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    Thursday, February 5

    6:00-8:00 p.m.

    Opening Reception

    Friday, February 6

    7:30-8:00 a.m.

    Registration and Continental Breakfast

    8:00-8:15 a.m.

    Welcome and Opening Remarks

    Christopher A. Jarvinen, Conference Chair

    Berger Singerman, LLP; Miami

    8:15-9:30 a.m.

    “Wait — You Can Reorganize Under State Law Now?"

    This panel will review and discuss the Puerto Rico Public Corporation Debt Enforcement and Recovery Act, which was signed into law on June 28, 2014. The constitutionality of this Act has already been challenged by at least three separate lawsuits brought by different bondholder groups. A special courtroom has been designated in the San Juan Superior Courthouse, and two judges have been specially designated to deal with any filings brought pursuant to this new Act in the Commonwealth Courts. If Puerto Rico can restructure its debts under this state law, will this be an alternative for other states or jurisdictions? Is an alternative to this Act amending the Bankruptcy Code? Will this Act withstand constitutional challenges?

    Hon. Brian K. Tester, Moderator

    U.S. Bankruptcy Court (D. P.R.); San Juan

    Sonia Colón

    Ferraiuoli LLC; Orlando, Fla.

    Carmen D. Conde-Torres

    C. Conde & Associates; San Juan, P.R.

    Hon. Enrique S. Lamoutte

    U.S. Bankruptcy Court (D. P.R.); San Juan

    Isaac Marcushamer

    Berger Singerman LLP; Miami

    9:30-9:45 a.m.

    Refreshment Break

    Sponsored by Solomon Harris

    9:45-10:45 a.m.

    Chapter 15 Update

    This panel will discuss the latest developments and cases under chapter 15 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code.

    Gregory S. Grossman, Moderator

    Astigarraga Davis; Miami

    Hon. Shelley C. Chapman

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

    Prof. Andrew (Drew) B. Dawson

    University of Miami School of Law; Miami

    Mariaelena Gayo-Guitian

    Genovese Joblove & Battista, P.A.; Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

    David Walker

    PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP; Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

    10:45-11:45 a.m.

    “A Mari Usque Ad Mare” (From Sea to [Caribbean?] Sea): Restructuring Developments in the Bahamas, Jamaica and Trinidad — What Does Canada Have to Do with It?

    The winds of change have blown strongly through the Caribbean recently, with new bankruptcy laws having been passed, or soon to be passed, in many jurisdictions over the last 12-18 months. Two of these new laws were modeled after Canadian law. This panel will examine the provisions of the new laws in broad terms and undertake a brief “compare and contrast” exercise to discuss the new laws in relation to the U.S. Bankruptcy Code and restructuring statutes in other Caribbean jurisdictions that take English law as their model.

    Laura Hatfield, Moderator

    Solomon Harris; George Town, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

    Rebecca Hume

    Kobre & Kim

    Keiran Hutchinson

    EY; Bahamas

    Hilary Reid

    Myers, Fletcher & Gordon; Kingston, Jamaica

    Sheryl E. Seigel

    McMillan LLP; Toronto

    E. Patrick Shea

    Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP; Toronto

    11:45 a.m.-12:00 noon

    Refreshment Break

    Sponsored by KRyS Global

    12:00-1:00 p.m.

    Fixing Individual Chapter 11 Cases: An Absolute Priority

    It has been more than 35 years since the last major overhaul of the laws governing individual chapter 11 cases. A widespread consensus is now emerging among the judiciary, practitioners and academics that the U.S. Bankruptcy Code requires modernization, particularly with respect to the framework governing individual chapter 11 cases. ABI’s Endowment Fund has commissioned an empirical study, the “ABI Individual Chapter 11 Study,” and a preliminary report will be considered in early 2015. This panel will discuss and debate various views as to what revisions should be made to the laws governing individual chapter 11 cases.

    Hon. A. Jay Cristol, Moderator

    U.S. Bankruptcy Court (S.D. Fla.); Miami

    C.R. “Chip” Bowles, Jr.

    Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP; Louisville, Ky.

    James T. Markus

    Markus Williams Young & Zimmermann LLC; Denver

    Zach B. Shelomith

    Leiderman Shelomith; Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

    Claudia R. Tobler

    Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP; Washington, DC

    1:00 p.m.

    Optional Event: Scuba Dive

    Sponsored by BMC Group

    Join us for an afternoon of excitement and adventure exploring the famous waters of Grand Cayman! The pristine waters and abundant sea life will delight even the most experienced divers. This will be a two tank dive with snacks included. Certified divers should bring their c-card, BCD and regulator. Wetsuit, mask, fins and snorkels can be provided by the dive shop but you are welcome to bring your own if you prefer. The cost is $150. Please check the appropriate box on the registration form.

    Saturday, February 7

    8:00-9:15 a.m.

    Breakfast with the Judges

    Patricia A. Redmond, Moderator

    Stearns, Weaver, Miller, Weissler, Alhadeff & Sitterson, PA; Miami

    Hon. Frank J. Bailey

    U.S. Bankruptcy Court (D. Mass.); Boston

    Hon. Shelley C. Chapman

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

    Hon. A. Jay Cristol

    U.S. Bankruptcy Court (S.D. Fla.); Miami

    Hon. Enrique S. Lamoutte

    U.S. Bankruptcy Court (D. P.R.); San Juan

    Hon. Robert A. Mark

    U.S. Bankruptcy Court (S.D. Fla.); Miami

    Hon. John K. Olson

    U.S. Bankruptcy Court (S.D. Fla.); Fort Lauderdale

    Hon. Brian K. Tester

    U.S. Bankruptcy Court (D. P.R.); San Juan

    9:15-10:45 a.m.

    Hot Topics in Bankruptcy Litigation

    This panel will discuss a range of litigation issues with a focus on legal, equitable and constitutional defenses raised in avoidance actions.

    Hon. Robert A. Mark, Moderator

    U.S. Bankruptcy Court (S.D. Fla.); Miami

    Hon. Frank J. Bailey

    U.S. Bankruptcy Court (D. Mass.); Boston

    Prof. Jessica D. Gabel

    Georgia State University College of Law; Atlanta

    Paul J. McMahon

    Paul Joseph McMahon, P.A.; Miami

    Roger G. Schwartz

    Latham & Watkins LLP; New York

    10:45-11:00 a.m.

    Refreshment Break

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

    Beyond the “Four Corners” of the Document: Practical Considerations for Creditors to Obtain Debt Recovery in the Caribbean

    Debt recovery in the Caribbean can sometimes require more from creditors than simply having a well-drafted set of documents containing prescribed remedies. The astute creditor should take into consideration several factors when seeking to resolve and satisfy its outstanding claims against an insolvent business entity, including the impact on the debtor’s business, an awareness of local issues, and an appreciation for the importance of relationships in preserving and fostering long-term business relationships. Join us as we explore some of the practical considerations of debt recovery in the Caribbean and strategies for helping your clients.

    Bruce Sim, Moderator

    GlassRatner Advisory & Capital Group, LLC; Atlanta

    Sam Billard

    Aird & Berlis LLP; Toronto

    Joseph “Jody” P. Davis III

    Greenberg Traurig; Boston

    George K. Miller

    Mayer Brown LLP; New York

    Luis Salazar

    Salazar Jackson; Miami

    12:00-1:00pm

    Just When You Thought You Were Out, They Pull You Back In: Clawback Claims — The Story So Far

    In 2009, Fairfield Sentry Ltd.’s liquidators commenced litigation in the BVI and the U.S. to recover more than $6 billion from redeeming investors. This panel discussion will discuss the basis for clawback claims generally, the recent decision by the Privy Council, and the impact of the decision for trustees, liquidators and redeeming investors going forward.

    Charlotte Caulfield, Moderator

    KRyS Global; Tortola, British Virgin Islands

    Malcolm Arthurs

    Martin Kenney & Co.; Tortola, British Virgin Islands

    Marc Kish

    Harneys; Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

    Guy Manning

    Campbells; Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

    Andrew Westwood

    Maitland Chambers; London

     

    1:00pm

    Adjourn

     

    Caribbean Insolvency Symposium Advisory Board

    Conference Chairs

    Christopher A. Jarvinen, Conference Chair

    Berger Singerman LLP; Miami

    Patricia A. Redmond, Conference Co-Chair

    Stearns, Weaver, Miller, Weissler, Alhadeff & Sitterson, PA; Miami

    Hon. Robert A. Mark, Judicial Chair (Miami)

    U.S. Bankruptcy Court (S.D. Fla.); Miami

    Hon. Brian K. Tester, Judicial Chair (Caribbean)

    U.S. Bankruptcy Court (D. P.R.); San Juan

    Advisory Board

    Joaquin J. Alemany

    Holland & Knight LLP; Miami

    Leyza F. Blanco

    GrayRobinson, PA; Miami

    Sonia Colon, Esq.

    Ferraiuoli LLC; Orlando, Fla.

    Carmen D. Conde Torres

    C. Conde & Associates; San Juan

    Prof. Andrew B. Dawson

    University of Miami School of Law; Miami

    Mariaelena Gayo-Guitian

    Genovese Joblove & Battista, PA; Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

    Ronald L. Glass

    GlassRatner Advisory & Capital Group LLC; Atlanta

    Gregory S. Grossman

    Astigarraga Davis Mullins & Grossman, PA; Miami

    Amy Denton Harris

    Stichter, Riedel, Blain & Prosser, PA; Tampa, Fla.

    Laura Hatfield

    Solomon Harris; George Town, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

    Hon. Laurel Myerson Isicoff

    U.S. Bankruptcy Court (S.D. Fla.); Miami

    Soneet R. Kapila

    KapilaMukamal, LLP; Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

    Robert J. Keach

    Bernstein Shur; Portland, ME

    Kenneth M. Krys

    KRyS Global; Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

    Hon. Enrique S. Lamoutte

    U.S. Bankruptcy Court (D. P.R.); San Juan

    Jerry M. Markowitz

    Markowitz, Ringel, Trusty + Hartog, P.A.; Miami

    Francis C. Morrissey

    Morrissey, Wilson & Zafiropoulos, LLP; Boston

    Luis Salazar

    Salazar Jackson, LLP; Miami

    Charles W. Throckmorton

    Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton, PA; Miami

    Mark J. Wolfson

    Foley & Lardner LLP; Tampa, Fla.

     

    Conference Information

    Hotel

    Fronting Grand Cayman’s famous Seven Mile Beach, the recently renovated Westin Grand Cayman is in the heart of Grand Cayman with easy access to the area’s best attractions, including scuba diving, shopping and golf. ABI has arranged for a special conference rate of $389 single/double. To secure this special rate, reservations must be made by January 2, 2015. The ABI special rate is very limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. ABI cannot guarantee availability at the resort. You can make your reservation directly with the hotel by contacting its reservations department at (345) 945-3800 and identifying yourself with the Caribbean Insolvency Symposium/ABI room block.

    Travel

    The Westin Grand Cayman is conveniently located only 10 minutes from Grand Cayman’s International Airport, a short flight from Miami International Airport. U.S. travelers will be required to have a current passport to travel to the island.

    Cancellation Policies

    All fees, except a $75 handling fee, will be refunded if notice of cancellation is received in writing by January 15, 2015. No refunds will be made if notice is received after January 15, although substitutions will be allowed. After January 15, upon written request, a coupon for 20% off the registration fee (not including optional events) will be issued, which can be used (by the cancelling registrant only) for any ABI educational program up to one year after this conference, or for this same conference next year.

    Continuing Education

    7.5 hours of general CLE credit are pending in states calculating CLE on a 60-minute hour, and 9 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 of7.5 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 9 credit hours toward professional practice. 9 hours of CPE credit are also available.

     

    *ABI offers intermediate-level courses, which assume that attendees will have at least some detailed 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 complaint and refund, 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. 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 information on tuition assistance, send an e-mail to jguirguis@abiworld.org.

    2015 Caribbean Insolvency Symposium Sponsors

    Hurricane Sponsors

    Berger Singerman LLP

    BMC Group

    Genovese Joblove & Battista, PA

    GrayRobinson, PA

    KRyS Global

    Solomon Harris

    Stearns, Weaver, Miller, Weissler, Alhadeff & Sitterson, P.A.

    Trade Wind Sponsors

    GlassRatner Advisory & Capital Group, LLC

    Greenberg Traurig, LLP

    Kobre & Kim LLP

    Moore & Van Allen, PLLC

    Stichter, Riedel, Blain & Prosser, PA

    Bahama Breeze Sponsors

    Astigarraga Davis

    Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP

    Ferraiuoli LLC

    Foley & Lardner LLP

    FTI Consulting, Inc.

    Holland & Knight LLP

    KapilaMukamal, LLP

    Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton, P.A.

    Latham & Watkins, LLP

    Markowitz Ringel Trusty & Hartog, P.A.

    Rawlinson & Hunter

    Thompson & Knight LLP

    Registration Rates

     

    Registration Rates

    Early Bird 
    (postmarked by 11/14/14)

    Regular 
    (11/15/14-1/9/15)

    Late 
    (after 01/9/15)


    ABI Member $395 $445 $495
    New Member* $670 $720 $770

    Govt./Aca. Member

    $245 $295 $345

    Govt./Aca. New Member*

    $340 $390 $440

     

    * Includes a one-year membership for first-time members only — a $295 value! You must be an ABI member to attend. Membership is individual and nonrefundable. If your membership has expired, choose the member rate and add in your renewal fee.

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    TRACK A   |   TRACK B

    Wednesday, February 25

    12:15 p.m.

    Registration Opens

    Track A: Valuation Fundamentals Workshop

    Sponsored by Berkeley Research Group, LLC, and Dorsey & Whitney LLP

    Presiding Officer:

    Prof. Jim Nolen

    The University of Texas at Austin, McCombs School of Business; Austin, Texas

    12:50 p.m.

    Welcoming Remarks

    1:00 - 2:15 p.m. (1.25 hrs.)

    Accounting and Finance Basics: Key Characteristics in Analyzing Distressed Entities

    Distressed companies usually show declining financial performance prior to failure. This session will focus on key financial ratios such as liquidity, leverage and coverage, as well as a firm’s sources and uses of funds, cash-conversion cycle and free cash flow, both before and after restructuring.

    Prof. Jim Nolen

    The University of Texas at Austin, McCombs School of Business; Austin, Texas

    2:15 - 2:30 p.m.

    Refreshment Break

    2:30-3:45 p.m. (1.25 hrs.)

    Fundamentals of Valuation and Methodologies

    A review and analysis of the cost, market and income (cash flow) approaches in business valuation, including key assumptions in each of these valuation methodologies and a discussion of how academics and practitioners vary in their approaches. 

    Prof. Jim Nolen

    The University of Texas at Austin, McCombs School of Business; Austin, Texas

    3:45 - 4:00 p.m.

    Refreshment Break

    4:00 - 5:15 p.m. (1.25 hrs.)

    Case Study: An Interactive Negotiation of a Distressed Company Restructuring

    Using a case study approach, this panel will examine the restructuring alternatives of a typical mid-cap company, with mock negotiations between and among a distressed company, its senior secured bank lenders, its mezzanine lenders and the equity. The presentation will focus on valuation, along with the benefits and burdens of (1) bankruptcy, (2) exercising the rights and remedies of a secure lender, (3) a consensual out-of-court restructuring and (4) the techniques and strategies for each constituency to achieve its goals. 

    Michael Friedman, Moderator

    Chapman and Cutler LLP; New York

    Larry G. Halperin

    Chapman and Cutler LLP; New York

    Prof. David C. Smith

    University of Virginia, McIntire School of Commerce; Charlottesville, Va.

    Franklin H. Top, III

    Chapman and Cutler LLP; Chicago

    5:15 - 6:30 p.m.

    Opening Networking Reception

    Join us for drinks and hors d'oeuvres with faculty and participants.

    Sponsored by Chapman and Cutler LLP and PwC

     

    Track B: Technical Valuation Issues

    Sponsored by Berkeley Research Group, LLC, and Dorsey & Whitney LLP

    Presiding Officer:

    Grant Newton

    Pepperdine University and AIRA; Medford, Ore.

    12:50 p.m.

    Welcoming Remarks

    1:00 - 2:15 p.m. (1.25 hrs.)

    Valuation Adjustment

    Valuation is a critical, and often hotly disputed, issue in most bankruptcy cases. Enterprise valuations drive creditor recoveries, and solvency valuations are often outcome-determinative for the success (or failure) of fraudulent transfer and other bankruptcy-related litigation. As a result, valuation disputes often become mini-battles of the experts, the reasonableness of their assumptions and their relative credibility. Disputes usually center around those items where the expert has made subjective adjustments based on professional judgment, and even small adjustments can lead to substantial differences in value. This panel explores those issues that are most often “adjusted” based on professional judgment, including normalizing EBITDA, methodology weighting, treatment of excess cash, control premiums, minority discounts, liquidity discounts, and contingent assets and liabilities. 

    David M. Hillman, Moderator

    Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP; New York

    Bruce B. Bingham

    Capstone Advisory Group, LLC; New York

    Bryan Benoit 

    Grant Thornton LLP; Houston

    Perry M. Mandarino

    PwC; New York

    Dr. Faten Sabry

    NERA Economic Consulting; New York

    2:15 - 2:30 p.m.

    Refreshment Break

    2:30 - 3:45 p.m. (1.25 hrs.)

    Assessment and Quantification of Long-Term, Unliquidated Debt

    Issues surrounding the assessment and quantification of long-term, unliquidated obligations; such as pensions, environmental remediation, and perpetual care of cemeteries, are complex and divisive. This panel will explore the issues, as well as methods and techniques, to be considered when assessing and quantifying such debt in the context of financial distress and bankruptcy. 

