ABIs 19th Annual Bankruptcy Battleground West Conference Navigates the Latest Wave of Insolvency

ABIs 19th Annual Bankruptcy Battleground West Conference Navigates the Latest Wave of Insolvency

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January 25, 2011, Alexandria, Va. — More than 150 practitioners are expected to attend the American Bankruptcy Institute's (ABI’s) 19th Annual Bankruptcy Battleground West conference, scheduled for March 4, 2011, at the Hyatt Regency Center Plaza in Los Angeles. The day-long conference offers up to 5.0 hours of CLE credit and 6.0 hours of CPE credit. This year's program looks at municipal financial distress, the reorganization of real estate enterprises and the challenges of confirming a chapter 11. Prof. Kenneth Klee, an economist at UCLA Law School, will share insights and experiences from his recent tenure as a court-appointed examiner in the chapter 11 cases of media giant Tribune and its subsidiaries.
This year’s program will also feature a special debate as two of the West’s leading business bankruptcy practitioners, Cynthia M. Cohen of Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP (Los Angeles) and Richard M. Pachulski of Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP (Los Angeles) square off against each other in an oral argument before an esteemed panel of four bankruptcy judges.
Program co-chairs are Martin R. Barash of Klee, Tuchin, Bogdanoff & Stern LLP (Los Angeles), Robbin L. Itkin of Steptoe & Johnson LLP (Los Angeles) 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:
·      Municipal Upheaval in California: Is Chapter 9 the Solution?
·      The Reorganizing (and Unraveling) of Real Estate Enterprises
·      Confirming a Chapter 11 Plan: The Challenges, Pitfalls and Opportunities
To view the full conference schedule and a list of speakers, please visit http://www.abiworld.org/BBW11/schedule.html.
For more information about the conference, call ABI at (703) 739-0800 or visit Battleground West at www.abiworld.org/BBW11.  


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 12,800 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.