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90 Second Lesson: What will your lender do if you default on a commercial loan?

QUESTION: Scott T,  emailed, asking, “I have a client who owns a few income-producing properties and she thinks she may not be able to make her next mortgage payments to her lender. What should I tell her to expect?” ANSWER: Once a loan default occurs or is looming, a proactive mortgage lender should be expected […]


90 Second Lesson: What is an “Exchange Offer?”

  QUESTION: Fred T. emailed, asking, “I own securities of a company and heard on the news that it is contemplating doing an “exchange offer.” What is an exchange offer? ANSWER: An exchange offer is one way a company can complete an out-of-court restructuring. And, for a distressed company that has public debt it may […]


90 Second Lesson: What is a “composition agreement?”

QUESTION:   Jack B. wrote in the other day, asking us to explain what a composition agreement is. ANSWER: A composition agreement is a contract between a debtor and multiple creditors providing for the reduction or delay in payment of amounts owed by the debtor to the creditors entering into the composition. Entering into a […]


90 Second Lesson: If I File a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, Are the Assets of My Single-Member LLC Safe From the Trustee?

QUESTION: A small business owner emailed us, on behalf of a friend, to ask whether assets in a single-member LLC could be used by a Chapter 7 Trustee in the LLC member’s personal bankruptcy case to satisfy creditors’ claims against the member. ANSWER: We can imagine this question arising where the member’s business is owned […]


90 Second Lesson: Can my borrower file for bankruptcy just to keep me from foreclosing?

  QUESTION: An exasperated loan officer emailed us, asking whether the borrower – a commercial real estate lessor – could really file a chapter 11 case just to evade a state court order to appoint a receiver in a foreclosure proceeding against the borrower’s building. ANSWER: If a debtor were to admit that it filed […]


90 Second Lesson: Secured Creditors and Toll Charges

  QUESTION: An investment banker recently wrote in, saying this:  “I am currently helping a troubled company sell itself.  The proposed buyer wants to buy its assets through a 363 sale in Chapter 11 and is offering to pay the full amount the bank is owed on its secured debt. The bank is pushing back, trying […]


90 Second Lesson: I’ve been asked to sign an involuntary bankruptcy petition. Should I?

QUESTION: The credit manager of an Akron-based company wrote, asking this: “One of our commercial accounts is pretty far behind in paying on our invoices. Another vendor approached me and asked me to join in signing an involuntary bankruptcy petition. Is there any legal risk in doing this? ANSWER: In a word, yes. If an […]


90 Second Lesson: To Stalk or Not to Stalk? Why be a Stalking Horse Bidder?

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 acquisitions, and one of the most important decisions confronting a purchaser in a bankruptcy acquisition […]


90 Second Lesson: When To Request Relief From the Automatic Stay

QUESTION: How do I know if I should request relief from a debtor’s automatic stay? Learn the answer in 90 seconds or less.


90 Second Lesson: First Step When Purchasing a Distressed Business

Editors’ Note: this is part of our irregular series in which we answer readers’ questions. If you have a question, submit it to info@dailydac.com and we will try to answer it. QUESTION: What is the first integral decision a potential purchaser of a distressed business must make? ANSWER: Assuming that the seller has not already […]


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