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Business Bankruptcy Practice 2018 Edition

Is bankruptcy is the best alternative for a business client's financial problems? This handbook guides the attorney in answering that question and also instructs the reader on the practicalities of handling business bankruptcy matters.

This handbook is your comprehensive guide to business bankruptcy. The specific topics include: the consequences of bankruptcy and out-of-court alternatives; business Chapter 7 cases; §541 property of the estate; proofs of claim, priorities, and distribution; the trustee's responsibilities and avoiding powers in business bankruptcies; Illinois common-law assignments for the benefit of creditors; involuntary bankruptcy; postpetition financing; and executory contracts and unexpired leases. This book also covers special problems that arise when dealing with farm debtors, limited liability companies, and commercial real estate cases.


General Editor: Daniel A. Zazove, Perkins Coie LLP, Chicago


TABLE OF CONTENTS

Chapter 1 — Overview of the Bankruptcy Code and System

James R. Irving, Bingham Greenbaum Doll LLP, Louisville, KY, and Daniel A. Zazove, Perkins Coie LLP, Chicago

Chapter 2 — Consequences of Bankruptcy and Out-of-Court Alternatives

Daniel A. Zazove, Perkins Coie LLP, Chicago, and James R. Irving, Bingham Greenbaum Doll LLP, Louisville, KY

Chapter 3 — Section 541: Property of the Estate

Mark F. Hebbeln, Foley & Lardner LLP, Chicago

Chapter 4 — Proofs of Claim, Priorities, and Distribution

Jeffrey L. Gansberg, Much Shelist, P.C., and Mark E. Leipold, Gould & Ratner LLP, Chicago

Chapter 5 — Trustee’s Responsibilities and Avoiding Powers in Business Bankruptcies

Joseph D. Frank and Frances F. Gecker, FrankGecker LLP, Chicago

Chapter 6 — Advising Business Debtors: Alternatives to Bankruptcy

Steven B. Towbin and David R. Doyle, Fox Rothschild LLP, Chicago

Chapter 7 — Illinois Common-Law Assignments for the Benefit of Creditors

Daniel A. Zazove, Perkins Coie LLP, Chicago, and James R. Irving, Bingham Greenbaum Doll LLP, Louisville, KY

Chapter 8 — Involuntary Bankruptcy

Jill L. Nicholson and Michael J. Small, Foley & Lardner LLP, Chicago

Chapter 9 — Business Chapter 7 Cases

Joshua D. Greene, Springer Brown, LLC, Wheaton

Chapter 10 — Representing the Chapter 11 Debtor

Mary E. Lopinot, Mathis, Marifian & Richter, Ltd., Belleville

Chapter 11 — Representing the Secured Creditor and Adequate Protection

Chad H. Gettleman, Brad A. Berish, and Adam P. Silverman, Adelman & Gettleman, Ltd., and Nathan Q. Rugg, Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg LLP, Chicago

Chapter 12 — Postpetition Financing

Jeremy M. Downs, Danielle Wildern Juhle, and Eva D. Gadzheva, Goldberg Kohn Ltd., Chicago

Chapter 13 — Representing the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors

Josef S. Athanas and Matthew L. Warren, Latham & Watkins LLP, Chicago

Chapter 14 — Executory Contracts and Unexpired Leases

William Choslovsky, Ginsberg Jacobs LLC, Chicago

Chapter 15 — Attorneys’ Fees in Chapter 11 Cases

Jeremy C. Kleinman, FrankGecker LLP, Chicago

Chapter 16 — Special Problems in Dealing with the Farm Debtor

Richard G. Larsen, Springer Brown, LLC, Wheaton

Chapter 17 — The Chapter 11 Plan, Confirmation, and Cramdown

Barry A. Chatz and Kevin H. Morse, Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP, and William A. Williams, Jenner & Block LLP, Peoria

Chapter 18 — Asset Sales Under the Bankruptcy Code

Peter J. Roberts, Fox Rothschild LLP, Chicago

Chapter 19 — Special Issues for Limited Liability Companies

Daniel A. Zazove, Perkins Coie LLP, Chicago

Chapter 20 — Chapter 11 Cases for Individuals and Small Business Debtors

Paul M. Bauch and Carolina Y. Sales, Bauch & Michaels, LLC, Chicago

Chapter 21 — Special Problems in Commercial Real Estate Bankruptcy Cases

Jill L. Nicholson, Foley & Lardner LLP, Chicago

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This handbook is your comprehensive guide to business bankruptcy. The specific topics include: the consequences of bankruptcy and out-of-court alternatives; business Chapter 7 cases; §541 property of the estate; proofs of claim, priorities, and distribution; the trustee's responsibilities and avoiding powers in business bankruptcies; Illinois common-law assignments for the benefit of creditors; involuntary bankruptcy; postpetition financing; and executory contracts and unexpired leases. This book also covers special problems that arise when dealing with farm debtors, limited liability companies, and commercial real estate cases.