    Paul N. Shields, Moderator

    Berkeley Research Group, LLC; Salt Lake City, Utah

    Stephen Gerlach

    Deloitte Financial Advisor Services LLP; New York

    David W. King

    Mesirow Financial Consulting, LLC; Chicago

    Israel Shaked

    The Michel-Shaked Group, Boston University School of Management; Boston

    Steven Wilamowsky

    Bingham McCutchen LLP; New York

    3:45 - 4:00 p.m.

    Refreshment Break

    4:00 - 5:15 p.m. (1.25 hrs.)

    Liquidating Trusts

    This panel will focus on developments related to the use of liquidating trusts from both the legal and financial reporting perspectives. Expected topics will include the use of liquidating trusts in the prosecution of actions on behalf of, and for the benefit, of creditors (and the financial concerns, timing, and fiduciary concerns that accompany the prosecution of the same), and the application of recent accounting pronouncements related to liquidation accounting and the accompanying valuation considerations. 

    James M. Lukenda, Moderator

    Huron Business Advisory; New York

    R. Brian Calvert

    Development Specialists, Inc.; Los Angeles

    Monica Clark

    Dorsey & Whitney LLP; Minneapolis, Minn.

    Alfred T. Giuliano

    Giuliano, Miller & Company, LLC; West Berlin, NJ

    Andrew N. Goldman

    WilmerHale; New York

    5:15 - 6:30 p.m.

    Opening Networking Reception

    Join us for drinks and hors d'oeuvres with faculty and participants.

    Sponsored by Chapman and Cutler LLP and PwC

    Thursday Morning, February 26

    Presiding Officer:

    Marcia L. Goldstein

    Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP; New York

    8:00 - 8:45 a.m.

    Registration and Networking Breakfast

    Sponsored by Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP

    8:45 - 9:00 a.m.

    Welcoming Remarks

    9:00 - 10:15 a.m. (1.25 hrs.)

    Valuation, Deal-Making and Strategic Portfolio Management

    Both equity investors and lenders often evaluate potential transactions in the context of their overall portfolios as well as the potential value proposition presented by the specific opportunity. Capital providers pay attention to risk allocation across industry sectors and asset classes, among other investment considerations. This panel will discuss the role that asset valuation and enterprise valuation play in deal making and strategic portfolio management. 

    Jack Butler, Moderator

    Hilco Global; Northbrook, Ill.

    Suzanne Kelly

    Kelly Garfinkle Strategic Restructuring LLC; Scottsdale, Ariz.

    John Lyons

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

    Mark J. Shapiro

    New York

    Michael N. Thompson

    BHR Capital LLC; New York

    10:15 - 11:30 am (1.25 hrs.)

    The Rising Use of Mediators: Is This the Wave of the Future?

    From labor disputes in the American Airlines case to the negotiation of chapter 9 plans for Detroit, Stockton and San Bernardino, bankruptcy judges have looked to their colleagues to serve as mediators. What is the impact of this practice? Does it change the dynamics among the parties? Is there a role for private-sector mediators? Going forward, will bankruptcy cases continue to be fertile ground for alternative dispute resolution? 

    Marcia L. Goldstein, Moderator

    Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP; New York

    Hon. Robert D. Drain

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

    Hon. Elizabeth L. Perris

    U.S. Bankruptcy Court (D. Or.); Portland

    Joseph Samet

    Baker & McKenzie LLP; New York

    Hon. Gregg W. Zive

    U.S. Bankruptcy Court (D. Nev.); Reno

    11:30 - 11:45 am

    Coffee Break

    Sponsored by Duff & Phelps, LLC

    11:45 am - 12:45 pm (1.00 hr.)

    Absolute vs. Relative Priority: What Creates Equity Value?

    This panel will discuss and debate, from varying perspectives, the rise in formation of official equity committees in chapter 11 cases, how advisors can reach different valuations to support or oppose their formation, the role of the Office of the U.S. Trustee, and the ultimate value added to the estate. 

    Geoffrey T. Raicht, Moderator

    Proskauer; New York

    Tracy Hope Davis

    Office of the U.S. Trustee, Region 17; San Francisco

    Robert J. Dehney

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

    Adam Dunayer

    Houlihan Lokey; Dallas, Texas

    Daniel B. Kamensky

    Paulson & Co. Inc.; New York

    Paul D. Leake

    Jones Day; New York

    12:45 - 1:15 p.m.

    Adjourn to Luncheon and Keynote Presentation

    Sponsored by KCC

    Thursday Afternoon, February 26

    Presiding Officer:

    Allen Pfeiffer

    Duff & Phelps, LLC; Morristown, NJ

    1:15 - 2:00 p.m. (.75 hr.)

    Luncheon Keynote Presentation

    Sponsored by KCC

    “Bankruptcy Valuation Disputes and Senior Creditor Control: Reflections, Greatest Hits, and Academic Evidence” 

    Prof. Stuart C. Gilson

    Steven R. Fenster Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School; Boston

    2:00 - 2:15 p.m.

    Refreshment Break

    Sponsored by Development Specialists, Inc.

    2:15 - 3:15 p.m. (1.00 hr.)

    Bankruptcies in Financial Services and Bank Holding Company Defaults

    This panel will examine the “lessons learned” from recent financial services bankruptcies, settlements and restructurings (including some “near misses”), and financial distress in mortgage origination. The panel will also discuss bank holding company defaults, FDIC receivership issues, tax-sharing agreements, sale transaction issues and more. 

    Leah M. Eisenberg, Moderator

    Arent Fox LLP; New York

    Sonya Levine

    Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; Washington, D.C.

    Brian D. Pfeiffer

    Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP; New York

    Glenn E. Siegel

    Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP; New York

    Shai Y. Waisman

    Prime Clerk; New York

    3:15 - 4:15 p.m. (1.00 hr.)

    Distress in the Energy Industry

    Anytime there are fundamental market changes, there are winners and losers. Find out how the vast supply of U.S. oil and gas discoveries, coupled with stricter environmental regulations, are causing long-term changes. Who are the winners, and who are the losers? Find out how these shifts have impacted coal, renewables, oil and gas, power generation and refineries, and how these changes affect the value of the companies that participate in these industries, as well as the industry as a whole. 

    Loretta R. Cross, Moderator

    Stout Risius Ross, Inc.; Houston

    Daniel Beaulne

    Duff & Phelps, LLC; Dallas

    Lisa J. Donahue

    AlixPartners, LLP; New York

    Marshall S. Huebner

    Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP; New York

    William L. Wallander

    Vinson & Elkins LLP; Dallas

    4:15 - 4:30 p.m.

    Refreshment Break

    Sponsored by Development Specialists, Inc.

    4:30 - 5:30 p.m. (1.00 hr.)

    Valuation of Intellectual Property (and Beyond)

    Intellectual Property (IP) is often a critically important part of a company’s value paradigm. Why has IP become an even greater focus for many companies today? How is IP valued in businesses, in litigation and in bankruptcy? 

    Allen Pfeiffer, Moderator

    Duff & Phelps, LLC; Morristown, N.J.

    Benjamin C. Elacqua

    Fish & Richardson P.C.; Houston

    Gabe Fried

    Hilco Streambank; Needham, Mass.

    Michael H. Goldstein

    Goodwin Procter LLP; New York

    Patricia Baron Tomasco

    Jackson Walker L.L.P.; Austin, Texas

    5:30 p.m.

    Adjourn

    5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

    Networking Reception

    Join us for drinks and hors d'oeuvres with faculty and participants.

    Sponsored by NERA Economic Consulting, Vinson & Elkins LLP

    Friday Morning, February 27

    Presiding Officer:

    Kaaran E. Thomas

    McDonald Carano Wilson, LLP; Reno, Nev.

    8:00 - 8:30 a.m.

    Networking Breakfast

    Sponsored by Gavin/Solmonese LLC

    *Please join the ABI Financial Advisors & Investment Banking Committee for an innovative discussion on Timing and Strategy Related to Contested Valuations. The discussion will begin at 8:00 a.m., breakfast will be available at 7:45 a.m.

    8:30 - 9:30 a.m. (1.0 hr.)

    Judicial Panel

    This panel will consider current issues of interest to judges and insolvency professionals.

    Hon. Arthur J. Gonzalez (ret.), Moderator

    New York University School of Law; New York

    Former Chief Judge, U.S. Bankruptcy Court (S.D.N.Y.)

    Hon. Robert D. Drain

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

    Hon. Elizabeth L. Perris

    U.S. Bankruptcy Court (D. Or.); Portland

    Hon. Gregg W. Zive

    U.S. Bankruptcy Court (D. Nev.); Reno

    9:30 - 9:45 a.m.

    Coffee Break

    Sponsored by Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP

    9:45 - 10:30 a.m. (.75 hr.)

    ABI Commission Update

    The Final Report of the Commission to Study the Reform of Chapter 11 proposes the most comprehensive modernization of restructuring law in a generation, including several recommendations affecting valuation methods, use of experts and disclosures by the reorganizing debtor. Hear a panel of commissioners and the Commission's reporter discuss the proposals and their impact on professionals. 

    Bill Brandt, Moderator

    Development Specialists, Inc.; New York

    Prof. Michelle M. Harner

    University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law; Baltimore

    Bettina M. Whyte

    Alvarez & Marsal; New York

    10:30 - 11:30 a.m. (1.00 hr.)

    Ethical Turnarounds

    This panel will discuss how law firms can use turnaround techniques to maximize the value of their services for themselves and their clients. 

    Edward T. Gavin

    Gavin/Solmonese LLC; Wilmington, Del.

    Prof. Nancy B. Rapoport

    University of Nevada, Las Vegas William S. Boyd School of Law; Las Vegas

    Kaaran E. Thomas

    McDonald Carano Wilson LLP; Reno, Nev.

    11:30 a.m.

    Adjourn

     

     

    Conference Co-Chairs

    Marcia L. Goldstein

    Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP; New York

    Allen Pfeiffer

    Duff & Phelps, LLC; Morristown, N.J.

    Advisory Board

    Donald S. Bernstein

    Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP; New York

    C.J. Brown

    The Blackstone Group L.P.; New York

    Michael C. Buenzow

    FTI Consulting, Inc.; Chicago

    Jack Butler

    Hilco Global; Northbrook, Ill.

    R. Brian Calvert

    Development Specialists, Inc.; Chicago

    Robert J. Dehney

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

    Joseph A. DiSalvatore

    Grant Thornton LLP; New York

    Paul C. duVair

    Mesirow Financial Consulting, LLC; Chicago

    Leah M. Eisenberg

    Arent Fox LLP; New York

    Randall S. Eisenberg

    AlixPartners, LLP; New York

    Judith Elkin

    Haynes and Boone, LLP; New York

    Edward T. Gavin

    Gavin/Solmonese LLC; Wilmington, Del.

    Samuel J. Gerdano

    American Bankruptcy Institute; Alexandria, Va.

    Jay M. Goffman

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

    Andrew N. Goldman

    WilmerHale; New York

    Michael H. Goldstein

    Goodwin Procter LLP; New York

    David M. Hillman

    Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP; New York

    Laura Davis Jones

    Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP; Wilmington, Del.

    Daniel B. Kamensky

    New York

    Peter S. Kaufman

    Gordian Group, LLC; New York

    Paul D. Leake

    Jones Day; New York

    John Little

    Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP; Dallas

    James M. Lukenda

    Huron Consulting Group Inc.; New York

    Perry M. Mandarino

    PwC; New York

    Dierdre A. McGuinness

    KCC; New York

    Grant W. Newton

    Pepperdine University and AIRA; Medford, Ore.

    Prof. James A. Nolen

    University of Texas at Austin, McCombs School of Business; Austin, Texas

    Geoffrey T. Raicht

    Proskauer; New York

    Michael P. Richman

    Hunton & Williams LLP; New York

    Joseph Samet

    Baker & McKenzie LLP; New York

    Paul N. Shields

    Berkeley Research Group, LLC; Salt Lake City

    Margaret (Maggie) Smith

    GlassRatner Advisory & Capital Group LLC; Miami

    Todd R. Snyder

    Rothschild; New York

    Louis R. Strubeck, Jr.

    Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP; Dallas

    Kaaran E. Thomas

    McDonald Carano Wilson LLP; Reno, Nev.

    Patricia Baron Tomasco

    Jackson Walker L.L.P.; Austin, Texas

    Shai Y. Waisman

    Prime Clerk; New York

    William L. Wallander

    Vinson & Elkins LLP; Dallas

    Steven T. Waterman

    Dorsey & Whitney LLP; Salt Lake City

    Prof. Jay L. Westbrook

    University of Texas at Austin School of Law; Austin, Texas

    Bettina M. Whyte

    Alvarez & Marsal; New York

    Conference Information

    Conference Hotel

    The Four Seasons Las Vegas is a sanctuary from the bright lights of the dazzling Las Vegas Strip, all located on the 35th to 39th floors of the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino tower—ensuring a more intimate atmosphere and attentive personal service. ABI and AIRA have arranged a special conference rate of $230 per night from February 25-27, 2015. Reservations must be made directly with the resort prior to January 26, 2015In order to be eligible for the group ratereservations may be made only once you have registered with ABI. Upon payment of the conference registration fees, you will receive hotel reservation information with your conference confirmation. Rooms are held on a first-come, first-served basis. ABI cannot guarantee any rooms after the specially rated ABI/AIRA block is filled.

     

    Travel

    Air:

    Fly into McCarran International Airport (LAS). 

    Ground:

    Avis car rental discounts are available using the Avis Worldwide discount number (J789009). Call (800) 331-1600 or book online at www.avis.com.

    Conference Attire

    Attire is business casual throughout the conference.

    Cancellation Policy

    All fees, except a $75 handling fee, will be refunded if written notice of cancellation is received by February 4, 2015. No refunds will be granted after February 4, but substitutions will be allowed. After February 4, upon written request, a coupon for 20% off the registration (not including optional events) will be issued, which can be used (by the cancelling registrant only) for any ABI educational program up to one year after this conference, or for this same conference next year. 

    Continuing Education

    14.75 hours of general CLE credit, including 1 hour of ethics, are pending in states calculating CLE on a 60-minute hour, and 17.5 hours of general CLE credit including 1 hour of ethics, 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 14.75 hours, of which 1 hour will apply to ethics. NY MCLE: This transitional and non-transitional program has been approved in accordance with the requirements of the CLE Board for a maximum of 17.5 credit hours, of which 1 hour of credit can be applied toward the ethics professionalism requirement. 17.5 hours of CPE* credit, including 1 hour of ethics, are also available. Turnaround Professionals: Certificates of attendance will be available for CPE credits.

    *ABI, AIRA and the University of Texas offer intermediate-level courses, which assume that attendees will have at least some detailed knowledge of insolvency matters (pursuant to the “Statement on Standards for CPE Programs” established by AICPA and NASBA). ABI and AIRA are registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as sponsors 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.

    Financial Hardship Statement

    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. All applications for financial assistance must be submitted by January 8, 2015. For more information or to request an application, please contact the American Bankruptcy Institute at (703) 739-0800 or send an e-mail to adonohue@abiworld.org.

    Presidential Partners

     

    Thomson Reuters

    Major Sponsors

     

    AlixPartners FTI

     

    Hilco Global Mesirow

     

    Event Sponsors

    Berkeley Research Group, LLC

    Chapman and Cutler LLP

    Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

    Development Specialists, Inc.

    Dorsey & Whitney LLP

    Duff & Phelps, LLC

    Gavin/Solmonese LLC

    KCC

    NERA Economic Consulting

    Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP

    PwC

    Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP
    Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

    Vinson & Elkins LLP

     

    Special Thanks

    We extend our special thanks to Conway MacKenzie/Variant Capital Advisors, LLC for the educational materials on thumb drives, Darden Business Publishing for program materials, East West Bank for the conference internet, Gordian Group, LLC  for the program pocket agenda, Grant Thornton for the bottled water, Polsinelli for the conference e-newsletter, Stout Risius Ross, Inc. for the cell phone charging station, West, a Thomson Reuters business for providing the printed educational materials and Wilmington Trust for the tote bags.

    VALCON 2015 Registration Rates

     

    Registration Rates Early
    (postmarked by 12/19/14) (extended!)

    Regular

    (12/20/14-1/30/15)

    Late

    (after 1/30/15)


    ABI/AIRA Member $695 $745 $795
    Gov't./Aca./Nonprofit ABI/AIRA Member $345 $395 $445
    New ABI/AIRA Member* $970 $1,020 $1,070

    Gov't./Aca./Nonprofit New ABI/AIRA Member*

    $440 $490 $540

     

    *Includes one-year ABI and AIRA membership for first-time members only—a $590 value!

    You must be an ABI or AIRA member to attend. Membership is individual and nonrefundable.

    If your ABI membership has expired, select the member rate below and add in your ABI membership renewal fee.

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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.

    Luncheon

    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.

    Reception

    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

    Hotel

    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 tkennedy@abiworld.org.

    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

    GlassRatner

    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

    Early 
    (postmarked by 1/23/15)

    Regular 
    (1/24/15 - 3/6/15)

    Late 
    (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

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    Thursday, April 16

    8:00 a.m.

    Optional Event

    Golf Tournament at Army Navy Country Club (Arlington, Va)

    9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

    ABC Exams

    1:00-8:00 p.m.

    Registration Desk Open

    3:00-5:00 p.m.

    Optional Event

    Blowout Bar Salon: Perfect Hair for the Opening Reception

    4:00-8:00 p.m.

    Exhibit Hall Open

    Sponsored by Sherwood Partners, LLC/agencyIP

    5:00-6:00 p.m.

    Emerging Leaders and Judges’ Roundtable Reception

    By Invitation Only

    Private roundtable for up-and-coming insolvency professionals and the judges in attendance.

    6:00-8:00 p.m.

