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ABI Executive Director Sam Gerdano to Receive 2018 M&A Advisor Lifetime Achievement Award

Alexandria, Va. — ABI Executive Director Samuel J. Gerdano will receive the 2018 M&A Advisor Lifetime Achievement Award at the 12th Annual Turnaround Awards Gala on March 21, 2018, at The Colony Hotel in Palm Beach, Fla. M&A Advisor chose Gerdano for his significant contributions to the bankruptcy and restructuring industry.

“We are honored to present Samuel Gerdano with the 2018 M&A Advisor Lifetime Achievement Award,” said David Fergusson, President and Co-CEO of the M&A Advisor. “In addition to the experience and vision that Mr. Gerdano brought to the American Bankruptcy Institute, Sam has tirelessly championed, for over 25 years, the advancement of our industry through his dedication to ongoing research and study, engagement with all industry stakeholders, and the representation of the Institute’s work to the courts and our governments.”

Gerdano joined ABI in May 1991 as executive director and editor-in-chief of the ABI Journal and Law Review. He is frequently called on by the local and national media as an expert on bankruptcy-related matters and cited as an authority on the matter. He has authored numerous articles on bankruptcy and appears regularly as a presenter and panelist at continuing legal education programs.

From 1985 to 1991, Gerdano was the chief legal counsel to Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) and staff director for the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts and Administrative Practice (now known as the Subcommittee on Bankruptcy and the Courts). This subcommittee has jurisdiction over the U.S. Bankruptcy Code, and Gerdano has played an integral role in major bankruptcy policy changes since 1985.


With the presentation of the 2018 M&A Advisor Lifetime Achievement Award, Gerdano joins notable insolvency industry leaders who have preceded him as lifetime and leadership award winners, including Wilbur L. Ross, Jack Butler, Robert “Steve” Miller, Harvey R. Miller, J. Scott Victor, Timothy Coleman, William Repko, Corinne Ball, Barry Ridings, Tom Lauria, Van Conway and Sheila Smith.  



ABI is the largest multi-disciplinary, nonpartisan organization dedicated to research and education on matters related to insolvency. ABI was founded in 1982 to provide Congress and the public with unbiased analysis of bankruptcy issues. The ABI membership includes more than 12,000 attorneys, accountants, bankers, judges, professors, lenders, turnaround specialists and other bankruptcy professionals, providing a forum for the exchange of ideas and information. For additional conference information, visit


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