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The COVID-19 pandemic is already leaving its mark on the bankruptcy asset sale landscape. Some going-concern and liquidation sales have been suspended or cancelled. Debtors have struggled to market their assets, both pre- and post-petition, in the face of unprecedented disruption and uncertainty. Despite this uncertainty — or even because of it — bankruptcy should still be viewed as a useful tool to effectuate the acquisition of assets. The current situation and anticipated distress across many industries presents opportunities for purchasers to acquire assets on favorable terms. The benefits to the purchaser of, among other things, receiving the assets free and clear of liens, claims and encumbrances and the ability to cherry pick executory contracts caught the attention of financial and strategic acquirers for quite some time. However, each industry presents unique issues that should be considered when weighing bankruptcy as an option and, if a case is already pending, a bid for or acquisition of assets of a debtor.
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By Jonathan Friedland and Hajar Jouglaf
Using Subchapter V’s Unlimited Debt Limit & Confirmation Requirements to Eradicate Personal Guarantees
Limitations to Subchapter V suggest that it will be of no use to all but very small companies, but before turning completely away from the topic, there are other considerations in play.
By Francis J. Lawall and Patrick M. Ryan
In 2020, we’ve become all too familiar with the struggles of the gas and oil producers upon which many of our most popular industries rely. The resultant surge in restructuring activities, including Chapter 11 proceedings, among gas and oil producers is the highest in years.
By Charles M. Tatelbaum, Christina V. Paradowski and Brittany L. Hynes
A recent ruling in the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit represents a significant departure from the generalized belief that student loan debts cannot be discharged in bankruptcy, and which, if followed by other circuit courts, could have a dramatic impact on bankruptcy law.
By Jeffrey T. Zaino
Bankruptcy courts are embracing virtual alternative dispute resolution (ADR) processes to handle cases during this extraordinary period. Engaging in online mediation, and arbitration, can expedite Chapter 11 cases toward an equitable conclusion for the parties involved, while ensuring everyone can practice safe social-distancing.