Is Bankruptcy the right move for your business? Follow along with the phases of a bankruptcy. Learn about preventative measures, the difference between Chapters and how to protect yourself and your assets during the process. Breaking it down into four simple phases, this timeline will offer a clearer, big-picture of the bankruptcy process. Let us help demystify the process and bring clarity to the challenges and opportunities that confront you.

To determine which stage you are in the Life of Bankruptcy, hover over the below and click for more insights.

Prebankruptcy - restructuring
Restructuring

Restructuring

All the king’s horses…

A business confronted with a sudden (or not so sudden) financial distress need to assess its options and seek a way forward

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Phase I - Planning for Bankruptcy
Phase I

Phase I

Houston We Have a Problem!

A business or individual begins to confront the very real implications of increased debt and persistent legal proceedings. Choices must be made to sustain the business and avoid a bankruptcy filing.

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phase II - filing for bankruptcy
Phase II

Phase II

We’re from the Government and we are here to help.

The path has been chosen, bankruptcy, planning need to occur to choose a path forward and develop a vision of life after financial distress.

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Phase IIIa

Phase IIIa

Thanks for the memories.

Chapter 7, the assets will be liquidated and distributed to satisfy claims of creditors. The debtor business will cease to exist.

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bankruptcy phase IIIb - chapter 11
Phase IIIb

Phase IIIb

We can fix this…

Chapter 11, the business with restructuring or be sold as a going concern, ownership may be changed, and obligations resolved. The business will try to emerge with a fresh start.

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Phase IV of Bankruptcy
Phase IV

Phase IV

Exhale

The bankruptcy is over a fresh start is at hand, the business can move forward and prosper.

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Ancillary Issues in Bankruptcy
Ancillary Issues

Ancillary Issues

Just when you thought it was safe…

Bankruptcy and restructuring is a legal process with a foundation in equity, there are opportunities and pitfalls for all concerned as a case progresses.

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Restructuring

A business confronted with a sudden (or not so sudden) financial distress need to assess its options and seek a way forward.

Read our insights on the restructuring phase below.

before bankruptcy tips for lender planning
Before Bankruptcy: Tips For Regrouping With Your Lender

small business filing for bankruptcy
Filing for Bankruptcy: Considerations for Small Businesses

Listen to our podcast episode on Restructuring –Bankruptcy Cliff: Bankruptcy Alternatives

In this episode of Perspectives from the Bankruptcy Cliff, Stephanie Danosinterviews Ken DeGrawof Withum’s Forensic and Valuation Servicesgroup about bankruptcy alternatives.


Phase I – Planning

A business or individual begins to confront the very real implications of increased debt and persistent legal proceedings. Choices must be made to sustain the business and avoid a bankruptcy filing.

Read our insights on Phase I – Planning below:

Bankruptcy Filing
The Bankruptcy Process Part I: Planning for the Filing

bankruptcy process - chapter 11
Top Questions on Bankruptcy for Small Businesses

Listen to our Bankruptcy Cliff podcast episodes around Phase I – Planning:


Phase II – Filing

The path has been chosen, bankruptcy, planning need to occur to choose a path forward and develop a vision of life after financial distress.

Listen to our Bankruptcy Cliff podcast episodes relating to Phase II – Filing:

Debt Discharge and the Automatic Stay

In this episode of Perspectives from the Bankruptcy Cliff, Sareena Sawhneyinterviews John LiskaofWithum’s Forensic and Valuation Servicesgroup about debt discharge and the automatic stay.

Pre-Bankruptcy Planning

In this episode of Perspectives from the Bankruptcy Cliff, John Liskainterviews Missy Urban ofWithum’s Forensic and Valuation Servicesgroup about pre-bankruptcy planning.


Phase IIIa – Chapter 7

Chapter 7, the assets will be liquidated and distributed to satisfy claims of creditors. The debtor business will cease to exist.

Read our insights on Phase IIIa – Chapter 7 Bankruptcy:

Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Filing Cabinet
Bankruptcy Process Part III – The Process, Chapter 7

Chapter 7 Bankruptcy ends in liquidation. It is a reasonably quick process concluding in the filer’s discharge (individuals), meaning their debt, and their business no longer exists.


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Phase IIIb – Chapter 11

Chapter 11, the business with restructuring or be sold as a going concern, ownership may be changed, and obligations resolved. The business will try to emerge with a fresh start.

Read our insights on Phase IIIb – Chapter 11 below:

Planning for bankruptcy
Customer Bankruptcies and Preference Claim

Chapter 11 Bankruptcy ends in a company’s reorganization. It is typically a lengthy, tedious and costly process that is usually reserved for big businesses.


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Phase IV – Discharge and Emergence

The bankruptcy is over a fresh start is at hand, the business can move forward and prosper.

Listen to our Bankruptcy Cliff podcast episode on discharge and emergence: Emergence from Bankruptcy

In this episode of Perspectives from the Bankruptcy Cliff, Ken DeGraw interviews John Liska of Withum’s Forensic and Valuation Services group about emergence from bankruptcy.


Ancillary Issues

Bankruptcy and restructuring is a legal process with a foundation in equity, there are opportunities and pitfalls for all concerned as a case progresses.

Listen to our Bankruptcy Cliff episodes around ancillary bankruptcy issues:


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contact a member of Withum’s Forensic and Valuation Services Group.


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