Intercorporate Guaranties and Integrated Transactions: Avoiding Fraudulent Conveyance Exposure in Bankruptcy

Consideration Issues, Reasonably Equivalent Value

Recording of a 90-minute premium CLE webinar with Q&A

Conducted on Wednesday, January 9, 2019

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Course Materials

This CLE course will provide finance and bankruptcy counsel with a review of the legal and economic issues in preferential transfer and fraudulent conveyance avoidance actions for intercorporate guaranties, integrated transactions, and designated-use loans. The program will discuss how these transactions are at risk of being voided for lacking reasonably equivalent value and how lenders can show an indirect economic value of the transaction to satisfy Section 548.


Intercorporate guaranties, such as upstream, downstream and cross-stream guaranties, are commonly found in many financing deals. Enforcement of intercompany obligations presents risks that the guaranty may be avoided for lack of consideration or as a fraudulent conveyance if the guarantor files bankruptcy.

When loan proceeds are designated for a specific use, as is often the case in LBOs, the borrower generally lacks sufficient control over the funds. Thus, the lender must show that the borrower received some other economic value in the transaction to establish reasonably equivalent value.

Section 548's reasonably equivalent value inquiry provides the court some discretion in applying the rules and standards to the facts of the transaction. Lenders must be prepared to show that the transaction yielded economic benefits to the borrower at the time the loan was made.

Listen as our authoritative panel of finance practitioners and litigators discusses the inherent risks in intercompany obligations of fraudulent conveyance avoidance actions, along with compelling arguments for the lender to establish economic value to the transaction to satisfy Section 548.



  1. Overview of types intercompany guaranties and integrated transactions at risk
  2. Fraudulent transfer analysis
    1. Timing of guaranty
    2. Reasonably equivalent value
    3. Financial condition of the guarantor
  3. Loans supported by intercorporate guaranties
  4. Integrated transactions and designated-use loans
  5. Best practices for lenders to establish a reasonably equivalent value


The panel will review these and other key issues:

  • How do courts interpret "reasonably equivalent" value and will they consider indirect, intangible value?
  • How have courts applied the single integrated transaction doctrine and what kinds of transactions are at risk for courts collapsing the transactions?
  • What steps can lenders take to minimize insolvency risks inherent in intercompany guaranties and other complex lending transactions?


Fielding, Michael
Michael D. Fielding

Husch Blackwell

As a member of his firms’s Financial Services & Capital Markets industry team, Mr. Fielding brings...  |  Read More

Kaufman, Michael
Michael W. Kaufman

Day Pitney

Mr. Kaufman has over 15 years of experience assisting clients with a range of financing matters. His practice involves...  |  Read More

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