When a Chapter 11 debtor seeks to emerge from bankruptcy through a plan of reorganization it must demonstrate feasibility by, among other things, showing sufficient funding for its go-forward, reorganized operations. Some or all of this funding can come through a rights offering — in which the reorganized debtor issues debt or equity instruments to raise funds. Backstop agreements have become a frequent companion to bankruptcy rights offerings and commonly involve existing creditors or equity holders guaranteeing that the rights offering will be fully subscribed by agreeing to purchase any unsubscribed rights in exchange for a fee.

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