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Winc Files Holiday Onslaught of Bankruptcy Documents; Unsecured Creditors Fire Back On New Year’s Eve

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Winc’s attorneys filed a 10-document onslaught in the middle of the Christmas/New Year’s holiday week seeking immediate approval from the bankruptcy judge for a wide-ranging set of  financial moves and transfers.

The court’s Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors (the Committee) fired back on New Year’s Eve with a pointed response that fell just slightly short of accusing Winc of improprieties designed to block the entry of new bidders and financially favor the Stalking Horse entity controlled by a Winc co-founder.

According to the Unsecured Creditors Committee Filing (premium link):

“The positioning of these cases as a last-minute pivot to Chapter 11 with a secured super-priority loan from the Stalking Horse as the only financing option reinforces the Committee’s concerns that the DIP Lender has negotiated the terms of the DIP Facility to leverage its position and chill bidding,…”

The  judge in the case dismissed most of the Committee’s previous objections.


According to the Committee’s current filing:

“As it stands, the Court is being asked to approve a Final DIP [Debtor In Possession] Order that, in conjunction with the sale and other relief sought by the Debtor, will tilt these Chapter 11 Cases towards administrative insolvency following a process designed for the benefit of the Debtors’ founder. [emphasis added]

“The Committee seeks to explore and achieve a resolution that addresses the DIP Financing and sale terms that risk creating an administratively insolvent estate with no recoveries for unsecured creditors [emphasis added]—but until such a resolution is reached, the Committee will oppose any transactions that individually or collectively lead to such a result. Absent an adjournment, and barring agreed upon changes to the Final DIP Order, the Committee requests that the DIP application be denied.”

In addition, the Committee’s current filing:

  • Opposed the retention of Canaccord Genuity LLC terms: “If approved in its current form, Canaccord’s fees will render the estate administratively insolvent.”
  • Demanded a verification and clarification of the Stalking Horse Terms as well as ongoing issues with the purchase agreement.
  • Expressed the concern that the Judge’s current ruling, “funnels into the Committee’s continuing and overarching concern that these cases will be left administratively insolvent following the sale.”

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Many More Details In The Full Document Links For Premium Subscribers

  • ECF100-Unsecured Creditors Objection To Final Order And Request For Adjournment – 123022.pdf
  • ECF47-Omnibus Proposal For Bidding Procedures & Deadlines
  • ECF47-2-Order-Winc-Proposed Bidding Procedures-120722
  • ECF47-3-Order-Stalking Horse Agreement-120722.pdf
  • ECF47-4-Winc – Sale Notice-120722.pdf
  • ECF47-Winc – Bidding Procedures-120722.pdf
  • ECF75-2-Creditors Committee-ExhibitB.pdf
  • ECF75-3-ExhibitC-creditorscommittee.pdf
  • Winc Bankruptcy – Creditormatrix.pdf
  • ECF-1-ExhibitA-CreditorsCommittee.pdf