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The “Absolute Priority Rule” and Other “Rules” of “Priority” in Bankruptcy

Are They Really “Absolute,” Are They Really “Rules,” and Do They Always Provide “Priority” to Some Claimants Over Others? 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 […]


Dealing With Distress for Fun & Profit – Installment #16 – Super and Residual Priorities

This series was started with a broad overview of business bankruptcy, but our last few installments have focused on: unsecured creditors the priority scheme in bankruptcy protecting/collecting your claim In this installment, we draw on our discussion of the priority scheme, with a special focus on super and residual priorities. As previously discussed, not all […]


Dealing With Distress for Fun & Profit – Installment #15 – Protecting Your Bankruptcy Claim

This series was started (click here to read from the beginning) with a broad overview of business bankruptcy but our last few installments have focused on unsecured creditors (click here to read about unsecured creditors) and the priority scheme in bankruptcy (click here for the 30,000-foot view or you can find more specific treatment here, here and here). In this […]


Reclamation of Reclamation Claims by the Delaware Bankruptcy Court in Reichhold Holdings

Everybody knows that the dice are loaded:  reclamation rights are illusory in bankruptcy cases.  Where a supplier ships goods to a company that later files for bankruptcy, section 546(c) of the Bankruptcy Code provides reclamation remedies (i.e., supplier getting the goods back) under certain circumstances (there are time limits, etc.) if the supplier has such […]


Dealing With Distress For Fun & Profit – Installment #13 – The Priority Scheme of Bankruptcy

A written tour of business bankruptcy and its alternatives We started this series (click here to start reading from the beginning) with a broad overview of business bankruptcy but our last several installments have focused on one small, albeit important, aspect- the automatic stay.  We’ve heard from a number of readers that they would like […]


PROACTIVE MEDIATION: The Great Innovation of Detroit and Diocese Reorganizations

Hard times lead to new ways. The City of Detroit falls on hard times—and files bankruptcy to find a new way. Catholic Dioceses in various places are confronted with massive litigation burdens—and are finding solutions through bankruptcy. The Detroit bankruptcy case and the group of Diocese bankruptcy cases have little in common: The Diocese cases […]


Dealing With Distress For Fun & Profit – Installment #7 – Plan Confirmation

A written tour of business bankruptcy and its alternatives Our last installment focused on what we called the “mundane” middle of a chapter 11 case. You can read it here. This time we discuss something a bit more exciting: confirmation. Summary Chronology Here is the basic chronology leading up to confirming a plan, for those of […]


Dealing With Distress For Fun & Profit – Installment #6 – The Mundane Middle of A Bankruptcy Case

A written tour of business bankruptcy and its alternatives In case you are hopping on board the bus in the middle of our tour, you may want to know that this installment looks at some of the more mundane stuff that happens after a Chapter 11 case is filed but before the end of the […]


Dealing With Distress For Fun & Profit – Installment #4 – The Lifecycle of a Distressed Company

A written tour of business bankruptcy and its alternatives Companies in chapter 11 typically consider (or at least should consider) other options before ending up there. In fact, distressed businesses tend to follow a fairly predictable pattern, or lifecycle: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance- – – No, those are the five stages of grief. […]


Do’s and Don’ts of Gifting in Bankruptcy: When a Court Will Look a Gift Horse in the Mouth  

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 363 sale. A bankruptcy “gift” typically involves a structurally senior class voluntarily giving some of its property or distribution to a structurally junior class of […]


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