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In June 2017, affiliated holders of the most senior class of notes in a CDO known as Taberna Preferred Funding IV, a CDO that held various issues of trust preferred securities known as TruPS, filed an involuntary petition under the Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code. That noteholders did so on the purported ground that the CDO was in default and in need of immediate reorganization in order to preserve value. That justification, however, was a ruse, put forward by the noteholders in an attempt prematurely to force liquidation of all the CDO’s collateral in order to earn an extraordinary return at the expense of every other class of noteholders. The filing of the petition understandably prompted a group of junior noteholders, the collateral manager and an industry group vigorously to oppose the filing and to seek dismissal of the petition.
By Carl E. Black and Jonathan Noble Edel
Recognizing the potential consequences, companies in Chapter 11 bankruptcy often try to reduce employee uncertainty by seeking authority from the bankruptcy court. The Bankruptcy Code, however, imposes a variety of limitations on the ability of a debtor-employer to provide certain types of compensation and benefits to “insiders,” a term that is broadly defined in the Bankruptcy Code.
By Michael L. Cook
“[A] secured creditor [has no] affirmative obligation under the automatic stay to return a debtor’s [repossessed] collateral to the bankruptcy estate immediately upon notice of the debtor’s bankruptcy,” the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit held on Oct. 28, 2019 in In re Denby-Peterson.
By Rudolph J. Di Massa Jr. and Jarret P. Hitchings
The assumption that bankruptcy can’t relieve a borrower of student loan obligations is incorrect, however a debtor must provide compelling evidence that an undue hardship will result if the debtor is required to repay the loan.
By Peter Janovsky
A debtor’s goal in a Chapter 11 Bankruptcy is to confirm a “plan of reorganization.” Creditors usually have the right to vote for or against a plan, and in some cases, a plan can be confirmed over the objection of one or more classes of creditors. This is called a “cram-down.” The Bankruptcy Code’s rules governing cram-down are complex and differ for secured and unsecured classes of creditors. This article shows how bankruptcy courts have ruled on a particular method of cram-down known as a “dirt-for-debt” plan.