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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Replacing a Debtor’s Management with a Chapter 11 Trustee

Which is Better: Debtor in Possession or Chapter 11 Trustee?    The mere act of filing a chapter 11 bankruptcy petition significantly alters the relationship between a debtor and its creditors, yet, perhaps surprisingly, the filing does not automatically trigger removal of the very management team that led (or maybe drove) the debtor into bankruptcy […]


Sears Chapter 11 Rulings Threaten to Upend Administrative Claim Status for Goods Vendors

Application of Section 503(b)(1)(A) and 503(b)(9) in the Sears Chapter 11 Filing   Precedent setting rulings in the Sears chapter 11 case could radically alter how vendors support companies who file for bankruptcy in the future. Historically the presumption and practice in the vast majority of bankruptcy cases has been that vendors receive priority status […]


Dealing with Corporate Distress 03: Welcome to the Jungle: The Animals of the Corporate Restructuring Industry

The ABCs of ABCs, Business Bankruptcy, & Corporate Restructuring/Insolvency Who are you? Maybe your company needs to file chapter 11. Or one of your customers recently filed. Or maybe a competitor is in (or is rumored to be close to filing) chapter 11. Maybe you’re thinking about getting into the corporate restructuring industry yourself. Regardless […]


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Fraud And Deceit in Bankruptcy Cases – Lessons from “The Clouds”

What Can An Ancient Greek Playwright Tell Us About Bankruptcy? Some of the best lessons on fraud and deceit in bankruptcy were written around 2,500 years ago. Yes, all the way back in 423 B.C., the Greek playwright Aristophanes offered his thoughts for posterity in his comic play “The Clouds,” which tells the story of […]


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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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90 Second Lesson: Is Bankruptcy Needed if Creditors Will Just Agree to Take Less?

QUESTION: Murray D. emailed, recently: “I am a general corporate lawyer. One of my clients has been in business for 50 years. It has no bank debt but it owes its vendors about $2 million. He told me that most or all of his vendors are willing to work with him by writing some small […]


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Investing in Bankruptcy Claims as a Cash Investment

Investing in bankruptcy claims can be very profitable or can result in a significant, or even total, loss. Bankruptcy claims are a creditor’s right to payment from a debtor. A bankruptcy claim can be secured by the debtor’s property or can be unsecured. Claims are classified in chapter 11 plans of reorganization according to their […]


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 […]


When a Seller of Real Property Files for Bankruptcy Before Closing

What are the purchaser’s rights under an executory contract? Sven, of St. Paul, related to us this sad but musical tale, which pertains to purchasing real estate where the seller goes bankrupt before closing: You see, she and I entered into a written contract to buy a piece of land with a small house on […]


When Your Tenant Files for Bankruptcy

What a Commercial Landlord Needs to Know When a commercial real estate tenant files a Chapter 11 bankruptcy case, the landlord is faced with unfamiliar issues. Although each case is unique due to its own facts and the rulings of the bankruptcy court, this article will provide a basic overview of issues facing a commercial […]


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