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Secured creditors and debtor-in-possession (DIP) lenders that rely on standard carve-out provisions to limit the impact of bankruptcy professional fees on their collateral would be well-advised to take notice of a U.S. Bankruptcy Court decision from earlier this year. Judge Christopher S. Sontchi of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware (the Court) issued an opinion in In re Molycorp, Inc. (Case No. 15-11357) on Jan. 5, 2017 that serves as both a cautionary tale and an instruction manual.
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By Erich N. Durlacher
What Should Financial Institutions Do Now In Anticipation of a Potential (and Long-Awaited) Downturn
What should a prudent lender be doing right now to “brace” itself for the coming financial uncertainty? Adopt a five-point “CAPER” strategy: Communicate, Analyze, Preserve, Execute, and Resolve.
By Michael L. Cook
“… [B]ecause Congress has not clearly abrogated the solvent-debtor exception,” the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit held that a reorganized solvent debtor had to “pay what it promised now that it is financially capable.”
By Sean J. Coughlin and Vivian B. Isaboke
It comes as no surprise that the crypto winter has reinforced the perception of critics that digital currencies are “risky, flawed and unproven digital financial instruments.” This article analyzes the state of the cryptocurrency market and examines the impact of cybercrimes and crypto bankruptcies on the current market.
By Charles M. Tatelbaum and Corey D. Cohen
A recent decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit may be creating a tsunami of concern to those that represent bankruptcy trustees. The decision, in essence, takes an hourly fee arrangement between the trustee and the trustee’s attorneys and adds a results-based contingency to the approval of any fee payment authorization by the bankruptcy court.