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Last month we explained what a professional fee carve-out is. That caused a few readers to email and ask: how does a fee carve-out relate to a carve-out for unsecured creditors?
In addition to a professional fee-carve out, official committees of unsecured creditors are sometimes able to negotiate for a carve-out for its constituents. There are not many published decisions that address this issue directly but, as explained in more detail by Alan Lepene, Andrew Turscak, Jr., and James Henderson here, some courts consider a carve out for unsecured creditors to be a price of admission to chapter 11, particularly where the pre-bankruptcy secured lender is the sole beneficiary of the bankruptcy process, even if the only benefit to the secured creditor is a minimization of its losses. For example, in In re Encore Healthcare Associates, 312 B.R. 52, as the authors explain, the court, denied a motion to sell of the debtor’s assets because, in part, no sale proceeds were being made available to the general unsecured creditors.
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