I don't understand the meaning completely. please explain it to me. thanks a lot. Last week the British bank Barclay's purchased much of Lehman in bankruptcy court. 1. whether British bank Barclay announce the bankruptcy court because of the plan of purchasing Lehman 2. By the method of bankruptcy court, bank Barclay purchase Lehman. 3. please provide your suggestion.
Oct 24, 2008 2:32 AM
Answers · 5
When a company (or a person) is bankrupt it means they have bigger debts than assets, and so no way to repay the debt. Creditors (the companies or people who are owed the money) can apply to have the company declared insolvent, and the court appoints a management group to immediatly take over the company. The management group (sometimes called receivers or bankruptcy trustees) job is to maximise the amount of money that can be repaid to creditors. This is by selling the assets of the bankrupt company, or rarely to keep it running and repay the debts through operating profits. In this case, the trustees probably decided that to keep Lehman brothers running independantly would cause further loss of value of Lehman, and that the offer by Barclays bank represented the best return they could get for the creditors of Lehman. While it seemed harsh, the only other likely option would be that Lehman close and creditors lose all their money. This way they get some of their money back, but probably only a small percentage of the original amount that was owed to them.
October 24, 2008
This situation matches your description #2, and Kevin answered very well. The bank "Barclays" agreed to purchase a portion of the company "Lehman" - and this was done within a process in bankruptcy court.
October 27, 2008
the only thing that could be added to kevin's answer is, that most times the bigger creditors get most of the money, as in most cases its still a small percentage of the lost value and the smaller creditor get nothing...
October 24, 2008
After Lehman applied for bankruptcy,the court sold it to British bank Barclays.I wonder if the deal was unfair because Lehman asked the court to put off selling or something. I don't know......
October 24, 2008
I think.... Lehman went bankrupt and the British bank called Barclay's purchased the majority of the Lehman company... not sure...
October 24, 2008
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