UK court examines impact of new EU laws on jurisdiction

Two decisions over the summer examined the impact of new EU legislation on the jurisdiction of the UK courts over the approval of a Dutch and Belgian group’s English scheme of arrangement, and a claim for the recovery of a debt where there were parallel administrative proceedings in Portugal.

16 December 2015

Appleby rehires funds partner in the Caymans

Offshore firm Appleby has rehired a partner in its Cayman Islands funds team.

16 December 2015

One in, one out at Morgan Lewis

Morgan Lewis & Bockius has hired Renée Dailey as a partner in its Hartford, Connecticut office, and said goodbye to Allan Reiss in New York.

16 December 2015

Germany mulls changes to insolvency laws as EU neighbours amend theirs

Several European countries have passed changes to their insolvency laws in recent months, with France, Italy and the UK introducing new measures that give courts greater powers and expand the role of creditors, while the German legislature considers a bill to reform the regime’s clawback provisions – but harmonisation of laws across the EU still seems a distant prospect.

16 December 2015

Setbacks in court for secondary investors in Madoff claims

Secondary market investors who bought claims related to the Madoff fraud suffered two setbacks last month, as a court in New York reversed the sale of one claim, and a court in Dublin dismissed attempts to enforce another against a third party on grounds that it violated Irish champerty rules.

16 December 2015

Canadian payday lender makes Chapter 15 filing and formulates restructuring plan

Insolvent Canadian payday loans company Cash Store has filed for chapter 15 protection in New York, winning a stay against a host of court proceedings on both sides of the border, including a federal securities lawsuit launched by a Japanese shareholder.

16 December 2015

Italian fuel trader turns to US to stay Danish creditor suits

An Italian fossil fuel trader has filed for bankruptcy protection in a Delaware court to safeguard it from US civil suits launched by Danish creditors.

16 December 2015

Vantage Drilling files 24 Chapter 11 cases with restructuring plan

Two dozen international subsidiaries of a Cayman Islands-based driller have filed for Chapter 11 protection, blaming the oil price collapse and links to scandalised Brazilian state oil company Petrobras for their woes.

11 December 2015

Greenberg launches energy restructuring team with McDermott hire

Greenberg Traurig has hired McDermott Will & Emery partner Iskender “Alex” Catto as the head of its newly created power industry projects and restructuring group in New York.

27 November 2015

Mexico’s Homex completes restructuring under new insolvency law

Mexican real estate developer Desarrolladora Homex has become the first major company with US investors to successfully restructure under Mexico’s reformed insolvency law, coming out of its restructuring within the mandated one-year period.

13 November 2015

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