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Boston post-petition interest bankruptcy case

Lender vs Debtor on the Payment of Post-Petition Interest

The Battle Over Post-Petition Interest for Oversecured Creditors In bankruptcy, an oversecured creditor (in which the value of its collateral is higher than its claim) is first in line to be paid. Unfortunately, oversecured creditors are also entitled to post-petition interest (interest that accrues or would accrue after the start of bankruptcy proceedings, regardless of […]


Chilled bidding

Limiting Credit Bidding in Section 363 Bankruptcy Sales Post-In Re Aéropostale, Inc.

Chilled Credit Bidding and the Section 363 Sale Section 363(k) of the Bankruptcy Code (the “Code”) allows a secured creditor to bid at a section 363 sale and use the amount of their claim to offset the purchase price at the sale, called “credit bidding.” A court may limit this right “for cause.” The “for […]


Kuney’s Corner: The Secured Creditor’s Counter Strike – Section 1111(b) Election

Section 1111(b) Election: A Countermeasure for Undersecured, Secured Creditors   Mathew 5:29 – And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell. In a previous […]


Recharacterization and equitable subordination as tools for altering order of priority of creditors

90 Second Lesson: What is the Difference Between Recharacterization and Equitable Subordination?

Discerning Similar Methods to Lower the Order of Priority of Creditors’ Claims   [Editors’ 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.] Question: Jeff P. from Los Angeles asked us to explain the […]


Example of substitute collateral with apple and orange

Kuney’s Corner – Giving Secured Creditor Substitute Collateral in a Chapter 11 Cramdown

Pacifying a Hostile Lender with a Motion to Substitute Collateral    Can a Chapter 11 debtor confirm a plan that gives a hostile secured creditor a lien on an orange as a substitute, in essence, for the secured creditor’s lien on an apple that the debtor wants to keep and use?1 Yes, a motion to […]


Fisker Auto. Holdings 363 sale credit bid

The Fisker Case: My Credit Bid Capped at the Amount I Paid for the Debt?

Should Secured Creditors and Buyers of Distressed Assets Worry About Facing Limits On Their Credit Bids? One way to purchase assets (including the assets of a business as a going concern) is to prevail at a foreclosure sale or a § 363 bankruptcy auction with a credit bid. The first step is to acquire the […]


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Determining the Collateral Value of a Secured Claim

Knowing Collateral Value Helps Determine the Creditor’s Rights Under a Plan The question of why we need to know the collateral value of a secured claim seems quite obvious when a secured creditor may be under-secured, that is when the value of its claim exceeds the value of the collateral securing it. In that case, […]


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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: Can my borrower file for bankruptcy just to keep me from foreclosing?

  QUESTION: An exasperated loan officer emailed us, asking whether the borrower – a commercial real estate lessor – could really file a chapter 11 case just to evade a state court order to appoint a receiver in a foreclosure proceeding against the borrower’s building. ANSWER: If a debtor were to admit that it filed […]


90 Second Lesson: What is a “UCC Article 9” Sale?

QUESTION: Jack B. emailed, asking, “Please explain what an Article 9 sale is. My lawyer said that if I give a security interest to a lender, it can do an Article 9 sale.  What is an Article 9 sale?” ANSWER:   Well, Jack, Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code governs the relationship between a […]


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