General Editor: Daniel A. Zazove, Perkins Coie LLP, Chicago


TABLE OF CONTENTS

Chapter 1 — Overview of the Bankruptcy Code and System

James R. Irving, Bingham Greenbaum Doll LLP, Louisville, KY, and Daniel A. Zazove, Perkins Coie LLP, Chicago

Chapter 2 — Consequences of Bankruptcy and Out-of-Court Alternatives

Daniel A. Zazove, Perkins Coie LLP, Chicago, and James R. Irving, Bingham Greenbaum Doll LLP, Louisville, KY

Chapter 3 — Section 541: Property of the Estate

Mark F. Hebbeln, Foley & Lardner LLP, Chicago

Chapter 4 — Proofs of Claim, Priorities, and Distribution

Jeffrey L. Gansberg, Much Shelist, P.C., and Mark E. Leipold, Gould & Ratner LLP, Chicago

Chapter 5 — Trustee’s Responsibilities and Avoiding Powers in Business Bankruptcies

Joseph D. Frank and Frances F. Gecker, FrankGecker LLP, Chicago

Chapter 6 — Advising Business Debtors: Alternatives to Bankruptcy

Steven B. Towbin and David R. Doyle, Fox Rothschild LLP, Chicago

Chapter 7 — Illinois Common-Law Assignments for the Benefit of Creditors

Daniel A. Zazove, Perkins Coie LLP, Chicago, and James R. Irving, Bingham Greenbaum Doll LLP, Louisville, KY

Chapter 8 — Involuntary Bankruptcy

Jill L. Nicholson and Michael J. Small, Foley & Lardner LLP, Chicago

Chapter 9 — Business Chapter 7 Cases

Joshua D. Greene, Springer Brown, LLC, Wheaton

Chapter 10 — Representing the Chapter 11 Debtor

Mary E. Lopinot, Mathis, Marifian & Richter, Ltd., Belleville

Chapter 11 — Representing the Secured Creditor and Adequate Protection

Chad H. Gettleman, Brad A. Berish, and Adam P. Silverman, Adelman & Gettleman, Ltd., and Nathan Q. Rugg, Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg LLP, Chicago

Chapter 12 — Postpetition Financing

Jeremy M. Downs, Danielle Wildern Juhle, and Eva D. Gadzheva, Goldberg Kohn Ltd., Chicago

Chapter 13 — Representing the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors

Josef S. Athanas and Matthew L. Warren, Latham & Watkins LLP, Chicago

Chapter 14 — Executory Contracts and Unexpired Leases

William Choslovsky, Ginsberg Jacobs LLC, Chicago

Chapter 15 — Attorneys’ Fees in Chapter 11 Cases

Jeremy C. Kleinman, FrankGecker LLP, Chicago

Chapter 16 — Special Problems in Dealing with the Farm Debtor

Richard G. Larsen, Springer Brown, LLC, Wheaton

Chapter 17 — The Chapter 11 Plan, Confirmation, and Cramdown

Barry A. Chatz and Kevin H. Morse, Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP, and William A. Williams, Jenner & Block LLP, Peoria

Chapter 18 — Asset Sales Under the Bankruptcy Code

Peter J. Roberts, Fox Rothschild LLP, Chicago

Chapter 19 — Special Issues for Limited Liability Companies

Daniel A. Zazove, Perkins Coie LLP, Chicago

Chapter 20 — Chapter 11 Cases for Individuals and Small Business Debtors

Paul M. Bauch and Carolina Y. Sales, Bauch & Michaels, LLC, Chicago

Chapter 21 — Special Problems in Commercial Real Estate Bankruptcy Cases

Jill L. Nicholson, Foley & Lardner LLP, Chicago

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