According to data from the American Bankruptcy Institute, 471 small businesses elected to file for bankruptcy relief under the new Subchapter V to Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code since it was enacted.
While Chapter 11 filings in 2019 were about half of the peak reached in 2005, there were significant filings by iconic companies. The American Bankruptcy Institute monitors the bankruptcy landscape and lobbies to pass key legislation, like the Small Business Reorganization Act of 2019. Amy Quackenboss and Ed Flynn provide an overview of significant bankruptcy actions in 2019 and look ahead to 2020.
Although a parade of Chapter 11 filings by major retailers grabbed the headlines in 2017, Samuel Gerdano and Ed Flynn of the American Bankruptcy Institute point out that, overall, large company filings were down compared to the previous two years. They predict 2018 will offer more of the same.
For the sixth straight year, fewer bankruptcy cases were filed. American Bankruptcy Institute Executive Director Sam Gerdano and Consultant Ed Flynn provide a more nuanced look at the patterns that emerged in 2016 and predicts a quiet year ahead.