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Bankruptcy Litigation Regulations

Chapter 15 Practice: U.S. Venue Selection Clause Does Not Trump Distribution Scheme in Italian Restructuring Plan

The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware recently ruled that choice of law and venue selection provisions in a contract between a U.S. creditor and Italian debtor did not trump the debt restructuring plan approved by an Italian bankruptcy court.

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In determining whether a U.S. bankruptcy court should provide the representative of a foreign debtor with various forms of assistance in a case under Chapter 15 of the Bankruptcy Code, the court must consider, consistent with the principles of international comity, among other things: 1) whether such assistance will reasonably assure that U.S. creditors are protected against the prejudice and inconvenience associated with processing their claims; and 2) that the interests of creditors and other stakeholders are sufficiently protected in the debtor’s foreign bankruptcy proceeding.

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