Gibson Dunn explains Delaware Decision Invalidating Attempt to Prevent Bankruptcy Through “Golden Share”

A Delaware bankruptcy court has invalidated a lender’s attempt to prevent a borrower from filing bankruptcy by having the borrower amend its operating agreement to require unanimous consent among its members to file bankruptcy and then issuing one “golden share” to the lender.

In In re Intervention Energy Holdings, LLC,[1] the borrower had defaulted under a senior secured loan and subsequently entered into a forbearance agreement with its lender.  As part of the forbearance agreement, the lender required the borrower to agree to (a) amend its operating agreement to require approval of each holder of common units prior … Read more

Gibson Dunn discusses Delaware Court of Chancery Decision Rejecting Continuous Insolvency Requirement for Creditor Derivative Claims

On May 4, 2015, Vice Chancellor Travis Laster of the Delaware Court of Chancery issued an opinion providing a thoughtful analysis of when the creditors of an insolvent corporation have the right to bring derivative claims, such as those alleging breach of director fiduciary duties. In Quadrant Structured Products Co., Ltd. v. Vertin,[1] the Court examined a question of first impression under Delaware law: whether that law imposes a continuous insolvency requirement for creditors to maintain standing to bring derivative claims against a corporation. The Court began its analysis with a discussion of the nature of a creditor’s … Read more