What is Chapter 7 bankruptcy for businesses?

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What is Chapter 7 bankruptcy for businesses?

Some companies are so far in debt that they can’t continue their business operations. They are likely to “liquidate” and file under Chapter 7. Their assets are sold for cash by a court appointed trustee. Administrative and legal expenses are paid first, and the remainder goes to creditors.

Secured creditors will have their collateral returned to them. If the company doesn’t have enough money to repay them in full, they will be grouped with other unsecured creditors for the rest of their claim. Bondholders, and other unsecured creditors, will be notified of the Chapter 7, and should file a claim in case there’s money left for them to receive a payment.

Stockholders do not have to be notified of the Chapter 7 case because they generally don’t receive anything in return for their investment. But, in the unlikely event that creditors are paid in full, stockholders will be notified and given an opportunity to file claims for anything left over.

(Reviewed 11.10.08)

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