The Wall Street Journal, June 16, 2017 edition, reports that Takata Corporation is preparing a bankruptcy filing, as soon as next week, in both Japan and the United States. A key reason for the United States’ Chapter 11 filing is to utilize the strategic tool, a Section 363 sale, to consummate a “takeover” deal with rival Key Safety Systems, Inc. Section 363 allows a Chapter 11 debtor to sell all of its assets to a third party, free and clear of certain liabilities. Key issues for creditors in the Chapter 11 case will include the allocation of the purchase price paid; the liabilities assumed by Key Safety Systems, Inc.; and the allocation and impact of the recall costs among Takata’s stakeholders, including the affected automakers.
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