QUESTION: Jack B. emailed, asking, “Please explain what an Article 9 sale is. My lawyer said that if I give a security interest to a lender, it can do an Article 9 sale. What is an Article 9 sale?” ANSWER:[...]
The Hows and Whys of Which Bankruptcy Venue to Choose Are you confused where to file bankruptcy? Do you wonder why you should file a bankruptcy case here instead of there? An entity, and more so a group of entities,[...]
You Still Have Options In the Event of a Customer Bankruptcy When a customer files for bankruptcy, vendors with debts owed by the customer/debtor that arose before the commencement of the case (the “Petition Date”) can be exposed to considerable[...]
A Solvent Debtor Is Not an Oxymoron Suppose that your borrower or customer files a chapter 11 case.[i] You do not like this because you’ll almost certainly not collect the full amount owed to you and to get anything you’ll[...]
The 2019 edition of Commercial Bankruptcy Litigation was just released by West Publishing Company. This 2,000+ page treatise, with contributions from dozens of top firms across the US, is designed with the non-bankruptcy attorney intended to be its primary reader.[...]
QUESTION: Jamie S. emailed recently, asking “Can you please sum up the pros and cons of serving as the “stalking horse” in a bankruptcy sale? ANSWER: Yes, Jamie, we can. A stalking horse bidder plays an important role in many bankruptcy[...]
A written tour of business bankruptcy and its alternatives. This is the latest in the series, Dealing with Distress for Fun & Profit, which you can read from the beginning if you like1. Our last installment focused on the basics[...]
The 2019 edition of Strategic Alternatives For And Against Distressed Businesses was just released by West Publishing Company. This 1,800+ page treatise, which is a product of more than 100 contributors, is the only resource which provides a state-by-state comparison[...]
QUESTION: Bill H., a business consultant in NYC, asks, how do I determine if a business I am being asked to help is just too far gone to save? ANSWER: Bill, if you have to ask this question, you might[...]
One of your customers sends you notice it has filed for chapter 7 or chapter 11 bankruptcy protection rather than the payment for goods or services provided that you were expecting. You understand that you now have a “claim” against[...]
When a borrower defaults on its loan agreements,[i] a lender may, among other options, sue to foreclose on its collateral and collect from the borrower. The lender, however, may instead agree to amend the loan documents or enter into a[...]
How to Protect Your IP License Rights In 1888 – yes 1888 – Kodak coined the slogan: “You press the button, we do the rest.” The company, which was immortalized in Paul Simon’s song “Kodachrome1”, sold its assets – at[...]
What you need to know as a secured lender to a borrower who goes into bankruptcy you should know already, well in advance. If your borrower’s bankruptcy filing has taken you by surprise, please refer to my next article in[...]
Insufficient liquidity shrinks the range of options for a financially distressed business. The metaphor of a melting ice cube is often used to illustrate the situation. When the cash runs out and the company is unable to pay its employees or vendors, the ice cube has melted. The business has failed, and recoverable value has collapsed.
Bankruptcy Valuation Valuation—the estimation of an entity’s worth—plays a crucial role in all stages of a commercial bankruptcy, as well in any out-of-court restructuring.¹ Valuation can be critical at the beginning of a bankruptcy case in determining whether the debtor[...]
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