2024 ABI Distressed Real Estate Symposium

April 30-May 2 | Ojai, CA

The COVID-19 pandemic necessitated that wherever possible, companies needed to send their employees home to work remotely — effectively changing the post-pandemic office environment. Commercial real estate has since taken a big hit due to this modification in work culture and is now bracing for a record amount of maturing loans, boosting the prospect of a surge in defaults as property owners are forced to refinance empty or nearly empty office spaces at higher rates.

To address the impending problem of higher vacancies and weakening cash flows affecting many commercial properties, ABI has put together a program to delve into these issues and more: ABI’s first-ever Distressed Real Estate Symposium. You won’t want to miss this timely event.



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  • Optional Event

    Golf at Ojai Country Club

  • Registration Opens

  • Opening Reception


    Sponsored by Allen Matkins

    Allen Matkins logo
  • Partners
  • Breakfast and Registration

  • Welcome

  • Recapitalization: What Works, What Doesn’t, and Why

    This panel will discuss capital providers, sources of funds, life of structures, what happens with defaults (CLO, CMBS, Bank), and what makes for a successful recap without a par transaction/payoff.

  • Break


    Sponsored by Getzler Henrich & Associates LLC, a Hilco Global Company

    Getzler Henrich & Associates LLC logo
  • Hot Topics in Real Estate Cases

    This panel will discuss a broad range of topics that arise in real estate-driven bankruptcy cases, including issues for landlords with respect to post-petition lease restructuring and the disposition of personal property by debtor tenants; determining the appropriate cramdown interest rates for different real estate sectors in a volatile interest rate environment; special issues implicated in bankruptcies of hospitality-focused real properties; and the particular challenges involved in restructuring partially developed properties.

  • Networking Lunch

  • Keynote Address

    Read Dr. Sam Chandan full biography here.


    Sponsored by Keen-Summit Capital Partners LLC

    Keen-Summit Capital Partners LLC logo
  • Break

  • Government’s Role in Revitalizing Distressed Real Estate

    This panel will focus on ways in which different levels of government can influence and support the revitalization of distressed real estate, from policy, process and funding perspectives. The panelists will discuss opportunities for public and private partnerships, as well as the interplay between state and local mandates and policies, and will share examples of property revitalization projects. The panelists also will explore policies and tools that aim to address housing availability and reduce homelessness.

  • Break

  • Property Valuation and Due Diligence

    Property valuation is a major issue affecting all real estate asset classes in today’s market, impacting lending and sale transactions, litigation and development transactions. This panel will address key questions related to valuation, including how far have values dropped and what could drive them up; what assets and asset classes have been the most impacted by value declines; what elements are having the biggest impact on values and why; the techniques most commonly used to value distressed properties in today’s market; the due diligence best practices for minimizing risks in acquisitions and financing transactions; and what’s different about the market now compared to similar conditions in the past.

  • Happy Hour in the Orchard


    Sponsored by Loeb & Loeb

    Loeb & Loeb logo
  • Partners
  • Breakfast and Registration

  • Investor Perspectives and Panel Discussions

    This panel of experienced investors and advisors will discuss practical considerations, guidance, insights and perspectives on the current market, as well as prospects for investment opportunities in the distressed real estate sector.

  • Break

  • Anatomy of a Fall?: Distressed Real Estate Trends and Forecasts for 2024 and Beyond

    This panel of business experts will examine post-pandemic trends in the distressed real estate market. The panelists will analyze what is different about this cycle compared to prior cycles — including its impact by asset class — and will provide their predictions on the future of distressed real estate markets, as well as their thoughts on market recovery and potential challenges.

  • Adjourn

  • Partners
(by 3/22/24)
(after 4/05/24)
Symposium Rates
ABI Member
Join and Save*
ABI Gov’t/Nonprofit Member
Join & Save Gov’t/Nonprofit Member*
* Includes a one-year ABI membership for first-time members — a $425 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 Registration**
New ABI Member Exhibitor Registration***
Additional Booth Representative
** Includes one 6’ table and full registration for one booth representative.
*** Includes one 6’ table and full registration for one booth representative AND a one-year ABI membership (a $425 value!).

Cancellation Policy

All fees, except a $75 handling fee, will be refunded if written notice of cancellation is received by April 9, 2024. No refunds will be granted after April 9, but substitutions will be allowed. After April 9, 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. Customers who fail to attend without providing notice will be charged the total fee of the conference for which they have registered.

Anti-Harassment Policy

The American Bankruptcy Institute is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery are not appropriate for any conference venue, including talks. Conference participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the conference without a refund at the discretion of the conference organizers.
Our anti-harassment policy can be found at https://www.abi.org/about-us/bylaws-and-policies.


Ojai Valley Inn
905 Country Club Rd.
Ojai, CA 93023

Hotel Reservations

Nestled within a rare coastal valley on 220 oak-studded acres, the iconic Ojai Valley Inn offers an abundance of active and peaceful pleasures with a legendary golf course, 31,000-square-foot Spa Village, Artist Cottage & Apothecary, apiary and immersive beekeeping experience, The Farmhouse at Ojai, multiple pools, and seven unique dining outlets with settings that range from fast-casual to poolside to fine dining.

ABI has arranged a special conference rate of $375 per night at the Ojai Valley Inn. Please make your reservations by March 30, 2024 to secure this special rate. ABI cannot guarantee anyone a room after the April 9 cut-off date or after the specially rated ABI block has been filled. You will receive reservation instructions after you have registered for the program with ABI. Third-party reservations (travel agent, web, etc.) do not receive the special rate. Room blocks are limited and will sell out.

A direct booking link will be provided in your registration confirmation, which will automatically take you to the Ojai Valley Inn's website and will have the group information already loaded. If you wish to extend your stay or inquire about a paid room upgrade, please leave a comment on your booking regarding that request, and someone will reach out to you directly to assist. You may also call (888) 697-9116 once you've booked your initial reservation to receive assistance with any adjustments.


About 70 miles north of Los Angeles and 12 miles off the ocean lies the world-renowned Ojai Valley. Accessible seclusion is what has made this Southern California resort famous for so many years. Los Angeles International Airport, Santa Barbara and Burbank are all easily accessible and offer short transfers to the Inn. See https://www.ojaivalleyinn.com/about/ojai-resort-map-directions.

Dietary Restrictions

Breakfast and lunch will be provided, along with refreshments during breaks. We try to provide a variety of well-rounded offerings. If you have a specific dietary requirement, please bring it to our attention by calling 703-739-0800 or emailing [email protected] so that it can be accommodated.

Conference Attire

Attire is business casual. Please bring a sweater or jacket in case the temperature in the meeting room gets cold.


Speakers are subject to change.

Program Co-Chairs

Advisory Board

ABI will seek CLE and CPE credit for this program.