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The blockchain, or distributed ledger technology, has created a new and arguably more efficient and reliable way of recording data. Rather than storing data in a central location, the blockchain keeps a running tally in a decentralized network of computers that verify the source of “blocks” of data before adding them to the existing “chain.” Although the blockchain has many applications, perhaps its most visible use is serving as an electronic platform for issuing and recording transfers of cryptocurrencies on the Internet. It is now estimated that there are over 1,600 forms of cryptocurrency, with bitcoin, ethereum and XRP being the most widely used.
By John J. Rapisardi and Daniel Shamah
PG&E Corporation and its subsidiary, Pacific Gas & Electric Company announced that it expects to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on or around Jan. 29, 2019, right around the conclusion of a mandatory 15-day notice requirement under California law. Such a filing would represent the second time PG&E resorted to protection under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code.
By H. Peter Haveles, Jr. and Eric Winston
The bankruptcy court’s ruling is a seminal decision that meaningfully circumscribes the ability of a secured noteholder under an indenture, particularly for structured debt, to force the debtor (i.e., issuer of the debt) into an involuntary bankruptcy.
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.’”