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As we debate whether there will be a “soft” or “hard” landing of the economy and the resulting effect of different landings on the volume of bankruptcy filings, it is helpful to review how a bankruptcy filing affects not only rights between a creditor and the debtor, but also the respective rights of creditors against property held by the debtor. These rights may be determined by in what capacity the debtor is holding the property. For example, Section 365 of the Bankruptcy Code, which governs the disposition of executory contracts, has specific provisions regarding the disposition of commercial real estate leases in bankruptcy. These provisions address, among other things, the rights of a tenant to remain in possession of the leased premises when the landlord files a bankruptcy case and rejects the lease. But what rights does a tenant have with regard to the security deposit delivered by the tenant to the landlord to secure the tenant’s performance under the lease when the landlord files for bankruptcy and rejects the lease?
By Stewart E. Sterk
How closely will courts scrutinize exercises of the eminent domain power? Until recently, courts have been quite deferential when entities clothed with eminent domain power have determined that private property is necessary for public use. Two recent decisions, however, suggest that there are limits to that deference.
By Anthony Davies
We are seeing a variety of successful measures that are designed to help attorneys get what they want: a best-of-both worlds scenario where they keep some work-from-home and fold-in an opportunity to intentionally connect and collaborate with colleagues in the office.
By Eric Snyder
In major metropolitan areas, commercial office vacancies have skyrocketed and rents have plummeted. Tenants, required to examine their space needs post-pandemic, are eager to take advantage of the lower rents. A recent addition to the Bankruptcy Code provides these lessees with an opportunity to walk away from above-market leases.
By Paul Bergeron
Retail appears to be replacing multifamily when it comes to commercial real estate darlings. Shopping center vacancy in Q4 2022 reached its lowest level dating back to 2007 — and asking rents for shopping centers rose broadly.