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As the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread across the world, and governments and health authorities work tirelessly to defeat it, major economies are experiencing mounting pressure as consumer spending, production and investment are drastically curtailed due to virus-related risks.We recognize that many of our clients are also facing significant and urgent business impact and legal challenges.Our Baker McKenzie teams across the world are working with clients, regulators and various authorities to produce a…

In recent years, it has become common practice in large chapter 11 cases for debtors to include language in their proposed chapter 11 plan which purports to release certain nondebtors from the claims of third parties.  Although some third parties may consent to the release—such as by voting in favor of the plan or otherwise electing to do so during the plan solicitation process—circumstances frequently arise in which the debtors seek approval from the bankruptcy court to release nondebtors from third parties’ claims without the consent of the third parties.