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Bankruptcy

  • June 18, 2018

    F-Squared Discovery Delayed In Del. Ch. 11 Trustee Suits

    Citing pivotal, unsettled questions of law, a Delaware bankruptcy judge on Monday postponed mediation and most discovery in a string of extended clawback actions filed by the liquidating trustee for F-Squared Investment Management LLC, pending resolution of dismissal motions.

  • June 18, 2018

    GCs Tackle Law Firm Culture In Diversity Push

    Following an American Bar Association pledge, in-house attorneys are taking a harder line in demanding diversity from their outside counsel, and they're seeking to play a larger role in the workings of the law firms they hire.

  • June 18, 2018

    The Hurdles Facing BigLaw’s Minority Women

    We asked BigLaw for data on female minority lawyers for the first time this year, and the results show an industry that is failing to attract and retain them. Here’s a look at the challenges facing these attorneys — and how a few firms are defying the norm.

  • June 18, 2018

    The Best Firms For Minority Equity Partners

    The legal industry is making sluggish gains when it comes to attracting and retaining attorneys of color, but this select group of firms is taking broader strides to diversify at the top.

  • June 18, 2018

    Talk Radio Networks Ask Judge To Lift Cumulus Ch. 11 Stay

    A group of talk radio content producers appealing the dismissal of an antitrust suit against Cumulus Inc. and others asked a New York bankruptcy judge on Monday to lift the company's Chapter 11 stay to let them file an opening brief to the Ninth Circuit.

  • June 18, 2018

    Rockport DIP Financing Is Approved, But Allocation Is Punted

    The post-petition financing package for bankrupt shoemaker The Rockport Co. LLC received final approval Monday from a Delaware judge, but she punted on the part of the package that determined how the company’s secured debt would be allocated to various debtor entities.

  • June 18, 2018

    Justices Reject Momentive Ch. 11 Make-Whole Payments Row

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday denied a last-ditch attempt by creditors of Momentive Performance Materials Inc. to collect on $200 million in fees tied to bonds repaid in bankruptcy, ignoring their argument that allowing the silicone manufacturer to keep the money contradicts “bedrock principles” of bankruptcy law.

  • June 18, 2018

    Brazil Telecom's $20B Restructuring Deal Clears US Court

    A Manhattan bankruptcy judge has approved the restructuring plan of troubled Brazilian telecommunications company Oi SA, clearing the way for a $20 billion debt-for-equity swap to take the company out of bankruptcy.

  • June 18, 2018

    In Their Own Words: Minority Partners On Reaching The Top

    Despite decades of industrywide initiatives, movement up the ladder has stagnated for minority lawyers. Here, five industry success stories tell Law360 about the paths they took and what needs to change in BigLaw.

  • June 18, 2018

    Celebrity Restaurateur Faces Remand Move By Investors

    A couple who accused celebrity chef Jose Garces of cheating his New York City restaurant's investors out of returns want their suit hashed out in New Jersey court instead of getting folded into his Chapter 11 case, arguing that their claims have nothing to do with his bankruptcy.

  • June 18, 2018

    $340M Ch. 11 Sale Of Nine West, Bandolino Brands Approved

    Nine West Holdings Inc. received bankruptcy court approval on Monday to sell its namesake women’s fashion business as well as its Bandolino brand to Authentic Brands Group for $340 million in cash, a sum nearly 75 percent higher than the purchaser’s stalking horse bid.

  • June 15, 2018

    Minority Lawyers On Why They Left BigLaw

    Despite the proliferation of diversity committees and inclusion initiatives, corporate law firms remain overwhelmingly white and male, especially at leadership levels. Here, minority attorneys discuss their reasons for leaving a large firm.

  • June 15, 2018

    Taking On The ‘Petri Dish’ Of BigLaw Bias

    The often-informal processes for deciding matters like compensation at law firms can create, as one expert put it, a “petri dish” for the effects of unconscious bias. Here’s how some firms are looking to shake up the system.

  • June 15, 2018

    The Best Firms For Minority Attorneys

    While U.S. law firms have long vowed to make their ranks more diverse and inclusive, the industry has long failed to deliver on those promises. Here are the firms making some headway, according to this year’s Diversity Snapshot.

  • June 15, 2018

    Law360’s Diversity Snapshot: By The Numbers

    Efforts to increase diversity have again yielded few meaningful changes in law firm demographics, according to Law360’s annual headcount survey, even as law schools continue to enroll students of color in increasing numbers.

  • June 15, 2018

    Law360’s Pro Say: What BigLaw Should Do About Diversity

    For years law firms have had programs aimed at increasing attorney diversity, but nothing is working. On this week’s Pro Say podcast we take a look at our latest survey of diversity at law firms, and unpack what experts say are the things that could actually move the needle on this issue.

  • June 15, 2018

    Indian Bank Seeks Ch. 11 Exam Of Alleged Fraudster, Others

    Punjab National Bank, the alleged victim of a seven-year, billion-dollar bank fraud by diamond mogul Nirav Modi and his uncle, asked a New York bankruptcy court on Thursday for permission to subpoena Modi and others connected to three Modi-linked jewelry companies that are under court protection in the U.S.

