TXU Energy Goes Bankrupt: Biggest LBO Ends in Bankruptcy as Energy Future Files; Ranks With Enron’s Collapse

Energy Future Holdings Corp., the Texas power company that plans to leave bankruptcy in less than a year, can’t reduce its $50 billion in debt without fighting junior creditors who face losing their investment.

The Dallas-based electricity provider, taken private seven years ago by Henry Kravis and David Bonderman in a record leveraged buyout, filed for bankruptcy today in Wilmington, Delaware, after months of wrangling among creditors, owners and management yielded a restructuring proposal.

Second-lien noteholders owed about $1.6 billion say they were shut out of those talks and want court permission to probe what they call management’s “disabling conflicts of interest.” They also want the case moved to Texas.

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