New York’s “separate entity” rule has historically barred judgment creditors from seeking pre-judgment attachment and post-judgment execution on assets located at a bank’s foreign branch, where service was made solely on the bank’s New York branch. The continued viability of that rule in post-judgment garnishment proceedings has been called into question and subject to conflicting rulings since the 2009 New York Court of Appeals decision in Koehler v. Bank of Bermuda. On October 22, 2012, in Ayyash v. Koleilat, the Supreme Court, New York County, ruled in favor of Shearman & Sterling clients in not only reaffirming the continued viability of the separate entity rule but also clearly stating its expansive scope. This note provides an overview of this decision and applicable law.
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