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New Issue of the ABI Law Review Features Assignability of Intellectual Property Leases, Special-Purpose Entity Lending Structures and More

Alexandria, Va. — The American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) Summer 2017 Law Review (Volume 25, No. 2) features four articles that examine a number of timely insolvency topics. The articles cover such issues as assignability of intellectual property licenses in bankruptcy, preemption in bankruptcy sale orders, pre-petition avoidance provisions and special-purpose entity lending structures.

Articles include:

  • “Why the Assignability of Intellectual Property Licenses in Bankruptcy Might Not Be Settled After All” by Peter Bach-y-Rita of Chapman and Cutler LLP (San Francisco) and Samuel A. Newman of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP (Los Angeles).
  • “‘Free and Clear’ Bankruptcy Sale Orders and State Law Successor Liability Claims: The Overlooked Question of Preemption” by Trevor W. Swett III of Caplin & Drysdale, Chtd. (Washington, D.C.).
  • “An Uncertain Future: The Questionable Extraterritoriality of the Bankruptcy Code’s Core Pre-Petition Avoidance Provisions” by Michael J. Colarossi of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP (New York).
  • “Special-Purpose Entity Lending Structures: What Developments Have Been Made Since the Landmark Bankruptcy Case In re General Growth Properties, Inc.?” by Adrian Nasr of Kirkland & Ellis LLP (San Francisco).

ABI’s Law Review, published in conjunction with St. Johns University School of Law in Jamaica, N.Y., is among the most cited and respected scholarly publications in the bankruptcy community. Now in its 25th year, it has the largest circulation of any bankruptcy law review. Past issues of the Law Review have focused on a variety of timely insolvency issues, including chapter 11 reform, distressed sectors, single-asset cases, consumer bankruptcy, the revised Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code and other topics.

Members of the press looking to obtain any of the articles from the Summer 2017 issue should contact John Hartgen at 703-894-5935 or


ABI is the largest multi-disciplinary, nonpartisan organization dedicated to research and education on matters related to insolvency. ABI was founded in 1982 to provide Congress and the public with unbiased analysis of bankruptcy issues. The ABI membership includes more than 12,000 attorneys, accountants, bankers, judges, professors, lenders, turnaround specialists and other bankruptcy professionals, providing a forum for the exchange of ideas and information. For additional information on ABI, visit For additional conference information, visit