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As predicted in the first part of this article (May, 2018), the new United States Trustee (UST) fee has had a disproportionate effect on middle-market, high-velocity cash flow companies. The best solution is for Congress to revisit the fee structure and refine it to reflect the realities of particular cases and the actual burden on the UST.
As predicted in the first part of this article (May, 2018), the new United States Trustee (UST) fee has had a disproportionate effect on middle-market, high-velocity cash flow companies. See, Katy Stech Ferek, Companies Grapple with Rise in Bankruptcy Fees, Wall St. J. Sept. 6, 2018. In fact, several debtors and cases have already been disrupted by the abrupt change in the UST fee schedule, with one debtor being forced to relinquish control of its business to a Chapter 11 trustee after it couldn’t pay the increased fee (which was accruing at a faster pace than the interest on the debtor’s DIP loan). See, Order Directing Appointment of Trustee, In re Peninsular Airways, Inc., Case No. 17-00282, Docket No. 409.
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.
By Joel H. Levitin, Richard A. Stieglitz Jr. and Stephen J. Gordon
Bankruptcy Provisions in First Lien/Second Lien Intercreditor Agreements
While intercreditor agreements (ICAs) are not necessarily the most attention-grabbing of the various loan documents common to large financing transactions, they are nevertheless important, and lack of attention to detail with respect to their provisions could lead to unintended results in any future bankruptcy case.
By Earl M. Forte
In January, a bench trial occurred in In re Covenant Partners, L.P., in which the Trustee of Debtor, Covenant Partners, L.P., sued for breach of fiduciary duty.
By Richard J. Mason
This article looks at some of the issues that may arise if a cryptocurrency exchange becomes a debtor in a case under the Bankruptcy Code.