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How do bankruptcy judges resolve the competing desires of buyers and tenants? Must buyers bid for property knowing that tenants might have the right to stay if their leases are rejected? Are tenants in jeopardy that they might have to move elsewhere to live or work?
Chapter 11 cases take less time from start to finish than they did 10 to 15 years ago. Companies often don’t file these days to stay in business but to sell assets and liquidate. Sometimes the key assets are buildings where people have their homes or businesses sell their goods. Buyers will want to update buildings they purchase to attract new tenants who can pay more than current ones. But current tenants might want to stay where they are and not move.
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By Matthew I. Kramer
There is no efficient market for the sale of bankruptcy assets. Inefficient markets yield a transactional drag, potentially dampening the ability of debtors and trustees to maximize value for creditors. This article identifies ways in which investors may more easily discover bankruptcy asset sales.
By Danielle C. Lesser
Malls across America, long suffering even before the rise of COVID-19, are now forced to confront a wave of store closures that will inevitably result from current factors. Troubled retailers will, without doubt, seek to close their failing mall locations. To stem these efforts, landlords have applied to courts for injunctive relief to force stores to remain open and operating through the enforcement of the “continuous operations provision” found in mall leases.
By Andrew C. Kassner and Joseph N. Argentina Jr.
The pandemic has spurred analysis of legal issues as businesses grapple with their respective relationships with both private and public entities. In this article, the authors examine Section 525 of the Bankruptcy Code — the anti-discrimination section, and its implications during COVID-19.
By Mark S. Melickian and Hajar Jouglaf
General assignments for the benefit of creditors (ABCs) have been and continue to be a popular business liquidation device for the orderly wind down of corporations, limited liability companies, and even nonprofit corporations and general partnerships. Just as in bankruptcy, an ABC can also be used to facilitate a going-concern sale of the debtor’s assets to a third-party.