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As distressed M&A activity inevitably heats up, strategic buyers and equity sponsors that have sat on the sideline for an extended period of time will likely have expanding interest in purchasing viable, but over-leveraged, businesses that are being sold out of bankruptcy. The benefits of buying the business of a Chapter 11 debtor, such as obtaining a court order explicitly limiting assumed liabilities and containing other buyer protections, are relatively well known. This article focuses on the financing opportunities this activity will create for lenders, highlights the benefits of financing bankruptcy acquisitions, and identifies some potential challenges and best practices to ensure that lenders minimize any risks and receive maximal protection for themselves.
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By Marisa L. Byram and Garrett L. Kinkelaar
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