Limitations on Assumption and Assignment of Executory Contracts by 'Applicable Law'
Theresa J. Pulley Radwan
Stetson University College of Law
New Mexico Law Review, Vol. 31, p. 299, 2001
11 U.S.C. section 365 considers the treatment of executory contracts in bankruptcy proceedings. Subsection 365(c)(1) prohibits the assumption or assignment of executory contracts when a contractual or legal provision would applicable law excuses a party from accepting third-party performance, while subsection 365(f) allows assignment of an executory contract under certain circumstances regardless of legal or contractual prohibitions on the assignment. This article considers the balance between these sometimes-contradictory subsections of the Bankruptcy Code, and concludes that Congress intended to allow the assumption of executory contracts even if they are not assignable in order to further the objections of reorganization bankruptcy proceedings.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 25
Keywords: executory contracts, bankruptcy, assumption of executory contracts, assignment of executory contracts
JEL Classification: K10, K30, K39
Date posted: May 28, 2008