According to a new report from Cornerstone Research, the number of large corporate bankruptcies “surged” in the first half of 2023 compared to the number of filings in the most recent years. The report, which is entitled “Trends in Large Corporate Bankruptcies and Financial Distress: Midyear 2023 Update” reports that the number of large corporate bankruptcy filings in the first half of this year already exceeds the total number of filings for the full year 2022. Cornerstone Research’s September 26, 2023, press release can be found here. The report itself can be found here.Continue Reading Large Company Bankruptcy Filings “Surged” in Year’s First Half
One of the perennial issues involving D&O insurance coverage in the bankruptcy context is the question whether the directors and officers of the corporate debtor can tap the insurance policy to pay their defense expenses in connection with claims filed against them in their capacities as executives of the corporate entity. These issues have arisen once again in the bankruptcy proceedings of the corporate parent of Silicon Valley Bank, SVB Financial Group, where the bank’s directors and officers found themselves compelled to petition the bankruptcy court to lift the stay in bankruptcy in order for the bank’s insurers to pay the individuals’ defense expenses.
While there is nothing novel about the bankruptcy court’s order granting the stay, both the high-profile nature of the proceedings and the critical importance of the issues involved warrant taking a closer look at what unfolded in that case. A copy of the bankruptcy court’s May 22, 2023, order in the case can be found here. An August 23, 2023, memo from the Foley Hoag law firm about the court’s decision can be found here.Continue Reading SVB Bankruptcy Court Lifts Stay to Allow Insurance to Pay Individuals’ Defense Expenses
There were more U.S. bankruptcy filings in 2020 than in any year since the global financial crisis, but the number of bankruptcy filings in the first half of 2021 returned closer to historical levels, according to a new report from Cornerstone Research. The report, entitled “Trends in Large Corporate Bankruptcy and Financial Distress: Midyear 2021 Update,” looks at bankruptcy filings involving private and public companies with assets over $100 million. The report can be found here, and Cornerstone Research’s August 25, 2021 press release about the report can be found here.
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Due to the financial fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of U.S. bankruptcy filings by companies with over $100 million in assets was 84 percent higher during the first three quarters of 2020 compared to the same period last year, according to a new report from Cornerstone Research. The report, entitled “Trends in Large Corporate Bankruptcy and Financial Distress: 2005-Q3 2020” (here), shows that the increase in the number of bankruptcies was particularly pronounced for “mega bankruptcies” (involving companies with over $1 billion in reported assets). However, the report also suggests that the number of bankruptcy filings by companies with over $100 million in assets may have peaked in July. Cornerstone Research’s October 28, 2020 press release about the report can be found here.
Continue Reading Cornerstone Research: Business Bankruptcies Up Significantly in Year’s First Nine Months