Conference coverage

LONDON: Lawyers warn of proposed new US intercompany debt rules

Newly proposed intercompany debt regulations in the US could result in many debt instruments between related parties being characterised as equity, lawyers warned at a recent seminar, as they explored the impact of the potential changes on cross-border transactions.

27 June 2016

Top São Paulo judge urges less procedural approach to restructuring

Daniel Carnio Costa, a bankruptcy judge at the First Bankruptcy Court of Brazil in São Paulo, called on his colleagues to ensure the social and economic benefits of corporate restructuring take precedence over the interests of the creditors and debtors, in a keynote speech at the Latin Lawyer - GRR Restructuring Summit earlier this month.

23 June 2016

NEW YORK: Potential PDVSA default could resemble Argentina’s protracted holdout battle

Panellists speaking at the first Latin Lawyer - GRR Restructuring Summit held in New York earlier this month were split over whether Venezuelan state-owned oil company PDVSA is on track for an imminent default: but there was broad agreement that the legal aftermath will share many similarities with Argentina’s highly litigious 15-year sovereign debt battle.

20 June 2016

NEW YORK: Distressed M&A deals in Latin America need cleaner strategies to soothe creditors

Lawyers representing debtors in distressed M&A deals in Latin America need to provide clearer communication strategies and valuation plans to avoid troubling creditors, guests at the first Latin Lawyer – GRR Restructuring Summit in New York heard last Monday.

16 June 2016

READING: Comparing bank resolution regimes in the US & Europe

The traditional dichotomy between banking resolution and corporate resolution is obsolete, said speakers at a conference at the University of Reading, as they considered the practical, political and legal challenges that have distorted the development of a new regulatory landscape for financial institutions post-2008.

15 June 2016

NEW YORK: DIP financing has broken ground in Latin America but remains “dysfunctional”

A number of recent high-profile cross-border restructurings have brought changes to the way Latin American lawyers approach debtor-in-possession financing, but applicable laws remain “dysfunctional” according to a panel at Latin Lawyer – GRR Restructuring Summit in New York last Monday.

10 June 2016

WASHINGTON, DC: Trends in US cross-border cases, Chapter 15, UNCITRAL and the EIR

A recent panel in the US grappled with the fate of Chapter 11 and Chapter 15 cases involving non-US entities, in the wake of the dismissal of Bahamian resort Baha Mar’s Chapter 11 filing in Delaware.

07 June 2016

WASHINGTON, DC: Cross-border group insolvency laid bare

What restructuring options are open to a multinational fashion retailer facing trouble from lawsuits in Canada and the US over a problematic, see-through garment? A group of top female insolvency lawyers laid out the different routes available at a conference in Washington, DC.

07 June 2016

LONDON: On discovery and asset recovery

Freezing injunctions and the extraterritorial application of the UK Insolvency Act’s section 236 were the focus of an evening seminar hosted by 9 Stone Buildings chambers in London last month, which looked at cross-border discovery and asset recovery in insolvency proceedings before the UK courts.

07 June 2016

PRAGUE: Cleaning up non-performing loans in the CEE region

Banks in central and eastern Europe looking to restructure or dispose of non-performing loans can help attract investors by providing high-quality data, adhering to international sales standards and trying to anticipate problems before they arise, panellists noted in Prague in March. Ultimately, though, the main driver of investment is a favourable legal environment and an experienced local servicing industry.

07 June 2016

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