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Tread CAREfully, mind the funding gap…….

The health and social care sector is currently facing its most significant challenge since the Southern Cross care-homes collapse in 2011. A financial crisis is on the horizon, resulting from the unwelcome trifecta of rising staff costs, significant funding cuts and a steadily increasing regulatory burden. In the five years since the Southern Cross collapse … Continue Reading

Promociones Habitat, S.A. agrees to reschedule its debts

Promociones Habitat SA, the Spanish residential homebuilder, has completed a €1.45 billion restructuring which was the first refinancing of an existing composition agreement to use the provisions in a debt/equity swap within Spain’s new company rescue laws. In 2008 Promociones Habitat SA (Habitat)applied for voluntary bankruptcy with accumulated liabilities of 2,840 million euros. Two years later, … Continue Reading

Interest Rate Mis-selling – Temporary Relief For Banks

The interest rate mis-selling scandal took another twist recently when a landmark legal case was dismissed by the High Court. Had the case been successful it would have challenged the banks’ £2.1bn compensation scheme set-up to settle inappropriate interest rate swaps – however the decision only brings temporary relief for the banks. Background A judicial review … Continue Reading

German Administrator of Maple Bank GmbH seeks Chapter 15 Recognition in US

Maple Bank GmbH (“Maple”) has operated in Frankfurt, Germany since 1994. The bank acted in the business areas of equity and fixed income trading, repos and securities lending, deposits, structured products and institutional sales. Maple has branches in Germany, Netherlands and Canada and subsidiaries in U.S., U.K. and the Cayman islands. It is part of the … Continue Reading

Creditors of Lehman Brothers Australia to Receive Further Dividends

The Federal Court of Australia has approved a settlement, effectively resolving one of the most complex corporate insolvencies in Australian history. On 18 December 2015 the Federal Court of Australia approved a settlement relating to inter-company loans and disputed assets between the liquidators of Lehman Brothers Australia Ltd (LBA) and American parent company Lehman Brothers … Continue Reading

Spanish Solar Energy Crisis: Restructuring Abengoa

Abengoa, the Spanish engineering and energy firm, has communicated to Spain’s High Court that it has initiated restructuring negotiations with its creditors in an attempt to avoid insolvency proceedings. If the restructuring is unsuccessful, it would produce one of the major insolvencies in the history of Spain. On December 18 2015, the Court said it would … Continue Reading

EMIR Mandatory Clearing Will Start On 21 June 2016

The European Union regulation on derivatives, central counterparties and trade repositories (EMIR) introduces new requirements to improve transparency and reduce the risks associated with the derivatives market. EMIR also establishes common organisational, conduct of business and prudential standards for Central Counterparties (CCPs) and trade repositories. In the EU official journal, it was stated on 1 December 2015 that … Continue Reading

Michael Cuda comments on energy lending on Bloomberg TV

On October 15,  Squire Patton Boggs Partner Michael Cuda was interviewed for a segment on Bloomberg TV’s “Markets” program where he discussed the price of oil and energy credit line redeterminations. Michael, based in the Dallas office, specializes in petroleum-industry turnarounds. He said Banks that lend money to energy companies are likely to slash credit … Continue Reading

New High Court Treatment for Subject Access Requests

Dealing with subject access requests (“SAR”s) under the Data Protection Act 1998 is becoming a regular occurrence for many organisations, particularly banks and their advisors.  Processing such requests can take up significant manpower and the costs can be substantial.  Whilst designed to allow individuals to access personal data, determine its source, why it is held … Continue Reading

Institutions Failing or Likely to Fail – New EBA Guidelines

The European Banking Association (EBA) issued Guidelines on 26 May 2015 regarding the circumstances under which an institution is considered to be failing or likely to fail according to Article 32(6) of Directive  2014/59/EU.  Such Guidelines take effect on 1 January 2016 and were issued pursuant to Article 32(6), which directed the EBA to issue these … Continue Reading

Greece, Grexit, Cross-Default – What is next?

On Monday 13 July 2015 the Eurozone Finance Ministers stated that they have entered into an understanding for further funds to be made available to Greece under the rules of ESM (combined with a more or less state controlled Greek trust fund for assets to be privatized) to avoid structuring a temporary Grexit. Such understanding is conditional upon the Greek parliament … Continue Reading

Do we need to fear a Grexit?

Is it legally possible that Greece ceases to be a member of the Eurozone without exiting the EU and without changing the treaties which establish the European Union and what consequences would this have for existing contracts and outstanding bonds? We consider whether it is legally possible for Greece to cease being a member of … Continue Reading

How the Financial Crisis in Spain has Affected Enforcement of Secured Loans

TMA Europe held its second roundtable discussion in Madrid, Spain on Thursday May 28, 2015. The Roundtable featured a panel of senior professionals from central banks, regulators and law firms, together with alternative investors, PE firms and financial advisory firms. Fernando Gonzalez, a partner at Squire Patton Boggs in Madrid, spoke about the recent changes in the banking field in Spain … Continue Reading

Spain Introduces New Scheme To Give Bankrupt Individuals A Second Chance

The Royal Decree-Law 1/2015 dated February 27, 2015 (the “RDL”) seeks to implement urgent measures to, among other things, reduce individual debtors’ financial burden. The RDL was designed to give a second chance to an individual debtor and introduced a mechanism according to which such debtor may have his debts discharged if (i) he acts in good faith … Continue Reading

Trends in Distressed Loan Sales in US and Europe

In a Cross-Jurisdictional review of distressed loan sales in US, France, Germany and Spain, Squire Patton Boggs’ insolvency/restructuring lawyers from each of these jurisdictions give a high-level overview of both economic and legal market trends and how certain key legal issues are being addressed by their local insolvency regimes. They look at: Who is selling … Continue Reading

“TAKE THAT… AND REWIND IT.”

Imagine: you are a lender that has loaned substantial sums of money to an individual, secured by real property owned by the borrower. After the borrower defaults and negotiations fail, you seek and obtain the appointment of a receiver. But now litigation ensues—about the loan documents, about contract defaults, about interest rates, about foreign law. … Continue Reading
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