Liquidating trust grantor letter
Whether the trust is the product of a bankruptcy plan or a state law plan of dissolution, certain factors must be considered. Section 1123(b)(3)(B) of the Bankruptcy Code allows this prospect to be avoided.
To find out more, Lawyer Monthly hears from Ashley B. It states that a plan may provide for the retention and enforcement by the debtor, by the trustee, or by a representative of the estate appointed for such purpose, of any such claim or interest.
Trustees may initiate these actions against parties with little to no connection to the United States raising unsettled questions over jurisdiction. Ascot (In re Waste2Energy Holdings, Inc.), Case No. It also represents parties in other insolvency proceedings, including receiverships, assignments for the benefit of creditors, dissolution proceedings under state law and rehabilitations and liquidations of insurance companies.
The Bankruptcy Group works regularly with clients through all phases of the reorganization or liquidation of troubled businesses, including out-of-court workouts and distressed asset acquisitions.
In conjunction with the other provisions of the Bankruptcy Code that require a disclosure statement and plan to provide “adequate information” for a claim or interest holder to make an informed judgment about the plan, Section 1123(b)(3) effectively provides notice to creditors of retention and prospective enforcement of claims that may enlarge the estate’s assets for distribution.
A plan must expressly retain claims to preserve a liquidating trust’s standing to pursue them after plan confirmation.
A trustee qualifies as a representative of the estate if a successful recover would benefit, directly or indirectly, the debtor’s the creditors that are beneficiaries of the trust. The transfer will be treated as a deemed transfer to the beneficiary-creditors followed by a deemed transfer by the beneficiary-creditors to the trust.
Treasury Regulation 301.7701-4(d), 26 CFR § 301.7701-4(d) (“Treas. 301.7701-4(d)”) provides for establishment of a liquidating trust as a grantor trust, such that it will be a pass-through entity for tax purposes, without an entity-level tax. The plan, disclosure statement, and trust agreement must provide that the beneficiaries of the trust will be treated as the grantors and deemed owners of the trust and that the trust instrument (or plan if a separate trust agreement does not exist) requires the trustee to file returns for the trust as a grantor trust pursuant to section 1.671-4(a) of the Income Tax Regulations, 26 CFR § 1.671-4(a).
The liquidating trustee must also demonstrate that he or she qualifies as a representative of the estate. 94-45 notes that it does not define as a matter of law the circumstances under which an organization will be classified as a liquidating trust for income tax purposes, the conditions are commonly incorporated into plans and liquidating trust agreements whether or not an advance ruling is sought. A transfer to a liquidating trust for the benefit of creditors must be treated for all purposes of the Revenue Code as a transfer to creditors to the extent that the creditors are beneficiaries of the trust.
Absent this provision, a debtor would be required to investigate and prosecute all avoidance and other causes of action prior to confirming a plan, which may take years.
Section 1123(b) (3) of the Bankruptcy Code facilitates the use of a liquidating trust for prompt administration of the estate by providing post-confirmation standing to an appointed representative of the estate to enforce claims and interests.
By establishing a liquidating trust pursuant to section 1123(b)(3) in a confirmed plan of reorganization or liquidation, a debtor can transfer causes of action and other assets to a trust, for future liquidation and distribution to the debtor’s creditors, and avoid delaying plan confirmation.
The creditors become the trust beneficiaries and their claims are paid from trust assets by a waterfall established pursuant to the plan.
If the plan fails to sufficiently preserve the claim, the claim may be subject to an attack on the basis of subject matter jurisdiction.