ABIs 18th Annual Bankruptcy Battleground West Conference Navigates the Latest Wave of Insolvency

ABIs 18th Annual Bankruptcy Battleground West Conference Navigates the Latest Wave of Insolvency

Contact: John Hartgen
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December 17, 2009, Alexandria, Va. — More than 150 practitioners are expected to attend the American Bankruptcy Institute's (ABI’s) 18th Annual Bankruptcy Battleground West conference, scheduled for March 5, 2010, at the Hyatt Regency Center Plaza in Los Angeles. The day-long conference, titled “The Perfect Storm: Navigating the Latest Wave of Insolvency,' offers up to 5.0 hours of CLE credit. This year's program addresses some of the issues that have emerged during the latest insolvency cycle, including the conflicts between intellectual property and bankruptcy law, challenges to the structure of insolvent real estate enterprises, the increasing use of pre-packaged and pre-negotiated plans as a restructuring strategy and the re-emergence of litigation challenging lenders, their claims and their reorganization strategies. Jerry Nickelsburg, economist at UCLA Anderson Forecast, returns to provide a keynote examining the progress of the economy over the past year and predict the future direction of the U.S. economy.

Nuts & Bolts for Young & New Practitioners, a separate day-long bankruptcy fundamentals course, will again be offered in conjunction with the Bankruptcy Battleground West conference and will be held the day before on March 4.

Program co-chairs are Martin R. Barash of Klee, Tuchin, Bogdanoff & Stern LLP (Los Angeles), Debra Ann Riley of Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP (San Diego) and Jeffrey M. Reisner of Irell & Manella LLP (Newport Beach, Calif.). Bankruptcy Judge Barry Russell (C.D. Calif., Los Angeles) is the Judicial Chair.

Panel topics for ABI’s Bankruptcy Battleground West conference include the following timely issues:

  • Back to the Future: Bankruptcy Litigation Is Back with a Vengeance
  • Clash of the Titans: Intellectual Property Law Meets Bankruptcy
  • Some Like It Pre-packaged: Are Pre-packaged and Pre-negotiated Plans the Wave of the Future?
  • The Great Debate: When Special-Purpose Real Estate Vehicle Entities Don't Serve Their Special Purpose in Bankruptcy

To view the full conference schedule and a list of speakers, please visit http://www.abiworld.org/BBW10/schedule.html.

For more information about the conference, call ABI at (703) 739-0800 or visit Battleground West at www.abiworld.org/BBW10.   


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 12,400 attorneys, accountants, bankers, judges, professors, lenders, turnaround specialists and other bankruptcy professionals, providing a forum for the exchange of ideas and information. For additional information on ABI, visit www.abiworld.org. For additional conference information, visit http://www.abiworld.org/conferences.html.