The chairs of the Real Estate Committee thank all the committee members for their support during this past year. COVID has had quite an impact on real estate lending and real estate bankruptcies. A major (and obvious) theme was the force majeure provision in contracts, and whether the COVID pandemic triggers the clause to, inter alia, excuse rental payments.
In a June 3, 2020, decision, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Illinois held that a force majeure provision partially excused a restaurant’s obligation to make post-petition rental payments after the Governor of Illinois, J.B.
On May 15th, JCPenney announced that the company was filing for chapter 11 relief. Another in a trend of major retailers filing for bankruptcy.
In a matter of first impression, the U.S.
The majority of real property leases provide for prepayment of rent on the first of each month. However, tenants filing for chapter 11 do not always pay on the day their rent is due and payable.
Releases in conformation orders do not always protect against subsequent litigation or liability. DVL Inc. and DVL Kearney Holdings LLC (collectively, “DVL”) filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey against Congoleum Corp., which in turn sued Bath Iron Works Corp.
Investing in distressed real estate is often characterized by the high returns it can offer on invested capital, as well as the many ways an investor can lose his invested capital. When investing in distressed real estate, either via equity or debt, it is inevitable that investors will come across “hair” that would normally deter more institutional investors.
Shopping centers are a delicate blend of stores and services, carefully crafted at the hand of the master mixologist: the landlord. However, if a landlord doesn’t take certain precautions, it may lose its right to control the balance of the ingredients to this cocktail: the tenant mix.
A Massachusetts bankruptcy court has ruled that a duplex used both as the debtors’ residence and an Airbnb rental qualified for Massachusetts’s homestead exemption.
Bankruptcy trustees are armed with several familiar tools to recover assets for the benefit of the bankruptcy estate. One commonly used tool is state law avoidance powers, which is granted to trustees by § 544(b). However, trustees (and their attorneys) should be aware that § 548 provides an additional, independent cause of action to avoid transfers.
Hosted by the Health Care, Real Estate, and Technology and Intellectual Property Committees This panel will explore the rapidly changing world of information technology and medical device technology, and how it is transforming the health care system in America. Just as importantly, the panelists will discuss the financial implications and issues impacting health care providers due to the costs associated with these technological changes, and how they are dealt with in the circumstance of a financially distressed health care business.
Many insolvency professionals regularly encounter the rejection of real property leases under section 365 of the Bankruptcy Code, either through the representation of debtors, creditors, landlords, or tenants. Lease rejection issues have become more prevalent during the recent spate of retail bankruptcies, particularly due to the rise of online retail and the accompanying threat to traditional brick-and-mortar.
In 2010, at the height of the last economic downturn, there were almost three million foreclosure filings nationwide. It therefore is not surprising that almost all insolvency professionals will confront foreclosure at some point, either representing a lender considering a foreclosure filing or whose claim is affected by one, or a borrower facing threats of foreclosure. This Webinar will provide experienced and novice practitioners alike with the tools needed to advise on these situations.
Authors of the most recent Real Estate Committee newsletter recently held a committee call to discuss their respective articles and take participant questions. Topics included: application of section 363(h) of the Bankruptcy Code, “surrender” of collateral in Chapter 7 and 13 cases, and attorneys’ fees as “cure costs".
Hospitality and the Tax Man: Historical Hospitality Tax Issues in Distress
Don’t Restrict My Sale: The Enforceability of Restrictive Covenants and Easements in Assets Sales in Bankruptcy
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