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Since the passage of the Bankruptcy Act of 1898, and particularly since 1926, United States bankruptcy laws have contained a provision that would penalize debtors who use false pretenses or false financial documents to obtain credit. The Supreme Court’s decision in Lamar, Archer & Cofrin, LLP v. Appling, 138 S. Ct. 1752, 201 L. Ed. 2d 102 (2018) (Lamar, Archer) has significantly constricted the range and nature of statements that will support a successful objection by a creditor to the discharge of a debt that was obtained by the statements in question. This constriction could have a very real impact on how entities that loan money or provide services on credit review and collect information regarding a borrower’s creditworthiness.
By Adam C. Rogoff
In today’s global economy, companies often have multiple business lines operating through separate entities. Outside of bankruptcy, these affiliated operations sometimes transact in a holistic — albeit legally distinct — debtor-creditor relationship with their counterparty. But, as this article discusses, the legal separateness of affiliates can hinder economic protections that a creditor might have otherwise when its counterparty files for bankruptcy.
By Joel H. Levitin, Richard A. Stieglitz Jr. and Stephen J. Gordon
Bankruptcy Provisions in First Lien/Second Lien Intercreditor Agreements
While intercreditor agreements (ICAs) are not necessarily the most attention-grabbing of the various loan documents common to large financing transactions, they are nevertheless important, and lack of attention to detail with respect to their provisions could lead to unintended results in any future bankruptcy case.
By Earl M. Forte
In January, a bench trial occurred in In re Covenant Partners, L.P., in which the Trustee of Debtor, Covenant Partners, L.P., sued for breach of fiduciary duty.
By Richard J. Mason
This article looks at some of the issues that may arise if a cryptocurrency exchange becomes a debtor in a case under the Bankruptcy Code.