Chapter 11 liquidating trust
Additionally, exculpation and release provisions provide further liability protection to the liquidating trustee. As the volume of crossborder Chapter 11 cases continues to increase, liquidating trustees prosecuting estate causes of action may face more personal jurisdiction challenges.Liquidating trusts created under bankruptcy plans often vest their trustees with authority to prosecute avoidance and related actions against the creditors and third parties. Bayard’s Bankruptcy Group has long provided services to debtors, official committees of unsecured creditors and equity holders, trustees, purchasers and lenders in bankruptcy cases. Liquidating trusts can be effective tools to wind down any business enterprise, including debtors in Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases and entities that dissolve outside of bankruptcy. To that end, in a Chapter 11 case, a debtor’s exclusive right to file a plan is limited to 120 days (subject to extensions for cause), but once a plan is confirmed, the bankruptcy estate ceases to exist and the debtor loses its status as debtor in possession, including its authority to act as a bankruptcy trustee and pursue estate claims. Norton Liquidating trusts are organized for the primary purpose of liquidating assets transferred to them for distribution to trust beneficiaries. The US Bankruptcy Code seeks to promote the effective administration and settlement of a debtor’s assets and liabilities within a limited frame of time.Business organizations that are dissolving may wish to use a liquidating trust in order to delegate the administration of the winding up process.While the managers of a business may be well-suited for the tasks of running a going concern, their talents may not be optimal for the winding down process, which consists of marshaling and selling assets, making distributions to and communicating with creditors and estimating reserves.
For example, as shown on the below chart, a Delaware corporation continues to exist for a period of three years following the filing of a certificate of dissolution, but a Delaware partnership or limited liability company’s legal existence continues indefinitely following an event of dissolution, until a certificate of cancellation is filed.Trustees may initiate these actions against parties with little to no connection to the United States raising unsettled questions over jurisdiction. Ascot (In re Waste2Energy Holdings, Inc.), Case No. It also represents parties in other insolvency proceedings, including receiverships, assignments for the benefit of creditors, dissolution proceedings under state law and rehabilitations and liquidations of insurance companies.The Bankruptcy Group works regularly with clients through all phases of the reorganization or liquidation of troubled businesses, including out-of-court workouts and distressed asset acquisitions.In conjunction with the other provisions of the Bankruptcy Code that require a disclosure statement and plan to provide “adequate information” for a claim or interest holder to make an informed judgment about the plan, Section 1123(b)(3) effectively provides notice to creditors of retention and prospective enforcement of claims that may enlarge the estate’s assets for distribution.A plan must expressly retain claims to preserve a liquidating trust’s standing to pursue them after plan confirmation.