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The preferred method of acquiring distressed assets from an owner facing significant liabilities is often through a sale under Section 363 of the Bankruptcy Code. In fact, many practitioners today view Chapter 11 as more of a vehicle to convey assets rather than reorganizing around them. Buyers generally assume that the multi-page “free and clear” order, which typically follows the sale hearing, will insulate them from any of the seller’s current (and often) future liabilities. However, that is not always the case.
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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.
By Joseph Pack and Jessey Krehl
With federal student loan forbearance set to expire at the end of September, many hoped the high court would provide, if not clarity, at least uniformity for the millions of Americans who currently are on the hook for student loans.
By Rudolph J. Di Massa Jr. and Keri L. Costello
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