Distress Mergers and Acquisitions

Split Increases Uncertainty as to Extent of Safe Harbors

, New York Law Journal


In her Distress Mergers and Acquisitions column, Corinne Ball of Jones Day discusses a recent Seventh Circuit decision that rekindled a circuit split regarding the interpretation of §546(e), which is one of the "safe harbor" provisions enacted to minimize displacement in the commodities and securities markets in the event of a major bankruptcy affecting those markets. The split results in various levels of risk for participants in financial transactions, depending on the likely venue for a later challenge.

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