A recent article in the Wall Street Journal reports that Federal watchdogs are preparing to exert more control over costs in big bankruptcy cases. The new guidelines are expected to be unveiled July 1st and aim to cap fee and expense applications submitted by attorneys for corporate debtors and sometimes creditors. The concern with these new guidelines is that unjustified costs can give the impression that professionals are ‘feasting off a corporate carcass that rightly belongs to the people and businesses they are serving.’
In large Chapter 11 cases, the corporate debtor typically foots the bill for its own lawyers and advisers and professionals retained by some creditors. Judges ultimately decide whether to approve expense and fee requests. U.S. trustees, who are Justice Department employees, watch over the conduct of parties in large corporate bankruptcy cases, including examining fees and expenses. The proposed guidelines, which are expected to apply to attorneys in bankruptcy cases with $50 million or more in assets or liabilities, have gone through two drafts so far.
Some in the field say time and money spent scrutinizing small costs itself adds up and can distract from the bigger task of repayment and reorganization. The push on costs comes as expenses from flights and hotels to photocopies and minibar candy billed by bankruptcy professionals are under greater scrutiny, according to dozens of lawyers and other advisers.
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