Section 546(e)

Overview and Analysis of Select Provisions of the ABI Chapter 11 Reform Commission Final Report and Recommendations

Part Two of Three

Last month, Orrick’s Restructuring team began a three-part look at the American Bankruptcy Institute’s Chapter 11 Reform Report. In part one we looked at issues related to confirmation, valuation, financing and asset sales. This second part focuses on modifications to the Bankruptcy Code’s “safe harbors” for derivatives and other complex financial transactions. The final part will focus on professional compensation, treatment of executory contracts and other interesting topics.

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SDNY Holds Trustee Cannot Evade Section 546(g) Safe Harbor by Bringing Avoidance Action Under State Law

On June 11, 2013, Southern District of New York Judge Jed Rakoff dismissed the complaint of the Trustee for the SemGroup estate seeking to avoid a novation made to Barclays pre-bankruptcy under a swap agreement.  The Court held that the pre-bankruptcy transaction constituted a safe harbored transfer made in connection with a swap agreement and thus could not be avoided by the estate.  The Court held further that the safe harbor applied to actions brought under state law fraudulent transfer theories, not just those brought under federal law.  Judge Rakoff stated that to permit the trustee to proceed under state law would allow estates to evade the safe harbor by delaying litigation until post-bankruptcy.  Whyte v. Barclays Bank PLC, 12 Civ. 5318 (JSR), 2013 U.S. Dist. Lexis 82040 (S.D.N.Y. June 11, 2013).  Read More.

Second Circuit Rules That Payments Made To Purchase Notes Are Exempt from Avoidance Under Section 546(e) of the Bankruptcy Code

The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit held, on June 10, 2013, that payments made by a company to purchase notes issued by an affiliate were transfers made in connection with a “securities contract,” and therefore, pursuant to Section 546(e) of the Bankruptcy Code, could not be avoided as preferential transfers. In re Quebecor World (USA) Inc., No. 12-4270-bk. Read More.