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Recent Challenges Faced by Foreign Representatives Seeking Relief Under Chapter 15

Foreign representatives have begun using chapter 15 more creatively in seeking a broad array of relief; consequently, parties in the U.S. have increasingly been raising a number of challenges. In 2014, foreign representatives were presented with a number of objections to chapter 15 relief, including objections questioning the proper location of the foreign debtor’s center of main interests and the fairness of proceedings before the foreign court. This panel discusses cases that address these issues, including In re Octaviar Admin. Pty Ltd., In re Suntech Power Holdings Co. Ltd. and In re Rede Energia, S.A., and the steps the foreign representatives in those cases took to maximize their likelihood of obtaining relief in the U.S. The panel also discusses whether chapter 15 recognition is a prerequisite to seeking relief in a U.S. court, and analyzes the split of authority on that issue.

Cross-Border Insolvency Program 2015
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