    Opening Reception

    Sponsored by: East West Bank, Gavin/Solmonese LLC, Greenberg Traurig, LLP, Loeb & Loeb LLP, and Polsinelli 
    Bar Service Sponsored by AlixPartners LLP, Lowenstein Sandler LLP, Protiviti, Inc. and SSG Capital Advisors, LLC

    Friday, April 17

    7:00-5:45 p.m.

    Registration Desk Open

    7:30-8:30 a.m.

    Breakfast with the Judges

    presented by the ABI Financial Advisors and Investment Banking Committee

    8:00-8:30 a.m.

    Breakfast

    Sponsored by: Bernstein Shur and MorrisAnderson

    8:30-10:00 a.m.

    19th Annual Great Debates

    Jeffrey N. Pomerantz, Moderator

    ABI Vice President-Education

    Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP; Los Angeles

    Resolved: Curbing pension rights in a chapter 9 case is constitutional.

    Pro: Bruce S. Bennett

           Jones Day; Los Angeles

    Con: Babette A. Ceccotti

           Cohen, Weiss & Simon LLP; New York

    Resolved: Committee member fees are not payable as part of a Chapter 11 plan.

    Pro: Nan Roberts Eitel

           Executive Office for U.S. Trustees; Washington, D.C.

    Con: Dennis F. Dunne

           Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP; New York

    Resolved: A chapter 13 debtor may employ § 363 to effect a free-and-clear short sale of a principal residence notwithstanding § 1322(b)(2) and the secured creditor’s objection.

    Pro: Hon. Eugene R. Wedoff

           U.S. Bankruptcy Court (N.D. Ill.); Chicago

    Con: Hon. Mary Grace Diehl

           U.S. Bankruptcy Court (N.D. Ga.); Atlanta

    10:00-10:15 a.m.

    Break

    Sponsored by: Jones Day and Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McColy LLP

    10:15-11:45 a.m.

    Concurrent Sessions (3)

    How Secured Are Secured Creditors? The Changing Landscape of Chapter 11 Plan Confirmation

    This panel will provide a review and analysis of § 1129(a) and (b) confirmation standards focused on recent developments affecting senior and junior secured creditors including the ABI Commission Report. Discussed will be Momentive Performance issues, including cramdown interest rates at below-market rates even when market rates exist, the extent of the subordination of senior subordinated noteholders, the enforceability of make-whole payment provisions in chapter 11 plans, and intercreditor and cramdown issues.

    Stephen D. Lerner, Moderator

    Squire Patton Boggs; Cincinnati

    Colin McNeil Adams

    Morgan Stanley & Co., Inc.; New York

    Hon. Shelley C. Chapman

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

    Jeff J. Marwil

    Proskauer; Chicago

    John Tittle, Jr.

    Tittle Advisory Group, Inc.; Irving, Tex.

    What Do Clients Really Want?

    Join a distinguished group of panelists involved in the hiring — and firing — of bankruptcy professionals. Hear how you can serve clients better and make them need to work with you.

    James T. Markus, Moderator

    Markus Williams Young & Zimmermann, LLC; Denver

    Steven Charles Krause

    Owl Creek Asset Management, L.P.; New York

    Anne M. Peterson

    HSBC Bank USA; Buffalo, N.Y.

    John Ray

    Greylock Partners LLC

    Cherie Schaible

    AIG Investments; New York

    Ronald M. Tucker

    Simon Property Group; Indianapolis. Ind.

    Preference Action Mock Hearing

    The panelists will present a mock hearing during which they will adduce evidence from plaintiff and defense witnesses and make legal arguments on various topical issues that arise in a preference action. Among the matters at issue are both the new value and ordinary course of business defenses, as well as the use of state law preference actions and safe harbors.

    Litigants:

    Andrew W. Caine

    Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP; Los Angeles

    Jennifer M. McLemore

    Christian & Barton, L.L.P.; Richmond, Va.

    Judges:

    Hon. Dennis R. Dow

    U.S. Bankruptcy Court (W.D. Mo.); Kansas City

    Hon. Bruce A. Harwood

    U.S. Bankruptcy Court, (D. N.H.); Manchester

    Hon. August B. Landis

    U.S. Bankruptcy Court (D. Nev.); Las Vegas

    12:00-2:00 p.m.

    Luncheon and Keynote

    Sponsored by NERA Economic Consulting

    Featuring Best-Selling Author Jake Halpern

    Author of Bad Paper: Chasing Debt from Wall Street to the Underworld

    2:15-3:45 p.m.

    Concurrent Sessions (4)

    Report from the ABI Commission to Study the Reform of Chapter 11

    The Final Report of the Commission to Study the Reform of Chapter 11 is the culmination of nearly three years of testimony, advisory reports and deliberations. This panel will present key findings as submitted to Congress, with several members of the Commission and the official reporter.

    Prof. Michelle M. Harner, Moderator

    University of Maryland School of Law; Baltimore

    Robert J. Keach

    Bernstein Shur; Portland, Maine

    Prof. Kenneth N. Klee

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

    James P. Seery, Jr.

    River Birch Capital, LLC; New York

    Albert J. Togut

    Togut, Segal & Segal LLP; New York

    Clifford J. White, III

    U.S. Department of Justice; Washington, D.C.

    Getting to Confirmation: How to Draft a Chapter 11 Plan, Disclosure Statement and Related Documents

    This panel is part of our continuing series on drafting skills for bankruptcy and restructuring attorneys. The panel is intended to provide a practical “how to” discussion and analysis of drafting chapter 11 plan documents including the Disclosure Statement, the Chapter 11 Plan, Liquidating Trust Agreements, and related documents. The panel will provide form documents and discuss heavily negotiated or scrutinized provisions.

    John R. Ashmead, Moderator

    Seward & Kissel LLP; New York

    Jessica C.K. Boelter

    Sidley Austin LLP; Chicago

    Ted A. Dillman

    Latham & Watkins LLP; Los Angeles

    Ian T. Peck

    Haynes and Boone, LLP; Fort Worth, Tex.

    Chapter 15 Answers that My Bankruptcy Teacher Never Told Me

    Find out not only what the hot new issues are in chapter 15 proceedings, but also the answers to issues that no one talks about. For example, can chapter 15 be used to bring a cause of action? Can a foreign debtor recognized under chapter 15 use § 108 to extend limitations, and can such a debtor seek turnover pursuant to § 542(e)? Come hear our panel discuss these and other important chapter 15 questions.

    Ronald J. Silverman, Moderator

    Hogan Lovells; New York

    Hon. Leif M. Clark (ret.)

    San Antonio

    Hon. Mr. Justice Geoffrey B. Morawetz

    Superior Court of Justice - Toronto Region; Toronto

    Randall A. Swick

    Reid Collins & Tsai LLP; Austin, Tex.

    Claudia R. Tobler

    Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP; Washington, D.C

    Home Loans Redux

    This panel will highlight new problems with loan documentation and transfer, escrow issues in proofs of claim and post-petition, proliferation of automatic stay and discharge violation litigation, and the impact of regulatory developments in the treatment and servicing of mortgage loan claims.

    John Rao, Moderator

    National Consumer Law Center; Boston

    Lawrence R. Ahern, III

    Brown & Ahern; Brentwood (Nashville), Tenn.

    Hon. Robert D. Drain

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

    Peter J. Mulcahy

    Ocwen Financial Corporation; Fort Washington, Pa.

    3:45-4:15 p.m.

    Networking Happy Half-Hour

    Sponsored by Development Specialists, Inc., Foley & Lardner LLP and Proskauer

    4:15-5:45 p.m.

    Committee Educational Sessions (3)

    Legislation/Secured Credit

    Secured Credit Under the Code and Commission Report

    Patricia A. Redmond (Moderator)

    Stearns, Weaver, Miller, Weissler, Alhadeff & Sitterson, PA; Miami

    Anthony Grossi

    Committee on the Judiciary, U.S. House of Representatives; Washington, D.C.

    Jonathan N. Helfat

    Otterbourg P.C.; New York

    Daniel Kamensky

    James Millstein

    Millstein & Co.; New York & Washington, D.C.

    Bankruptcy Litigation/Ethics & Professional Compensation

    Trustee Selection in Commercial Bankruptcy Cases: Who Wins the Battle to Control the Estate?

    Eve H. Karasik, Moderator

    Levene Neale Bender Yoo & Brill; Los Angeles

    Ramona D. Elliott

    Executive Office for U.S. Trustees; Washington, D.C.

    Edward T. Gavin

    Gavin/Solmonese LLC; Wilmington, Del.

    James A. Lodoen

    Lindquist & Vennum LLP; Minneapolis

    Asset Sales/Real Estate

    Don’t Restrict My Sale: The Enforceability of Restrictive Covenants and Easements in Assets Sales in Bankruptcy

    Gregory G. Hesse

    Hunton & Williams LLP; Dallas

    Hon. Catherine Peek McEwen

    U.S. Bankruptcy Court (M.D. Fla.); Tampa

    Alec P. Ostrow

    Becker, Glynn, Muffly, Chassin & Hosinski LLP; New York

    Michael D. Sirota

    Cole Schotz P.C.

    5:45 p.m.

    Bankruptcy Litigation/Ethics & Professional Compensation Networking Reception

    6:00-7:00 p.m.

    Optional Event

    Women’s Networking Reception

    Sponsored by Ernst & Young LLP

    6:00-11:00 p.m.

    Optional Event

    Baseball Night Out: Washington Nationals vs. Philadelphia Phillies

    7:00-10:00 p.m.

    Optional Event

    National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center

    10:00-12:00 pm

    Optional Event

    Late Night Bowling at Lucky Strike in Chinatown

    Saturday, April 18

    7:30-8:00 a.m.

    Breakfast

    Sponsored by: Latham & Watkins LLP

    7:45 a.m.

    Mimosas and Bloody Marys

    Sponsored by ABI’s Bankruptcy Taxation, Business Reorganization and Young & New Members Committees

    8:00-9:30 a.m.

    Committee Educational Sessions (3)

    Bankruptcy Taxation/Business Reorganization/Young & New Members

    Tax-Sharing Agreements in Bankruptcy that Have Been the Subject of Recent Appeals Court Decisions

    Richard J. Corbi

    U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of New York

    Todd C. Meyers

    Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP; Atlanta

    Whitman L. Holt

    Klee, Tuchin, Bogdanoff & Stern LLP; Los Angeles

    Jeffrey Schmitt

    Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; Washington, D.C.

    Financial Advisors & Investment Banking/International

    Structuring Cross-Border Deals to Protect Creditor Interests

    Gilberto Deon Correa, Moderator

    Souto, Correa, Cesa, Lummertz & Amaral Advogados; Porto Alegre, Brazil

    Van C. Durrer, II

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

    Soneet R. Kapila

    KapilaMukamal, LLP; Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

    Neil Lupton

    Walkers; Grand Cayman

    Paul Melville

    Grant Thornton LLP; Chicago

    Health Care/Labor & Employment

    Hemorrhaging Hospitals: Labor Issues in the Healthcare Insolvency E.R.

    Scott B. Davis

    Grant Thornton LLP; Charlotte, N.C.

    David M. Fusco

    Schwarzwald McNair & Fusco LLP; Cleveland, OH

    Sharon L. Levine

    Lowenstein Sandler LLP; Roseland, N.J.

    Nancy A. Peterman

    Greenberg Traurig, LLP; Chicago

    9:30-11:00 a.m.

    Concurrent Sessions (4)

    Report of ABI Task Force on Plan Confirmation: Recommendations for Sale Cases

    John William Lucas, Moderator

    Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP; San Francisco

    Hon. Kevin J. Carey

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

    William K. Harrington

    Office of the U.S. Trustee; New York

    Hon. Barbara J. Houser

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

    Jeffrey W. Kelley

    Troutman Sanders LLP; Atlanta

    Anatomy of a Chapter 11 Plan Confirmation Hearing

    This panel will explore key chapter 11 plan confirmation issues by way of a live demonstration of a confirmation hearing. The demonstration will address the most commonly litigated legal issues, the evidence required to satisfy those requirements, and in particular, how to present and cross-examine experts in connection with feasibility. Audience members will be asked to "rule"

    Michael H. Ahrens, Moderator

    Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP; San Francisco

    Hon. Kevin R. Huennekens

    U.S. Bankruptcy Court, (E.D. Va.); Richmond

    Susan Jaffe Roberts

    Whiteford Taylor & Preston LLP; Baltimore

    Bradley D. Sharp

    Development Specialists, Inc.; Los Angeles

    Kelly Beaudin Stapleton

    Alvarez & Marsal; New York

    ABI/TMA Panel: Lawyers and FA's-All for One and One for All

    This panel will discuss how lawyers and FAs can work together in creating clear client expectations by defining both the lawyer’s and FA’s work scope. Also discussed will be the fee structure involved in the retention of FAs both as company advisors and expert witnesses. Finally, this panel will explain in detail what can be done to make our mutual clients satisfied with both the lawyers and FAs in the obtained results.

    Kathryn A. Coleman, Moderator

    Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP; New York

    Ronald F. Greenspan

    FTI Consulting, Inc.; Los Angeles

    Martha E.M. Kopacz

    Phoenix Management Services; Boston

    Thomas A. Morrow

    AlixPartners LLP; Southfield, Mich.

    Class Actions in Bankruptcy Cases

    Class action lawsuits in both business and consumer cases are becoming more prevalent. Are you wondering whether your clients’ WARN Act claims would be better pursued against a debtor company in a class action adversary proceeding or in a class proof of claim, or both? If your client has been sued in a debtor’s consumer class action adversary proceeding, do you know the best defenses against class certification? This panel of experts will explore the potential benefits and pitfalls of class actions by creditors against debtor companies and by debtors/trustees against creditors and others by highlighting recent appellate and bankruptcy court decisions.

    Rudy J. Cerone, Moderator

    McGlinchey Stafford, PLLC; New Orleans

    Michael H. Goldstein

    Goodwin Procter LLP; New York

    Hon. Robert E. Grossman

    U.S. Bankruptcy Court (E.D.N.Y.); Central Islip

    Johnie J. Patterson, II

    Walker & Patterson, PC; Houston

    11:00-11:15 a.m.

    Break

    Sponsored by: PwC and Reid Collins & Tsai LLP

    11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

    Concurrent Sessions (3)

    Panic in Detroit – Chapter 9 Bankruptcy Process from Soup to Nuts

    This panel of Chapter 9 specialists will discuss eligibility under Chapter 9, the authority of the bankruptcy court, powers of the municipal debtor, the role of creditors, mediation, the automatic stay, and issues peculiar to certain types of Chapter 9 debtors such as hospitals and cities and other recent developments in chapter 9.

    Heather Lennox, Moderator

    Jones Day; Cleveland

    Ryan Blaine Bennett

    Kirkland & Ellis LLP; Chicago

    Prof. Melissa B. Jacoby

    University of North Carolina; Chapel Hill, N.C.

    William W. Kannel

    Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky & Popeo, PC; Boston

    Van E. Conway

    Conway MacKenzie; Birmingham, Mich.

    Business Case Law Updates

    Recent developments in cases at the bankruptcy and appellate levels.

    Howard Seife, Moderator

    Chadbourne & Parke LLP; New York

    Kristin K. Going

    Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP; Washington, D.C.

    Lisa Sommers Gretchko

    Howard & Howard Attorneys, PLLC; Royal Oak, Mich.

    Eric E. Walker

    Perkins Coie LLP; Chicago

    Consumer Case Law Updates

    Analysis of recent cases in Chapter 7 and Chapter 13

    Alane A. Becket, Moderator

    Becket & Lee, LLP; Malvern, Pa.

    Elizabeth Gunn

    Sands Anderson PC; Richmond, Va.

    Cecilia Lee

    Cecilia Lee, Ltd.; Reno, Nev.

    Hon. C. Ray Mullins

    U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Georgia; Atlanta

    12:30-2:00 p.m.

    Optional Event

    Sponsored by McGuireWoods LLP and MWI

    Keynote Luncheon: A Conversation with the Hon. Steven W. Rhodes

           U.S. Bankruptcy Court (E.D. Mich.); Detroit

    Join in a dialogue led by former ABI Presidents:

    Richardo I. Kilpatrick

    Kilpatrick & Associates, PC; Auburn Hills, Mich.

    Melissa Kibler Knoll

    Mesirow Financial Consulting, LLC; Chicago

    Michael P. Richman

    Hunton & Williams LLP; New York

    2:15-3:45 p.m.

    Concurrent Sessions (3)

    Reconsidering Safe Harbors For Repurchase Agreements

    Recent decades have seen substantial expansion in exemptions from the Bankruptcy Code’s provisions with respect to repurchase agreements, or “repos.” These agreements, which are equivalent to very-short-term (often one-day) secured loans, are exempt from such core bankruptcy provisions as the automatic stay, the avoidability of fraudulent transfers and the avoidability of preferences. Recent scholarship has questioned whether these exemptions are justified for mortgage-backed securities and other securities that could prove illiquid or unable to realize their long-term value in the event of the kind of panic experienced during the financial crisis of 2007-09. This panel will explore the arguments for and against revising the Bankruptcy Code’s existing treatment of these agreements.

    Hon. Christopher S. Sontchi, Moderator

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

    Prof. Stephen J. Lubben

    Seton Hall University Law School; Newark, N.J.

    M. Stephanie Wickouski

    Bryan Cave LLP; New York

    Maximizing the Benefits of Your iPad or Android to Your Practice

    This panel will discuss the use of your iPad and other tablets to maximize the return to your practice. The topics will include a discussion of leading apps that are available for bankruptcy attorneys and other bankruptcy case professionals.

    Damian S. Schaible, Moderator

    Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP; New York

    Karim Guirguis

    American Bankruptcy Institute; Alexandria, Va.

