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Running The Asylum: Governance Problems In Bankruptcy Reorganizations, Christopher W. Frost Jan 1992

Running The Asylum: Governance Problems In Bankruptcy Reorganizations, Christopher W. Frost

Law Faculty Scholarly Articles

Like much of life, the study of bankruptcy is the study of leverage. Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code may be appropriately described as providing a framework within which interested parties may negotiate solutions to the problems facing a troubled company. The allocation of leverage to the negotiating parties is critical to the ultimate outcome of the process. In any negotiation setting control over the bargaining process is a key item of leverage. This Article proposes a framework for analysis and suggests solutions to the problem of control over corporations during the pendency of a Chapter 11 reorganization …


"Reasonable Expectations" Define Board Power To Liquidate A Solvent Close Corporation In Bankruptcy, Shelby D. Green Jan 1992

"Reasonable Expectations" Define Board Power To Liquidate A Solvent Close Corporation In Bankruptcy, Shelby D. Green

Elisabeth Haub School of Law Faculty Publications

This Article will argue that, in the absence of contrary provisions in the articles of incorporation, the power of the board of directors of a solvent close corporation to file a voluntary petition for liquidation in bankruptcy must be determined by the theory of “reasonable expectations.” This doctrine not only addresses wrongdoing by those in control, but also defines the power and rights of close corporation participants. Part II briefly considers the uses of bankruptcy in recent years and comments on the peculiar occasion of a solvent corporation deciding to liquidate in bankruptcy. Part III summarizes the facts and identifies …


Why Have Chapter 11 Bankruptcies Failed So Miserably? A Reappraisal Of Congressional Attempts To Protect A Corporation's Net Operating Losses After Bankruptcy, Michelle A. Cecil Jan 1992

Why Have Chapter 11 Bankruptcies Failed So Miserably? A Reappraisal Of Congressional Attempts To Protect A Corporation's Net Operating Losses After Bankruptcy, Michelle A. Cecil

Faculty Publications

This Article will first outline the history of judicial and statutory limitations on the free transferability of net operating losses, highlighting congressional attempts to afford more favorable treatment to troubled corporations reorganizing in Title 11 proceedings. It will then examine the operation of section 382 of the 1986 Code, again focusing on those provisions designed to assist in the successful reorganization of these corporations, and will demonstrate the wholesale inability of these provisions to preserve the net operating losses of troubled corporations. Finally, the Article will propose an amendment to section 382 that would increase the likelihood that corporations will …