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Melanie L. Cyganowski

A member of Otterbourg P.C., Melanie served for 14 years as a U.S. Chief Bankruptcy Judge in the Eastern District of New York before returning to private practice in 2007. Before the bench, she was a commercial/securities litigator at Sullivan & Cromwell and Milbank Tweed. She is a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy and Lit Counsel of America.

Articles by Melanie L. Cyganowski

Chapter 15 bankruptcy is a tool for foreign companies with assets in the United States to get assistance from a U.S. bankruptcy court.

Defining the Legal Rate in a Solvent Debtor Bankruptcy Using Contract Rate and States’ Statutory Rates of Interest Chapter 11 bankruptcies generally find the debtor to be insolvent, but not always. Occasionally, a debtor will emerge from the bankruptcy process as a solvent entity, and in those situations, Bankruptcy Code §726(a)(5) may entitle creditors of the debtor’s estate to post-petition interest at the legal rate from the date of filing the petition.” In other words, the Bankruptcy Code affords creditors an opportunity to recoup the time-value for the lost use […]