Essentials of Corporate Bankruptcy

2 Credits: Business Law


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Essentials of Corporate Bankruptcy

Course Level
CPE Credits

2 Credits: Business Law

Course Description

Bankruptcy can be a useful tool for restructuring the finances of a business, or to liquidate operations in an orderly manner. This course discusses the choices available to the manager who is looking for a way out of a difficult financial dilemma, and who needs to understand the choices available, their ramifications, and the process flow for the bankruptcy process. The course also addresses core bankruptcy concepts, such as the automatic stay, first day motions, voidable preferences, substantive consolidation, asset sales, the cramdown option, and much more.

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Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize the legal underpinnings of creditor actions to seize debtor assets.
  • Specify how a lien is used and what happens when an asset is sold that has a lien attached to it.
  • Specify the best point in time at which to file for bankruptcy protection.
  • Identify the debt adjustments usually made as the result of a workout arrangement.
  • State the circumstances under which an involuntary bankruptcy petition can be filed.
  • Describe the group represented by a creditors’ committee.
  • Specify the contents of a bankruptcy plan.
  • Specify the various ways in which a court can oversee the activities of a debtor under bankruptcy protection.
  • Recognize the priorities for the payment of administrative expenses.
  • Specify the different financial statements that must be issued by an entity using the liquidation basis of accounting.
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Course Specifics

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Revision Date
June 5, 2024

There are no prerequisites.

Advanced Preparation


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Compliance Information

NASBA Provider Number: 103220

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Meet The Experts

Steven M. Bragg, CPA, is a full-time book and course author who has written more than 300 business books and courses. He provides Western CPE with self-study courses in the areas of accounting and finance, with an emphasis on the practical application of accounting standards and management techniques. A sampling of his courses include the The New Controller Guidebook, The GAAP Guidebook, Accountants’ Guidebook, and Closing the Books: An Accountant’s Guide. He also manages the Accounting Best Practices podcast. Steven has been the CFO or controller of both public and private companies and has been a consulting manager with Ernst & Young and …