Insights Past Issues
- ArticleThe Banking Law JournalJuly/August 2019
The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit is the latest court in a developing line of case law to find that the doctrine of equitable mootness applies to prevent an aggrieved creditor from unwinding a substantially consummated Chapter 9 municipal bankruptcy plan.
- Client AlertApril 8, 2019
In a decision that upends the expectations of the municipal bond market, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit has ruled that the “special revenue” provisions of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code do not compel the payment of debt service on certain municipal bonds during the pendency of a bankruptcy proceeding.
- Client AlertMissed Appointment: First Circuit Finds That Puerto Rico Oversight Board Needs Advice and Consent of the SenateMarch 11, 2019
In a case of constitutional importance, the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit addressed whether members of the Financial Oversight and Management Board created by PROMESA are “Officers of the United States” subject to the US Constitution’s Appointments Clause.
- ArticlePratt's Journal of Bankruptcy LawJanuary 2019
A recent court decision has provided guidance regarding the meaning of “governmental unit” under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code.This determination is important because if it is a “governmental unit,” an entity would only be eligible to file a bankruptcy petition if it is a “municipality” under the Bankruptcy Code and meets the other eligibility requirements for filing a municipal bankruptcy petition.
- ArticlePratt's Journal of Bankruptcy LawNovember/December 2018
A decision by the Court overseeing Puerto Rico’s bankruptcy-like Title III proceeding has reiterated what every secured creditor understands — perfection matters. The Court found that bondholders holding $2.9 billion in debt issued by the Employees Retirement System of the Government of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico were rendered unsecured due to inadequate financing statements.
- White PaperMarch 2018
Chapman’s "Defaulted Securities: The Guide for Trustees and Bondholders" advances understanding and consideration of issues related to trustees and bondholders in both corporate and municipal financings.
- Client AlertFebruary 6, 2018
In a decision likely to have a far-reaching effect in the municipal debt markets, the Court overseeing Puerto Rico’s bankruptcy-like Title III proceeding ruled that holders of municipal obligations secured by a pledge of special revenues are not guaranteed payment during the pendency of a bankruptcy proceeding.
- ArticleLaw360February 5, 2018
In bankruptcy cases where a not-for-profit corporation is closely related to or controlled by a governmental unit, a creditor may challenge the not-for-profit corporation’s bankruptcy eligibility, arguing that the not-for-profit corporation is, in substance, a “governmental unit” and therefore not eligible to file a Chapter 11 petition.
- Client AlertJanuary 11, 2018
As state and local governments seek more creative financing methods for economic development projects, some have turned to the formation of subsidiary entities that can provide financing assistance, potentially without triggering debt limits under state or local laws or violating covenants under existing financings.
- Client AlertWestlaw Journal BankruptcyOctober 5, 2017 (Originally Published September 14, 2017)
Following a recent decision by the Court overseeing the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico’s bankruptcy-like Title III proceeding, bondholders should continue to pay close attention to the pledge securing their bonds to determine how those bonds would be treated in a bankruptcy proceeding.
- Chapman InsightsMunicipalities in Distress? How States and Investors Deal with Local Government Financial Emergencies
The second edition of Chapman's book is a valuable resource for municipal debt marketplace participants, including state and local government officials, municipal credit analysts, credit enhancers, investors, legislators, and administrators.
- ArticleLaw360October 21, 2016
Earlier this month, the Sixth Circuit provided to creditors of municipalities emerging from bankruptcy proceedings additional assurance that they can rely on the bankruptcy plan approved by a court.
- Client AlertOctober 12, 2016
Last week, the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals provided to creditors of municipalities emerging from bankruptcy proceedings additional assurance that they can rely on the bankruptcy plan approved by the court.
- Client AlertJune 30, 2016
Congress has approved the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act, and President Obama is expected to sign the measure into law by July 1, 2016. Puerto Rico owes its bondholders a $1.9 billion debt payment on July 1 that by all accounts it cannot make.
- ArticleLaw360June 23, 2016 (Originally Published May 31, 2016)
On May 27, 2016, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed into law the Casino Tax Property Stabilization Act in an effort to help Atlantic City get back on the path to fiscal stability.
- Client AlertJune 15, 2016
The U.S. Supreme Court placed the final nail in the coffin of the Puerto Rico Public Corporation Debt Enforcement and Recovery Act. The Court found that Puerto Rico was not entitled to create its own restructuring process because such a process is prohibited by the Bankruptcy Code.
- Client AlertMay 31, 2016
New Jersey has taken steps to aid troubled Atlantic City in an apparent attempt to avoid a bankruptcy filing that may not only impact the distressed city but also other cities and towns in the State.
- ArticleThe Wall Street JournalMay 24, 2016
Atlantic City is in the midst of a financial crisis that has been in the making for years. Increased competition and a host of unfortunate spending and hiring decisions have led to a state of affairs that currently features the nation’s highest home foreclosure rate, junk bond credit status and an alarmingly large budget deficit.
- Client AlertJuly 27, 2015
In a move intended to fortify the rights of holders of California municipal general obligation debt as well as lower borrowing costs for California municipalities, California Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 222 into law earlier this month.
- Client AlertFirst Circuit Affirms Invalidity of Puerto Rico’s Public Corporations Debt Enforcement and Recovery ActJuly 14, 2015
In a decisive opinion, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit affirmed a lower court ruling that the Puerto Rico Public Corporations Debt Enforcement and Recovery Act is preempted by the U.S. Bankruptcy Code and therefore unconstitutional.
- Client AlertClient AlertFebruary 10, 2015
On February 6, 2015, the U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico issued a decision holding Puerto Rico’s Public Corporations Debt Enforcement and Recovery Act unconstitutional, noting that it was “not a close case.”
- Client AlertMunicipal Restructuring NewsMarch 17, 2014
The Court in the City of Detroit municipal bankruptcy proceeding has issued a decision granting the City’s motion to disband the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors that had previously been appointed in the case by the U.S. Trustee.
- Client AlertClient AlertFebruary 26, 2014
Without reaching a consensual agreement with its various creditors, on Friday, February 21, 2014, the City of Detroit filed its Chapter 9 Plan for the Adjustment of Debts with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.
- ArticlePratt's Journal of Bankruptcy LawJanuary 2014
Under current bankruptcy law, units of local government cannot voluntarily petition for municipal bankruptcy under Chapter 9 without express and specific authority from the state.