Cross-Border Insolvency Program

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Cross-Border Insolvency Program

November 7, 2019, Dentons US Conference Center, New York, NY

ABI’s Cross-Border Insolvency Program, hosted by ABI’s International Committee, will be held in Manhattan at the Dentons US Conference Center. The program features a unique gathering of speakers from several nations, who will be discussing today’s most relevant cross-border cases and topics.


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Thursday, November 7

8:15-9:00 a.m.

Registration and Coffee/Tea

9:00-9:15 a.m.

Welcome by Conference Leadership

9:15-10:30 a.m.

IP Licenses Across Borders

This panel will explore the treatment of intellectual property licenses in insolvency proceedings across jurisdictions, and will discuss strategic considerations in single- and multi-jurisdiction cases.

Aubrey Kauffman

Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP; Toronto

Kyle James Ortiz

Togut, Segal & Segal LLP; New York

Joshua Pichinson

AgencyIP; Los Angeles

10:30-10:45 a.m.

Networking Break

Sponsored by Proskauer

10:45-11:45 a.m.

Scaling the Tower of Babel: Stakeholder Communications in Cross-Border Cases

George Bernard Shaw once said, “The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” While communication by and among stakeholders is important in all insolvency cases, cross-border cases add a layer of complexity that challenges even the most sophisticated legal and financial advisors. Differences in culture, language and the stakeholders’ willingness to communicate with each other to find mutually beneficial solutions are often juxtaposed with applicable law and restrictions on what can be said. This panel will explore strategies and pitfalls of communications among different types of stakeholders in cross-border cases, including communications between the debtors and their creditors, the various creditor groups themselves, stakeholders and the applicable courts, and communications between the judges in various jurisdictions.

Adam D. Crane

HSM Chambers; George Town, Grand Cayman

Hon. Robert D. Drain

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

Judith Elkin

Judith Elkin PLLC; New Rochelle, N.Y.

Seth R. Freeman

GlassRatner Advisory & Capital Group LLC; San Francisco

Tim Wright

Bedell Cristin; Road Town, BVI

11:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Networking Lunch

Sponsored by Deloitte CRG and EisnerAmper LLP

1:30-2:45 p.m.

China’s Enterprise Bankruptcy Law: What You Need to Know Now

This panel will examine China’s Enterprise Bankruptcy Law (EBL), which came into force in 2007. The panelists will provide an overview of the EBL and explore recent macroeconomic conditions and market trends in China, as well as the challenges being encountered by the EBL as it has entered its second decade. This session will also reflect on practical experiences with judicial capacity-building with the Chinese judiciary.

Christopher A. Jarvinen

Berger Singerman LLP; Miami

Stephen M. Packman

Archer; Philadelphia

Kevin Song

Borrelli Walsh; Beijing

Hon. Elizabeth S. Stong

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

2:45-3:00 p.m.

Networking Break

Sponsored by Brown Rudnick LLP

3:00-4:30 p.m.

Perspectives and Updates on the Growing Cross-Border Practice

As the number and intensity of cross-border insolvencies and restructurings continue to mushroom, the everyday practice of managing matters in a variety of countries is becoming more commonplace and expected. This panel will attempt to bring attendees up to speed on a variety of the developments in cross-border practice over the past two years.

William A. Brandt, Jr.

Development Specialists, Inc.; New York

Fernando Daniel Hernandez

Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal; Buenos Aires, Argentina

Jeffrey A. Liesemer

Caplin & Drysdale; Chartered, Washington

Christopher A. Ward

Polsinelli; Wilmington, Del.

Evan J. Zucker

Blank Rome LLP; New York

4:30-6:30 p.m.

Networking Reception


Conference Information


The conference will be held at the Dentons US Conference Center 1221 Avenue of the Americas New York, NY 10020-1089.

Continuing Education Credit*

5 hours of CLE credit are pending in states calculating CLE on a 60-minute hour, and 6 hours of CLE credit are pending in 50-minute-hour states. Credit hours granted are subject to each state’s CLE credit-approval regulations and might not be approved prior to the program. NY MCLE: This transitional and non-transitional program has been approved in accordance with the requirements of the CLE Board for a maximum of 6 credit hours, which can be applied toward the professional practice requirement. California MCLE: ABI certifies that this activity has been approved for MCLE credit in the amount of 5 hours. 6 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 submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website,


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 [email protected].

Cancellation Policy

All fees, except a $75 handling fee, will be refunded if written notice of cancellation is received by October 17, 2019. No refunds will be granted after October 17, but substitutions will be allowed. After October 17, 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.




Berger Singerman LLP Brown Rudnick LLP Deloitte CRG Development Specialists, Inc. East West Bank EisnerAmper LLP Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP FTI Consulting, Inc. Gowling WLG (Canada) Proskauer  Togut, Segal & Segal LLP

Conference Rates

Registration Rates Early
(by 9/13/19)
(after 10/25/19)

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