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Tuesday, November 6

8:00-8:45 a.m.

Breakfast & Registration

8:45-9:00 a.m.


9:00-10:00 a.m.

The Role of Valuation in Chapter 11

This session provides an introduction to valuation in corporate restructurings through an interactive discussion of recent cases and key areas of focus.

Joshua Abramson

PJT Partners Inc.; New York

Michelle M. McGreal

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP; New York

Oscar N. Pinkas

Dentons US LLP; New York

Aparna Yenamandra

Kirkland & Ellis LLP; New York

10:00-10:15 a.m.


10:15-11:30 a.m.

How to Win the “Battle of the Experts”

Have you ever selected, prepared or questioned a witness? Have you ever testified yourself? If you are looking to find out how to avoid common pitfalls that can occur and learn some best practices, this panel is for you. The panelists will discuss how to prepare an expert witness to get the best testimony and will provide a mock simulation to demonstrate the do’s and don’ts of testifying.

Hon. Shelley C. Chapman

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (S.D.N.Y.); New York

Blake T. Denton

Latham & Watkins LLP; New York

Brian P. Morgan

Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP; New York

Blanche D. Zelmanovich

Ernst & Young LLP; New York

11:30-12:30 p.m.

The Ins and Outs of Plan Solicitation

This panel will cover the nuts and bolts of plan solicitation and its continually evolving landscape due to the shift toward RSAs, prepackaged and pre-arranged plans. The panelists will discuss certain unique case studies and best practices.

Jessica C. Knowles Boelter

Sidley Austin LLP; New York

Matthew P. Goren

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP; New York

Christina Pullo

Prime Clerk; New York

Anupama Yerramalli

Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP; New York

12:30-1:45 p.m.


12:45-1:45 p.m.

Luncheon Keynote Presentation: Corporate Homie

The Corporate Homie Brand is hammering away and making major strides to show you how to step up your “A-Game” and develop your mantra of “PERFORMANCE with PURPOSE” through attainable coaching that will enhance your leadership abilities, team-building skills, administrative development and quality of life outside the office. Corporate Homie has the necessary business analysis, strategic thinking, visionary leadership and interpersonal skills that will yield the results you have been searching for to gain the traction that is essential in the corporate world. Twins Demetra Liggins and Bemetra Simmons are intuitive, trustworthy, creative, inspiring and motivating team players who are ready to chat it up with people who understand what it means to put vision into action — from activating everyday life skills to executing corporate decisions.

Demetra Liggins

Corporate Homie; Houston

Bemetra Simmons

Corporate Homie; Tampa, Fla.

1:45-3:00 p.m.

Adventures of a Retail Bankruptcy

This panel will discuss the ongoing downturn in the retail industry and the unique issues facing distressed retailers during the time period leading up to bankruptcy, as well as preparation for and during a bankruptcy case, including asset sales, liquidations and landlord-related items.

Van C. Durrer II

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

Gianfranco Finizio

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP; New York

Surbhi Gupta

Houlihan Lokey; New York

Brian J. Lohan

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP; Chicago

David MacGreevey

AlixPartners; New York

3:00-4:15 p.m.

Practice Tips from the Bench

Navigating courtrooms can be tricky. A panel of experienced judges will provide attendees with helpful tips to demonstrate competence in the courtroom, then will discuss how to put these practice tips into action in a hypothetical trademark-rejection case.

Christine A. Okike, Moderator

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP; New York

Hon. Kevin J. Carey

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (D. Del.); Wilmington

Hon. Robert D. Drain

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (S.D.N.Y.); White Plains

Hon. Martin Glenn

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (S.D.N.Y.); New York

4:15-4:30 p.m.

Refreshment Break

4:30-5:30 p.m.

The Next Restructuring Wave

As market-watchers predict that the last 10 years of expansion are coming to an end, what can restructuring professionals do to prepare for the “next wave” of restructurings? This panel of lawyers, bankers and financial advisors will outline current market conditions and indicators of distress, and will explore specific industries likely to be the hardest hit by the next wave.

David Dunn

Cross Sound Management LLC; New York

Ryan Maupin

Grant Thornton LLP; New York

Elizabeth R. McColm

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP; New York

Landon S. Raiford

Jenner & Block; Chicago

5:30-7:00 p.m.

Networking Reception

The Green at WellPlated


Conference Information


The conference will be held at the Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP offices at 4 Times Square, New York, NY 10036.

Continuing Education Credit

6.75 hours of general CLE credit are pending in states calculating CLE on a 60-minute hour, and 8 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 6.75 hours. NY MCLE: This transitional and non-transitional program has been approved in accordance with the requirements of the CLE Board for a maximum of 8 credit hours. 8 hours of CPE credit are also available.


*ABI offers intermediate-level courses, which assume that attendees have some knowledge in 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 submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website, 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, ABI may allow the individual to work at the 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. Financial assistance is available for this program. Illinois Attorneys: If registration fees are more than $500, attorneys who qualify will receive a reduction of at least 50% off the registration fee. For more information, please contact the American Bankruptcy Institute at (703) 739-0800 or send an e-mail to

Cancellation Policy

All fees, except a $75 handling fee, will be refunded if written notice of cancellation is received by October 16, 2018. No refunds will be granted after October 16, but substitutions will be allowed. After October 16, 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.


Platinum Sponsors

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

Gold Sponsor

Prime Clerk

Silver Sponsors

Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP
Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP

Bronze Sponsors

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
Gavin/Solmonese LLC
Grant Thornton LLP
Jenner & Block LLP
Wilmington Trust


Registration Rates Early Bird
(by 9/14/18)
(after 9/14/18)

ABI Member
Govt./Nonprofit/Aca. ABI Member
Join and Save*
New Govt./Nonprofit/Aca. ABI Member*

*Includes a one-year ABI membership for first-time members — a $325 value! You must be an ABI member to attend. Membership is individual and nonrefundable. If your membership has expired, select the member rate and add in your membership renewal fee.


Christine A. Okike

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP; New York

Advisory Board

Jennifer B. Kimble

Lowenstein Sandler LLP; New York

Brian J. Lohan

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP; Chicago

Ryan A. Maupin

Grant Thornton LLP; New York

Kathryn B. McGlynn

AlixPartners; New York

Oscar N. Pinkas

Dentons US LLP; New York

Melissa M. Root

Jenner & Block; Chicago

Joshua A. Sussberg

Kirkland & Ellis LLP; New York

Anupama Yerramalli

Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP; New York

Blanche D. Zelmanovich

Ernst & Young LLP; New York