Reorganization Value, § 363 Value, and the Games People Play
Today’s chapter 11 cases tend to include upfront announcements of the debtor’s preferred exit strategy. We often see the debtor’s first-day announcement of a pre-negotiated plan structure or an already “half-baked” sale process, as well as DIP loan covenants, driving the announced strategy to a quick and assured conclusion. But what if that plan or sale process is not designed (perhaps intentionally so) to accurately reflect the business’s true inherent worth? This panel explores how a debtor’s ultimate valuation can be determined more by the bankruptcy process than by the underlying business data.