Lehman Debtors Propose Procedures to Unlock Value in “In The Money” Derivative Contracts

Bankruptcy Court Judge James Peck will preside over a hearing in Manhattan today, December 3, in the consolidated bankruptcy cases of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. and certain of its subsidiaries (collectively, Debtors), concerning procedures proposed by the Debtors for the settlement or assumption and assignment of derivatives contracts that are, from the Debtors’ perspective, in-the-money (that is, contracts on which the Debtors are owed money) and that have not been terminated by the relevant counterparties.  We explain the operation of and law relevant to derivatives contracts in this context, and the mechanics of the proposed procedures.

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