    Brain L. Shaw

    Shaw Fishman Glantz & Towbin LLC; Chicago

    Paul Unger

    Affinity Consulting Group; Columbus, Ohio

    Chapter 13 Cramdowns

    Lien-stripping, short sales and other contested confirmation issues will be highlighted.

    Nancy J. Whaley, Moderator

    Office of Nancy J. Whaley, Standing Chapter 13 Trustee; Atlanta

    Hon. Wendelin I. Lipp

    U.S. Bankruptcy Court (D. Md.); Greenbelt

    Kimberly A. Pierro

    SunTrust Banks, Inc.; Richmond, Va.

    Tara Twomey

    National Consumer Law Center; Carmel, Calif.

    3:45-4:15 p.m.

    Wine & Cheese Reception

    Sponsored by Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP

    4:15-5:45 p.m.

    Committee Educational Sessions (3)

    Commercial Fraud/Unsecured Trade Creditors

    Advanced Defenses to Avoidance Actions: Understanding Them Can Make All The Difference

    Hon. Marci B. McIvor (Moderator)

    U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Michigan; Detroit

    Philip D. Anker

    WilmerHale; New York

    Edward Weisfelner

    Brown Rudnick LLP; New York

    Peter S. Willett

    Bingham McCutchen LLP; Boston

    Consumer Bankruptcy/Mediation

    Consumer Mortgage Modification Mediation: A Florida Success Story

    Robert B. Branson

    BransonLaw, PLLC; Orlando, Fla.

    Laurie K. Weatherford

    Chapter 13 Trustee; Winter Park, Fla.

    Hon. Michael G. Williamson

    U.S. Bankruptcy Court (M.D. Fla.); Tampa

    Melissa A. Youngman

    McCalla Raymer, LLC; Orlando, Fla.

    Technology

    Using Technology Effectively: Strategies for Courtroom Success

    Roy M. Terry (Moderator)

    Sands Anderson PC; Richmond, VA

    Paige L. Ellerman

    Frost Brown Todd LLC; Cincinnati

    Narendra Ganti

    Ganti Advisors LLC; Bethesda, MD

    Hon. Mary F. Walrath

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

    7:00-10:00 p.m.

    Saturday Night Gala Dinner

    Performance by Lou Gramm, Formerly of Foreigner

    Dinner and Entertainment Sponsored by Armstrong Teasdale LLP, BakerHostetler, Barnes & Thornburg LLP, Bryan Cave LLP, Chadbourne & Parke LLP, EisnerAmper LLP, Gavin/Solmonese LLC, Gray Reed & McGraw, PC, Logan & Company, Inc., McCalla Raymer, LLC, Miles & Stockbridge PC, Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C., Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP, Shaw Fishman Glantz & Towbin LLC, Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP , Stearns, Weaver, Miller, Weissler, Alhadeff & Sitterson, PA and Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP
     

    10:00-11:00 p.m.

    Endowment Reception

    By Invitation Only

    Sponsored by: Becket & Lee LLP, Perkins Coie LLP and Rust Omni

    Sunday, April 19

    8:30-9:00 a.m.

    Breakfast

    Sponsored by: Brown Rudnick LLP

    9:00-10:00 a.m.

    Plenary Session:

    Flapjacks and Sage Advice: Judges’ Panel on Everything!

    Your favorite judges will answer the most difficult questions fielded from ABI members in the weeks before this event and from members of the audience. Hear the judges provide their input on best practices, interesting arguments and the current state of the law.

    James Patrick Shea, Moderator

    Armstrong Teasdale LLP; Las Vegas

    Hon. Robert E. Gerber

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

    Hon. Laurel Myerson Isicoff

    U.S. Bankruptcy Court (S.D. Fla.); Miami

    Hon. Stacey G. C. Jernigan

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

    Hon. Pamela Pepper

    U.S. District Court (E.D. Wisc.); Milwaukee

    10:00-10:15 a.m.

    Break

    Sponsored by: Stinson Leonard Street LLP

    10:15-11:45 a.m.

    Ethics: Chapter 11 Commission Recommendations on Professional Fees and Expenses

    Any reform of current chapter 11 practice must account for the prevailing criticism that fees and costs are too high, and do it in a way that focuses on aligning incentives with case efficiency. This panel of Commissioners will discuss recommended reforms that provide for more effective oversight, as well as alternative fee structures consistent with professionals’ ethical obligations under the Code of Professional Responsibility.

    Deborah D. Williamson, Moderator

    Cox Smith Matthews Incorporated; San Antonio

    William A. Brandt, Jr.

    Development Specialists, Inc.; New York

    Jack Butler

    Hilco Global; Northbrook, Il.

    Clifford J. White, III

    U.S. Department of Justice; Washington, D.C.

    11:45 a.m.

    Adjourn

     

    Optional Events

    Attorney Specialist Certification

    The American Board of Certification (ABC) will offer its Business Bankruptcy, Consumer Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights Exams at the Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown on Thursday, April 16, from 9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. Details on the certification process, exam composition and sample exam can be obtained by calling ABC at (319) 365-2222, by e-mailing assistantdirector@abcworld.org or by visiting the ABC Website at www.abcworld.org. The ABC certification programs are sponsored by the American Bankruptcy Institute and the Commercial Law League of America, and all three programs are accredited by the American Bar Association.

     

    Golf Tournament

    Thursday, April 16, 8:00 a.m.

    Golf Club

    Join your colleagues for the 6th Annual Golf Tournament at the Annual Spring Meeting. The $150-per-player fee includes round-trip transportation, breakfast, cart rental, prizes and tournament fee. Please check the appropriate box on the registration form, and indicate your handicap.

     

    Blowout Bar Salon – Perfect Hair for the Opening Reception

    Thursday, April 16, 3:00-5:00 p.m.

     Blowout Bar Salon

    No cuts. No color. Just blowouts! Sip champagne, get pampered and get ready for the Opening Reception with your colleagues at this private event. Cost is $75 per person. Please mark the appropriate box on the registration form.

     

    Women's Networking Reception

    Friday, April 17, 6:00-7:00 p.m.

    Join your fellow ABI members for a reception and conversation about common issues facing today’s women in the restructuring industry. Tickets are $50 per person. Please check the appropriate box on the registration form.

     

    Baseball Night Out: Washington Nationals vs. Philadelphia Phillies

    Friday, April 17, 6:00-11:00 p.m.

    MLB

     

     

    Take me out to the ballgame! Enjoy the rivalry between DC and Philly at Nationals Park in a private suite - a great spot for networking with colleagues while enjoying America’s favorite pastime. The $100 fee includes a ticket to the game and food and beverages. Please check the appropriate box on the registration form.

     

     

    National Symphony Orchestra: Vassily Sinaisky, Conductor: Rachmaninoff's “The Bells”/Loren Kitt, Principal Clarinet, Plays Mozart's Clarinet Concerto

    Friday, April 17, 7:00-10:00 p.m.

    Kennedy Center

     

     

    Conductor Vassily Sinaisky and three Russian singers make their NSO debut with Rachmaninoff's “The Bells” in a program including Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto, featuring NSO Principal Clarinet Loren Kitt, and Borodin’s “Prince Igor Overture.” Tickets are $75 per person and do not include transportation. Please check the appropriate box on the registration form.

     

    Late-Night Bowling at Lucky Strike in Chinatown

    Friday, April 17, 10:00 p.m.-12:00 midnight

    Lucky Strike

     

     

    Grab dinner early and head over for late-night bowling at Lucky Strike, DC’s upscale bowling venue! Drinks and lanes are provided for unforgettable fun with old and new friends! Cost is $50 per person; please check the appropriate box on the registration form. Event hosted by the Young and New Members Committee - thank you to our Late-Night Bowling sponsors, Bayard and Turnaround Underground!

     

     

    Keynote Luncheon: A Conversation with Hon. Steven W. Rhodes

    Saturday, April 18, 12:30-2:00 p.m.

    Rhodes Steven

     

     

    A panel of past ABI presidents will interview Judge Steven Rhodes in a discussion of current topics, including the Detroit bankruptcy case as well as emerging challenges for insolvency professionals. Tickets to the luncheon are $75 per person; please check the appropriate box on the registration form.

     

     

     

    Final Night Gala Dinner with Lou Gramm, Formerly of Foreigner

    Saturday, April 17, 7:00-10:00 p.m.

     

     

     

    Join your colleagues for dinner and classic rock with Lou Gramm, former lead singer of the popular band Foreigner. Cost is $105 per attendee, $125 for guests; please check the appropriate box on the registration form.

     

    Conference Information

    Hotel Accommodations

    Discover the culture of Washington, D.C., while experiencing true sophistication at the Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown hotel. Award-winning restaurants, boutique shopping, CityCenterDC, Verizon Center, Spy Museum, Chinatown, National Portrait Gallery and the world-famous National Mall are all steps from the hotel, but will feel worlds away. The newly renovated hotel offers five dining options, including a Starbucks Café, a vibrant lounge, an on-site day spa and the hotel’s Vida fitness center.

     

    ABI has arranged for a special conference rate of $334 per night. Reservations must be made by March 25, 2015, to secure the special conference rate. Reservations may be made only once you have registered with ABI. Upon payment of the conference registration fees, you will receive hotel reservation information with your conference confirmation. Rooms are held on a first-come, first-served basis. ABI cannot guarantee anyone a room after the specially rated ABI block is filled.

     

    The hotel is located at 999 9th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001.

    Conference Attire

    Professional business attire is requested throughout conference.

    Cancellation Policy

    All fees, except a $75 handling fee, will be refunded if notice of cancellation is received in writing by March 26, 2015. No refunds will be made if notice is received after March 26, although substitutions will be allowed. After March 26, upon written request, a coupon for 20% off the registration fee (not including optional events) will be issued, which can be used (by the cancelling registrant only) for any ABI educational program up to one year after this conference, or for this same conference next year.

    Continuing Education

    18.5 hours of general CLE credit, including 3 hours of ethics, are pending in states calculating CLE on a 60-minute hour, and 22 hours of general CLE credit, including 3.5 hours of ethics, 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 18.5 hours, of which 3 hours will apply to ethics. NY MCLE: This transitional and non-transitional program has been approved in accordance with the requirements of the CLE Board for a maximum of 22 credit hours, of which 3.5 hours of credit can be applied toward the ethics professionalism requirement. 22 hours of CPE credit, including 3.5 hours of ethics, are also available.

     

    *ABI offers intermediate-level courses, which assume that attendees will have at least some detailed 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 complaint and refund, 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 jdugas@abiworld.org.

    2015 Annual Spring Sponsors

    AlixPartners LLP 
    Becket & Lee LLP 
    Bernstein Shur 
    Bloomberg BNA 
    BMC Group 
    Brown Rudnick LLP 
    Conway MacKenzie 
    Deloitte CRG 
    Development Specialists, Inc. 
    Donlin Recano & Company, Inc. 
    East West Bank 
    Ernst & Young LLP 
    Foley & Lardner LLP 
    Freeborn & Peters LLP 
    FTI Consulting, Inc. 
    Gavin/Solmonese LLC 
    Getzler Henrich & Associates LLC
    GlassRatner Advisory & Capital Group LLC
    Gordon Silver 
    Grant Thornton LLP 
    Greenberg Traurig, LLP 
    Jefferies LLC
    Jones Day 
    KCC 
    Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP 
    Latham & Watkins LLP

    Loeb & Loeb LLP 
    Lowenstein Sandler LLP 
    McGuireWoods LLP 
    Mesirow Financial Consulting, LLC 
    Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP 
    MorrisAnderson 
    MWI 
    NERA Economic Consulting 
    Perkins Coie LLP 
    Polsinelli 
    Proskauer 
    Protiviti, Inc. 
    PwC 
    Reid Collins & Tsai LLP  
    Rust Omni 
    Sherwood Partners LLC / agencyIP 
    SSG Capital Advisors, LLC 
    Stinson Leonard Street LLP 
    Summit Investment Management LLC 
    Thomson Reuters
    Tittle Advisory Group, Inc. 
    Togut, Segal & Segal LLP  
    The Wall Street Journal
    Wilmington Trust
    WithumSmith+Brown

    Final Night Gala Dinner & Entertainment Sponsors

    Armstrong Teasdale LLP 
    BakerHostetler 
    Barnes & Thornburg LLP 
    Bryan Cave LLP 
    Chadbourne & Parke LLP
    EisnerAmper LLP 
    Gavin/Solmonese LLC 
    Gray Reed & McGraw, PC 
    Logan & Company, Inc. 
    McCalla Raymer, LLC 
    Miles & Stockbridge PC 
    Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. 
    Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP 
    Shaw Fishman Glantz & Towbin LLC 
    Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP 
    Stearns, Weaver, Miller, Weissler, Alhadeff & Sitterson, PA 
    Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP

    Pre-Dinner VIP Reception Sponsors to Honor ABI's New Incoming President, James Patrick Shea

    Mr. and Mrs. Van C. Durrer, II 
    Elsaesser Jarzabek Anderson Elliott & Macdonald, Chtd. 
    Engelman Berger, PC 
    Gray Reed & McGraw, PC 
    Greenberg Traurig, LLP 
    Holland & Hart LLP 
    Howard & Howard Attorneys 
    Law Office of Brian D. Shapiro 
    Markus Williams Young & Zimmermann, LLC 
    McGlinchey Stafford, PLLC 
    Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP 
    Nussbaum Gillis & Dinner, P.C. 
    Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP 
    Polsinelli 
    Robins Kaplan LLP 
    Rust Omni 
    Shaw Fishman Glantz & Towbin LLC 
    Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP 
    Stearns, Weaver, Miller, Weissler, Alhadeff & Sitterson, PA 
    Mark G. Stingley 
    Deborah D. Williamson

    Sponsorship Opportunities

     

    To get the information about Sponsorship Opportunities please click here (PDF file) or email Sharisa Sloan.

    Special Thanks

    We extend our special thanks to Bloomberg BRIEF for the media partnership, BMC Group for the debate polling, speaker lounge and the business session sponsorship, Conway MacKenzie for the conference thumb drives, Deloitte CRG for the program pocket agenda, Donlin, Recano & Company, Inc. for the conference app, Freeborn & Peters LLP for the concierge table, Gorden Silver for the conference e-newsletter, Grant Thornton LLP for the bottled water and landing pad, FTI Consulting, Inc. and Getzler Henrich & Associates LLC for the column wraps, GlassRatner Advisory & Capital Group LLC for the conference lanyards, KCC for the conference wi-fi service, Mesirow Financial Consulting, LLC for the hotel key cards, WithumSmith+Brown for the Twitter Feed, Sherwood Partners, LLC/agencyIP for sponsoring the exhibit hall, Summit Investment Management LLC and Title Advisory Group, Inc. for the cellphone charging stations,  The Wall Street Journal for the media partnership, Thomson Reuters for providing the printed educational materials, Togut, Segal & Segal LLP for the Reportage Illustrator, Ted Michalowski and Wilmington Trust for the conference tote bags.

    Presidential Partners

    Bloomberg BNA Conway Mackenzie

     

    Gavin Solmonese Thomson Reuters

    Wilmington Trust

    Executive Partners

     

    FTI ConsultingWall Street Journal

    Capital Partners

    Alix Partners bmc Group Deloitte Donlin Recano East West Bank Epiq Systems Freeborn Grant Thornton Greenberg KCC Mesirow Pachulski

    2015 Annual Spring Exhibitors

    ABI Bookstore 
    ABI Membership 
    American Board of Certification (ABC)
    Auction Advisors
    Bankruptcy Management Solutions, Inc. (BMS)
    BKAssets.com, LLC
    Bloomberg BNA 
    BMC Group 
    CourtCall LLC 
    Credit Abuse Resistance Education (CARE)
    Debtwire
    Epiq Systems, Inc. 
    Financial Software Solutions
    Heritage Equity Partners 
    iQor 
    Keen-Summit Capital Partners LLC 
    Liquid Asset Partners LLC 
    Melville Capital, LLC 
    ModioLegal 
    National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees (NABT) /
    National Association of Chapter 13 Trustees (NACTT)
    Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers 
    Sherwood Partners, LLC / agencyIP
    SM Financial Services Corporation 
    The Wall Street Journal 
    Turnaround Management Association (TMA)

    Exhibitor Opportunities

     

    To get the information about Exhibitor Opportunities please click here (PDF file).

     

    Rates

      Early Bird
    (by 2/6/15)
    Regular
    (01/31/15-03/27/15)
    Late
    (after 03/27)

    ABI Member
    $975
    $995
    $1,095
    New ABI Member*
    $1,250
    $1,270
    $1,370
    Gov’t./Aca. ABI Member
    $345
    $395
    $445
    Gov’t./Aca. New ABI Member*
    $440
    $490
    $540

    * Includes a one-year ABI membership for first-time members only — a $295 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.

    Exhibitor Rates

    ABI Member Exhibit
    $2,950
    New ABI Member Exhibit***
    $3,245
    Additional Booth Rep.
    $500

    ** Includes Opening Reception and Friday Luncheon.

     

    *** Includes Opening Reception, Friday Luncheon and a one-year ABI membership. 

     

    **** Includes Opening Reception and Friday Luncheon. You may add up to two additional booth reps.

    Optional Event

    Golf Tournament:

      Handicap

    $150
    Blowout Bar Salon: 
    $75

    Opening Reception

    Attendee:

    Guest:

     

     FREE

    $75

    Friday Luncheon (Attendee):
    Free
    Women’s Networking Reception
    $50
    Baseball Night Out:
    $100
    NSO at the Kennedy Center:
    $75
    Late-Night Bowling at Lucky Strike:
    $50

    Saturday Keynote Luncheon:

    Attendee:

    Guest:

     

    $75

    $75

    Final Night Dinner:

    Attendee:

    Guest:

     

    $105

    $125

     

    Select An Event: 
  • Event Information 152699

    Thursday, January 22

    8:30-9:00 a.m.

