ABIs Fourth Annual Caribbean Insolvency Symposium Examines Hedge Funds and Other Cross-Border Insolvency Issues

ABIs Fourth Annual Caribbean Insolvency Symposium Examines Hedge Funds and Other Cross-Border Insolvency Issues

Contact: John Hartgen
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October 9, 2007, Alexandria, Va. — The American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) will hold the fourth Caribbean Insolvency Symposium at the Westin Diplomat Hotel in Hollywood, Fla., Jan. 17-18, 2008. The program features a faculty of outstanding practitioners, scholars and judges, including seven bankruptcy judges from the Caribbean region. Program co-chairs for the Symposium are Patricia A. Redmond of Stearns, Weaver, Miller, Weissler, Alhadeff & Sitterson, PA (Miami) and Sonia Colón (Orlando). Judicial co-chairs are Bankruptcy Judges Gerardo Carlo (San Juan, P.R.) and Robert A. Mark (Miami). Attendees have the opportunity to earn up to 7.5 CLE credit hours, including 1.0 hour of ethics, with an expanded program including two great debates and a discussion of hedge fund issues.

This year’s Symposium will incorporate ABI’s acclaimed “Great Debates” series with two debates looking at timely cross-border issues. The first debate features Lisa Beckerman of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, LLP (New York) squaring off with Guy Locke of Walkers Global (Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands) over “Forum-Shopping in the Caribbean.” The second debate, “The Future of “in Pari Delicto,” features Scott L. Baena of Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod, LLP (Miami) and Francis C. Morrisey of Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge LLP (Boston).

Josefina Fernandez McEvoy of K&L Gates LLP (Los Angeles) will moderate the “Nuts and Bolts of Chapter 15 Filing: Cases/Updates” session with panelists including Bankruptcy Judge Gerardo Carlo (San Juan, P.R.), Aristos Galatapoulos of Maples and Calder (Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands), Daniel M. Glosband of Goodwin Procter LLP (Boston) and Gregory S. Grossman of Astigarraga Davis (Miami).

The “View from the Bench - Litigation Issues” session will be moderated by David A. Rosendorf of Kozyak, Tropin & Throckmorton, PA (Miami) with Bankruptcy Judges Gerardo Carlo (San Juan, P.R.),  Joan N. Feeney (Boston),  Laurel M. Isicoff (Miami), Enrique S. Lamoutte (San Juan, P.R.), Robert A. Mark (Miami) and John K. Olson (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.).

“Poster Child of Troubled Industries in the Caribbean - The Hedge Funds,” moderated by Carol Logue of Bridge Associates, LLC (Spring, Texas), will feature panelists Anne E. Beaumont of Friedman Kaplan Seiler & Adelman, LLP (New York), Timothy W. Mungovan of Nixon Peabody LLP (Boston) and Prof. David A. Skeel, Jr. of the University of Pennsylvania Law School (Philadelphia) and former ABI Resident Scholar.

“Offshore or Off the Map? Recent Liquidation Issues for Offshore Registered Hedge Funds” features moderator Laura Hatfield of Solomon Harris (Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands) and panelists Sam Dawson of Solomon Harris (Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands), Nigel K. Meeson of Conyers Dill & Pearman (Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands) and Simon Whicker of KPMG LLP (Grand Cayman; Cayman Islands).

Bankruptcy Judge. Paul G. Hyman (West Palm Beach, Fla.) will moderate the “Best Practices/Ethical Practice in the Region” session with panelists Gregory H. Hodges of Dudley, Topper and Feuerzeig, LLP (St. Thomas, V.I.), Assistant U.S. Trustee Monsita Lecaroz (San Juan, P.R.) and ABI Deputy Executive Director Felicia S. Turner.

The “Cross-Border Asset Protection and Recovery” session will be moderated by Allison A. Day of Genovese Joblove & Battista, P.A. (Miami) and include panelists Michelle Campbell of AlixPartners LLP (Los Angeles), Edwardo Romero-Ramos of Baker & MacKenzie International (Juarez, Mexico), Paul S. Singerman of Berger Singerman PA (Miami) and Jerome L. Wolf of Duane Morris(Boca Raton, Fla.).

For more information on ABI’s 2008 Caribbean Insolvency Symposium, please visit http://www.abiworld.net/meetings/caribbean-insolvency-symposium/.   


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