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Wind Turbine LLC tries to challenge a 363 sale

Can You Challenge a Section 363 Sale? Bid Now or Forever Hold Your Peace

How Natural Chem Holdings Tried to Beat the Wind in a 363 Sale Appeal    You would like to buy wind turbines in a lease-to-own scenario—that is, you would like to take possession of certain items and pay over time or in a lump-sum at some point in the future. You prefer this mode to […]


Bankruptcy gifts from senior class to junior creditor

Bankruptcy Gifts: When a Court Will Look a Gift Horse in the Mouth

Is the Jury In or Out on Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Gifts?   The gifting doctrine in bankruptcy is not new and often is used to obtain creditor consensus to a debtor’s proposed exit—either through a chapter 11 plan or a Section 363 sale. Bankruptcy “gifts” typically involve a structurally senior class voluntarily giving some of […]


Fisker Auto. Holdings 363 sale credit bid

The Fisker Case: My Credit Bid Capped at the Amount I Paid for the Debt?

Should Secured Creditors and Buyers of Distressed Assets Worry About Facing Limits On Their Credit Bids?    One way to purchase assets (including the assets of a business as a going concern) is to prevail at a foreclosure sale or a § 363 bankruptcy auction with a credit bid. The first step is to acquire […]


Property appraiser with clipboard in warehouse

Personal Property Appraisals 101

What You Should Know Before Hiring a Property Appraiser Are you a lender who needs an appraisal of personal property (machinery, equipment and inventory) in connection with making a loan? Are you a company that needs an appraisal in connection with a capital raise, or some other purpose? Regardless of the reason, there are some […]


Abandoned building with no furniture

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 […]


LLC Membership Interests in Chapter 11 – Can They be Sold Over Other Members’ Objections?

Interpretation Matters When a chapter 11 debtor holds a membership interest in an LLC, it may be permissible for them to sell their membership interest in the LLC, or even force the sale of the entire LLC, over the objections of one or more other members. Or not. At the crux of the debate in […]


Section 363 Sale: Free and Clear of Claims That Are Backed By Strong Public Policies

Under Section 363(f) Free and Clear Means Free and Clear: A Case Study Bankruptcy sales of assets under section 363(f) can bring more cash into the estate in part because the purchaser takes the assets “free and clear” of the liabilities of the debtor-seller. The Ormet[i] case illustrates that the “free and clear” quality of […]


Not Necessarily Free and Clear I: Purchasing Real Estate Property in a Section 363 Sale

Just Because A 363 Sale Says Free and Clear, Does Not Mean It Is Free and Clear A bankruptcy debtor is offering commercial property in a section 363 sale. It is an attractive property and Lou is considering purchasing it. Lou has heard that a section 363(b) sale “cleans” the assets of all liens, claims, […]


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 […]


Stalking Horse Opportunity: Home Owners Bargain Outlet

Home Owners Bargain Outlet: Section 363 Bankruptcy Asset Sale Opportunity Prior to filing Chapter 11 on October 25th Home Owner’s Bargain Outlet (“HOBO”) was a leading regional home improvement bargain retailer of “special buys” (goods that come from opportunistic purchases of a wide array of products primarily from brokers and a handful of regular vendors/manufacturers- […]


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