    Breakfast

    9:00-11:45 a.m.

    IWIRC Workshop

    IWIRC Program - (additional $95 to attend)

    Caroline Turner, author of Difference Works, will lead an interactive workshop in which participants will explore differences along the masculine-feminine continuum. She will focus on two dimensions of the continuum (e.g., how we influence and use humor) to show how being able to shift along the continuum makes us more personally effective in a workplace setting.

    11:00 a.m.

    Rocky Mountain Bankruptcy Conference Registration Desk and Exhibit Hall Open

    Noon-12:45 p.m.

    Lunch

    Sponsored by Dorsey & Whitney LLP and IWIRC Mountain Desert Network

    12:45-1:45 p.m.

    Luncheon Keynote: “Increasing Employee Engagement and Retention: Mastering a Continuum of Communication Styles”

    Featuring Caroline Turner

    Former Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Coors Brewing Company Author, Difference Works

    Caroline Turner will address the leadership challenges of engaging and retaining today’s diverse workforce, and how speaking and understanding different communication styles can make one a more effective leader and increase employee engagement – which drives the bottom line.

    1:45-3:15 p.m.

    Concurrent Sessions (3)

    Constitutional/Jurisdictional/Standing Issues

    This panel will discuss “Stern problems” regarding bankruptcy court jurisdiction and the standing of various parties in light of the Supreme Court’s ruling in Executive Benefits Insurance Agency v. Arkison in order to identify simple solutions to these complex constitutional problems. The faculty will explain the key Supreme Court cases on constitutional jurisdiction and apply these cases to fact patterns involving preference claims, a Ponzi scheme case, a typical fraudulent conveyance claim, and a typical state law contract claim. The panel will also present the leading cases on standing and attempt to integrate a discussion of standing into the fact patterns.

    Duane H. Gillman, Moderator

    Durham Jones & Pinegar; Salt Lake City

    G. Eric Brunstad, Jr.

    Dechert LLP; Hartford, Conn.

    Prof. Brook Gotberg

    Brigham Young University School of Law; Provo, Utah

    William C. Heuer

    Duane Morris LLP; New York

    Hon. Robert H. Jacobvitz

    U.S. Bankruptcy Court (D. N.M.); Albuquerque

     

    Circuit Splits and Ethical Implications

    This is a chance for you to be a Supreme Court Justice. This panel will present the arguments on both sides of several important bankruptcy issues on which the circuits are split. Learn about the issues, and decide on which side of the divide you fall.

    Annette W. Jarvis, Moderator

    Dorsey & Whitney LLP; Salt Lake City

    John D. Penn

    Perkins Coie LLP; Dallas

    Hon. Terrence L. Michael

    U.S. Bankruptcy Court (N.D. Ok.); Tulsa

    Michael P. Richman

    Hunton & Williams LLP; New York

     

    Special Issues in Solvent Debtor Cases

    When solvent debtors file for bankruptcy protection, some funny things happen under the Bankruptcy Code. This panel will investigate what can be learned from that and how to handle these curious, but not uncommon, cases.

    John Thomas Beckett, Moderator

    Parsons Behle & Latimer; Salt Lake City

    Michael R. Johnson

    Ray Quinney & Nebeker; Salt Lake City

    Christian Carl Onsager

    Onsager | Guyerson | Fletcher | Johnson; Denver

    Hon. Howard R. Tallman

    U.S. Bankruptcy Court (D. Colo.); Denver

     

    3:15-3:30 p.m.

    Refreshment Break

    Sponsored by Kutner Brinen Garber, PC

    3:30-5:00 p.m.

    Concurrent Sessions (3)

    Energy Cases

    Donald D. Allen, Moderator

    Markus Williams Young & Zimmermann LLC; Denver

    Hon. Mary Grace Diehl

    U.S. Bankruptcy Court (N.D. Ga.); Atlanta

    Bonnie Glantz Fatell

    Blank Rome LLP; Wilmington, Del.

    Eric E. Johnson

    Sherman & Howard L.L.C.; Denver

    Damian S. Schaible

    Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP; New York

    Deborah D. Williamson

    Cox Smith Matthews Incorporated; San Antonio

     

    Hot Topics and Ethics

    This session will discuss recent bankruptcy cases and their anticipated impact on business bankruptcy cases, as well as new trends.

    Kimberley H. Tyson, Moderator

    Ireland Stapleton Pryor & Pascoe, PC; Denver

    Mona L. Burton

    Holland & Hart LLP; Salt Lake City

    Patricia A. Redmond

    Stearns, Weaver, Miller, Weissler, Alhadeff & Sitterson, P.A.; Miami

    Paul G. Swanson

    Steinhilber, Swanson, Mares, Marone & McDermott; Oshkosh, Wisc.

    Hon. William T. Thurman

    U.S. Bankruptcy Court (D. Utah); Salt Lake City

    Real Estate

    This panel will present practical pointers for addressing real estate issues in bankruptcy: relief from the automatic stay, unexpired leases, valuation, interest rates, § 1111(b) elections and other useful topics.

    Harvey Sender, Moderator

    Sender Wasserman Wadsworth, P.C.; Denver

    Hon. Elizabeth E. Brown

    U.S. Bankruptcy Court (D. Colo.); Denver

    Paige L. Ellerman

    Frost Brown Todd LLC; Cincinnati

    Leigh Flanagan

    Kutner Brinen Garber P.C.; Denver

    Adelaide Maudsley

    Chapman and Cutler LLP; Salt Lake City

    5:00-7:00 p.m.

    Networking Reception

    Sponsored by Parsons Behle & Latimer, Rocky Mountain Advisory, LLC and Snell & Wilmer

    Friday, January 23

    7:00 a.m.

    Registration Desk and Exhibit Hall Open

    7:30-8:00 a.m.

    Breakfast

    Sponsored by Holland & Hart LLP and Otten, Johnson, Robinson, Neff & Ragonetti, PC

    8:00-8:55 a.m.

    Judges’ Roundtable

    Featuring the Judges of the 20th Annual Rocky Mountain Bankruptcy Conference.

    9:00-10:30 a.m.

    Concurrent Sessions

    Consumer Workshop I:

    Exemption Issues

    Trends in exemption law, including a Colorado legislative update and fallout from Clark v. Rameker and Law v. Siegel.

    Hon. William H. Brown (ret.), Moderator

    Carbondale, Colo.

    Guy B. Humphries

    Denver

    Andrew D. Johnson

    Onsager | Guyerson | Fletcher | Johnson; Denver

    John C. Smiley

    Lindquist & Vennum LLP; Denver

    Using Expert Witnesses in Trying Bankruptcy Cases

    A significant number of bankruptcy cases involve the use of expert witnesses. This panel will explore issues that both counsel and experts should anticipate, including how credibility is derived and enhanced, the expert’s research and analysis phase, persuasive direct and cross examination of experts, non-verbal communication and courtroom etiquette.

    Gil A. Miller, Moderator

    Rocky Mountain Advisory, LLC; Salt Lake City

    Robert E. Kleeman, Jr.

    OnPointe Valuation, LLC; Greenwood Village, Colo.

    Hon. Michael E. Romero

    U.S. Bankruptcy Court (D. Colo.); Denver

    Peter Schulman

    RubinBrown LLP; Denver

    D. Ray Strong

    S3 Advisory

    Hon. Gregg W. Zive

    U.S. Bankruptcy Court (D. Nev.); Reno

     

    Repeat Concurrent Session

    Energy Cases

    10:30-10:45 a.m.

    Coffee Break

    Sponsored by Ray, Quinney & Nebeker, PC

    10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

    Concurrent Sessions (3)

    Consumer Workshop II:

    Divorce and Bankruptcy

    This panel will discuss the collision of divorce practice and Bankruptcy Code §§362, 523, 1325, and 1328.

    Tara Gaschler Salinas, Moderator

    Colorado Bankruptcy Solutions; Denver

    Hon. Angela R. Arkin

    Douglas County District Court, Castle Rock, CO

    David C. Hoskins

    Denver

    Drew Moore

    Drew Moore P.C.; Grand Junction, Colo.

     

     

    Repeat Concurrent Sessions

    Circuit Splits and Ethical Implications

    Special Issues in Solvent Debtor Cases

    12:15-12:45 p.m.

    Lunch

    Sponsored by The Faculty of Federal Advocates, Lindquist & Vennum LLP and Stoel Rives LLP

    12:45-1:45 p.m.

    Distinguished Careers in Bankruptcy Law, a.k.a. “The Crusty/Dusty Panel”

    Hon. Elizabeth E. Brown, Moderator

    U.S. Bankruptcy Court (D. Colo.); Denver

    Risa Lynn Wolf-Smith, Moderator

    Holland & Hart LLP; Denver /p>

    Hon Sidney B. Brooks

    U.S. Bankruptcy Court (D. Colo.); Denver

    Hon. A. Bruce Campbell

    U.S. Bankruptcy Court (D. Colo.); Denver

    Craig A. Christensen

    Lindquist & Vennum LLP; Denver

    Carl A. Eklund

    Denver

    Jack L. Smith

    Holland & Hart LLP; Denver

    1:45-3:15 p.m.

    Concurrent Sessions (3)

    Consumer Workshop III:

    Practical and Ethical Issues in Succession Planning

    This panel will discuss retirement, death, changing area of practice, going out of business, fee splitting and unbundling.

     

    Nancy D. Miller, Moderator

    Nemirow Perez, P.C., Lakewood, CO

    Barbara Cashman

    The Law Office of Barbara Cashman, LLC; Centennial, Colo.

    Mark Dennis

    Dennis & Company P.C.; Greenwood Village, Colo.

    Charles E. Mortimer, Jr.

    Attorney Regulation Counsel; Denver

     

    Repeat Concurrent Sessions

    Constitutional/Jurisdictional/Standing Issues

    Hot Topics and Ethics

    3:15-3:30 p.m.

    Refreshment Break

    Sponsored by Onsager | Guyerson | Fletcher | Johnson

    3:30-5:00 p.m.

    Concurrent Sessions (3)

    Consumer Workshop IV:

    Home Issues: Mortgages and Rule 3002 Update

    This panel will discuss post-petition HOA dues, HELOCs, noticing, and § 522(f) and 506 motions.

    Deanna L. Westfall, Moderator

    Weinstein, Pinson & Riley, P.S.

    Stephen E. Berken, Moderator

    Law Offices of Stephen Berken; Denver

    Tami Gadd-Willardson

    Office of the Chapter 13 Trustee; Salt Lake City

    Hon. Sidney B. Brooks

    U.S. Bankruptcy Court (D. Colo.); Denver

    Keith Gantenbein

    The Gantenbein Law Firm; Denver

    Mark Middlemas

    Lundberg & Associates; Salt Lake City

     

    Repeat Concurrent Sessions

    Real Estate

    Using Expert Witnesses in Trying Bankruptcy Cases

    5:00-7:00 p.m.

    Networking Reception

    Sponsored by Berkeley Research Group, LLC, Durham Jones & Pinegar and

    Markus Williams Young & Zimmermann LLC

     

    2015 Rocky Mountain Bankruptcy Conference Advisory Board

     

    Annette W. Jarvis, Co-Chair

    Dorsey & Whitney LLP; Salt Lake City

    Risa Lynn Wolf-Smith, Co-Chair

    Holland & Hart LLP; Denver

    Hon. Elizabeth E. Brown, Judicial Chair

    U.S. Bankruptcy Court (D. Colo.); Denver

    Advisory Board

     

    Stephen E. Berken — Co-Chair, Consumer Bankruptcy Education

    Law Offices of Stephen Berken; Denver

    Ellen R. Welner — Co-Chair, Consumer Bankruptcy Education

    Douglas B. Kiel, Chapter 13 Trustee; Denver

    Michael R. Johnson — Sponsorship Coordinator

    Ray Quinney & Nebeker; Salt Lake City

    Gil A. Miller — Sponsorship Coordinator

    Rocky Mountain Advisory, LLC; Salt Lake City

    Christian Carl Onsager — Sponsorship Coordinator

    Onsager | Guyerson | Fletcher | Johnson; Denver

    Troy J. Aramburu

    Snell & Wilmer; Salt Lake City

    J. Thomas Beckett

    Parsons Behle & Latimer; Salt Lake City

    Chad S. Caby

    Lewis Roca Rothgerber LLP; Denver

    Elizabeth K. Flaagan

    Faegre Baker Daniels LLP; Denver

    Duane H. Gillman

    Durham Jones & Pinegar; Salt Lake City

    Theodore J. Hartl

    Lindquist & Vennum LLP; Denver

    Eric E. Johnson

    Sherman & Howard L.L.C.; Denver

    Lee M. Kutner

    Kutner Brinen Garber P.C.; Denver

    Bria LaSalle Mertens

    Stoel Rives LLP; Salt Lake City

    Harvey Sender

    Sender Wasserman Wadsworth, P.C.; Denver

    D. Ray Strong

    Berkeley Research Group, LLC; Salt Lake City

    Kimberley H. Tyson

    Ireland Stapleton Pryor & Pascoe, PC; Denver

    Deanna L. Westfall

    Weinstein, Pinson & Riley, P.S.

    John F. Young

    Markus Williams Young & Zimmermann LLC; Denver

     

    Conference Information

     

    Hotel

    An icon of sophistication housed inside a landmark 45-story tower, the Four Seasons Hotel Denver offers ultra-spacious guest rooms and suites. Inviting and residential in style, the hotel’s urban-chic design subtly reflects the natural beauty of Colorado, and its oversized windows offer thrilling downtown views and Rocky Mountain vistas.

    A block of rooms is being held on a first-come, first-served basis. The special room rate is $225 per night;reservations must be made by January 2, 2015, to secure the special rate. Reservations may be made by calling the Four Seasons directly at (303) 389-3000 and asking to be placed in the specially rated ABI block. ABI cannot guarantee anyone a room after the block is filled.

     

    IWIRC Program

    The International Women’s Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation will hold its annual three-hour program prior to the start of the Rocky Mountain Bankruptcy Conference on Thursday, January 22. The workshop will address how gender-based communication differences drive “unconscious mindsets” that create obstacles to success. The cost is an additional $95; please mark the appropriate box on the registration form to attend.

     

    Transportation

    Denver International Airport (DEN) is a 30-minute cab ride to the Four Seasons Hotel Denver.

    Conference Attire

    Attire is business casual throughout the conference.

    Cancellation Policy

    All fees, except a $75 handling fee, will be refunded if written notice of cancellation is received by January 2, 2015. No refunds will be granted after January 2, but substitutions will be allowed. After January 2, 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.

     

    Continuing Education

    Rocky Mountain Bankruptcy Conference: Approval for approximately 11 hours of CLE credit, including 3 hours of ethics, is pending in states calculating CLE on a 60-minute hour, and 13 hours of CLE credit, including3.5 hours of ethics, 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 by the State Bar of California in the amount of 11 hours, of which 3.5 hours will apply to legal ethics. NY MCLE: This traditional program has been approved in accordance with the requirements of the CLE Board for a maximum of 13 credit hours, of which 3.5 hours of credit can be applied toward the ethics professionalism requirement. 13 hours of CPE credit, including 3.5 hours of ethics, are also available.

    Rocky Mountain Consumer Workshop: Approval for approximately 7 hours of CLE credit, including 3 hours of ethics, is pending in states calculating CLE on a 60-minute hour, and 8 hours of CLE credit, including 3.5 hours of ethics, 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 by the State Bar of California in the amount of 7 hours, including 3 hours of ethics. NY MCLE: This traditional program has been approved in accordance with the requirements of the CLE Board for a maximum of 8 credit hours, including 3.5 hours of ethics. 8 hours of CPE credit, including 3.5 hours of ethics, are also available.

     

    *ABI offers intermediate-level courses, which assume that attendees will have at least some detailed 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 complaint and refund, 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. 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 information on tuition assistance, send an e-mail to jdugas@abiworld.org

    Presidential Partners

     

     

    Double Black Diamond

    Dorsey & Whitney LLP

    Holland & Hart LLP

    IWIRC Mountain Desert Network

    Kutner Brinen Garber, PC

    Lindquist & Vennum LLP

    Onsager | Guyerson | Fletcher | Johnson LLC

    Otten, Johnson, Robinson, Neff & Ragonetti, PC

    Parsons Behle & Latimer

    Ray, Quinney & Nebeker, PC

    Rocky Mountain Advisory, LLC

    Snell & Wilmer, LLP

    Stoel Rives LLP

    Black Diamond

    Berkeley Research Group, LLC

    Durham Jones & Pinegar

    Markus Williams Young & Zimmermann, LLC

    Summit Investment Management LLC

    The Faculty of Federal Advocates

    Blue

    Ballard Spahr LLP

    Connolly, Rosania & Lofstedt, PC

    Cordes & Company

    Fabian & Clendenin, PC

    Faegre Baker Daniels

    Intrinsic

    Ireland, Stapleton, Pryor & Pascoe, P.C.

    Jones Waldo Holbrook & McDonough PC

    Law Office of Stephen E. Berken

    Lewis Roca Rothgerber LLP

    Perkins Coie LLP

    Prince, Yeates & Geldzahler

    RubinBrown LLP

    Sender Wasserman Wadsworth, P.C.

    Green

    Berenbaum Weinshienk PC

    Moye White LLP

    r2 advisors, llc

    Special Thanks

    We extend our special thanks to Bloomberg BRIEF for the media partnership, Conway MacKenzie/Variant Capital Advisors, LLC for the educational materials on thumb drives, Donlin, Recano & Company, Inc. for the conference lanyards, Summit Investment Management LLC for the conference wi-fi, West a Thomson Reuters business for providing the printed educational materials and Wilmington Trust for the tote bags.

