Title

Insolvency and Restructuring Update
In re Lehman Brothers Holdings, Inc.

Created date

9/29/2009

In a recent bench ruling issued in the Lehman Brothers Chapter 11 proceedings in the Southern District of New York, Bankruptcy Judge James M. Peck held that (i) non-debtor counterparties to swap transactions with a debtor may not rely on Section 2(a)(iii) of the ISDA Master Agreement as a basis for withholding performance on account of the debtor's bankruptcy filing and (ii) although the Bankruptcy Code safe harbors for swap agreements and other derivative transactions protect the right of the non-debtor counterparty to terminate and net transactions, such right may be deemed waived if not exercised "promptly" upon a debtor counterparty’s bankruptcy filing.