20. RELATED PARTIES
As described above, the SunEdison Debtors filed for bankruptcy on April 21, 2016. The Company is not a part of the SunEdison Bankruptcy and has no plans to file for bankruptcy itself. The Company does not rely on SunEdison for funding or liquidity and believes that the Company will have sufficient liquidity to support its ongoing operations, absent the potential negative impact of default conditions that could arise from failure to meet financial statement deadlines as described in Note 1. Nature of Operations and Basis of Presentation and Note 11. Long-term Debt. The Company believes its equity interests in its renewable energy facilities that are legally owned by the Company’s subsidiaries are not available to satisfy the claims of the creditors of the SunEdison Bankruptcy.
As discussed below, the Company and SunEdison are currently parties to multiple agreements, including the Management Services Agreement ("MSA"), project-level O&M and asset management agreements, engineering procurement and construction agreements and other support agreements, including module warranties with respect to SunEdison produced modules. Moreover, at the time of the Company's IPO, SunEdison and the Company entered into a complex contractual arrangement setting forth the terms and conditions of SunEdison's sponsorship of the Company, which included, among other things, the MSA, Interest Payment Agreement and Support Agreement. The Company believes that this sponsor arrangement comprises a single integrated transaction. The agreements comprising this sponsor arrangement are set forth in separate documents and discussed individually in this Form 10-K.
During the SunEdison Bankruptcy, SunEdison has not performed substantially as obligated under its agreements with the Company, including under this sponsor arrangement and certain O&M and asset management arrangements. In order to mitigate any adverse effects of this non-performance, the Company has undertaken a strategic initiative to transition away from SunEdison as a sponsor, including establishing a stand-alone corporate structure and seeking to retain third party or in-house solutions for project level asset management and O&M. SunEdison's failure to perform substantially as obligated under its agreements with the Company, including under this sponsor arrangement, project-level O&M and asset management agreements and other support agreements, may have a material adverse effect on the Company.
Settlement with SunEdison
As discussed in Note 1. Nature of Operations and Basis of Presentation, TerraForm Power entered into the Settlement Agreement with SunEdison on March 6, 2017. The Settlement Agreement has been approved by the Bankruptcy Court but the effectiveness of the intercompany releases and certain other provisions remain subject to the consummation of the Merger or other transaction jointly supported by the Company and SunEdison or a Stand-Alone Conversion and certain other conditions. Upon its effectiveness, subject to the foregoing conditions, the Settlement Agreement will resolve claims between TerraForm Power and SunEdison, including, among other things, claims of SunEdison against the Company for alleged fraudulent and preferential transfers and claims of the Company against SunEdison, including those outlined in the initial proof of claim filed by the Company in the SunEdison Bankruptcy on September 25, 2016 and on October 7, 2016. Under the Settlement Agreement, all such claims will be mutually released, and any agreements between SunEdison Debtors and SunEdison parties to the Settlement Agreement on the one hand and the Company on the other hand will be rejected, subject to certain limited exceptions, and no party will be deemed to have liability under those rejected agreements. The Settlement Agreement also provides that, immediately prior to the record time for the Special Dividend, all Class B shares of TerraForm Power and Class B units of Terra LLC held by SunEdison will be exchanged for Class A Shares of TerraForm Power, and TerraForm Power will issue approximately 6.6 million additional shares to SunEdison, such that, immediately prior to the effective time of the Merger, SunEdison will hold 36.9% of the fully diluted shares of TerraForm Power. SunEdison will also transfer the IDRs of Terra LLC that SunEdison holds to an affiliate of Brookfield. The TerraForm Power Board approved the Settlement Agreement upon the recommendation of the Corporate Governance and Conflicts Committee, each member of which is independent (pursuant to applicable NASDAQ rules) and does not also serve on the Board of Directors of TerraForm Global.
Management Services Agreement
Prior to the IPO, general and administrative expenses - affiliate represented amounts allocated from SunEdison for general corporate overhead costs attributable to the operations of the Predecessor. Subsequent to the completion of the IPO, general and administrative expenses - affiliate represent costs incurred by SunEdison for services provided to the Company pursuant to the MSA. Pursuant to the MSA, SunEdison agreed to provide or arrange for other service providers to provide