When Chemical Banking Corp. decided to offer an $80 million "exit loan" to Harvest Foods Inc. - a company that was about to file for reorganization under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code - it set the stage for a record- breaking performance.

The Little Rock, Ark., grocery chain made a successful exit from bankruptcy a mere 16 days after filing with the court late last year, beating the previous record for fastest bankruptcy, held by In Store Advertising, by 13 days.

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