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Earlier this year, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit explored the application of the equitable lien doctrine after a secured equipment lender sought to recover directly from its borrower’s insurance company once the borrower filed a Voluntary Petition under Chapter 11. The court affirmed the district court’s denial of relief to the lender. This reinforces the importance that a secured lender protect itself when entering a transaction with a borrower or lessee to avoid a total loss if the borrower or lessee files a bankruptcy petition or if the leased equipment is damaged, missing or both.
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.