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Chapter 11 Plans

Preventing Forest Fires in Chapter 11

Dealing with Corporate Distress 08: Preventing Forest Fires with First Day Motions in Chapter 11

The ABCs of ABCs, Business Bankruptcy & Corporate Restructuring/Insolvency In this installment, we take you on a tour of the time leading up to the filing of a chapter 11 case and the days that immediately follow. Mostly, we’re referring to first day motions. Before we dive into first day motions, however, you should understand […]


Solvent Debtor Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

Solvent Debtor? A Chapter 11 Debtor Need Not Be Broke

A Solvent Debtor Can File for Bankruptcy…but Can They Survive a Motion for Dismissal? Suppose that your borrower or customer files for chapter 11 bankruptcy. You do not like this, because you’ll almost certainly not collect the full amount owed to you. In fact, to get anything at all, you’ll have to get involved with […]


Non-Bankruptcy Alternative Paths

Dealing with Corporate Distress 07: Chapter 11 is Not Always the Answer: Strategic Alternatives For and Against Distressed Businesses

The ABCs of ABCs, Business Bankruptcy, & Corporate Restructuring/Insolvency In Installment 5, we walked through the lifecycle of a hypothetical traditional chapter 11, and in Installment 6 we discussed key concepts you must comprehend in order to understand any chapter 11 case. Now we pull the camera back and turn our focus away from chapter […]


Bankruptcy venue

What is Venue, and When Is Venue Transfer Permissible in Bankruptcy Litigation?

A Panel Discussion on the Choice and Challenges of Bankruptcy Venue and Venue Transfers In bankruptcy litigation, the venue can have a major influence on an outcome. We selected expert panel members—each a partner or managing director in the restructuring industry—to discuss why venue fights occur and how business owners (and their advisors) should approach […]


Questionable Right to Credit Bid

90 Second Lesson: The (Arguable) Right to Credit Bid in Plan Sales

Understanding the Right to Credit Bid After Radlax [Editor’s Note: this is part of our irregular series in which we answer readers’ questions. If you have a question, submit it to [email protected] and we will try to answer it.] Question A private equity investor wrote in recently asking us to address credit bidding in the […]


Corporate Restructuring Professional

The Chief Restructuring Officer (CRO): From Restructuring to Stakeholder Management, They Can Do It All

An Introduction to the Distressed Company’s Superman: The Chief Restructuring Officer The role of a Chief Restructuring Officer (“CRO”) is approximately four decades old. While still a somewhat new role in the 1990s, CROs are now ubiquitous in the restructuring community. Todd Zywicki, a George Mason law professor who specializes in bankruptcy law, traces the […]


Basic Chapter 11 Concepts

Dealing with Corporate Distress 06: Four Basic Chapter 11 Concepts to Know Before We Go any Further

The ABCs of ABCs, Business Bankruptcy, & Corporate Restructuring/Insolvency In the last two installments of this series, we introduced you to things a company should consider before deciding whether to file chapter 11, and a timeline for understanding how a “typical” chapter 11 case proceeds. In this quick little ditty, we want to make sure […]


Chapter 11 Lifecycle

Dealing with Corporate Distress 05: The Lifecycle of a Chapter 11 Case

The ABCs of ABCs, Business Bankruptcy & Corporate Restructuring/Insolvency [Authors’ Note: before going any further, read Installment 4: Chapter 11—If You’ve Seen One, You’ve Seen Them All. While you can generally read any installment in this series in any order or even by itself, this one is an exception. . . ]   And now, […]


Liquidity and Capital Structure

The Importance of Liquidity in the Capital Structure of a Distressed Company

How Liquidity Becomes the Kryptonite of a Distressed Company’s Capital Structure A company’s “capital structure” is the array of its liabilities and equity. It is often described by the debt to equity ratio, which is the amount of total debt divided by total equity. Capital structure commonly consists of three main components: working capital (also […]


Subchapter V: Need for Speed

Rich Man, Poor Man . . . Hurry Up, Man: Wash Away Personal Guarantees Quickly

Facing Personal Liability for Business Debts? Who Ya’ Gonna Call?1 People who are not bankruptcy experts but who know something about the subject tend to put all bankruptcy attorneys into one of two buckets: (a) attorneys who help people file bankruptcy; and (b) attorneys who help businesses file bankruptcy. This distinction is mostly correct. Generally […]


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