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3rd Circuit and Delaware Bankruptcy Court Hold That “Receipt” Under Bankruptcy Code Section 503(b)(9) Requires Physical Possession

Insight Douglas J. Schneller Douglas J. Schneller · August 03, 2017

Section 503(b)(9) of the Bankruptcy Code provides a seller of goods with an administrative expense claim equal to the value of goods received by the debtor within the 20 day period prior to the bankruptcy filing. Two recent decisions provide important guidance for sellers and buyers of goods on the eve of a debtor’s bankruptcy.

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Douglas Schneller handles a broad range of complex transactional matters involving bank finance and lending; restructuring, bankruptcy and insolvency; intercreditor and subordination arrangements, including for mezzanine, leveraged, multi-lien and unitranche financings; claims analysis and reconciliation; and purchases and sales of par and distressed assets such as bank loans, notes, accounts receivable, trade claims, bankruptcy claims, and equity interests. He also counsels clients on a range of other transactional matters, including trade and receivable finance (including default-triggered puts and vendor/account receivable and trade financing); bankruptcy transactional matters including distressed investing, rescue and debtor-in-possession finance, and sales under Bankruptcy Code Section 363; corporate trust and agency; structured products; private placements; portfolio management and monitoring; and securities law matters.