September 23, 2015
Authored by: Bryce Suzuki and Amanda Cartwright
The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals recently clarified the meaning of “reasonably equivalent value” in a complex fraudulent transfer case. Its decision in In re PSN USA, Inc., Case No. 14-15352 (11th Cir. Sept. 4, 2015), provides particular insight on fraudulent transfers in the context of parent-subsidiary and other triangular payment arrangements. The Eleventh Circuit held that even though the debtor, a cable television channel, was not a party to the underlying satellite services contract at issue, payments made from the debtor to the satellite services company pursuant to its parent company’s contracts constituted “reasonably equivalent value” and could not be avoided as constructive fraudulent transfers.
PSN USA, Inc. (the “Debtor”) operated the PSN Channel, a cable television station that broadcasted live and recorded sporting events throughout Latin America. Pan