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Exchange Offer

90 Second Lesson: What is an Exchange Offer?

Why a Distressed Company May Make an Exchange Offer During Financial Restructuring Question Fred T. asks: “I own securities of a company and heard on the news that [the company] is contemplating doing an ‘exchange offer’. What is an exchange offer?” In this quick lesson, we will discuss distressed exchange offers. Answer An exchange offer […]


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90 Second Lesson: Is Bankruptcy Needed if Creditors Will Just Agree to Take Less?

QUESTION: Murray D. emailed, recently: “I am a general corporate lawyer. One of my clients has been in business for 50 years. It has no bank debt but it owes its vendors about $2 million. He told me that most or all of his vendors are willing to work with him by writing some small […]


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90 Second Lesson: Why Would a Debtor Choose to Liquidate Under Chapter 11?

Question: A reader asks, “I read about a company that filed Chapter 11 recently with a plan to sell all assets and go out of business. Why wouldn’t it file Chapter 7?” Answer: While it is true that the title of Chapter 7 is “Liquidation” and the title of Chapter 11 is “Reorganization,” these names […]


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90 Second Lesson: What is a Chapter 15 Proceeding of the Bankruptcy Code?

QUESTION: Harry A asks, what is a Chapter 15 Proceeding? ANSWER: Chapter 15 of the Bankruptcy Code was enacted as part of the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005 (BAPCPA). It replaced existing section 304 of the Bankruptcy Code. Section 304 empowered U.S. courts to open an “ancillary” proceeding to representatives of […]


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: 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: 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 […]


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