Training Guide

Financing in Bankruptcy: Cash, Unsecured Credit, and DIP Loans


Training Guide

Financing in Bankruptcy: Cash, Unsecured Credit, and DIP Loans

Remote or in person

What’s Covered

  • Using encumbered v. unencumbered cash 
  • Using unsecured credit in and outside the ordinary course
  • What a DIP loan is
  • Benefits offered to DIP lenders
  • Adequate protection 
  • Process and timeline of entering into a DIP loan

Before the Session

Prepare the Attendees

Send the attendees an invitation for the session. Include this link, which has the videos and exercise they’ll need to prepare.

Prepare Yourself

Watch the videos and read the exercise so you’re familiar with the Hotshot material.

During the Session

Part 1: Knowledge Check

Ask attendees these questions to ensure they understand the topic:

  • What is cash collateral and how can it be used during a Chapter 11?
  • Can a debtor take on new unsecured debt during a Chapter 11 and what can they offer the creditor in this situation?
  • What is a DIP loan and what benefits are available to DIP lenders under the Bankruptcy Code?
  • What is the process of negotiating and entering into a DIP loan, and what must a debtor show the court before the loan will be approved?
  • Why might a court decide not to approve a DIP loan? 

Part 2: Group Exercise

Lead a group discussion based on the exercise. To encourage collaboration, divide the attendees into groups to discuss the exercise, then have a representative from each group summarize their views to the larger group. Call on people to share their thoughts and ask others to respond.

Tip for remote sessions: use your web conferencing system’s breakout room feature to divide people into groups.

Part 3: War Stories and Firm Specifics

Share your own experiences and guidance, including:

  • Anecdotes and war stories (e.g., about a near-disaster or a tough negotiation)
  • General practice tips (dos and don’ts)
  • Firm-specific guidance and practices

After the Session

To continue their learning, attendees can check out related courses in Hotshot’s Restructuring topic.

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