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On Oct. 20, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, in Momentive Performance Materials, Inc. v. BOKF, NA (In re MPM Silicones, L.L.C. “MPM”) –F.3d–, 2017 WL 4700314, Nos. 15-1682 (2nd Cir. Oct.20, 2017), reversed in part and remanded to the bankruptcy court an order confirming the Debtor’s Chapter 11 plan of reorganization. The appellate court instructed the bankruptcy court to apply an “efficient market rate” of interest to the senior secured notes issued under the plan, if such a rate could be ascertained, in lieu of a “formula rate” of interest that had been applied. The Second Circuit affirmed the balance of judgment on appeal by denying any make-whole recovery, refusing to subordinate claims of certain second lien creditors and finding that the doctrine of equitable mootness did not apply.
By Paul A. Rubin and Hanh V. Huynh
Employees of a troubled company who stay on as consultants to assist in liquidating its assets or preparing the company for a bankruptcy filing may later be disappointed to face claims to claw back their prepetition compensation.
By Howard C. Rubin and Deirdre M. Richards
When Entities May Not Have a Filing Choice and How Creditors Are Impacted
This article explores the difficulties some entities have encountered in filing bankruptcies and how one organization used extraordinary civil remedies in an attempt to accomplish what reorganization under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code would have provided.
By Adam L. Rosen
As widely reported, the downfall of Sears was a slow-motion train wreck. Despite its unique size and complexity, however, some of the strategies and techniques used by the stakeholders in Sears can be applied in cases of any size.
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.