Slow Start to Chapter 11 Subchapter V Bankruptcy Filings

Since the inception of the new Subchapter V program, only a small number of commercial filers have used the statute

NEW YORK, Oct. 07, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Epiq, a global leader in legal services, released the first look at the results of the new Chapter 11, Subchapter V, U.S. Bankruptcy Court filings with a total of 923 new petitions year to date since the program commenced on February 19, 2020. Since then, while the market has been slow to embrace this new filing option, there has been a small but steady increase in month over month filings May to September.

The new statute was made possible by the bipartisan legislation known as the Small Business Reorganization Act of 2019 (SBRA) and was designed to make it easier, faster, and less expensive for a small business debtor to file for bankruptcy in the U.S. However, the number of cases filed under Subchapter V represents only 20% of the 4,546 total new commercial Chapter 11 filings since the program commenced.

The top five industry sectors taking advantage of the benefits of Subchapter V represent approximately 40% of the total and include professional and technical services, health care, hospitality and food service, construction, and retail.

“These are not the only small business sectors hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Chris Kruse, senior vice president of Epiq AACER. “Even with aggressive support from the U.S. government in the form of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, it is still very tough out there for many in the small business community.”

“The new, Subchapter V, U.S. Bankruptcy Court filing option has not reached its full potential, as many small businesses have benefited from PPP funding to provide supplemental liquidity,” said Deirdre O’Connor, managing director of corporate restructuring at Epiq. “If the financial effects of COVID outpace a company’s liquidity runway, Subchapter V may serve as an efficient, viable alternative to keep employees, repay debt, and most importantly. retain ownership.”

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Sub V and Chapter 11 Filing Data from AACER Epiq