CARES Act & Bankruptcy: Congress Wants the Largest of Small Businesses to Liquidate

By: Donald L Swanson The CARES Act (“Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act” ) is now law—and has been since March 27, 2020. Bankruptcy Amendments in CARES Act Sec. 1113 of the CARES Act deals with “Bankruptcy” and contains the following provisions. Eligibility for Small Business Bankruptcy. Total-debts eligibility for the Small Business Reorganization Act... Continue Reading →

Stressed Family Businesses: Chapter 11 Reorganization Must Work For Them

By: Donald L. Swanson Family businesses who need to reorganize have a tough go in bankruptcy. There are lots of impediments, both legal (e.g., absolute priority rule) and economic (Chapter 11 is expensive).  The Small Business Reorganization Act of 2019 will help, but it only applies to businesses with less than $2.7 million of debt. An Extraneous... Continue Reading →

Accuracy on Bankruptcy Schedules: A Challenge in Representing Family Businesses

By: Donald L. Swanson “I’m very proud of the fact that, in four decades of practicing law, I’ve had only one client go to federal prison for lying on these bankruptcy schedules.” —Yours truly, emphasizing to clients the importance of accuracy and full disclosure in preparing bankruptcy schedules. One of the great challenges in representing... Continue Reading →

Small Business Reorganization Act: A Great Law With A Major Flaw

By: Donald L Swanson The Small Business Reorganization Act of 2019 has the following discharge provisions: Plan confirmation “discharges the debtor from” specified debts (see § 1181(c), § 1192 & § 1141(d)(1)(A)); but The discharge takes effect only “after completion” of “all payments due within” the 3 to 5 years term of the plan (§ 1192).... Continue Reading →

Plan Confirmation Standards Under Small Business Reorganization Act of 2019

By Donald L. Swanson The Small Business Reorganization Act of 2019 is said to provide a “Chapter 12-type” reorganization opportunity for small businesses within Chapter 11. That comparison is apt. Here’s why: Chapter 12 came into existence, back in 1986, because farmers had difficulty getting plans of reorganization confirmed under Chapter 11; The Small Business Act... Continue Reading →

A CRO-Type Advisory Role for Family Businesses in Financial Stress

By: Donald L Swanson When large businesses are in financial trouble, their banks commonly require them to hire a CRO (a Chief Restructuring Officer) as a condition for extending loans. The CRO can do a variety of things. But one of the essentials is an advisory role: --Evaluate the financial troubles and recommend a course of... Continue Reading →

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