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Mapping the Harbor: Additional Interpretation of the Bankruptcy Safe Harbor

A series of decisions (and a recent brief) have highlighted some of the new issues that are arising in Safe Harbor litigation. In particular, they show how the courts are wrestling with questions concerning: Which entity in a complex transaction is considered the “initial transferee” for Safe Harbor purposes? How are courts interpreting the Safe…

Client Alerts | March 24, 2021 | Creditors’ Rights and Bankruptcy Litigation

Cover Me in Fraud: Delaware Supreme Court Finds Fraud Is Insurable

The Delaware Supreme Court has held that fraudulent conduct by corporate officers and directors is insurable in Delaware.  This consequential decision, RSUI Indemnity Company v. Murdock, 2021 BL 76083 (Del. Mar. 3, 2021), is inconsistent with the public policy of many other states, and likely will have an immediate effect on Delaware-based corporations involved in…

Client Alerts | March 15, 2021 | Commercial and Corporate Litigation | Risk Management

The Train Has Left the Station: LSTA Issues Revised Secondary Trading Documentation To Reflect Transition from LIBOR

Effective January 27, 2021, the Board of the Loan Syndications and Trading Association (the “LSTA”) published a revised suite of trading documents to reflect the market’s transition from the use of the London Interbank Offered Rate (“LIBOR”) to the Secured Overnight Financing Rate (“SOFR”) or other alternative risk-free rates (“RFRs”) as a key benchmark for…

Client Alerts | January 29, 2021 | Securities and Corporate Finance | Special Situations and Credit | Derivatives

I Really Can’t Stay: Supreme Court Clarifies Scope of Bankruptcy Automatic Stay

The United States Supreme Court has issued an opinion that clarifies the extent to which the automatic stay imposes obligations on creditors that seized their debtor’s property pre-petition and resolves a broad split among the circuit courts. The decision, City of Chicago v. Fulton, provides protection for creditors but adds to the burdens faced by…

Client Alerts | January 20, 2021 | Creditors’ Rights and Bankruptcy Litigation

BAM! Madoff Defendants Socked with Substantial Prejudgment Interest

A recent decision from a New York bankruptcy court provides guidance on how federal courts may approach requests for prejudgment interest in fraudulent conveyance cases. The decision, Picard v. BAM LP, highlights a risk faced by defendants in litigation of lengthy duration and provides practical guidance on how federal judges may exercise their discretion regarding…

Client Alerts | January 4, 2021 | Creditors’ Rights and Bankruptcy Litigation

Not Just the Usual Suspects: Court of Appeals Allows Lender’s Suit Against Parties that Financed Hostile Bankruptcy

A recent decision by the New York Court of Appeals adds teeth to the ability of real estate lenders to dissuade borrowers from filing bankruptcy and highlights the risks faced by borrowers that choose bankruptcy – and those that assist them. The decision, Sutton 58 Associates LLC v. Pilevsky, permits a lender to pursue a…

Client Alerts | December 10, 2020 | Creditors’ Rights and Bankruptcy Litigation | Real Estate Litigation | Financing

The Trustee Strikes Back: Greektown Decision May Limit Safe Harbor Defenses

A recent decision from a Michigan bankruptcy court shows potential limits to Safe Harbor defenses to clawback actions and may provide new hope to trustees and other clawback plaintiffs that seek to push back against defendant-friendly decisions in the Second Circuit. The decision, In re Greektown Holdings, LLC, highlights the importance of appropriately and carefully…

Client Alerts | December 8, 2020 | Creditors’ Rights and Bankruptcy Litigation

IBOR Transition – IBA Announces Plan For Key USD LIBOR Tenors Beyond 2021

The ICE Benchmark Administration (“IBA”) announced earlier this week that it will consult on its intention to extend publication of the overnight and one-, three-, six-, and 12-month USD LIBOR rates until June 30, 2023. The June 2023 extension, however, applies only to legacy contracts—no new USD LIBOR contracts will be permitted after 2021.1 The…

Client Alerts | December 3, 2020 | Commercial and Corporate Litigation | Derivatives | Hedge Funds | Risk Management

Tax Issues and Planning to Consider Before Year-End 2020

November 2020 This annual newsletter briefly highlights certain tax issues and planning that hedge fund managers (and other high-net-worth individuals) should consider (or reconsider) before year-end. Although year-end tax planning is always important, the potential increase in tax rates in 2021 makes it even more important this year-end. The election may be over, but uncertainty…

Client Alerts | November 10, 2020 | Business Advice and Planning | High Net Worth Individual Planning | Hedge Funds | Private Equity Funds | Planning for Fund Managers