2015 Bankruptcy Battleground West Conference

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2015 Bankruptcy Battleground West Conference

March 24, 2015 Los Angeles,CA

Now in its 23rd year, ABI’s Bankruptcy Battleground West continues its tradition of bringing seasoned insolvency professionals together to discuss the leading issues of bankruptcy law, with a focus on the Southern California region. This year’s program once again offers concurrent sessions on a variety of insolvency topics, making this a conference you will not want to miss!


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Tuesday, March 24

8:00-9:00 a.m.

Breakfast and Registration

The Advisory Board welcomes you to a complimentary continental breakfast.

9:00-9:15 a.m.

Welcome by Conference Leadership

9:15-10:30 a.m.

State of the State

This session will discuss the current financial climate and when (if ever) we might begin to see an uptick in chapter 11 bankruptcy cases. Will there still be an appetite for chapter 11, even if interest rates are raised?

Cynthia A. Nelson, Moderator

FTI Consulting, Inc.; Los Angeles

Nathan J. Cook

AlixPartners LLP; Los Angeles

Adolfo L. Laurenti

Mesirow Financial Consulting, LLC; Chicago

Lawrence R. Perkins

SierraConstellation Partners LLC; Santa Ana

William T. Rule

Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts; Washington, D.C.

10:30-10:45 a.m.

Coffee Break

Sponsored by Diamond McCarthy LLP and Hackman Capital Partners

10:45 a.m.-12:00 noon

Concurrent Sessions (2)

New End Game: Current Resolutions of Chapter 11 Cases

This panel will explore how chapter 11 cases are currently being resolved, as many have not been going through a restructuring or reorganization. Structured dismissals, chapter 7 conversions, sale processes, liquidating trusts and other resolutions will be discussed.

A. Kyle Everett, Moderator

Development Specialists, Inc., San Francisco

Hon. Julia W. Brand

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (C.D. Cal.); Los Angeles

Tracy Hope Davis

Office of U.S. Trustee; San Francisco

Gary E. Klausner

Levene, Neale, Bender, Yoo & Brill L.L.P.; Los Angeles

Robert A. Kors

Castellammare Advisors, LLC; Pacific Palisades

The World of SARE Cases

This panel will address recent developments in SARE cases.

Christopher A. Ward, Moderator

Polsinelli PC; Wilmington, Del.

Hon. Hannah L. Blumenstiel

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (N.D. Cal.); San Francisco

Talitha Gray Kozlowski

Gordon Silver; Las Vegas

Franklind Davis Lea

Tactical Financial Consulting, LLC; Alpharetta, Ga.

Keith C. Owens

Venable LLP; Los Angeles

12:00-1:15 p.m.


Sponsored by Gavin/Solmonese LLC, Gordon Silver, Loeb & Loeb LLP, Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP

ABI Commission Report

Prof. Kenneth N. Klee

University of California at Los Angeles School of Law; Los Angeles

1:30-2:45 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions (2)

Living on the [H]edge: Where Distressed Investors are Taking Modern Bankruptcy Practice

This panel will explore the role of hedge funds in bankruptcy cases, including how they have changed the restructuring landscape.

Peter M. Gilhuly, Moderator

Latham & Watkins LLP; Los Angeles

Gary Hobart

Beach Point Capital Management; Los Angeles

Isaac M. Pachulski

Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP; Los Angeles

Teri Stratton

Piper Jaffray Co.; El Segundo

Individual Chapter 11 Cases

This panel will address recent developments in chapter 11 cases for individuals.

Hon. Scott C. Clarkson, Moderator

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (C.D. Cal.); Santa Ana

Dawn M. Cica

Fox Rothschild LLP; Las Vegas

Leslie A. Cohen

Leslie Cohen Law PC; Santa Monica

Ori Katz

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP; San Francisco

Michael T. O’Halloran

Law Office of Michael T. O’Halloran; San Diego

2:45-3:00 p.m.

Refreshment Break

Sponsored by Berkeley Research Group and Fox Rothschild LLP

3:00-4:15 p.m.

Confirmation Trial Skills

This panel will explore key issues via a live demonstration of a confirmation hearing. Learn what evidence is required to confirm a plan, and how to present and cross-examine experts in connection with feasibility. How would you rule?

Hon. Barry Russell, Moderator

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (C.D. Cal.); Los Angeles

T. Scott Avila

Deloitte CRG; Los Angeles

Edward T. Gavin

Gavin/Solmonese LLC; Wilmington, Del.

William N. Lobel

Lobel, Neue & Till, LLP; Newport Beach

Eric D. Winston

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP; Los Angeles

4:15-6:00 p.m.


Sponsored by AlixPartners LLP, GlassRatner, Greenberg Glusker and Shumaker Loop & Kendrick LLP


Bankruptcy Battleground West Advisory Board

Conference Co-Chairs

Shirley Cho

Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP; Los Angeles

Eve H. Karasik

Gordon Silver, Los Angeles

Judicial Chair

Hon. Hannah L. Blumenstiel

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (N.D. Cal.); San Francisco

Advisory Board

Steven M. Berman

Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP; Tampa, Fla.

