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Post date: Friday, April 27, 2018

A Feb. 27, 2018, decision by the U.S. Supreme Court resolved a split in the circuit courts by clarifying that a bankruptcy trustee, creditors’ committee or other entity with standing may claw back preferences and constructive fraudulent transfers involving the purchase of securities, even though the transaction was effectuated by depositing funds or securities with financial institutions.


Andrew I. Silfen
Post date: Thursday, April 26, 2018

What happens to a licensee’s right to use a trademark if the licensor files for bankruptcy?

Post date: Thursday, April 26, 2018

The permanent release of a nondebtor from a debt owed to a third party in a chapter 11 plan is barred per se in some courts and must meet a high standard to be allowed in others. The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Colorado in In re Midway Gold US Inc.

Post date: Wednesday, November 29, 2017

The issue of nonconsensual third-party releases in chapter 11 plans continues to generate litigation. Releases and corresponding injunctions frequently insulate nondebtors — such as directors, officers or parent entities — from claims asserted by other nondebtors. Litigation regarding third-party releases has also involved jurisdictional issues, including those addressed in Stern v.


Donald L. Swanson
Post date: Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Bankruptcy courts “generally presume that good chapter 11 lawyers can and should negotiate without the help of an outside mediator.” However, some Chapter 11 cases are “so inherently complex” or “riddled” with “high levels of distrust” that “the presiding judge (or more rarely, the parties) views the appointment of a plan mediator as a virtual necessity from the

Post date: Wednesday, June 28, 2017

In the recent case of Calita Elston Robinson,[1] the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Georgia addressed the issue of what the “interest at the legal rate” means under § 726(a)(5) of the Bankruptcy Code.

Post date: Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Profs. Richard M. Hynes (University of Virginia; Charlottesville, Va.), Anne Lawton (Lansing, Mich.) and Margaret Howard (Washington & Lee Law School; Lexington, Va.) recently published an article in the ABI Law Review on a groundbreaking study of chapter 11 cases for individual debtors.[1] The report profiles a typical individual who seeks protection and relief under chapter 11. The profile looks like this:

Post date: Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Section 1129(a)(10) of the Bankruptcy Code — requiring acceptance of a proposed plan from at least one impaired voting class — can often pose a unique challenge for single asset real estate debtors.[1] Indeed, finding an impaired accepting class may be the lynchpin for success in run of the mill single-asset bankruptcies, where debtors

Post date: Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Since 2004, thirteen Catholic dioceses have filed for bankruptcy protection. Although several dioceses filed before 2004, filings since then have been driven by mounting sexual abuse claims against the dioceses. In response to these filings, claimants are assembling formidable unsecured creditors’ committees. For the most part, these diocesan bankruptcies have resulted in settlements. However, adversary proceedings have drawn out several of these bankruptcies. The ownership of church assets has led to many disputes over what belongs to the entities being sued and what belongs to other separate organizations. Therefore, while the bankruptcy process has helped these religious organizations with protection from impending liabilities, it has also provided sexual abuse claimants with a venue to build substantial creditors’ committees and challenge the availability of assets.

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Ms. Ronni N. Arnold
Co-Chair
Shearman & Sterling LLP
New York, NY
(212) 848-4669

Ms. Jordana L. Renert
Co-Chair
Arent Fox LLP
New York, NY
(212) 457-5476

Mr. Jacob Frumkin, Esq.
Communications Manager
Cole Schotz P.C.
Hackensack, NJ
(646) 563-8944

Mr. Robert S. Marticello
Education Director
Smiley Wang-Ekvall, LLP
Costa Mesa, CA
(714) 445-1000

Mr. Clayton George Gring, III
Membership Relations Director
AlixPartners LLP
Houston, TX
(214) 697-3367

Ms. Krista L. Kulp
Newsletter Editor
Cole Schotz P.C.
Hackensack, NY
(201) 525-6317

Ms. Jamie J. Fell
Special Projects Leader
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
New York, NY
(212) 455-3822

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