2019 Mid-Level Professional Development Program

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2019 Mid-Level Professional Development Program

November 4, 2019 • Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP • New York, NY

American Bankruptcy Institute’s Mid-Level Professional Development Program is returning to New York! Join us in the Big Apple for this unique program geared specifically toward mid-level insolvency and restructuring professionals, lawyers and financial advisors. Featuring both technical and career-advancement sessions, the conference offers attendees an opportunity to learn critical skills from some of the country’s top judges, attorneys, financial advisors, investment bankers, restructuring professionals and clients. Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind event!


Event Information 277772

Monday, November 4

8:00-8:30 a.m.


8:30-8:45 a.m.

Welcome Remarks

8:45-9:45 a.m.

Preparing the Debtor

This session will provide practical tips from professionals — everything a mid-level associate should know about how to prepare a company to file chapter 11, as well as the coordination among advisors that is necessary along the way.

Jonathan P. Goulding

Alvarez & Marsal; Century City, Calif.

Heather K. Lennox

Jones Day; Cleveland

John Singh

PJT Partners Inc.; New York

Jane Sullivan

Epiq; New York

9:45-10:00 a.m.

Refreshment Break

10:00-11:00 a.m.

Advising a Board

The panelists will discuss fiduciary duties and the role of the board.

Jane VanLare, Moderator

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP; New York

Patrick Bartels

Redan Advisors; New York

James Hughes

Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP; Wilmington, Del.

James J. Mazza

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP; Chicago

11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon

Cross-Border Insolvency Complications: Practical Considerations

Cross-border insolvency proceedings come with many challenges. Both lawyers and insolvency professionals must face sometimes divergent jurisdictional issues and navigate competing motivations and complicated structures, while trying to act in the best interests of the estate, creditors, investors and contributories. This panel will explore several prominent issues that have arisen in practice during the past decade since the credit crisis.

Joel E. Cohen, Moderator

Stout; New York

Sean Allen

EY; New York

Maris J. Kandestin

DLA Piper; Wilmington, Del.

Fiona MacAdam

Walkers; Cayman Islands

12:00-12:30 p.m.

Speed Networking

12:30-1:30 p.m.

Networking Lunch

1:30-2:45 p.m.

Ethics: Who Is the Client?

Ira L. Herman, Moderator

Blank Rome LLP; New York

Sheryl P. Giugliano

Diamond McCarthy LLP; New York

Stephanie Massman

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP; New York

Hon. Elizabeth S. Stong

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

2:45-3:45 p.m.

The Importance of Plan Feasibility

This panel will focus on perspectives from various constituents and factors for consideration.

Leah M. Eisenberg

Foley & Lardner LLP; New York

Jessica Liou

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP; New York

James Mesterharm

AlixPartners LLP; Chicago

Samuel E. Star

FTI Consulting, Inc.; New York

3:45-4:00 p.m.

Refreshment Break

4:00-5:15 p.m.

Practice Tips from the Bench

Curtis S. Miller, Moderator

Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP; Wilmington, Del.

Hon. Shelley C. Chapman

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

Hon. Barbara Houser

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (N.D. Tex.); Dallas

Hon. Vincent Papalia

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (D. N.J.); Newark, N.J.

5:15-7:00 p.m.

Networking Reception


Sponsored by PwC

The Green at WellPlated




Katherine R. Catanese

Foley & Lardner, LLP; New York

Advisory Board


Laura E. Appleby

Chapman and Cutler LLP; New York

Kelly DiBlasi

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP; New York

Rosa J. Evergreen

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP; Washington, D.C.

Shanté George

Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP; New York

Vincent Indelicato

Proskauer; New York

Alexa J. Kranzley

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP; New York

Jennifer L. Marines

Morrison & Foerster LLP; New York


Ryan A. Maupin

Grant Thornton LLP; New York

Kathryn B. McGlynn

AlixPartners; New York

Christine A. Okike

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

Kyle Ortiz

Togut, Segal & Segal LLP; New York

Jane VanLare

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP; New York

Blanche D. Zelmanovich

Ernst & Young LLP; New York


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

6.25 hours of general CLE credit, including 1.25 hours of ethics, are pending in states calculating CLE on a 60-minute hour, and 7.5 hours of general CLE credit, including 1.5 hours of ethics, are pending in 50-minute-hour states. Credit hours granted are subject to each state’s CLE credit-approval regulations and might not be approved prior to the program. California MCLE: ABI certifies that this activity has been approved for MCLE credit in the amount of 6.25 hours, of which 1.25 hours will apply to ethics. New York MCLE: This course or program has been approved in accordance with the requirements of the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board for a maximum of 7.5 credit hours, of which 6 credit hours can be applied toward the professional practice requirement, and 1.5 credit hours can be applied toward the ethics requirement. 7.5 hours of CPE credit, including 1.5 hour of ethics, 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, www.nasbaregistry.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, 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 [email protected].


Cancellation Policy

All fees, except a $75 handling fee, will be refunded if written notice of cancellation is received by October 14, 2019. No refunds will be granted after October 14, but substitutions will be allowed. After October 14, 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.



Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher, Flom LLP

Chapman and Cutler LLP Foley & Lardner LLP Grant Thornton LLP

PwC StrettoTogut, Segal & Segal LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP Wilmington Trust


Registration Rates Early Bird
(by 9/13/19)
(after 9/13/19)

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Govt./Nonprofit/Aca. ABI Member
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*Includes a one-year ABI membership for first-time members — a $350 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.