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(UPDATE) SUBCHAPTER V: A Powerful Tool for Early-Stage, Venture Capital Backed Companies in a Crisis

On only March 24, 2020, we released an advisory discussing the newly available Subchapter V of Chapter 11 and how it can facilitate in- and out-of-court restructurings for companies under the approximately $2.7 million threshold currently in effect without requiring a change of ownership.

Yesterday, March 25, 2020, the Senate passed the “Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act,” or the “CARES Act,” which among other things includes an increased threshold for Subchapter V availability, raising the threshold from approximately $2.7 million to $7.5 million for the one-year period following the date the law goes into effect.  We also understand that the current version of the CARES Act in the House includes the same amendment.

As a result, the availability of Subchapter V of Chapter 11 may soon increase significantly, allowing the equityholders of substantially larger companies to also benefit from Subchapter V.  Importantly, even companies with liabilities in excess of the new potential $7.5 million threshold may be able to take advantage of Subchapter V by using two-step processes where liabilities are reduced below the threshold immediately prior to commencing Chapter 11 cases (e.g., by using insider capital to reduce non-insider liabilities).

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Andrew Ritter Corporate Lawyer

Andrew Ritter is a Partner in Wiggin and Dana’s Corporate Department and focuses his practice on mergers and acquisitions and corporate restructuring matters.

As a mergers and acquisitions attorney, Andrew has advised public and private companies, investment firms, strategic investors and other parties on domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, carve-outs and other dispositions, joint ventures, venture capital and other minority investments, and general corporate matters.

As a restructuring attorney, Andrew has advised debtors, creditors, distressed investors and...

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