This memorandum will first give a statutory background of relevant bankruptcy code provisions and their effects on the bankruptcy proceeding. Next, the memorandum will present description of pertinent cases related to the 546(e) ‘settlement payment’ exemption. In particular, the memorandum will document the progression of cases interpreting the meaning of ‘settlement payment’ within 546(e) from a restrictive interpretation to an increasingly broad one. Finally, the memorandum will discuss the case Brandt v. B.A. Capital (In re Plassein International) and its implication on the 546(e) exemption in relation to transfers of stock made in an LBO for publicly-held and privately-held securities.