    2015 Conference Rates

      Early Bird
    (postmarked by 11/14/14)
    Regular
    (11/15/14-1/2/15)
    Late
    (after 1/2/15)
    Rocky Mountain Bankruptcy Conference
    ABI Member
    $575
    $625
    $675
    New ABI Member*
    $850
    $900
    $950
    Govt./Aca. ABI Member
    $345
    $395
    $445
    Govt./Aca. New ABI Member*
    $440
    $490
    $540
    Consumer Workshop ONLY Pricing (program only on 1/23/15)
    ABI Member $295 $345 $395
    New Member* $390 $440 $490
    Optional Event Pricing
    IWIRC Program Fee (includes lunch)
    $95
     
     
    Thursday Networking Reception
    Free
     
     
    Thursday Networking Reception Guest
    $40
     
     
    Friday Networking Reception
    Free
     
     
    Friday Networking Reception Guest
    $40
     
     

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

  • Event Information 152718

    Friday, January 23

    9:00-10:30 a.m.

    Consumer Workshop I: Exemption Issues

    Hon. William H. Brown (ret.), Moderator

    Carbondale, Colo.

    Guy B. Humphries

    Denver

    Andrew D. Johnson

    Onsager | Guyerson | Fletcher | Johnson; Denver

    John C. Smiley

    Lindquist & Vennum LLP; Denver

    10:30-10:45 a.m.

    Coffee Break

    10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

    Consumer Workshop II: Divorce and Bankruptcy

    This panel will discuss §§ 362, 523, 1325 and 1328.

    Tara Gaschler Salinas, Moderator

    Colorado Bankruptcy Solutions; Denver

    Hon. Angela R. Arkin

    Douglas County District Court, Castle Rock, CO

    David Hoskins

    Denver

    Drew Moore

    Drew Moore P.C.; Grand Junction, Colo.

    12:15-12:45 p.m.

    Lunch

    Sponsored by The Faculty of Federal Advocates and Lindquist & Vennum LLP

    12:45-1:45 p.m.

    Distinguished Careers in Bankruptcy Law, a.k.a. “The Crusty/Dusty Panel”

    Hon. Elizabeth E. Brown, Moderator

    U.S. Bankruptcy Court (D. Colo.); Denver

    Risa Lynn Wolf-Smith, Moderator

    Holland & Hart LLP; Denver

    Hon Sidney B. Brooks

    U.S. Bankruptcy Court (D. Colo.); Denver

    Hon. A. Bruce Campbell

    U.S. Bankruptcy Court (D. Colo.); Denver

    Craig A. Christensen

    Lindquist & Vennum LLP; Denver

    Carl A. Eklund

    Denver

    Jack L. Smith

    Holland & Hart LLP; Denver

    1:45-3:15 p.m.

    Consumer Workshop III: Practical and Ethical Issues in Succession Planning

    Nancy D. Miller, Moderator

    Nemirow Perez, P.C., Lakewood, CO

    Barbara Cashman

    The Law Office of Barbara Cashman, LLC; Centennial, Colo.

    Mark Dennis

    Dennis & Company P.C.; Greenwood Village, Colo.

    Charles E. Mortimer, Jr.

    Attorney Regulation Counsel; Denver

    3:15-3:30 p.m.

    Refreshment Break

    3:30-5:00 p.m.

    Consumer Workshop IV: Home Issues: Mortgages and Rule 3002 Update

    Deanna L. Westfall, Moderator

    Weinstein, Pinson & Riley, P.S.

    Stephen E. Berken

    Law Offices of Stephen Berken; Denver

    Tami Gadd-Willardson

    Office of the Chapter 13 Trustee; Salt Lake City

    Hon. Sidney B. Brooks

    U.S. Bankruptcy Court (D. Colo.); Denver

    Keith Gantenbein

    The Gantenbein Law Firm; Denver

    Mark Middlemas

    Lundberg & Associates; Salt Lake City

    2015 Rocky Mountain Bankruptcy Conference Advisory Board

     

    Annette W. Jarvis, Co-Chair

    Dorsey & Whitney LLP; Salt Lake City

    Risa Lynn Wolf-Smith, Co-Chair

    Holland & Hart LLP; Denver

    Hon. Elizabeth E. Brown, Judicial Chair

    U.S. Bankruptcy Court (D. Colo.); Denver

    Advisory Board

     

    Stephen E. Berken — Co-Chair, Consumer Bankruptcy Education

    Law Offices of Stephen Berken; Denver

    Ellen R. Welner — Co-Chair, Consumer Bankruptcy Education

    Douglas B. Kiel, Chapter 13 Trustee; Denver

    Michael R. Johnson — Sponsorship Coordinator

    Ray Quinney & Nebeker; Salt Lake City

    Gil A. Miller — Sponsorship Coordinator

    Rocky Mountain Advisory, LLC; Salt Lake City

    Christian Carl Onsager — Sponsorship Coordinator

    Onsager | Guyerson | Fletcher | Johnson; Denver

    Troy J. Aramburu

    Snell & Wilmer; Salt Lake City

    J. Thomas Beckett

    Parsons Behle & Latimer; Salt Lake City

    Chad S. Caby

    Lewis Roca Rothgerber LLP; Denver

    Elizabeth K. Flaagan

    Faegre Baker Daniels LLP; Denver

    Duane H. Gillman

    Durham Jones & Pinegar; Salt Lake City

    Theodore J. Hartl

    Lindquist & Vennum LLP; Denver

    Eric E. Johnson

    Sherman & Howard L.L.C.; Denver

    Lee M. Kutner

    Kutner Brinen Garber P.C.; Denver

    Bria LaSalle Mertens

    Stoel Rives LLP; Salt Lake City

    Harvey Sender

    Sender Wasserman Wadsworth, P.C.; Denver

    D. Ray Strong

    Berkeley Research Group, LLC; Salt Lake City

    Kimberley H. Tyson

    Ireland Stapleton Pryor & Pascoe, PC; Denver

    Deanna L. Westfall

    Weinstein, Pinson & Riley, P.S.

    John F. Young

    Markus Williams Young & Zimmermann LLC; Denver

     

    Conference Information

    Hotel

    An icon of sophistication housed inside a landmark 45-story tower, the Four Seasons Hotel Denver offers ultra-spacious guest rooms and suites. Inviting and residential in style, the hotel’s urban-chic design subtly reflects the natural beauty of Colorado, and its oversized windows offer thrilling downtown views and Rocky Mountain vistas.

    A block of rooms is being held on a first-come, first-served basis. The special room rate is $225 per night;reservations must be made by January 2, 2015, to secure the special rate. Reservations may be made by calling the Four Seasons directly at (303) 389-3000 and asking to be placed in the specially rated ABI block. ABI cannot guarantee anyone a room after the block is filled.

    IWIRC Program

    The International Women’s Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation will hold its annual three-hour program prior to the start of the Rocky Mountain Bankruptcy Conference on Thursday, January 22. The workshop will address how gender-based communication differences drive “unconscious mindsets” that create obstacles to success. The cost is an additional $95; please mark the appropriate box on the registration form to attend.

    Transportation

    Denver International Airport (DEN) is a 30-minute cab ride to the Four Seasons Hotel Denver.

    Conference Attire

    Attire is business casual throughout the conference.

    Cancellation Policy

    All fees, except a $75 handling fee, will be refunded if written notice of cancellation is received by January 2, 2015. No refunds will be granted after January 2, but substitutions will be allowed. After January 2, 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.

    Continuing Education

    Rocky Mountain Bankruptcy Conference: Approval for approximately 11 hours of CLE credit, including 3 hours of ethics, is pending in states calculating CLE on a 60-minute hour, and 13 hours of CLE credit, including3.5 hours of ethics, 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 by the State Bar of California in the amount of 11 hours, of which 3.5 hours will apply to legal ethics. NY MCLE: This traditional program has been approved in accordance with the requirements of the CLE Board for a maximum of 13 credit hours, of which 3.5 hours of credit can be applied toward the ethics professionalism requirement. 13 hours of CPE credit, including 3.5 hours of ethics, are also available.

    Rocky Mountain Consumer Workshop: Approval for approximately 7 hours of CLE credit, including 3 hours of ethics, is pending in states calculating CLE on a 60-minute hour, and 8 hours of CLE credit, including 3.5 hours of ethics, 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 by the State Bar of California in the amount of 7 hours, including 3 hours of ethics. NY MCLE: This traditional program has been approved in accordance with the requirements of the CLE Board for a maximum of 8 credit hours, including 3.5 hours of ethics. 8 hours of CPE credit, including 3.5 hours of ethics, are also available.

     

    *ABI offers intermediate-level courses, which assume that attendees will have at least some detailed 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 complaint and refund, 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. 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 information on tuition assistance, send an e-mail to jdugas@abiworld.org

    Presidential Partners

     

    Double Black Diamond

    Dorsey & Whitney LLP

    Holland & Hart LLP

    IWIRC Mountain Desert Network

    Kutner Brinen Garber, PC

    Lindquist & Vennum LLP

    Onsager | Guyerson | Fletcher | Johnson LLC

    Otten, Johnson, Robinson, Neff & Ragonetti, PC

    Parsons Behle & Latimer

    Ray, Quinney & Nebeker, PC

    Rocky Mountain Advisory, LLC

    Snell & Wilmer, LLP

    Stoel Rives LLP

    Black Diamond

    Berkeley Research Group, LLC

    Durham Jones & Pinegar

    Markus Williams Young & Zimmermann, LLC

    Summit Investment Management LLC

    The Faculty of Federal Advocates

    Blue

    Ballard Spahr LLP

    Connolly, Rosania & Lofstedt, PC

    Cordes & Company

    Fabian & Clendenin, PC

    Faegre Baker Daniels

    Intrinsic

    Ireland, Stapleton, Pryor & Pascoe, P.C.

    Jones Waldo Holbrook & McDonough PC

    Law Office of Stephen E. Berken

    Lewis Roca Rothgerber LLP

    Perkins Coie LLP

    Prince, Yeates & Geldzahler

    RubinBrown LLP

    Sender Wasserman Wadsworth, P.C.

    Green

    Berenbaum Weinshienk PC

    Moye White LLP

    r2 advisors, llc

    Special Thanks

    We extend our special thanks to Bloomberg BRIEF for the media partnership, Conway MacKenzie/Variant Capital Advisors, LLC for the educational materials on thumb drives, Donlin, Recano & Company, Inc. for the conference lanyards, Summit Investment Management LLC for the conference wi-fi, West a Thomson Reuters business for providing the printed educational materials and Wilmington Trust for the tote bags.

    Consumer Workshop ONLY Pricing (program only on 1/23/15) Early Bird
    (postmarked by 11/14/14)
    Regular
    (11/15/14-1/2/15)
    Late
    (after 1/2/15)
    ABI Member $295 $345 $395
    New Member* $390 $440 $49

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

  • Event Information 200062

    Thursday   |   Friday   |   Saturday

    Thursday, March 5, 2015

    2:00-5:00 p.m.

    Registration Open

    2:45-3:00 p.m.

    Welcome

    3:00-4:00 p.m.

    Plenary Session: Trial Prep and Discovery

    Hon. Catherine Peek McEwen, Moderator

    U.S. Bankruptcy Court (M.D. Fla.); Tampa

    Stephen D. Busey

    Smith Hulsey & Busey; Jacksonville

    Jordi Guso

    Berger Singerman LLP; Miami

    Mark M. Maloney

    King & Spalding; Atlanta

    4:15-5:15 p.m.

    Plenary Session: Appellate Panel including Article III

    Roberta A. Colton, Moderator

    Trenam Kemker; Tampa

    Hon. Charlene E. Honeywell

    U.S. District Court (M.D. Fla.); Orlando

    Hon. Mary S. Scriven

    U.S. District Court (M.D. Fla.); Tampa

    Hon. John E. Steele

    U.S. District Court (M.D. Fla.); Fort Myers

    Hon. Charles R. Wilson

    U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit; Tampa

    5:15-7:00 p.m.

    Opening Reception

    Sponsored by SAK Management Services, LLC

    7:00-9:30 p.m.

    VIP Speaker/Sponsor Dinner (by invitation only)

    7:30-10:30 p.m.

    Optional Event: Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Toronto Maple Leafs Hockey Game

    Friday, March 6, 2015

    8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

    Exhibit Hall Open

    8:00-8:30 a.m.

    Continental Breakfast

    Sponsored by Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton, P.A.

    8:30-8:45 a.m.

    Welcome by Program Chairs

    8:45-10:15 a.m.

    Plenary Session: Great Debates!

    Roy S. Kobert, Moderator

    GrayRobinson; Orlando

    1. Unbundling the Sticks: Can Debtor Counsel Limit Scope of Representation?

    PRO: James H. Cossitt

    James H. Cossitt, PC; Kalispell, Mont.

    CON: Guy G. Gebhardt

    Office of the U.S. Trustee; Atlanta

    2. Eat Dirt! Can Secured Lenders be Forced to Take Title?

    CON: Lynn Welter Sherman

    Adams and Reese LLP; Tampa

    PRO: Harley E. Riedel

    Stichter, Riedel, Blain & Prosser, PA; Tampa

    3. Welcome to the Laundromat! Can 363 Orders Scrub all Future Claims?

    PRO: John A. Anthony

    Anthony and Partners; Tampa

    CON: Elizabeth A. Green

    BakerHostetler; Orlando

    10:15-10:30 a.m.

    Refreshment Break

    Sponsored by Trenam Kemker

    10:30 a.m.-12:00 noon

    Concurrent Breakouts (2)

     

    Business Session: Case Law Update

    Hon. Barbara J. Houser

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

    Richard B. Levin

    Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP; New York

     

    Consumer Session: Residential Mortgage Modification Mediation

    Brad W. Hissing

    Kass Shuler, P.A.; Tampa

    Traci K. Stevenson

    Traci K. Stevenson, P.A.; Madeira Beach

    Laurie K. Weatherford

    Chapter 13 Trustee; Winter Park

    12:00-1:30 p.m.

    Second Annual Paskay Memorial Luncheon and Keynote

    Sponsored by Stichter, Riedel, Blain & Prosser, P.A.

     

    Richard B. Levin

    Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP; New York

    1:30-1:45 p.m.

    Refreshment Break

    Sponsored by Wolf Hill McFarlin & Herron, P.A.

    1:45-3:00 p.m.

    Concurrent Breakouts (2)

     

    Business Session: How to Prepare Your Expert Witness for Deposition and Trial

    Hon. Paul “Bill” M. Glenn, Moderator

    U.S. Bankruptcy Court (M.D. Fla.); Jacksonville

    Paul J. Battista

    Genovese Joblove & Battista, P.A.; Miami

    Andrew M. Brumby

    Shutts & Bowen LLP; Orlando

    Mindy A. Mora

    Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod LLP; Miami

     

    Consumer Session Part : Law Update

    Recent Consumer Case Developments including lien-stripping, forcing collateral surrender, the meaning of Law v Siegel, sanctions for discharge violations and filing stale proofs of claim, valuation of personal property collateral and dismissal and conversion consequences in Chapter 13 cases.

    Hon. Mary Grace Diehl, Moderator

    U.S. Bankruptcy Court (N.D. Ga.); Atlanta

    Kenneth D. Herron, Jr.

    Wolff Hill McFarlin & Herron, P.A.; Orlando

    Luis E. Rivera, II

    Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A.; Fort Myers

    3:10-4:40 p.m.

    Concurrent Breakouts (2)

     

    Business Session Part : Intellectual Property and Insolvency Issues

    Leonard H. Gilbert, Moderator

    Holland & Knight LLP; Tampa

    Daniel F. Benavides

    Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton, P.A.; Miami

    Robert L. Eisenbach

    Cooley LLP; San Francisco

    Gregory M. McCoskey

    Akerman LLP; Tampa

    Robert F. Reilly

    Willamette Management Associates; Chicago

     

    Consumer Session : Claims/Attorneys’ Fees/Impound Escrows/FDCPA Issues/Eleventh Circuit Statue of Limitations

    Consumer bankruptcy has generated new and novel challenges in 2014. Bankruptcy courts, the 11th Circuit and the Supreme Court have taken up issues that will affect all consumer practitioners. Join this panel of consumer attorneys and a Chapter 13 Trustee to discuss the hottest issues nationally and locally. From the CFPB and the FDCPA to RESPA and undistributed funds at conversion this panel will cover the most up to date topics. Come prepared to participate!

    Alane A. Becket, Moderator

    Becket & Lee LLP; Malvern, Pa.

    Daniel F. Blanks

    McGuireWoods LLP; Jacksonville

    Matthew M. Holtsinger

    Kass Shuler, P.A.; Tampa

    Kelly Remick

    Standing Chapter 13 Trustee (M.D. Fla.); Tampa

    5:00-6:00 p.m.

    Happy Hour Networking

    6:45-10:00 p.m.

    Optional Event: Bern’s Steak House Dine-Around

    Group departs from hotel lobby

    7:00-10:00 p.m.

    Optional Event: Columbia Restaurant Dine-Around

    Group departs from hotel lobby

    Saturday, March 7, 2015

    8:30-9:00 a.m.

    Continental Breakfast

    8:30-8:40 a.m.

    Opening Remarks

    8:45-9:45 a.m.

    Plenary Session: Ethical Dilemmas in the Round, Including Asset Protection, Social Media and Electronic Discovery

     

    Hon. Michael E. Romero, Moderator

    U.S. Bankruptcy Court (D. Col.); Denver

    Paul A. Giordano

    Roetzel & Andress, LPA; Fort Myers

    Adam C. Losey

    Foley & Lardner LLP; Orlando

    Richard L. Wasserman

    Venable LLP; Baltimore

    10:00-11:00 a.m.

