Del. Bankruptcy Court Discusses Whether It Can Amend Bankruptcy Petition to 'De-Designate' a Subchapter V Case 

January 4, 2023

Mark Felger and Simon Fraser discuss whether a bankruptcy court has the authority to “de-designate” a subchapter V case to a regular Chapter 11 case in the Delaware Business Court Insider.  In the article, Mark and Simon analyze In re ComedyMX, a subchapter V case in which the debtor was deemed unfit to serve as a fiduciary to the bankruptcy estate, and a creditor moved to “de-designate” the case and then appoint a chapter 11 trustee.

“One difference between subchapter V and the “ordinary” Chapter 11 process is that Section 1104 does not apply to a debtor under subchapter V, meaning that the bankruptcy court does not have the ability to appoint a Chapter 11 trustee,” they explain.

After analyzing the issue, the Delaware bankruptcy court ultimately declined to rule on whether it has the authority to “de-designate” a subchapter V case in order to then appoint a chapter 11 trustee.  However, the court noted that if it did have such authority, this remedy should only be used as a last resort.

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Mark E. Felger

Co-Chair, Bankruptcy, Insolvency & Restructuring

(302) 295-2087

Simon E. Fraser


(302) 295-2011

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