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Where feasible, companies do not file Chapter 11 petitions until after formulating both an exit strategy and plans to operate during the pendency of the bankruptcy case. For restaurateurs and retailers, this strategy will almost invariably require and depend upon cash flow for continued use of leased stores and restaurants. Planned Chapter 11 budgets must take this into account as landlords are entitled to full rent for the post-petition use of their property. To say the least, for those companies that filed for bankruptcy on the eve of the COVID-19 shutdowns, the strategies — and available cash flows to pay landlords — did not go as planned.
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By Eva D. Gadzheva, Jeremy M. Downs and David E. Morrison
This article reminds us of the conflict-of-laws analysis at the heart of such retention of title disputes, and then discuss the multi-step UCC analysis that is also required.
By Michael L. Cook
The Second Circuit applied federal bankruptcy law when holding that good faith is an affirmative defense.
By Thomas R. Califano and Anna Gumport
Members of Congress recently introduced the Nondebtor Release Prohibition Act, which proposes to amend the Bankruptcy Code to, among other things, restrict courts’ ability to approve third-party releases of nondebtors and related injunctions under plans of reorganization or otherwise in Chapter 11 cases.
By Steven B. Smith and Rachel Ginzburg
If you think public policy favoring the freedom to file a Chapter 11 trumps the freedom to negotiate specific restrictions to such a filing, think again.