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Lender-on-lender violence has been noted more in recent news, and have been increasingly used in out-of-court restructurings in recent years including during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Spokane Country Club bankruptcy case (SCC, the club, or the debtor) is an interesting study. The bankruptcy process was used to disrupt the collection efforts of plaintiff creditors who had been awarded a judgment and to negate the club’s significant policy changes that had been stipulated in a state court proceeding. The club was founded in Spokane, Washington, in 1898. Spokane is located on the far eastern side of Washington State, closer to Missoula, MT, than to Seattle. The city is named after the Native American Spokane people, whose […]

2020 Saw Increased Healthcare Provider Bankruptcies. What Should Companies & Restructuring Professionals Know Moving Forward? Healthcare providers face many pressures, including costs associated with regulatory compliance and necessary technological and infrastructure investments. Congress’ repeated attempts to reform healthcare legislation have long created uncertainties for the healthcare industry. A PwC report predicts that throughout 2021, healthcare will be among retail, oil and gas and hospitality as the sectors most likely to face restructurings. The COVID-19 pandemic has led to increased healthcare bankruptcy activity due to cancellation of elective procedures and imbalances […]

What Distressed Asset Investors Can Glean from Low Interest Rates, Rising Asset Prices and Insolvency on the Horizon DailyDAC readers know that we try to confine ourselves to publishing “evergreen” thought leadership—general education for business owners and investors about business bankruptcy, its alternatives, and related subjects. There isn’t a stark line between the news of the day about the Markets and the Economy, on the one hand, and the world that is our stock and trade. We have, in the past few weeks, had a number of conversations with some […]

What is the Consolidated Appropriations Act? Congress passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 on December 21, 2020, and President Trump signed the massive act into law six days later, when it became effective. The act includes several changes to title 11 of the United States Code, which is usually called the “Bankruptcy Code,” and most changes sunset on either the first or second anniversary of the effective date of the act. Here are the changes you need to know, in the order they are presented in the act. Property That […]

[Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on LinkedIn on September 20, 2020.] There has been a significant uptick in the number of articles appearing in mainstream media (e.g. newspapers) about the wave of bankruptcies that has already started to appear. One article (linked here), authored by Matt Egan for CNN Business and published about a week ago, caught my particular attention. It is well-written but there were a few things about it that were wrong or, at least, not entirely right. And, so here I am with my thoughts… In […]

How Unique Issues in Healthcare Restructuring Set It Apart from Corporate Restructuring   Over the past decade, arguably no industry experienced such dramatic regulatory change or consistent legislative uncertainty as healthcare. Today, continued efforts to repeal, defund, replace, or amend the Affordable Care Act—coupled with rising pharmaceutical costs, increased competition, massive capital investment expenses, etc.—virtually assure a challenging economic environment for healthcare companies for years to come.      However, given the stakes involved—and the unfortunate fact that healthcare restructuring provides little time for “on the job training”—practitioners must enter such engagements […]

The Complexity of Student Loan Debt in Bankruptcy… Demystified Student loan debt has hit a record $1.6 trillion. This number is staggering on its own, but as millions of Americans lose their jobs and source of income during the COVID-19 pandemic, student loan borrowers have to look at their options for repayment.  The U.S. government is allowing borrowers to suspend all federal loan principal and interest payments until September 30, 2020, but this still leaves many private loan borrowers at the hands of their lenders. For those experiencing extreme financial […]

Gerchen Keller purchases a portion of the interest in proceeds of $213 million fraudulent conveyance judgment in innovative public sale. An interesting transaction took place on September 8, 2016. The chapter 7 bankruptcy trustee for Magnesium Corporation of America (“MagCorp”) sold a $50 million share of a $213 million judgment it has against fraudulent conveyance transferee, Renco Group Inc. and former MagCorp owner, Ira Rennert. The buyer, Gerchen Keller Capital LLC paid $26.2 million transaction for the interest. Those close to the deal report that this may be the first […]

If you have not done so already, you’ll want to read Part 1 and Part 2 of this series first, before delving into this final Part 3. So, now that we know that this “shale revolution” has at least been a short-term game changer, it’s time to get into some more specifics of how unconventional oil sources should impact our long-term perspective. On that point, let’s first turn to Mathilde Mathieu, Oliver Sartor, and Thomas Spencer, research analysts at the think tank Vox CEPR’s Policy Portal, whose recent article “Economic analysis of the US unconventional oil […]