Overview: Because Chapter 11 debtors were proceeding to sell assets free and clear
under 11 U.S.C.S. § 1129(b)(2)(A)(iii), secured lenders had no right to credit
bid at the auction sale of the collateral; thus, the district court's reversal
of the bankruptcy court's holding that the lenders had to be allowed to credit
bid was affirmed.
Counsel: David F. Abernethy, Andrew J. Flame,
Andrew C. Kassner, Alfred W. Putnam, Jr. (Argued), Drinker, Biddle & Reath,
Philadelphia, PA, Counsel for Appellant/Cross Appellee Citizens Bank of
Freeman, Fred S. Hodara, Abid Qureshi (Argued), Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer
& Feld, New York, NY; L. Rachel Helyar, Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer &
Feld, Los Angeles, CA, Counsel for Appellant / Cross Appellee Steering Group of
Prepetition Secured Lenders.
Brennan, Rick B. Antonoff, Pillsbury, Winthrop, Shaw & Pittman, New York,
NY; Elliot Ganz, Loan Syndications and Trading Association, New York, NY,
Counsel for Amicus Loan Syndications and Trading Association in support of
Helfat, James M. Cretella, Otterbourg, Steindler, Houston & Rosen, New
York, NY; Richard M. Kohn, Ronald Barliant, Goldberg Kohn, Ltd., Chicago, IL,
Counsel for Amicus Commercial Finance Association in Support of Appellants.
Aaronson, Lawrence G. McMichael (Argued), Dilworth Paxson, Philadelphia, PA,
Counsel for Appellees Philadelphia Newspapers, LLC, et al.
Gellert, Brya M. Keilson, Gary M. Schildhorn, Eckert, Seamans, Cherin &
Mellott, Philadelphia, PA; Ben H. Logan, III (Argued), O'Melveny & Myers,
Los Angeles, CA, Counsel for Appellee / Cross Appellant Official Committee of
Judge: Before: AMBRO, SMITH and FISHER,
Circuit Judges. SMITH, Circuit Judge, concurring. AMBRO, Circuit Judge,
Opinion by: FISHER
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