What is the Disclosure Statement in Chapter 11 Bankruptcy?

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Chapter 11 bankruptcy is a lifeline for struggling businesses, providing them a structured pathway to reorganize their debts and assets. Central to this process is the disclosure statement, a document of paramount importance. In this article, we’ll discuss what a disclosure statement is in Chapter 11 bankruptcy and why it is important.

Disclosure Statement and Reorganization Plan

The disclosure statement works in tandem with the Chapter 11 reorganization plan. While the reorganization plan outlines the proposed method for debt repayment, asset management, and the business’s future, the disclosure statement offers in-depth insights that elucidate this plan.

Why is the Disclosure Statement Crucial?

Providing Transparent Information

Upon filing a Chapter 11 case, a business must submit a standard set of schedules highlighting its income, debts, assets, and other pertinent details. However, the disclosure statement goes deeper. It elaborates on these points, providing creditors with comprehensive data about the company’s financial status.

Enabling Creditors to Make Informed Decisions

One of the primary objectives of the disclosure statement in Chapter 11 is to assist the company’s creditors. Armed with the comprehensive details it provides, creditors can effectively assess the feasibility of the proposed reorganization plan. This detailed insight ensures that they can make well-informed decisions about endorsing the plan or not.

The Two-Pronged Strategy of Chapter 11 Filings

In the vast realm of bankruptcy, the two essential documents – the reorganization plan and the disclosure statement – work synergistically. Their combined objective is to navigate the business towards a brighter financial future.

Persuading Creditors with Detailed Insights

The role of the disclosure statement in Chapter 11 extends beyond merely informing. It’s a tool of persuasion. By providing clear and comprehensive details about the business’s financial situation, the statement aims to convince the creditors of the viability of the reorganization plan. The ultimate goal? Securing their approval, which is pivotal for the business to emerge successfully from bankruptcy.


A successful Chapter 11 bankruptcy process requires transparency, strategy, and cooperation between the debtor and its creditors. The disclosure statement is vital in facilitating informed decision-making and promoting consensus. For businesses going through bankruptcy, understanding and leveraging the potential of the disclosure statement is key to a favorable outcome. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re here to help and guide you through every step of the process.

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Jeffrey L. Wagoner


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