IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
May 23 (legislative day, May 22), 2019
Mr. Menendez (for himself, Mr. Rubio, Mr. Blumenthal, and Mr. Kennedy) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
To impose requirements on the payment of compensation to professional persons employed in voluntary cases commenced under title III of PROMESA.
This Act may be cited as the
Puerto Rico Recovery Accuracy in Disclosures Act of 2019 or
Disclosure by professional persons seeking approval of compensation under section 316 or 317 of PROMESA
In a voluntary case commenced under section 304 of PROMESA (48 U.S.C. 2164), no attorney, accountant, appraiser, auctioneer, agent, consultant, or other professional person may be compensated under section 316 or 317 of that Act (48 U.S.C. 2176, 2177) unless prior to making a request for compensation, the professional person has submitted a verified statement conforming to the disclosure requirements of rule 2014(a) of the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure setting forth the connection of the professional person with—
any other party in interest, including any attorney or accountant;
the Financial Oversight and Management Board established in accordance with section 101 of PROMESA (48 U.S.C. 2121); and
any person employed by the Oversight Board described in subparagraph (D).
A professional person that submits a statement under paragraph (1) shall—
supplement the statement with any additional relevant information that becomes known to the person; and
file annually a notice confirming the accuracy of the statement.
The United States Trustee shall review each verified statement submitted pursuant to subsection (a) and may file with the court comments on such verified statements before the professionals filing such statements seek compensation under section 316 or 317 of PROMESA (48 U.S.C. 2176, 2177).
The United States Trustee may object to compensation applications filed under section 316 or 317 of PROMESA (48 U.S.C. 2176, 2177) that fail to satisfy the requirements of subsection (e).
Right to be heard
Each person described in section 1109 of title 11, United States Code, may appear and be heard on any issue in a case under this section.
The district courts of the United States shall have jurisdiction of all cases under this section.
If a court has entered an order approving compensation under a case commenced under section 304 of PROMESA (48 U.S.C. 2164), each professional person subject to the order shall file a verified statement in accordance with subsection (a) not later than 30 days after the date of enactment of this Act.
A court may not delay any proceeding in connection with a case commenced under section 304 of PROMESA (48 U.S.C. 2164) pending the filing of a verified statement under paragraph (1).
Limitation on compensation
In a voluntary case commenced under section 304 of PROMESA (48 U.S.C. 2164), in connection with the review and approval of professional compensation under section 316 or 317 of PROMESA (48 U.S.C. 2176, 2177), the court may deny allowance of compensation for services and reimbursement of expenses, accruing after the date of the enactment of this Act of a professional person if the professional person—
has failed to file statements of connections required by subsection (a) or has filed inadequate statements of connections;
except as provided in paragraph (3), is on or after the date of enactment of this Act not a disinterested person, as defined in section 101 of title 11, United States Code; or
except as provided in paragraph (3), represents, or holds an interest adverse to, the interest of the estate with respect to the matter on which such professional person is employed.
In making a determination under paragraph (1), the court may take into consideration whether the services and expenses are in the best interests of creditors and the estate.
Committee professional standards
An attorney or accountant described in section 1103(b) of title 11, United States Code, shall be deemed to have violated paragraph (1) if the attorney or accountant violates section 1103(b) of title 11, United States Code.