I hope you had a wonderful holiday season and Happy New Year everyone.

To start the new year off, the Winter 2014 edition of the Absolute Priority newsletter, published by the Bankruptcy & Restructuring group at Cooley LLP, of which I am a member, has been released. The newsletter gives updates on current developments and trends in the bankruptcy and workout area. Follow the links in this sentence to access a copy of the newsletter

This edition of Absolute Priority covers a range of cutting edge topics, including:

  • An Eleventh Circuit ruling that indirect benefits from a Subchapter S election can constitute reasonably equivalent value for fraudulent transfer purposes;
  • The Ninth Circuit’s decision permitting recharacterization claims; and
  • A recent Seventh Circuit decision on the validity of a cross-collateralized real estate lien.

It also reports on some of our recent representations, including for official committees of unsecured creditors in Chapter 11 cases involving major retailers and others, and our work for Chapter 11 debtors. Recent committee cases include Mervyn’s Holdings, Appleseed’s Intermediate Holdings, and Underground Energy, among others. Recent debtor representations include Cylex (now Immunology Partners), IntraOp Medical (now MC Liquidation), and Nirvanix.

I hope you find the latest edition of Absolute Priority to be of interest. Please note that this will be the final issue in newsletter format, as soon our group will be providing future insights through a new Absolute Priority blog, in addition to this In The (Red) blog. Stay tuned for more details.