    Concurrent Breakouts (2)

     

    Business Session: Health Care Issues

    Hon. K. Rodney May, Moderator

    U.S. Bankruptcy Court (M.D. Fla.); Tampa

    Scott B. Davis

    Grant Thornton LLP; Charlotte, N.C.

    Suzanne Koenig

    SAK Management Services, LLC; Northfield, Ill.

    Robert A. Soriano

    Greenberg Traurig, LLP; Tampa

    Frank P. Terzo

    GrayRobinson, PA; Fort Lauderdale

     

    Consumer Session: Mock Exam: Witness in a Dischargeability Hearing

    Hon. Michael G. Williamson, Moderator

    U.S. Bankruptcy Court (M.D. Fla.); Tampa

    J. Ellsworth Summers, Jr.

    Rogers Towers, PA; Jacksonville

    Stephen R. Leslie

    Stichter, Riedel, Blain & Prosser, PA; Tampa

    Steven A. Schwaber

    Law Offices of Steven A. Schwaber; San Marino, Calif.

    Timothy J. Sierra

    Timothy J. Sierra, Attorney at Law; Tampa

    11:00-11:05 a.m.

    Refreshment Break

    11:05 a.m.-12:05 p.m.

    “We Can Go ‘Round and ‘Round About That”

    Judges’ rapid-fire roundtables on today’s provocative issues, with judges changing tables every 20 minutes

    Jeffrey W. Warren, Moderator

    Bush Ross, PA; Tampa

    Hon. Caryl E. Delano

    U.S. Bankruptcy Court (M.D. Fla.); Tampa

    Hon. Mary Grace Diehl

    U.S. Bankruptcy Court (N.D. Ga.); Atlanta

    Hon. Paul “Bill” M. Glenn

    U.S. Bankruptcy Court (M.D. Fla.); Jacksonville

    Hon. Barbara J. Houser

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

    Hon. Karen S. Jennemann

    U.S. Bankruptcy Court (M.D. Fla.); Orlando

    Hon. K. Rodney May

    U.S. Bankruptcy Court (M.D. Fla.); Tampa

    Hon. Catherine Peek McEwen

    U.S. Bankruptcy Court (M.D. Fla.); Tampa

    Hon. Michael E. Romero

    U.S. Bankruptcy Court (D. Col.); Denver

    Hon. Michael G. Williamson

    U.S. Bankruptcy Court (M.D. Fla.); Tampa

    12:15 p.m.

    Adjourn

     

     

     

    2015 Chairs and Advisory Board

    Judicial Chairs

    Hon. Caryl E. Delano, Judicial Co-Chair

    U.S. Bankruptcy Court (M.D. Fla.); Tampa

    Hon. K. Rodney May, Judicial Co-Chair

    U.S. Bankruptcy Court (M.D. Fla.); Tampa

    Program Chair

    Leonard H. Gilbert

    Holland & Knight LLP; Tampa

    Advisory Board

    Keith T. Appleby

    Hill Ward Henderson; Tampa

    Steven M. Berman

    Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP; Tampa

    Daniel F. Blanks

    McGuireWoods LLP; Jacksonville

    Lara Roeske Fernandez

    Trenam Kemker; Tampa

    Larry M. Foyle

    Kass Shuler, P.A.; Tampa

    Glenn E. Gallagher

    Clark & Washington, P.C.; Tampa

    Paul A. Giordano

    Roetzel & Andress, LPA; Fort Myers

    Elizabeth A. Green

    BakerHostetler; Orlando

    Jordi Guso

    Berger Singerman LLP; Miami

    David S. Jennis

    Jennis & Bowen, P.L.; Tampa

    Richard Johnston, Jr.

    Johnston Champeau, LLC; Fort Myers

    Nelson Lamis

    Ehrenstein Charbonneau Calderin; Miami

    Franklind Davis Lea

    Tactical Financial Consulting, LLC; Alpharetta, Ga.

    Stephen R. Leslie

    Stichter, Riedel, Blain & Prosser, PA; Tampa

    Dennis J. LeVine

    Dennis LeVine & Associates, PA; Tampa

    Michael C. Markham

    Johnson Pope Bokor Ruppel & Burns, LLP; Clearwater

    Gregory M. McCoskey

    Akerman LLP; Jacksonville

    Dean Theresa J. Pulley Radwan

    Stetson University College of Law; Gulfport

    Luis E. Rivera, II

    Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A.; Fort Myers

    Lynn Welter Sherman

    Adams and Reese LLP; Tampa

    Robert A. Soriano

    Greenberg Traurig, LLP; Tampa

    J. Ellsworth Summers, Jr.

    Rogers Towers P.A.; Jacksonville

    Frank P. Terzo

    GrayRobinson, P.A.; Miami

    Charles W. Throckmorton

    Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton, P.A.; Miami

    Jeffrey W. Warren

    Bush Ross; Tampa

     

     

    Conference Information

    Hotel

    The conference hotel (Hilton Tampa Downtown) is Sold Out. Please see list below of hotels within walking distance of the Hilton.

    Sheraton Riverwalk (one block away) 
    200 N. Ashley Street Tampa, Fl 33602
    Phone: 813-223-2222

    Embassy Suites Downtown Convention Center (3 blocks away)
    513 S. Florida Ave.
    Phone: 813-769-8300

    Marriott Waterside (4 blocks away)
    700 S. Florida Ave 
    Phone: 813-221-4900

    Westin Harbour Island (4 ½ blocks away)
    725 S. Harbour Island Blvd
    Phone: 813-229-5000

    Airport Transfers and Excursions

    Airport transfers and excursions (shopping, site seeing, etc.) can be planned through WCT events. Please contact MJ Wang at MJ@WCTevents.com. http://www.wctevents.com/

    Continuing Education Credit

    11.5 hours of general CLE credit, including1 hourof ethics, are pending in states calculating CLE on a 60-minute hour, and 13.5 hours of general CLE credit, including 1 hour of ethics, are pending in 50-minute-hour states.Credit hours granted are subject to approval from each state. 13.5 hours of CPE credit, including 1 hour of ethics, are also available. California MCLE: ABI certifies that this activity has been approved for MCLE credit in the amount of 11.5 hours, of which 1 hour will apply to ethics. NY MCLE: This transitional and non-transitional program has been approved in accordance with the requirements of the CLE Board for a maximum of 13.5 credit hours, of which 1 hour of credit can be applied toward the ethics professionalism requirement.

    *ABI offers intermediate-level courses, which assume that attendees will have at least some detailed 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 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 complaint and refund, 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 setup. ABI also has reduced rates for government employees, professors, law clerks and students. Financial assistance is available for this program. For more information, please contact the American Bankruptcy Institute at (703) 739-0800, or send an e-mail toecarden@abiworld.org.

    Cancellation Policy

    All fees, except a $75 handling fee, will be refunded if written notice of cancellation is received by February 12, 2015. No refunds will be granted after February 12, but substitutions will be allowed. After February 12, 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.

    Optional Events

    Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Toronto Maple Leafs Hockey Game

    Thursday, March 5, 7:30-10:30 p.m.

    Enjoy an outing to see the the Lightning v. Toronto Maple Leafs at Amelie Arena. Tickets are $70/each for Club Level and $45/each for Upper Level. Transportation is not provided.

    Bern's Steak House Dine-Around

    Friday, March 6, 6:45-10:00 p.m

    Cuisine: Steakhouse

    Bern’s Steak House provides diners with a unique culinary experience, featuring perfectly aged steaks and one of the largest wine collections in the world, along with the restaurant’s internationally famous dessert room. Wine cellar and kitchen tours are available for all guests. The required attire is business casual to semi-formal. The $95 per person fee includes transportation, dinner with two drinks, dessert room and gratuity. Please check the appropriate box on the registration form.

    Columbia Restaurant Dine-Around

    Friday, March 6, 7:00-10:00 p.m.

    Cuisine: Spanish/Cuban

    The Hernandez Gonzmart family has been making restaurant history since 1905, when they opened their landmark Columbia Restaurant in Tampa’s Historic Ybor City. Today, it is Florida’s oldest restaurant and the world’s largest Spanish restaurant. Fourth- and fifth-generation family members work hard to preserve the family legacy that their great-grandfather Casimiro Hernandez, Sr. created more than 100 years ago when he opened the Columbia as a corner café frequented by local cigar workers. The $65-per-person fee includes transportation, dinner with two drinks, dessert room and gratuity. Please check the appropriate box on the registration form.

    Premium Sponsors

    Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton, P.A.

    Stichter, Riedel, Blain & Prosser, P.A.

    Trenam Kemker

    Wolf Hill McFarlin & Herron, P.A.

    Rogers Towers, PA

    Supporting Sponsors

    Anthony & Partners, LLC

    BakerHostetler

    Ferraiuoli LLC.

    GrayRobinson, P.A.

    SAK Management Services, LLC

    Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP

    Shutts & Bowen LLP

    Special Thanks

    We extend our special thanks to Bloomberg BRIEF for the media partnership, Conway MacKenzie/Variant Capital Advisors, LLC for the educational materials on thumb drives, West a Thomson Reuters business for providing the printed educational materials and Wilmington Trust for the tote bags.

    Conference Rates

    Registration Rates Early
    (postmarked by 1/9/15)
    Regular
    (1/10/15- 2/6/15)
    Late
    (after 2/6/15)

    ABI Member
    $365
    $415
    $465
    Govt./Academic/Nonprofit ABI Member
    $215
    $265
    $315
    New ABI Member*
    $565
    $615
    $665
    Govt./Academic/Nonprofit New ABI Member*
    $310
    $360
    $410

     

    * Includes a one-year ABI membership for first-time members — a $295 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 (see below).

     

    There will be a $30 fee added to all on-site registrations.

    Exhibitor Rates

    ABI Member Exhibitor Registration**
    $1000
    New ABI Member Exhibitor Registration***
    $1,295
    Additional Booth Representative
    $300

    **Includes one 6’ table and full registration for one booth representative.

    ***Includes one 6’table and full registration for one booth representative AND one-year ABI membership.

    Optional Events

    Bern's Steakhouse Dine-Around Dinner
    $95/person
    Columbia Restaurant Dine-Around Dinner
    $65/person
     
     

    ABI DEFINES A "GUEST" AS A SPOUSE, CHILD OR COMPANION — NOT A PROFESSIONAL COLLEAGUE. A professional colleague is defined as someone who consults with or is employed by an organization whose members are eligible for ABI membership. If a professional colleague is found to be registered as a guest, ABI reserves the right to cancel his or her event registration. Any person not meeting the criteria of “guest” who wishes to participate in any ABI function at the conference is required to register separately at the full conference rate.



  • Event Information 221936

    Thursday, May 14

    7:30 a.m.

    Registration Desk Open

    8:00-8:30 a.m.

    Continental Breakfast

    8:30-8:45 a.m.

    Conference Chairs’ Welcome

    Hon. Shelley C. Chapman, Judicial Chair

    U.S. Bankruptcy Court (S.D.N.Y.)

    Lisa G. Beckerman, Co-Chair

    Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

    Timothy Graulich, Co-Chair

    Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

    David Pauker, Co-Chair

    Lehman Brothers Holdings, Inc.

    8:45-9:45 a.m.

    Plenary Session

    "Judges' Roundtable: Selected Current Topics Including the ABI Reform Commission Report

    A moderated roundtable featuring judges of the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and the District of Delaware.

    Hon. Shelley C. Chapman, Moderator

    U.S. Bankruptcy Court (S.D.N.Y.)

    9:45-10:00 a.m.

    Refreshment Break

    10:00-11:15 a.m.

    Concurrent Sessions (6)

    Momentive Deconstructed

    A detailed analysis of the many aspects of this important bankruptcy court decision.

    Dennis F. Dunne, Moderator

    Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP

    William Q. Derrough

    Moelis & Company

    Timothy Graulich

    Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

    Hon. Brendan L. Shannon

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

    Bankruptcy Litigation Panel

    Fraudulent transfer update (§ 546(e) (Lyondell, Tribune, Boston Generating)); Cortlandt; automatic stay litigation (i.e., requirement to turn over funds (Weber)); § 503(b)(9); aiding and abetting claims (Rural Metro); post-Stern consent to jurisdiction cases (Sixth, Seventh and Ninth Circuits and Supreme Court (Exec. Benefits, Wellness).

    Michael Luskin, Moderator

    Luskin, Stern & Eisler LLP

    John H. Bae

    Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.

    Hon. Martin Glenn

    U.S. Bankruptcy Court (S.D.N.Y.)

    Paul D. Leake

    Jones Day

    Professional Responsibility and Ethics Issues Arising from Cross-Border Representations in Insolvency Cases

    Conflicting ethics and professionalism under different jurisdictions; required disclosures; duties to the various courts; duties to your client; different fiduciary duties; the ethics of insolvency planning and COMI-shifting.

    Ira L. Herman, Moderator

    Thompson & Knight LLP

    Mark A. Broude

    Latham & Watkins LLP

    Hon. Robert D. Drain

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

    Brett H. Miller

    Morrison & Foerster LLP

    Controversial Issues in Valuation

    Topics may include selection of comparable companies; liquidity and marketability discounts; discounts for size and reorganization risk; determining a discount rate; option-based valuation methodologies (note that the panelists will discuss and highlight different positions that may be taken, but will leave it to you to decide which positions have more merit).

    Sandeep Qusba, Moderator

    Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

    Hon. Sean H. Lane

    U.S. Bankruptcy Court (S.D.N.Y.)

    Marc D. Puntus

    Centerview Partners LLC

    Leon Szlezinger

    Jefferies LLC

    Fiduciary Duties from Ordinary Course, into Distress and Insolvency, and through Bankruptcy

    Do directors’ duties or decision processes change when the company’s conditions worsen? Is there still any implication to a “zone of insolvency”? How do directors’ duties change in bankruptcy? What duties are there to secured and unsecured creditors? Are there duties to controlled affiliates or their constituencies? Are there process protections? Quadrant (Delaware decision on board action).

    Peter Sabin Willett , Moderator

    Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

    Hon. Robert E. Gerber

    U.S. Bankruptcy Court (S.D.N.Y.)

    Kristopher M. Hansen

    Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP

    Nancy A. Mitchell

    Greenberg Traurig, LLP

    “Governed by New York Law”? Considering the Impact of New York State Law in Bankruptcy Matters

    Major cases filed in New York may follow that state’s laws because of the location of the forum, contractual designation or some other reason. But New York law on debtors/creditors, fraudulent transfer, partnership and other areas may be out of date or may depart from the laws of other jurisdictions. Discussion of New York State law issues and recent cases certified to the New York State Court of Appeals, including rent-controlled leaseholds as property rights.

    Lisa G. Beckerman, Moderator

    Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

    William A. Brandt, Jr.

    Development Specialists, Inc.

    Hon. Robert E. Grossman

    U.S. Bankruptcy Court (E.D.N.Y.); Central Islip

    David M. Posner

    Otterbourg P.C.

    11:15-11:30 a.m.

    Refreshment Break

    11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.

    Repeat Concurrent Sessions (6)

    Momentive Deconstructed

    Dennis F. Dunne, Moderator

    Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP

    Kelley A. Cornish

    Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

    Joel H. Levitin

    Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP

    Hon. Brendan L. Shannon

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

    Jane Lee Vris

    Millstein & Co., L.P.

    Bankruptcy Litigation Panel

    Michael Luskin, Moderator

    Luskin, Stern & Eisler LLP

    Philip Bentley

    Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP

    Hon. Martin Glenn

    U.S. Bankruptcy Court (S.D.N.Y.)

    Susheel Kirpalani

    Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP

    Professional Responsibility and Ethics Issues Arising from Cross-Border Representations in Insolvency Cases

    Ira L. Herman, Moderator

    Thompson & Knight LLP

    Luc A. Despins

    Paul Hastings LLP

    Hon. Robert D. Drain

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

    Robin E. Keller

    Hogan Lovells US LLP

    Controversial Issues in Valuation

    Sandeep Qusba, Moderator

    Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

    David Hilty

    Houlihan Lokey

    Hon. Sean H. Lane

    U.S. Bankruptcy Court (S.D.N.Y.)

    J. Scott Victor

    SSG Capital Advisors, LLC

    Fiduciary Duties from Ordinary Course, into Distress and Insolvency, and through Bankruptcy

    Peter Sabin Willett , Moderator

    Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

    Hon. Robert E. Gerber

    U.S. Bankruptcy Court (S.D.N.Y.)

    Jonathan Goldin

    Goldin Associates, LLC

    Richard G. Mason

    Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

    Steven J. Reisman

    Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP

    “Governed by New York Law”? Considering the Impact of New York State Law in Bankruptcy Matters

    Lisa Beckerman, Moderator

    Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

    Hon. Robert E. Grossman

    U.S. Bankruptcy Court (E.D.N.Y.); Central Islip

    Evan C. Hollander

    Arnold & Porter LLP

    Barbra Rachel Parlin

    Holland & Knight LLP

    12:45-2:15 p.m.

    Buffet Lunch

    Sponsored by Grant Thornton, LLP

    2:15-2:45 p.m.

    Keynote Presentation

    Where Will Tomorrow’s Problems Come From? U.S. Economic and Industry Outlook

    Panel discussion with senior economists about the U.S. economy, future trends, and which sectors we can expect to see having problems.

    Dr. Faten Sabry, Moderator

    NERA Economic Consulting

    Ethan Harris

    BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research

    Charles P. Himmelberg

    Goldman Sachs

    2:45-4:00 p.m.

