Chapter 15 Bankruptcy

Chapter 15 bankruptcy is a provision under the United States Bankruptcy Code that deals with cross-border insolvency cases. It provides a framework for the recognition and coordination of international bankruptcy proceedings.

Here are some key points about Chapter 15 bankruptcy:

  • International Scope: Chapter 15 bankruptcy applies to cases involving foreign debtors with assets or interests in the United States. It allows for the coordination of insolvency proceedings across different jurisdictions, promoting cooperation between U.S. courts and foreign courts.
  • Recognition of Foreign Proceedings: The primary purpose of Chapter 15 is to facilitate the recognition of foreign insolvency proceedings in the United States. This recognition grants certain legal protections and benefits to the foreign debtor, such as a stay on creditor actions in the U.S. and access to U.S. courts for assistance.
  • Cooperation and Assistance: Chapter 15 encourages cooperation and communication between U.S. courts, foreign representatives, and other stakeholders involved in the insolvency proceedings. It allows for the gathering and protection of assets, coordination of creditor claims, and the promotion of efficient resolution of cross-border insolvency cases.
  • Ancillary Proceedings: Chapter 15 bankruptcy is often used in conjunction with existing insolvency proceedings in the debtor's home country. The U.S. court can open an ancillary proceeding to assist with the foreign insolvency process, protect U.S.-based assets, or facilitate the distribution of assets to creditors.
  • Comity and Cooperation: Chapter 15 bankruptcy promotes the principles of international comity, aiming to foster cooperation and coordination among different legal systems. It helps facilitate the resolution of complex cross-border insolvency matters and provides a framework for recognizing and addressing the rights and interests of international stakeholders.

Chapter 15 bankruptcy involves complex international legal considerations and requires navigating the intricacies of multiple legal systems. It is important to consult with our experienced bankruptcy attorneys who specialize in cross-border insolvency cases to understand the specific requirements and implications of Chapter 15 bankruptcy.