Debtors may "emerge" from a chapter 11 bankruptcy within a few months or within several years, depending on the size and complexity of the bankruptcy. The Bankruptcy Code accomplishes this objective through the use of a bankruptcy plan.
It follows that it Chapt 11 part i be more economically efficient to allow a troubled company to continue running, cancel some of its debts, and give ownership of the newly reorganized company to the creditors whose debts were canceled.
In the event of a rejection, the remaining parties to the contract become unsecured creditors of the debtor. Further, creditors may file with the court seeking relief from the automatic stay. Sometimes a company will liquidate under chapter 11, in which the pre-existing management may be able to help get a higher price for divisions or other assets than a chapter 7 liquidation would be likely to achieve.
Actual share value does not reach zero unless the probability of restructuring is so low that a Chapter 7 filing is sure to follow.
A company undergoing Chapter 11 reorganization is effectively operating under the "protection" of the court until it emerges. Executory contracts[ edit ] Some contracts, known as executory contractsmay be rejected if canceling them would be financially favorable to the company and its creditors.
As a general rule, administrative expenses the actual, necessary expenses of preserving the bankruptcy estate, including expenses such as employee wages, and the cost of litigating the chapter 11 case are paid first.
It provides additional tools for debtors as well.
In Chapter 11, in most instances the debtor remains in control of its business operations as a debtor in possessionand is subject to the Chapt 11 part i and jurisdiction of the court. Most importantly, 11 U. A preplanned, preagreed approach between the debtor and its creditors sometimes called a pre-packaged bankruptcy may facilitate the desired result.
For example, in some districts a contract for deed is an executory contract, while in others it is not. Debtors are also protected from other litigation against the business through the imposition of an automatic stay. This period allows the debtor days from the date of filing for chapter 11, to propose a plan of reorganization before any other party in interest may propose a plan.
The automatic stay requires all creditors to cease collection attempts, and makes many post-petition debt collection efforts void or voidable. For instance the claims of suppliers of products or employees of a company may be paid before other unsecured creditors are paid.
Considerations[ edit ] The reorganization and court process may take an inordinate amount of time, limiting the chances of a successful outcome and sufficient debtor in possession financing may be unavailable during an economic recession. Upon confirmation, the plan becomes binding and identifies the treatment of debts and operations of the business for the duration of the plan.
If the debtor proposes a plan within the day exclusivity period, a day exclusivity period from the date of filing for chapter 11 is granted in order to allow the debtor to gain confirmation of the proposed plan.
Section [ edit ] Section 11 U. Confirmation[ edit ] If the judge approves the reorganization plan and the creditors all agree, then the plan can be confirmed. Alternatively, the business can be sold as a going concern with the net proceeds of the sale distributed to creditors ratably in accordance with statutory priorities.
The court will grant a motion to convert to chapter 7 or appoint a trustee if either of these actions is in the best interest of all creditors. The standard feature of executory contracts is that each party to the contract has duties remaining under the contract.
Many stocks that are delisted quickly resume listing as over-the-counter OTC stocks. The court may also permit the debtor in possession to reject and cancel contracts. If at least one class of creditors objects and votes against the plan, it may nonetheless be confirmed if the requirements of cramdown are met.
If a plan cannot be confirmed, the court may either convert the case to a liquidation under chapter 7, or, if in the best interests of the creditors and the estate, the case may be dismissed resulting in a return to the status quo before bankruptcy.
An example of proceedings that are not necessarily stayed automatically are family law proceedings against a spouse or parent. Any residual amount is returned to the owners of the company.
Individuals may file Chapter 11, but due to the complexity and expense of the proceeding, this option is rarely chosen by debtors who are eligible for Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 relief. On the NASDAQ the identifying fifth letter "Q" at the end of a stock symbol indicates the company is in bankruptcy formerly the "Q" was placed in front of the pre-existing stock symbol; a celebrated example was Penn Centralwhose symbol was originally "PC" and became "QPC" after the company filed Chapter 11 in While the automatic stay is in place, creditors are stayed from any collection attempts or activities against the debtor in possession, and most litigation against the debtor is stayed,  or put on hold, until it can be resolved in bankruptcy court, or resumed in its original venue.
In Chapter 11, unless a separate trustee is appointed for cause, the debtor, as debtor in possession, acts as trustee of the business.
Appointment of a trustee requires some wrongdoing or gross mismanagement on the part of existing management and is relatively rare. More specifically, the right of the lender to take possession of the secured equipment is not hampered by the automatic stay provisions of the U.
Such contracts may include labor union contracts, supply or operating contracts with both vendors and customersand real estate leases. All creditors are entitled to be heard by the court. The debtor in possession typically has the first opportunity to propose a plan during the period of exclusivity.
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