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No matter how meritorious a claim may be, its ultimate value to creditors depends upon one thing — whether there is a viable source to satisfy any judgment obtained, since many D&Os do not have sufficient personal assets to satisfy any significant damages that may be awarded.
In the world of Chapter 11 negotiations, the creation of a litigation trust to pursue claims on behalf of unsecured creditors is a common strategy employed by official committees of unsecured creditors as a means to maximize creditor recoveries. Committees often seek to pursue avoidance actions and claims against a company’s directors and officers (D&Os) for breaches of fiduciary duties, among other things.
By Timothy W. Hoffmann and Mark G. Douglas
In Nuverra Environmental Solutions,, the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware affirmed a bankruptcy court order confirming a non-consensual Chapter 11 plan that included “gifted” consideration from a senior secured creditor to fund unequal distributions to two separate classes of unsecured creditors.
By Michael L. Cook
The Eighth Circuit affirmed the lower courts’ dismissal of a bankruptcy trustee’s $250 million fraudulent transfer suit against two banks (the Banks), rejecting the so called “Ponzi scheme presumption” that “allows a creditor to by-pass the proof requirements of a fraudulent-transfer claim by showing that the debtor operated a Ponzi scheme and transferred assets ‘in furtherance of the scheme.’”
By Michael L. Cook
A license agreement “deemed rejected by operation of law” could not be acquired under a court-approved asset purchase agreement, held the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
By Deirdre M. Richards and Howard C. Rubin
Secured creditors can learn a great deal from a few recent bankruptcy cases involving the Uniform Commercial Code that remind us that the “devil is in the details.” These cases show that it is unrealistic to expect forgiveness by a court after a misstep involving Article 9 of the UCC.