Secured Credit Committee


Post date: Thursday, January 14, 2021

This year has been like no other. With the rest of the world, ABI’s Secured Credit Committee was jilted by the speed at which our in-person conferences and activities came to a halt. At the same time, we marveled at how efficiently the Annual Spring Meeting was retooled for virtual happy hours, networking opportunities and webinars that have lasted through these trying months.

Post date: Wednesday, July 01, 2020
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John C. Cannizzaro

When asked whether a foreclosure sale can be avoided in bankruptcy, the first answer that comes to many practitioners’ minds is “no” because of the Supreme Court’s opinion in BFP v. Resolution Trust Corp.[1] The correct answer, though, is a much more nuanced “it depends.” The Third Circuit’s Sept.

Post date: Wednesday, July 01, 2020

Throughout 2019, the retail industry continued to struggle as numerous retailers — from a variety of product and apparel categories — sought bankruptcy relief. Further, many retailers entered chapter 11 with an intent to liquidate all, or substantially all, of their assets quickly and efficiently.

Post date: Tuesday, September 03, 2019

Secured creditors should file UCC-1 financing statements. A proper UCC-1 must list both the name of the debtor and a description of the collateral. In a recent case before the First Circuit, both components in initial financing statements were insufficient to perfect the secured creditors’ interests.

Post date: Tuesday, September 03, 2019

In an insolvency situation, a lender’s strategy is very dependent upon the nature and extent of its collateral. Nothing can be more frustrating to a lender than believing it is in a senior position, only to find out that it has been primed. While a standard UCC Article 9 search will discover most liens and security interests, certain liens and interests require enhanced diligence.

Post date: Tuesday, September 03, 2019

“First in time, first in right,” is one of the first things taught in a law school’s secured transactions class. Yet a recent ruling from the U.S.

Post date: Monday, September 24, 2018

Good-faith efforts can create good outcomes. A can cause B. The absence of B, however, does not necessarily mean that A was absent: Bad results can occur even with good-faith efforts.

Post date: Thursday, July 12, 2018
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Timothy J. Anzenberger

May chapter 13 plans prioritize payments to debtors’ attorneys over secured creditors? Bankruptcy courts are divided, and two recent decisions have widened the gap.

Post date: Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Circuits are split on the issue of whether bankruptcy courts can confirm plans containing non-consensual third-party releases. Historically, the split involved the application of Bankruptcy Code § 105 or 524. Recently, however, a few secured creditors have relied on Stern v.

Post date: Saturday, February 03, 2018

The opinion issued by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in DZ Bank Ag Deutsche Zentral-Genossenschaftbank, Frankfurt Am Main v. Meyer[1] is noteworthy to secured creditors in the context of the extent of the judgment to which they may be entitled as a consequence of the commission of actual fraud.


Sat, 2017-12-02

Hosted by the Secured Credit and Unsecured Trade Creditors Committees. Unsecured trade creditors and secured creditors confront similar plan analysis issues, including gerrymandering, vote incentivization schemes, drop dead provisions, and golden shares. The panel will discuss some of those “creative” plan provisions and interesting confirmation issues that impact both secured and unsecured creditors.

Fri, 2017-04-21

This panel hosted by the Commercial Fraud and Secured Credit Committees will take a fresh look at secured creditor rights and unique solvency issues in fraud and Ponzi cases. Learn how to avoid being trumped in federal forfeiture proceedings or paying on bankruptcy clawback claims by treading in the safe harbor of § 546(e) — and learn how to navigate the shoals of receivership.

Thu, 2017-02-02

This program will provide an introduction to the most common types of intercreditor and subordination agreements involved in transactions today and will highlight drafting considerations and points of negotiation involved in each. Additionally, the panelists will provide an overview of important bankruptcy court decisions involving the interpretation and enforceability of intercreditor agreements and subordination agreements and will provide insight about how intercreditor and subordination agreements have changed (or should change) in response.

Fri, 2016-04-15

Legal and Practical Issues Involving Secured Creditors and the Retention of Financial Advisors.

Fri, 2015-04-17

Secured Credit Under the Code and Commission Report

Wed, 2014-11-12

The Asset Sales Committee hosted their most recent committee call on Wednesday, November 12. This call was titled "Bankruptcy Reform Commission’s Consideration of a Proposal to Surcharge Secured Lenders for 363 Asset Sales," and worked to more broadly inform and engage bankruptcy and restructuring professionals about the proposal being considered by the Bankruptcy Reform Commission to assess a charge on secured lenders for 363 asset sales in Chapter 11.

Mr. John T. Farnum, Esq.
Miles & Stockbridge PC
Washington, MD
(202) 737-9600

Ms. Michelle M. Masoner
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP
Kansas City, MO

Mr. Ian Rubenstrunk
Communications Manager
Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A.
Minneapolis, MN
(612) 604-6763

Ms. Alyson M. Fiedler, Esq.
Education Director
Ice Miller LLC
New York, NY
(212) 835-6315

Mr. James K. Donaldson
Special Projects Leader
LimNexus LLP
Washington, VA
(804) 237-8800

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