of course, is acquiring assets free and clear of pre-existing liens, claims and interests.  There are some occasions, however, where it is not practical for a buyer to request that a sale be run … Continue Reading