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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 […]


Absolute priority rule

The Order of Claims in Bankruptcy: Absolute Priority Rule, Structured Dismissals and More

Are the Rules Really “Absolute?” At its core, corporate bankruptcy addresses the problem of the “inadequate pie.” While occasionally the debtor will be solvent, in most cases, the debtor will, for lack of a better term, be “bankrupt.” That is, it won’t have enough money or other assets to pay its creditors all they are […]


Bankruptcy Filings Mounting

“Bankruptcy filings are mounting. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg” – – – A Dissection & Analysis

[Editor’s Note: This is a republished article. The original article was 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 […]


Issues in healthcare restructuring

Potential Pitfalls and Opportunities in Healthcare Restructuring

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 […]


Intercreditor agreements in bankruptcy

Kuney’s Corner: The Many Fates of Intercreditor Agreements

Potential Outcomes of Intercreditor Deeds   Secured creditors often seek agreement among themselves in order to limit intercreditor conflict and expedite fulfillment of their respective claims against a borrower in a Chapter 11 case. One might call it a “strength through peace” approach.   However, in Chapter 11 cases, some courts have ignored intercreditor agreements in […]


Dealing with Corporate Distress 04: Chapter 11—If You’ve Seen One, You’ve Seen Them All

The ABCs of ABCs, Business Bankruptcy, & Corporate Restructuring/Insolvency This installment of our series is required reading for the next, which attempts the audacious task of describing a “typical” chapter 11. And if you didn’t get it, the title of this installment, “Chapter 11—If You’ve Seen One, You’ve Seen Them All,” is intended to be […]


Discharging student loan debt in bankruptcy

How to Discharge Student Loan Debt in Bankruptcy – Yes, It’s Possible!

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. […]


Example of substitute collateral with apple and orange

Kuney’s Corner – Giving Secured Creditor Substitute Collateral in a Chapter 11 Cramdown

Pacifying a Hostile Lender with a Motion to Substitute Collateral    Can a Chapter 11 debtor confirm a plan that gives a hostile secured creditor a lien on an orange as a substitute, in essence, for the secured creditor’s lien on an apple that the debtor wants to keep and use?1 Yes, a motion to […]


Small businesses in bankruptcy can apply for PPP loans though risky

PPP Loans for Chapter 11 Debtors? Maybe…But You Have Other Options

The SBA’s Views, Court Rulings and Options for Your Company You need to restructure your debt and/or deal as soon as possible with assertive creditors. You want to preserve your company, and you would benefit (or already have benefited) from Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funds as a bridge. What do you do? Can you risk […]


Attorney-client communication is not always secret in bankruptcy

Corporate Attorney-Client Privilege is in the Hands of the Bankruptcy Trustee

When is Your Company’s Attorney-Client Communication No Longer a Secret?   Imagine if every secret and strategy that you had ever shared with your attorney were laid open for the world to see. A trustee in a business bankruptcy case may well have the power to review, publish, and wield all of the debtor’s attorney-client […]


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