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A federal district court in New York is currently hearing a case to determine if syndicated term loans are securities under US federal and state Blue Sky securities laws. The case (Marc S. Kirschner v. J.P. Morgan Chase Bank, N.A.) came about when borrowers, Millennium Health, LLC and certain of its affiliates (“Millennium”), in a widely syndicated loan went into bankruptcy. The bankruptcy trustee (the “Trustee”) to certain trusts formed as part of the bankruptcy restructuring brought suit against the lending syndicate, including J.P. Morgan Chase Bank (“J.P Morgan”), as one of the lead arrangers alleging the lenders misrepresented the information provided to the trust’s beneficiaries (as represented by the Trustee) to determine if they wanted to participate in the Millennium syndicate. The Trustee asserts that J.P. Morgan sold its participation of a loan to Millennium which they were aware was having substantial economic and legal difficulty.
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