  • June 15, 2018

    Weinstein Co. Floats Deal With 'Hotel Mumbai' Producers

    Bankrupt film studio The Weinstein Co. filed a motion Friday in Delaware seeking approval of a proposed settlement with the producers of a film about the 2008 terror attacks on Mumbai, India, that would resolve a dispute over who owns the distribution rights to the film.

  • June 15, 2018

    Ch. 11 Case Solutions Tightened As Jevic Anniversary Passes

    A year and some change after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that so-called structured dismissals of Chapter 11 cases cannot sidestep the Bankruptcy Code's “absolute priority” rule, practitioners feel relieved the decision didn’t altogether upend creditor “priority-skipping” payments, but say case liquidation now looms larger.

  • June 15, 2018

    $300M Pellet Facility Bankruptcy Suit Kicked To Fed. Court

    A federal magistrate judge in Louisiana has removed a lawsuit from state court against a German insurance company that issued a policy covering a now-bankrupt $300 million heating pellet facility, finding that the matter invokes an international arbitration clause.

Expert Analysis

  • Knowledge Lawyers Can Help Firms Stay Ahead Of The Curve

    Vanessa Pinto Villa

    In a profession notoriously averse to change, it should come as no surprise that there is skepticism about the value of having attorneys perform nonbillable tasks. But U.S. law firms have slowly begun to incorporate knowledge lawyers into their operations — and the trend is likely to continue, says Vanessa Pinto Villa of Hogan Lovells.

  • An Unprecedented Look Inside The FARA Unit

    Brian Fleming

    For close observers of the Foreign Agents Registration Act, the June 8 release by the U.S. Department of Justice of over 50 FARA advisory opinions was a watershed. These opinions offer an unprecedented glimpse into how the FARA Registration Unit interprets the law, say Brian Fleming and Andrew Herman of Miller & Chevalier Chtd.

  • Options For Failing Marijuana Cos. And Their Creditors

    Brett Theisen

    In the marijuana industry, there is ambiguity surrounding failing businesses because the product remains illegal under federal law. Brett Theisen of Gibbons PC identifies the credit risks associated with lending to, or working with, a marijuana business and highlights key state law solutions for both debtors and creditors.

  • Why Lawyers Shouldn't Accept Fees In Cryptocurrency: Part 2

    John Reed Stark

    The legal industry has already begun to feel the impact of anti-bribery and anti-money laundering requirements. When involved with cryptocurrency trading and remittance, law firms face more than the risk of being perceived as organizations that support money laundering practices, says John Reed Stark of John Reed Stark Consulting LLC.

  • A Growing Divide On Trademark License Rights In Bankruptcy

    Luke Barefoot

    The U.S. Supreme Court has been asked to clarify in the case of Tempnology the extent to which trademark license rights survive rejection in bankruptcy proceedings. In the meantime, licensees face continued uncertainty on their ability to use licensed trademarks following rejection, say attorneys with Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.

  • Why Lawyers Shouldn't Accept Fees In Cryptocurrency: Part 1

    John Reed Stark

    Law firms are increasingly accepting cryptocurrency as payment for services. While this might seem innovative and forward-thinking, ironically it is much more of a throwback, says John Reed Stark of John Reed Stark Consulting LLC.

  • A Valuable Precedent On Bankruptcy Vote Designation

    Steven Wilamowsky

    The Ninth Circuit's opinion in Fagerdala represents one of very few circuit-level decisions that touch on vote designation under Section 1126(e) of the Bankruptcy Code — and the severest limit to date upon its application, say Steven Wilamowsky and Laura Appleby of Chapman and Cutler LLP.

  • Impediments To Legal Industry's 'Inevitable' Future: Part 2

    Craig Levinson

    I agree with the legal pundits speculating that NewLaw’s present and future disruptors will radically change the legal services industry, but that change may not come quite as rapidly as predicted. Regardless, now is the time for both the incumbents and the challengers to best position themselves for the eventual shakeup, says Craig Levinson, founder of Levity Partners.

  • Defining A Shareholder's Bankruptcy Veto Power

    Sarah Borders

    The Fifth Circuit's recent decision in Franchise Services of North America should give comfort to investors that seek to negotiate consent rights with respect to a bankruptcy filing. The fact that an investor also holds a claim against the company will not, in and of itself, invalidate a bankruptcy consent provision, say attorneys with King & Spalding LLP.

  • Impediments To Legal Industry's 'Inevitable' Future: Part 1

    Craig Levinson

    Legal pundits continue to make predictions that newer entrants into the industry — NewLaw firms, the Big Four and alternative legal service providers — will progressively seize greater amounts of market share from traditional law firms. But the BigLaw response has been underwhelming at best, and a glimpse at the market forces puts its lack of urgency into perspective, says Craig Levinson, founder of Levity Partners.