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Mennen v. Fiduciary Trust Int’l of Del.

The Delaware Supreme Court decided a case this week that is of great importance to Delaware trust law involving the enforceability of a spendthrift provision and the protection of trust assets against the claims of a beneficiary’s creditors relating to breaches of fiduciary duties by the beneficiary which arose in a separate but related action.  This opinion is notable because it is a strong... Continue Reading

Build It And They Will Come: Why Delaware Trusts Lead The League

The article, “Build It And They Will Come: Why Delaware Trusts Lead The League,” was published in the Spring, 2017 issue of the Delaware Banker Journal. It describes the history of the Delaware trust industry and how the robust trust infrastructure and commitment of the State and the industry have made Delaware the preeminent trust jurisdiction in the world... Continue Reading

Delaware District Judge Gregory M. Sleet to Take Senior Status

Today, the Delaware District Court announced that as of May 1, 2017, the Honorable Gregory M. Sleet will take senior status. Judge Sleet has served nearly 19 years on the bench, including as Chief Judge from 2007 to 2014, and has handled some of the most complex patent cases in the nation. The Court noted that Judge Sleet intends to render substantial judicial service as a Senior Judge. The Court... Continue Reading

Delaware Corporation Law Section Approves Amendments to Delaware’s Alternative Entity Acts

3.29.2017 - Client Alerts - Commercial

On Monday, March 27, 2017, the Corporation Law Section of the Delaware State Bar Association approved amendments to the Delaware Limited Liability Company Act, 6 Del. C. §§ 18-101 et seq. (the “DLLCA”), the Delaware Revised Uniform Limited Partnership Act, 6 Del. C. §§ 17-101 et seq. (the “DRULPA”), and the Delaware Revised Uniform Partnership Act, 6 Del. C. §§... Continue Reading

Testing Management Valuation When Something Doesn’t Smell Right

This article examines equity committee formation and methods used by bankruptcy courts to limit the costs of appointing an additional statutory committee, and it queries whether the appointment of equity committees in these cases resulted in increased returns for equity holders. It explores this question through an examination of two bankruptcies in which equity committees were appointed: In re... Continue Reading

Third Circuit Departs from Momentive and Enforces Make-Whole Provisions in EFH

On November 17, 2016, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals held in Delaware Trust Co. v. Energy Future Intermediate Holding Co. LLC (In re Energy Future Holdings Corp.) (EFH), 842 F.3d 247 (3d Cir. 2016), that the debtors, Energy Future Intermediate Holding Company LLC and EFIH Finance Inc. (collectively, EFIH), were obligated to pay make-whole premiums despite the acceleration of the underlying... Continue Reading

How to Deal With Repeal—Dynasty Trust Planning Will Be an Essential Tool

Once again, it appears there’s a strong possibility that the federal estate tax and generation-skipping transfer (GTS) tax may be repealed. President Donald J. Trump and the Republican majority in the House and Senate all support a repeal of the “death tax.” One must only revisit the last time Republicans held control of the House, Senate and the White House in 2001 to identify the last time... Continue Reading

Delaware Bankruptcy Court Releases 2017 Local Rule Amendments

On February 1, 2017, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware (the “Delaware Bankruptcy Court”) released the 2017 version of the Local Rules for the United States Bankruptcy Court District of Delaware (Effective February 1, 2017) (the “Local Rules”). As a courtesy to our clients and friends, the Morris Nichols Business Reorganization & Restructuring Group has... Continue Reading

District of Delaware Judge Robinson Takes Senior Status, Leading to Changes in Case Assignment Practices

On February 3, 2017, the United States District Court for the District of Delaware announced that with the celebration of her birthday today, Judge Sue L. Robinson has officially become a Senior United States District Court Judge.  With Judge Robinson’s senior status, the Court has modified certain case assignment practices... Continue Reading

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