    Concurrent Sessions (6)

    Bankruptcy Ethics Update

    Discussion of EPF bankruptcy process issues. What are the duties of directors and their professionals in complex multi-debtor cases? More generally, when is it necessary to obtain a conflict waiver? Current vs. recent vs. former clients; directly adverse vs. positionally adverse; relatedness to a prior matter; use of confidential information; review of disinterestedness standards under Bankruptcy Code § 101(14) and related disclosure requirements; ABI Report on Standards of Professional Courtesy and Conduct.

    Michael P. Richman, Moderator

    Hunton & Williams LLP

    Jonathan L. Flaxer

    Golenbock Eiseman Assor Bell & Peskoe LLP

    Deirdre Martini McGuinness

    KCC

    Hon. Elizabeth S. Stong

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

    Cross-Border Bankruptcy Issues

    Nortel (two courts simultaneously trying allocation issues); Suntech, Barnet and subsequent bankruptcy court decisions on remand (recognition and § 109(a)); Fairfield Sentry Limited (sale of SIPA claims); enforcement of judgments (Argentina litigation, Madoff); filing of chapter 11 cases by foreign debtors (Alsacia); extraterritoriality issues regarding avoidance actions (Madoff decisions). Do Fairfield, Quimonda, and Madoff represent a retreat from the principle of comity set forth in chapter 15?

    Lisa M. Schweitzer, Moderator

    Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

    Michael Genereux

    The Blackstone Group L.P.

    Hon. Allan L. Gropper

    U.S. Bankruptcy Court (S.D.N.Y.)

    Daniel A. Lowenthal

    Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP

    Recent Decisions Affecting Secured Creditor Rights and the Potential Impact of Such Cases

    Cramdown interest rate (Momentive); extent of security interest (ResCap); credit-bidding (Fisker, Free Lance-Star Publishing); date of collateral valuation. Will Till and Momentive change future bankruptcies? How will pre-bankruptcy and DIP financing change? What new or different issues will arise at the beginnings and endings of cases? Will contested confirmation become the norm? Will secured lenders be less willing to support a bankruptcy process? Will include discussion of changes proposed in the ABI Commission to Study the Reform of Chapter 11’s Final Report relating to secured creditor rights.

    David M. Hillman, Moderator

    Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP

    Hon. Stuart M. Bernstein

    U.S. Bankruptcy Court (S.D.N.Y.)

    Marc J. Heimowitz

    Claren Road Asset Management

    Brian Trust

    Mayer Brown LLP

    General Motors, Redux

    Constitutional and bankruptcy law issues raised by post-bankruptcy claims asserted by tort claimants, including finality of § 363 sale orders and due process.

    Martin J. Bienenstock, Moderator

    Proskauer

    Hon. Shelley C. Chapman

    U.S. Bankruptcy Court (S.D.N.Y.)

    Kathryn A. Coleman

    Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP

    Matthew A. Feldman

    Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

    Arthur J. Steinberg

    King & Spalding LLP

    Current Issues in Bankruptcy Taxation

    Preservation and realization of NOLs through plan structures (Capmark, WaMu, Fremont General); tax-sharing agreements and allocations of tax benefits (Edison Mission); OID (ResCap); excess loss account; fair market exchanges; transfer pricing (Nortel); trading restrictions and more.

    Ray C. Schrock, Moderator

    Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP

    Hon. Kevin J. Carey

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

    Alec P. Ostrow

    Becker, Glynn, Muffly, Chassin & Hosinski LLP

    Howard J. Tucker

    EY

    Alternatives to Chapter 11

    In today’s post-BAPCPA environment, why file for bankruptcy at all? Consideration of alternatives, including out-of-court restructurings, state law restructuring statutes, ABCs, foreclosures; receiverships; discussion of common problems, including solicitations and hold-outs.

    Kenneth S. Ziman, Moderator

    Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

    Gary L. Kaplan

    Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

    Deborah C. Rieger-Paganis

    AlixPartners, LLP

    Hon. Louis A. Scarcella

    U.S. Bankruptcy Court (E.D.N.Y.); Central Islip

    4:00-4:15 p.m.

    Refreshment Break

    4:15-5:30 p.m.

    Repeat Concurrent Sessions (6)

    Bankruptcy Ethics Update

    Michael P. Richman, Moderator

    Hunton & Williams LLP

    George A. Davis

    O’Melveny & Myers LLP

    Irving H. Picard

    BakerHostetler

    Hon. Elizabeth S. Stong

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

    Cross-Border Bankruptcy Issues

    Lisa M. Schweitzer, Moderator

    Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

    Paul M. Basta

    Kirkland & Ellis LLP

    Hon. Allan L. Gropper

    U.S. Bankruptcy Court (S.D.N.Y.)

    Jeffrey S. Sabin

    Venable LLP

    Recent Decisions Affecting Secured Creditor Rights and the Potential Impact of Such Cases

    David M. Hillman, Moderator

    Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP

    Hon. Stuart M. Bernstein

    U.S. Bankruptcy Court (S.D.N.Y.)

    Ronen A. Bojmel

    Guggenheim Partners, LLC

    Daniel B. Kamensky

    New York

    Madlyn G. Primoff

    Kaye Scholer LLP

    General Motors, Redux

    Martin J. Bienenstock, Moderator

    Proskauer

    Hon. Shelley C. Chapman

    U.S. Bankruptcy Court (S.D.N.Y.)

    Matthew A. Feldman

    Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

    William P. Weintraub

    Goodwin Procter LLP

    Edward S. Weisfelner

    Brown Rudnick LLP

    Current Issues in Bankruptcy Taxation

    Ray C. Schrock, Moderator

    Kirkland & Ellis LLP

    Hon. Kevin J. Carey

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

    Steven Joffe

    FTI Consulting, Inc.

    Vadim Mahmoudov

    Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

    Alternatives to Chapter 11

    Kenneth S. Ziman, Moderator

    Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

    Hon. Carla E. Craig

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

    William H. Henrich

    Getzler Henrich & Associates LLC

    Frank A. Oswald

    Togut, Segal & Segal LLP

    5:30 p.m.

    Adjourn

    5:30-7:00 p.m.

    Networking Reception (open to all attendees!)

    Cocktail Reception Sponsored by NERA Economic Consulting 

     

    New York City Bankruptcy Conference Advisory Board

    Conference Co-Chairs

    Hon. Shelley C. Chapman, Judicial Chair

    U.S. Bankruptcy Court (S.D.N.Y.)

    Lisa G. Beckerman, Co-Chair

    Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

    Timothy Graulich, Co-Chair

    Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

    David Pauker, Co-Chair

    Lehman Brothers Holdings, Inc.

    Conference Advisory Board

    Paul M. Basta

    Kirkland & Ellis LLP

    Philip Bentley

    Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP

    Martin J. Bienenstock

    Proskauer

    Ronen A. Bojmel

    Guggenheim Partners, LLC

    William A. Brandt, Jr.

    Development Specialists, Inc.

    Mark A. Broude

    Latham & Watkins LLP

    Kathryn A. Coleman

    Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP

    George A. Davis

    O'Melveny & Myers LLP

    Luc A. Despins

    Paul Hastings LLP

    William Q. Derrough

    Moelis & Company

    Dennis F. Dunne

    Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP

    Matthew A. Feldman

    Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

    Jonathan L. Flaxer

    Golenbock Eiseman Assor Bell & Peskoe LLP

    Paul M. Goldschmid

    King Street Capital Management, L.P.

    Sean A. Gumbs

    FTI Consulting, Inc.

    Kristopher M. Hansen

    Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP

    Scott L. Hazan

    Otterbourg P.C.

    Marc J. Heimowitz

    Claren Road Asset Management

    William H. Henrich

    Getzler Henrich & Associates LLC

    Ira L. Herman

    Thompson & Knight LLP

    David M. Hillman

    Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP

    David Hilty

    Houlihan Lokey

    Evan C. Hollander

    Arnold & Porter LLP

    Michael Genereux

    The Blackstone Group L.P.

    Daniel B. Kamensky

    Paulson & Co. Inc.

    Robin E. Keller

    Hogan Lovells US LLP

    Susheel Kirpalani

    Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP

    Alan W. Kornberg

    Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

    BlueMountain Capital Management, LLC

    Paul D. Leake

    Jones Day

    Ivan Lehon

    EY

    Joel H. Levitin

    Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP

    Daniel A. Lowenthal

    Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP

    Michael Luskin

    Luskin, Stern & Eisler LLP

    Deirdre Martini McGuinness

    KCC

    Richard G. Mason

    Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

    Vivek Melwani

    Centerbridge Partners, L.P.

    Lorenzo Mendizabal

    Epiq Systems, Inc.

    Brett H. Miller

    Morrison & Foerster LLP

    Nancy A. Mitchell

    Greenberg Traurig, LLP

    Goldman Sachs

    Alec P. Ostrow

    Becker, Glynn, Muffly, Chassin & Hosinski LLP

    Deborah C. Rieger-Paganis

    AlixPartners, LLP

    Irving H. Picard

    BakerHostetler

    Madlyn G. Primoff

    Kaye Scholer LLP

    Marc Puntus

    Centerview Partners LLC

    Sandeep Qusba

    Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

    Steven J. Reisman

    Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP

    Michael P. Richman

    Hunton & Williams LLP

    Jeffrey S. Sabin

    Venable LLP

    Brad E. Scheler

    Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

    Ray C. Schrock

    Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

    Lisa M. Schweitzer

    Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

    Glenn E. Siegel

    Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

    Arthur J. Steinberg

    King & Spalding

    Leon Szlezinger

    Jefferies LLC

    My Chi To

    Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

    Albert J. Togut

    Togut, Segal & Segal LLP

    Brian Trust

    Mayer Brown LLP

    J. Scott Victor

    SSG Capital Advisors, LLC 

    Jane Lee Vris

    Millstein & Co., L.P.

    Michael Waldorf

    Paulson & Co. Inc.

    William P. Weintraub

    Goodwin Procter LLP

    Edward S. Weisfelner

    Brown Rudnick LLP

    John W. Weiss

    Alston & Bird LLP

    Kenneth S. Ziman

    Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

     

    Conference Information

    Hotel Accomodations

    Located in Midtown Manhattan within blocks of Central Park, Times Square, the Theatre District, Fifth Avenue shopping, MOMA and so much more, the New York Hilton Midtown is the perfect host hotel for this program. ABI has negotiated a special conference rate of $339 single/double per night from May 12-15, 2015, at the New York Hilton Midtown (reservations must be made by April 13, 2015, to secure this special rate). Please call (212) 586-7000 to make your reservations. Reservations may be made only once you have registered with ABI. Be sure to identify yourself with the conference to obtain the special conference rate. Rooms are held on a first-come, first-served basis. ABI cannot guarantee anyone a room after the specially rated ABI block is filled.

    Conference Attire

    Professional business attire is requested throughout the conference.

    Continuing Education

    6.5 hours of CLE credit, including 1.25 hours of ethics, is pending in states calculating CLE on a 60-minute hour, and approval for 7.5 hours of CLE credit, including 1.5 hours of ethics, is pending in 50-minute-hour states. Credit hours granted are subject to approval from each state. NY MCLE: This transitional and non-transitional program has been approved in accordance with the requirements of the CLE Board for a maximum of 7.5 hours, of which 1.5 hours of credit can be applied toward the ethics professionalism requirement.California MCLE: ABI certifies that this activity has been approved for MCLE credit in the amount of 6.5 hours, of which 1.25 hours will apply to ethics. 7.5 of CPE credit, including 1.5 hours 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 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, e-mail jguirguis@abiworld.org.

    Cancellation Policies

    All fees, except a $75 handling fee, will be refunded if written notice of cancellation is received by April 23, 2015. No refunds will be granted after April 23, although substitutions will be allowed. After April 23, 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.

    New York City Bankruptcy Conference Sponsors

    Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP 
    AlixPartners LLP 
    Alston & Bird LLP 
    Arnold & Porter LLP 
    BakerHostetler 
    Becker, Glynn, Muffly, Chassin & Hosinski LLP 
    BlueMountain Capital Management LLC 
    Brown Rudnick LLP 
    Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP 
    Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP 
    Centerbridge Partners, L.P. 
    Centerview Partners LLC 
    Claren Road Asset Management 
    Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP 
    Conway MacKenzie 
    Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP 
    Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP 
    Debevoise & Plimpton LLP 
    Development Specialists, Inc. 
    Donlin, Recano & Company, Inc. 
    Epiq Systems, Inc. 
    Ernst & Young 
    Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP 
    FTI Consulting, Inc. 
    Getzler Henrich & Associates LLC 
    Goldin Associates, LLC 
    Goldman Sach 
    Golenbock Eiseman Assor Bell & Peskoe LLP 
    Goodwin Procter LLP 
    Grant Thornton, LLP 
    Greenberg Traurig, LLP 
    Guggenheim Partners 
    Hogan Lovells US LLP 
    Houlihan Lokey 
    Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP 
    Hunton & Williams LLP 
    Jefferies LLC 
    Jones Day 
    Kaye Scholer LLP 

    KCC 
    King & Spalding LLP 
    King Street Capital Management, LP 
    Kirkland & Ellis LLP 
    Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP 
    Latham & Watkins LLP 
    Luskin, Stern & Eisler LLP 
    Mayer Brown LLP 
    McGuireWoods LLP 
    Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP 
    Millstein & Co. 
    Moelis & Company 
    Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP 
    Morrison & Foerster LLP 
    NERA Economic Consulting 
    O’Melveny & Myers LLP 
    Otterbourg PC 
    Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP 
    Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP 
    Paul Hastings LLP 
    Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP 
    Paulson & Co. Inc. 
    Perkins Coie, LLP 
    Proskauer 
    Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP 
    Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP 
    Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP 
    Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP 
    SSG Capital Advisors, LLC 
    Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP 
    Stutman, Treister & Glatt PC 
    The Blackstone Group 
    Thompson & Knight LLP 
    Togut, Segal & Segal, LLP 
    Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz 
    Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP 
    Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP 
    Venable LLP

    Special Thanks

    We extend our special thanks to Bloomberg BRIEF for the media partnership,  Conway MacKenzie/Variant Capital Advisors, LLC for the conference thumb drives, Donlin, Recano & Company, Inc. for the conference app, KCC for the conference wi-fi service, Sherwood Partners, LLC/agencyIP for sponsoring the exhibit hall, Summit Investment Management LLC and Thomson Reuters for providing the printed educational materials and Wilmington Trust for the conference tote bags.

    Rates

      Early Bird
    (3/6/15-3/13/15)
    Regular
    (3/14/15-5/1/15)
    Late
    (after 5/1/15)

    ABI Member
    $525
    $625
    $725
    Gov’t./Aca./Nonprofit ABI Member
    $325
    $375
    $425
    New ABI Member*
    $800
    $900
    $1,000
    Gov’t./Aca./Nonprofit New ABI Member*
    $420
    $470
    $520

    Registration rates include continental breakfast, luncheon presentation, all refreshment breaks and the written materials.

     

    * Includes a one-year ABI membership for first-time members only — a $295 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.

    Exhibitor Rates:

    ABI Member Exhibitor**
    $1,600
    ABI Member Secondary Exhibitor
    $500
    New ABI Member Exhibitor***
    $1,850
    New ABI Member Exhibitor***
    $750

    ** Includes one 6’ table and full registration for one booth representative.  

     

    *** Includes one 6’ table, full registration for one booth representative AND a one-year membership for first-time members only — a $295 value! Membership is individual and nonrefundable. Expired members should select the member rate and add in the membership renewal fee on this form. You must be an ABI member to attend the conference. 

     

  • Event Information 226962

    Thursday, May 7

    Golf 11:30 a.m.

    It's time for your golf swing to shine at Lake of Isles Golf Course. Since opening in 2005, Lake of Isles has consistently been ranked as one of the top golf facilities in the country. The Rees Jones designed layout gives guests the ultimate golf experience. Guests will enjoy the challenging North Course which features rolling terrain, island greens and tees and extraordinary views from every hole. $225 per player includes cart rental, green fees and a boxed lunch. The shotgun tournament will kick off at 12:00 p.m.!

    Spa 12:30-4:30 p.m.

    Surrender to the calling of bliss and indulge in divine spa therapies influenced by 10 exotic cultures in the 22,000-square-foot luxurious Elemis Spa at Mohegan Sun. Scenic views soothe the mind and body as you indulge in the spa’s extensive therapy menu, complete with an array of deluxe treatments and services.

    12:30-2:00 p.m.

    Spa Check-In, Networking & Spa Lunch Poolside*

    *Lunch will begin promptly at 12:30 p.m. to facilitate check-in and allow for ample locker room prep time prior to spa service. You will be asked to select your entrée choice.

    Entree Choices:

    Elemis Chicken Salad Wrap, Mohegan Tuna Salad Wrap, Asian Chicken Salad or Grilled Vegetable Wrap.

    2:00-3:00 p.m.

    Spa Treatment (Select Mani/Pedi, Facial or Massage)

    3:00-4:30 p.m.

    Specialty Cocktail Reception, Elegant Munchies & Networking

    6:00 p.m.

    Cocktail Reception

    Sponsored by MB Business Capital

    To be held on the 2nd floor at Margaritaville in Mohegan Sun.

    Friday, May 8

    7:30-8:30 a.m.

    Breakfast

    Sponsored by Bibby Financial Services

    The breakfast and all panels will take place in the Cabaret (at Mohegan Sun)

    8:30-8:45 a.m.

    Welcome & Opening Remarks

    Sponsored by BMC Group

    8:45-10:00 a.m.

    Sponsored by Arent Fox LLP

    Views from the Bench

    Judges will discuss the impact and various issues that courts have identified from the Final Report of the ABI Commission to Study the Reform of Chapter 11. The panel will focus on those aspects of the Final Report that may affect or influence bankruptcy jurisprudence and practice.

    Andrew I. Silfen, Moderator

    Arent Fox LLP; New York

    Hon. Joan N. Feeney

    U.S. Bankruptcy Court (D. Mass.); Boston