Business Reorganization Committee


Post date: Tuesday, August 25, 2020

On March 17, 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to protect its customers and employees, J.C. Penney opted to close all of its stores and decrease supply chain operations.[1] Then, in mid-May, J.C. Penney and its affiliates (the debtors) filed for chapter 11 protection in the U.S.

Post date: Tuesday, August 25, 2020

In a significant recent decision in the Alta Mesa chapter 11 case,[1] Bankruptcy Judge Marvin Isgur of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas (the “Bankruptcy Court”) held that the debtors’ midstream oil and gas gathering agreements constituted real property covenants “running wi

Post date: Tuesday, August 25, 2020

On January 29, 2019, PG&E Corporation (“PG&E”) and its primary operating subsidiary, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (“Debtors”), were forced to file for bankruptcy protection as a result of disastrous wildfires that occurred in Northern California in 2017 and 2018 which gave rise to billions of dollars in liabilities against the power giant.

Post date: Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Could your chapter 11 debtor survive if its quarterly fees increased by 833%?

Post date: Monday, May 11, 2020

The safe harbor provision in 11 U.S.C. § 546(e) provides, in relevant part, that a trustee may not avoid a transfer “made by or to (or for the benefit of) a ... financial institution ...

Post date: Monday, May 11, 2020

FirstEnergy[1] sells electricity to customers in six states. It commenced a chapter 11 bankruptcy case in May 2018 in which it sought to reject long-term power purchase agreements (PPAs) entered into several years prior to bankruptcy.

Post date: Monday, May 11, 2020

The Supreme Court recently clarified that the finality of a bankruptcy court order is determined by evaluating whether the order unreservedly adjudicates a discrete proceeding or is part of a larger process. In Ritzen Group Inc. v.

Post date: Monday, May 11, 2020

The Fifth Circuit’s opinion in In re Ultra Petroleum[1] clarifies what “unimpaired” means under § 1124 of the Bankruptcy Code. The Fifth Circuit joined the Third Circuit[2] in holding that “[t]he plain text of § 1124(1) requires that ‘the plan’ do the altering.

Post date: Monday, May 11, 2020
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Lindsay Zahradka Milne

In an opinion issued in December 2019, the Third Circuit found that the bankruptcy court below had constitutional authority to confirm a plan containing compelled third-party releases because — on the “specific, exceptional facts of [the Millennium Lab] case” — those releases were “integral to the restructuring of the debtor/creditor relationship.”

Post date: Thursday, October 03, 2019

Bankruptcy professionals have become quite accustomed to the increasingly common phenomenon of a troubled company filing a chapter 11 case and either simultaneousl


Fri, 2017-12-01

Hosted by the Business Reorganization and Mediation Committees

Tue, 2016-11-29

The topic of the most recent Commercial Fraud Committee call, discussed the Uniform Voidable Transactions Act (UVTA), formerly named the Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act (UFTA), which was amended (and retitled) in 2014 for the first time since its creation in 1984.  According to the Uniform Law Commission, the amended Act, which strengthens creditor protections by providing remedies for certain transactions by a debtor that are unfair to the debtor’s creditors, addresses a small number of narrowly-defined issues and is not a comprehensive revision of the Act.

Fri, 2016-04-15

Public Securities and the Bankruptcy Plan Process: What Not to Do

Tue, 2015-09-08

The Asset Sales Committee will host John Hutton and Henry Jaffe as they discuss the GM successor liability decision, now on appeal in the Second Circuit, describing the arguments and positions taken by different parties on key issues in the case and discussing the potential impact of the ruling on appeal.

Sat, 2015-04-18

Tax-Sharing Agreements in Bankruptcy that Have Been the Subject of Recent Appeals Courts Decisions

Tue, 2014-09-23

The Business Reorganization Committee held a free committee wide call on Tuesday, September 23rd, at 4 pm ET. The topic was titled "Looking at International Insolvency/Restructurings Through the Bankruptcy Code and Beyond," and featured key speakers, including: Patrick Mohan (Moderator) of Reorg Research (Columbia, S.C.), Rachel Ehrlich Albanese of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP (New York), G.

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New York, NY
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