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Mark J. Roe, The Voting Prohibition in Bond Workouts, 97 Yale L.J. 232 (1987).

Abstract: The Trust Indenture Act prohibits a binding vote of bondholders to change any core term-principal amount, interest rate, or maturity date-of a bond issue. In this Article, I show how the prohibition on a collective action clause inhibits a troubled company's ability to reorganize outside of bankruptcy. Moreover, the prohibition — a carryover of 1930s thinking — fails to implement satisfactorily the underlying original goals of individualized bondholder choice and bondholder protection. The bar on bond issue majority vote, collective action clauses should be repealed.