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The Elegant Swan and Clumsy Duck: What is Recharacterization in Bankruptcy?

How the Recharacterization of Debt Impacts Creditors   The line between a loan and an equity investment isn’t always clear. In these cases, those who represent unsecured creditors can impact the distribution on claims in the creditor’s favor. This is done through the recharacterization of debt. In bankruptcy, a debt claim has a higher priority […]


Two groups of chess pawns representing the players in Chapter 11 bankruptcy, such as debtors, creditors, chapter 11 trustees, and asset buyers

Dealing with Corporate Distress 02: These Are the People in Our Neighborhood: An Overview of Parties in Chapter 11

A Series on the ABCs of ABCs, Business Bankruptcy & Corporate Restructuring/Insolvency Since a judge presides over a chapter 11 proceeding, one might assume that a chapter 11 case is like any other commercial litigation matter, with one party on each side of the case: a plaintiff and a defendant. One would be wrong (Felix […]


Opportunities in Bankruptcy: Turning Coal Into Diamonds

“The time to buy is when there’s blood in the streets.” – Baron Rothschild Don’t Panic, There Are Many Opportunities in Bankruptcy When a client or a competitor files for bankruptcy, it is natural to reflect on the downside. What’s going to happen to my outstanding receivable? Is the market primed for a downturn? How […]


Absolute Priority Rule in Bankruptcy: Are You Atop the List?

If you are a vendor, service provider or another unsecured creditor to a chapter 11 debtor, you cannot be blamed for feeling like a duped lover after learning about the bankruptcy of your once devoted business companion. Despite the promises that “I’ll stand by you if you stand by me,” all those outstanding invoices won’t […]


Unsecured Creditors Prevail Against the UCC-1

In the realm of lending, the perfected Uniform Commercial Code-1 (“UCC-1”) is the hallmark of security.  If a secured asset has value, and the liens are valid, what other issues are there to consider?  Well, in at least one instance, underlying intercompany notes were the issue.  And because of the nature of these notes, the […]


A Primer on the Chief Restructuring Officer (CRO)

A Brief History of 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 origin of the […]


Dealing with Distress For Fun & Profit – Installment #14 – An Introduction to Chapter 11 for Unsecured Creditors: What Every Unsecured Creditor Should Know

A written tour of business bankruptcy and its alternatives. If you would like to read from the beginning, this series started here with a broad overview of business bankruptcy. Most recently, the series has focused on the automatic stay, where you can find the 30,000-foot view. Or you can find more specific treatment here, here and […]


Dealing With Distress For Fun & Profit – Installment #2 – Bankruptcy Parties

A written tour of business bankruptcy and its alternatives A typical commercial litigation case involves a judge, a plaintiff, and a defendant. A typical commercial bankruptcy case also has a judge, but that’s about where the similarities stop. A typical commercial litigation case, you see, is a two-party dispute. A typical commercial bankruptcy case is anything […]


Showdown in Spokane: The Spokane Country Club Bankruptcy Case

The bankruptcy case of the Spokane Country Club (“SCC” the “Club” or the “Debtor”) is a very interesting study of how the bankruptcy process has not only been used to disrupt the collection efforts of plaintiff creditors who have already been awarded a judgment, but also to essentially negate significant policy changes for a club that had been stipulated […]


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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