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NRA Bankruptcy

Alternative Debtor Management? Discharge Your Fiduciary Duty at $1,155 Per Hour!

Examining the “Fiduciary for Hire” and the NRA’s Bad Faith Bankruptcy “When in doubt, mumble, when in trouble, delegate, when in charge, ponder.” – James H. Boren, When In Doubt, Mumble: A Bureaucrat’s Handbook (1972) Business entity debtors in chapter 11 cases come in all shapes and sizes, with varying degrees of integrity and competence […]


Too Late for Distressed Business?

90 Second Lesson: Is a Business Turnaround Still Possible?

How to Know When It’s Too Late for a Distressed Company [Editors’ Note: This lesson is part of our irregular series in which we answer readers’ questions. If you have a question, submit it to [email protected] and we will try to answer it.] Question Depending on the extent of a company’s financial and management woes, […]


Liquidity Crisis is a Melting Ice Cube

How a Distressed Company Can Manage Cash and Stakeholders in a Liquidity Crisis

Considerations for Companies in a Cash Crisis A liquidity crisis is a severe financial situation in which a company does not have enough cash or cash-convertible assets, which can lead to defaults and bankruptcy. Managing cash is critical when working to preserve or maintain solvency in order to maximize opportunities for a successful turnaround or […]


Corporate Restructuring Professional

The Chief Restructuring Officer (CRO): From Restructuring to Stakeholder Management, They Can Do It All

An Introduction to the Distressed Company’s Superman: 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 […]


ExeControl Over Corporate Attorney-Client Privilege

Can an Executive Exert Control of Corporate Attorney-Client Privilege?

Does Corporate Counsel Represent the Executive or the Company? The F-Squared Investments Bankruptcy is a Warning for Executives [Editor’s Note: Russell C. Silberglied ([email protected]) is a director of Richards, Layton & Finger, P.A. The views expressed in this article are those of the author and not necessarily those of Richards, Layton & Finger or its […]


Law firm

Law Firm Bankruptcies: The “Unfinished Business” Doctrine and the Jewel Waiver

The Finishing of the “Unfinished Business” Doctrine and the Jewel Waiver One of the interesting aspects of business bankruptcy cases is that both the businesses and the issues their bankruptcy proceedings present can differ so much. In recent years, for example, we have seen department stores (Macy’s, Federated), toy retailers (Toys R Us), bookstore chains […]


Carve-out for unsecured creditors

90 Second Lesson: Carve-Outs for Unsecured Creditors

How Does a Fee Carve-Out Relate to A Carve-Out for Unsecured Creditors? [Editor’s Note: this is part of our irregular series in which we answer readers’ questions. If you have a question, submit it to [email protected] and we will try to answer it.]   In a separate 90 Second Lesson, we defined and explained the […]


A chess pawn topples another one, symbolizing the replacing of a debtor's management with a chapter 11 trustee

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 in […]


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 […]


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 […]


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