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.
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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.
Listen to our podcast episode on Restructuring – Bankruptcy Cliff: Bankruptcy Alternatives
In this episode of Perspectives from the Bankruptcy Cliff, Stephanie Danos interviews Ken DeGraw of Withum’s Forensic and Valuation Services group 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:
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 Sawhney interviews John Liska of Withum’s Forensic and Valuation Services group about debt discharge and the automatic stay.
In this episode of Perspectives from the Bankruptcy Cliff, John Liska interviews Missy Urban of Withum’s Forensic and Valuation Services group 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 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:
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.
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:
Insolvency, Bankruptcy and Receivership Services