By the Editorial Staff of Commercial Bankruptcy Alternatives

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Do secured creditors benefit more from a debtor’s bankruptcy or federal court receivership?



In some situations, secured creditors would benefit more from a bankruptcy proceeding than a receivership. Secured creditors should note, though, that if a bankruptcy case is filed after the appointment of a receiver, then the filing will trump the receiver’s appointment. As William S. Schwartz and Christopher J. Horvay explain in greater detail here, the appointment of a receiver itself may constitute grounds for creditors to file an involuntary bankruptcy proceeding.


Note:  This 90 Second Lesson is based, in substantial part, in material reprinted from Commercial Bankruptcy Litigation 2d and Strategic Alternatives for and Against Distressed Businesses, with permission of Thomson Reuters.  For more information about these publications, please visit