ABIs Popular New York City Bankruptcy Conference to be Held May 12

ABIs Popular New York City Bankruptcy Conference to be Held May 12



January 23, 2007 Alexandria, Va. —The American Bankruptcy Institute's (ABI) tenth annual New York City Bankruptcy Conference is scheduled for May 12 at the Millennium Broadway Hotel and Conference Center/Hudson Theatre in New York City. The day-long conference brings together a faculty of New York bankruptcy judges with practitioners from the top national insolvency firms in New York City to discuss timely issues related to bankruptcy. The workshops and plenary sessions offer 7.0 hours of CLE credits.

Lisa J. Donahue of AlixPartners LLC, Glenn E. Siegel of Dechert LLP and Albert Togut of Togut, Segal & Segal, LLP are the program chairs for the conference. Bankruptcy Judge James M. Peck (S.D.N.Y.) serves as the judicial chair.

“Nuts & Bolts: Bankruptcy Fundamentals for Young Practitioners,” a separate program on bankruptcy fundamentals for practitioners new to the bankruptcy arena, will be offered again this year. The program, chaired by Ira L. Herman of Thompson & Knight LLP, will be held on May 9 at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, located at the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House in New York City.

Panel discussions at the conference include:

A Judges’ Roundtable, moderated by Bankruptcy Judge James M. Peck (S.D.N.Y.), will feature a panel of bankruptcy judges from the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York discussing current developments.

Albert Togut of Togut, Segal & Segal, LLP will moderate the “ABI Landmark Fee Study: Moving-Forward Analysis” plenary session with panelists Diana G. Adams of the Office of the U.S. Trustee (Region 2), Prof. Stephen J. Lubben of Seton Hall Law School (Newark, N.J.), Deirdre A. Martini of CIT National Restructuring Group  and Michael P. Richman of Foley & Lardner LLP .

“Hot Topics in Valuation Decisions/Fights” will be moderated by Martin J. Bienenstock of Dewey & LeBoeuf, LLP with panelists Kenneth A. Buckfire of Miller Buckfire & Co., LLC, Gary L. Kaplan of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP, Bankruptcy Judge James M. Peck (S.D.N.Y.) and Mark Shapiro of Lehman Brothers.

Distressed investing guru Wilbur L. Ross Jr. of W.L. Ross & Co. will be moderating the “Subprime Panel” session with panelists Lewis Kruger of Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP, James M. Lukenda of Huron Consulting Group LLC, Bankruptcy Judge Cecelia G. Morris (S.D.N.Y.) and James H.M. Sprayregen of Goldman Sachs & Co.

The “Gift Plan Contributions” session will be moderated by Lindsee P. Granfield of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton LLP with panelists Howard S. Beltzer of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, Matthew Cantor of Normandy Hill Capital, L.P., Bankruptcy Judge Arthur J. Gonzalez (S.D.N.Y.) and Michael J. Sage of O'Melveny & Myers LLP.

“Changing Players in Chapter 11,” to be moderated by Peter V. Pantaleo of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, will include panelists Shelly C. Chapman of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP , Bankruptcy Judge Robert E. Gerber (S.D.N.Y.), Thomas Moers Mayer of Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP and My Chi To of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP.

The “Changing the Face of Corporate America” will be moderated by Lisa J. Donahue of AlixPartners LLP and feature panelists Bankruptcy Judge Robert D. Drain (S.D.N.Y.), Marshall Scott Huebner of Davis Polk & Wardwell, James E. Millstein of Lazard Freres & Co. LLC and Bruce H. Simon of Cohen, Weiss & Simon LLP.

“Hot Topics in Financings and Asset Dispositions,” to be moderated by Michael Luskin of Luskin, Stern & Eisler LLP, will feature panelists Bankruptcy Judge Allan L. Gropper (S.D.N.Y.), William Q. Derrough of Jefferies & Company, Inc., Marcia L. Goldstein of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP and Brian Trust of Mayer Brown LLP.

The “Asset Protection” session will be moderated by Michael L. Cook of Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP with panelists Melanie L. Cyganowski of Greenberg Traurig, LLP, Bankruptcy Judge Martin Glenn (S.D.N.Y.), Alec P. Ostrow of Stevens & Lee, PC and Gideon Rothschild of Moses & Singer LLP.

A panel featuring Bankruptcy Judge Stuart M. Bernstein, Richard M. Cieri of Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Steven J. Reisman of Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP and Scott Y. Stuart of Donlin, Recano & Company, Inc. will join moderator David I. Paulker of Goldin Associates, LLC for the “Troubled Hedge Fund Liquidations” session.

The “Rights Offerings” panel will be moderated by David L. Resnick of Rothschild, Inc.  with panelists D. J. “Jan” Baker of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, Lisa G. Beckerman of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, Glenn E. Siegel of Dechert LLP  and Bankruptcy Judge Elizabeth S. Stong (E.D.N.Y.).

Corinne Ball of Jones Day will moderate the “International Panel” session featuring panelists Evan C. Hollander of White & Case LLP, Bankruptcy Judge Burton R. Lifland (S.D.N.Y.), Deryck A. Palmer of Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP and Joseph Samet of Baker & McKenzie LLP.

Sponsors for this year’s event include: AlixPartners LLP, Baker & McKenzie LLP; Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP; Davis Polk & Wardwell; Debevoise & Plimpton LLP; Dechert LLP, Donlin, Recano & Company, Inc.; Dewey & LeBoeuf, LLP; Epiq Systems; Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP; Goldman Sachs & Co.; Greenberg Traurig, LLP; Huron Consulting Group LLC; Jefferies & Company Inc.; Jones Day, Kirkland & Ellis LLP; Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP; Luskin, Stern & Eisler LLP; Mayer Brown LLP; Mesirow Financial Consulting, LLC; Miller Buckfire & Co.; LLC, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP; Normandy Hill Capital, L.P.; Rothschild, Inc.; Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP; Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett LLP; Stroock & Stroock & Lavin LLP; Togut Segal & Segal, LLP; Thompson Knight LLP; W.L. Ross & Co.; Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP; White & Case LLP; and Willkie, Farr & Gallagher LLP.

For more information about the New York City Bankruptcy Conference, call ABI at (703) 739-0800 or view conference details at http://www.abiworld.org/NY08.      


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