In this issue of Community Banker we discuss bankruptcy.

An excerpt:

Some days, it seems like the bad old days are here again. North Dakota’s oil and ag economy was doing so well, or well enough, for at least a decade that many lenders have not had to deal with a customer bankruptcy. Those days are over for many banks, and lenders are getting a crash course in a fairly complex area of law. When reviewing a bankruptcy file or a potential bankruptcy file, it’s crucial for the lender to consider different issues that could affect the lender’s claim and may arise while your customer is in bankruptcy. Those issues may include, in no particular order of importance, preferences, equitable subordination, and the automatic stay.

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