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Bankruptcy Litigation

Junior Noteholders Successfully Petition for Dismissal of Involuntary Filing

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.

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In June 2017, affiliated holders of the most senior class of notes in a CDO known as Taberna Preferred Funding IV, a CDO that held various issues of trust preferred securities known as TruPS, filed an involuntary petition under the Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code. That noteholders did so on the purported ground that the CDO was in default and in need of immediate reorganization in order to preserve value. That justification, however, was a ruse, put forward by the noteholders in an attempt prematurely to force liquidation of all the CDO’s collateral in order to earn an extraordinary return at the expense of every other class of noteholders. The filing of the petition understandably prompted a group of junior noteholders, the collateral manager and an industry group vigorously to oppose the filing and to seek dismissal of the petition.

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