An update on Washington Mutual’s bankruptcy reorganization plan

Washington Mutual Inc. has reached an agreement with previously objecting creditors that could lead to an approval of its latest bankruptcy reorganization plan.

This morning, a hearing in WaMu’s bankruptcy was delayed several hours as attorneys worked towards obtaining a settlement involving creditors who bought certain WaMu securities. The WaMu securities in question were converted into stock when regulators seized WMI’s flagship bank in 2008 and sold WaMu’s assets to JPMorgan Chase.

The securities investors voted against WMI’s plan, because they faced far less recovery as stockholders than they would as debt holders. This raised doubts as to whether WaMu could win court approval.

In exchange for withdrawing their “no” votes, the investors will receive $18 million from JPMorgan and an unsecured claim of about $618,000. On top of that, these investors will be able to seek reimbursement of legal fees, up to $15 million.

I will post additional updates as developments in the case unfold.

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