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TOUSA Inc. and fraudulent transfer remedies

Fraudulent Transfer Remedies: How Much is Enough?

Examining the TOUSA Case Ruling on Fraudulent Transfers One of the most powerful tools in the Bankruptcy Code available to bankruptcy trustees (or other estate representatives) to maximize the recovery of creditors is the power to avoid and recover fraudulent transfers of a debtor’s property. These include transfers that are made, or obligations that are […]


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Dealing with Corporate Distress 01: Hello Darkness, Our Dear Friend

A Series on the ABCs of ABCs, Business Bankruptcy & Corporate Restructuring/Insolvency Greetings, dear reader: It seems you’re interested in learning how to deal with corporate distress, and we’re glad you’re here. But let’s first make sure you got on the right plane. Maybe you . . . Are a C-suite executive of a business […]


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Buying Operating Assets from a Distressed Seller

A Practical Guide to Assessing Legal Risk and Potentially Fraudulent Transfers    “One man’s rubbish is another man’s treasure.” -William & Robert Chambers Journal of popular literature, science and arts (1879)  “A little learning is a dangerous thing” -Alexander Pope, An Essay on Criticism (1709)    Buying operating assets from a financially distressed seller can […]


90 Second Lesson: What will your lender do if you default on a commercial loan?

QUESTION: Scott T,  emailed, asking, “I have a client who owns a few income-producing properties and she thinks she may not be able to make her next mortgage payments to her lender. What should I tell her to expect?” ANSWER: Once a loan default occurs or is looming, a proactive mortgage lender should be expected […]


What Happens in the BVI, Doesn’t Stay In The BVI – Clawbacks of Fraudulent Transfers

How Far Can the Trustee Reach? It is common practice that trustees will seek to recover or “clawback” fraudulent transfers made prior to the commencement of a Chapter 11 bankruptcy case. But what happens when all transfers by the debtor were fraudulent? And how far can the trustee reach to recover a transfer? Let’s look […]


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 […]


Litigation Funder Monetizes Portion of Fraudulent Transfer Judgment in Cutting-Edge Transaction

Gerchen Keller purchases a portion of the interest in proceeds of $213 million fraudulent conveyance judgment in innovative public sale. An interesting transaction took place on September 8, 2016. The chapter 7 bankruptcy trustee for Magnesium Corporation of America (“MagCorp”) sold a $50 million share of a $213 million judgment it has against fraudulent conveyance […]


Ponzi Scheme Lender May Be On The Hook, After All!

The Skinny The Sixth Circuit recently revived a trustee’s $17 million avoidance and claw-back suit against a lender, finding that the lender’s existing security interests could have been extinguished via novation. Impact: secured lenders entering into amended and restated loan documents should adopt definitive and irrefutable language demonstrating that the parties do NOT intend for the new […]


“Don’t Pass Me By”—The Jevic Case and Bypassing the Absolute Priority Rule

It’s an all-too-familiar situation: a debtor files for chapter 11 bankruptcy and an asset sale takes place, but there is not enough money at the end of the day to fund a plan confirmation process, or adequately pay off all creditors who come first in line according to the bankruptcy code. That “line” is defined […]


What Else Can a Creditors Committee Do? Maybe Reap $1.5 Billion for Unsecured Creditors (Lender Beware)

JPMorgan Chase & Co. and others (“JPM”) lent $1.5 billion to General Motors Corporation (“Old GM”) under a term loan agreement (the “Term Loan Agreement”).  JPM was the senior secured creditor of Old GM.  Old Gm went into chapter 11 bankruptcy.  Under the terms of the DIP financing approved by the bankruptcy court, proceeds of […]


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