Richard W. Brunette

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP; Los Angeles

Sara L. Chenetz

Perkins Coie LLP; Los Angeles

Dawn M. Cica

Fox Rothschild, Las Vegas

Jeffry A. Davis

Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.; San Diego

Karol K. Denniston

Squire Patton Boggs; San Francisco

Van C. Durrer, II

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP; Los Angeles

A. Kyle Everett

Development Specialists, Inc.; Los Angeles

Lisa Hill Fenning

Arnold & Porter LLP; Los Angeles

Scott F. Gautier

Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P.; Los Angeles

Paul R. Glassman

Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth, P.C.; Santa Monica

David B. Golubchik

Levene, Neale, Bender, Yoo & Brill L.L.P.; Los Angeles

Richard H. Golubow

Winthrop Couchot PC; Newport Beach

David M. Guess

Klee, Tuchin, Bogdanoff & Stern LLP; Los Angeles

Jennifer Hayes

McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP; San Francisco

Robbin L. Itkin

Steptoe & Johnson LLP; Century City

Lance J. Jurich

Loeb & Loeb LLP; Los Angeles

Thomas R. Kreller

Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP; Los Angeles

Mette H. Kurth

Fox Rothschild, Los Angeles

Winston Mar

SierraConstellation Partners LLC; Los Angeles

Cynthia A. Nelson

FTI Consulting, Inc.; Los Angeles

Brian K. Osborne

Rust Omni; Woodland Hills

Keith C. Owens

Venable LLP; Los Angeles

Kimberly A. Posin

Latham & Watkins LLP; Los Angeles

Victor A. Sahn

SulmeyerKupetz, APC; Los Angeles

Michelle Salazar

Tiger Capital Group, LLC; Westlake Village

Timothy G. Skillman

Gavin/Solmonese LLC; Los Angeles

Allen Soong

Deloitte CRG; Los Angeles

Randye B. Soref

Polsinelli LLP; Los Angeles

Christopher D. Sullivan

Diamond McCarthy LLP; San Francisco

Victor A. Vilaplana

Foley & Lardner LLP; San Diego

Nellwyn Voorhies-Kantak

Donlin, Recano & Company, Inc.; San Diego

Genevieve G. Weiner

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP; Los Angeles

Richard L. Wynne

Jones Day; Los Angeles

Conference Information


The conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, 2025 Avenue of the Stars, Los Angeles, CA 90067. Reservations may be made by contacting the hotel at (310) 228-1234.

Continuing Education Credit

6 hours of general CLE credit are pending in states calculating CLE on a 60-minute hour, and 7 hours of general CLE credit are pending in 50-minute-hour states. Credit hours granted are subject to approval from each state. California MCLE: ABI certifies that this activity has been approved for MCLE credit in the amount of 6 hoursNY MCLE: This transitional and non-transitional program has been approved in accordance with the requirements of the CLE Board for a maximum of 6 hours of credit, which can be applied toward professional practice. 7 hours of CPE credit are also available.

*ABI offers intermediate-level courses, which assume that attendees have some knowledge of insolvency matters (pursuant to the “Statement on Standards for CPE Programs” established by AICPA and NASBA). ABI is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE sponsors. State boards of accountancy have the final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be addressed to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors, 150 Fourth Ave. North, Suite 700, Nashville, TN 37219-2417, or www.nasba.org. For more information regarding administrative policies such as complaints and refunds, please contact the American Bankruptcy Institute at (703) 739-0800.

ABI acknowledges that in some instances there will be persons who need to attend an educational seminar for CLE credit who are not able to pay full registration fees. ABI will handle such instances on a case-by-case basis and will work with the individual on alternative solutions. For persons who cannot meet the full registration rate, ABI will offer a reduced rate based on what the individual can reasonably afford to cover the cost of meals and materials. For persons unable to pay a reduced rate, we may allow the individual to work at our registration area for a few hours during attendee check-in, or assist in conference set-up. ABI also has reduced rates for government employees, professors, law clerks and students. For information on tuition assistance, send an e-mail to [email protected].

Cancellation Policy

All fees, except a $75 handling fee, will be refunded if written notice of cancellation is received by March 3, 2015. No refunds will be granted after March 3, but substitutions will be allowed. After March 3, upon written request, a coupon for 20% off the registration fee (not including optional events) will be issued, which can be used (by the canceling registrant only) for any ABI educational program up to one year after this conference, or for this same conference next year.


2015 Bankruptcy Battleground West Sponsors

Breakfast Sponsor

2015 Bankruptcy Battleground West Advisory Board

Morning Coffee Break Sponsors

Diamond McCarthy LLP

Hackman Capital Partners

Luncheon Sponsor

Gavin/Solmonese LLC

Gordon Silver

Loeb & Loeb LLP

Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP

Afternoon Refreshment Break Sponsor

Berkeley Research Group

Fox Rothschild LLP

Reception Sponsors

AlixPartners LLP


Greenberg Glusker

Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick LLP

Cell Phone Charging Station Sponsor

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Printed Pocket Agenda Sponsor

Deloitte CRG

Water Bottle Sponsor

FTI Consulting, Inc

General Sponsor

Capstone Advisory Group

Development Specialists, Inc.

East West Bank

Smiley Wang-Ekvall, LLP

Stadling Yocca Carlson & Routh, P.C.

2015 Bankruptcy Battleground West Rates

Registration Rates

(postmarked by 1/23/15)

(1/24/15 - 3/6/15)

(after 3/6/15)

ABI Member $445 $495 $545

Gov’t./Aca./Nonprofit ABI Member

$225 $275 $325
New ABI Member* $720 $770 $820

Gov’t./Aca./Nonprofit New ABI Member*

$320 $370 $420

* Includes a one-year ABI membership for first-time members — a $295 value! Expired members should select the member rate and add in the membership renewal fee. You must be an ABI member to attend the conference.

* There will be a $50 fee added to all on-site registrations