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ABIS Popular New York City Bankruptcy Conference to Be Held May 4

Contact: John Hartgen
              (703) 739-0800



February 13, Alexandria, Va. —The American Bankruptcy Institute's (ABI) eleventh annual New York City Bankruptcy Conference is scheduled for May 4 at the New York Marriott Marquis   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 credit.

Glenn E. Siegel of Dechert LLP, Todd R. Snyder of Rothschild, Inc. 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 1 at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court of the Southern District of New York, 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.

The “Alternative Liquidation Regimes under Banking, Securities, Insurance and State Law” session, moderated by Lisa G. Beckerman of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP, will include panelists Luc A. Despins of Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP and David I. Pauker of Goldin Associates, LLC.

Durc A. Savini of Miller Buckfire & Co., LLC will moderate the “Auto Industry Panel” session featuring panelists Corrine Ball of Jones Day, Lisa J. Donahue of AlixPartners LLP, Lewis Kruger of Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP and Bankruptcy Judge Elizabeth S. Stong (E.D.N.Y.; Brooklyn).

The “Ethics Panel” discussion will be moderated by D. J. (Jan) Baker of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and feature panelists U.S. Trustee Diana G. Adams (Region 2), Bankruptcy Judge Robert Drain (S.D.N.Y.), Jonathan L. Flaxer of Golenbock, Eiseman, Assor, Bell & Peskoe LLP and Edward S. Weisfelner of Brown Rudnick LLP.

Moderator Michael P. Richman of Foley & Lardner LLP, along with panelists Bankruptcy Judge Stuart M. Bernstein (S.D.N.Y.), Ira L. Herman of Thompson & Knight LLP, Steven J. Reisman of Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP and Jeffrey N. Rich of K&L Gates LLP, will take part in the “Sales Issues” session.

The “International Session” will be moderated by Alan W. Kornberg of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP and feature a panel including Bankruptcy Judge Allan L. Gropper (S.D.N.Y.), Jeffrey S. Sabin of Bingham McCutchen LLP, Joseph Samet of Baker & McKenzie LLP and Brian Trust of Mayer Brown LLP.

The “Liquidate and Litigate: The End of Reorganization?” session, moderated by Mark A. Broude of Latham & Watkins LLP, will feature panelists Shelly C. Chapman of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, Michael L. Cook of Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP, Bankruptcy Judge Robert E. Gerber (S.D.N.Y.) and Lindsee P. Granfield of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton LLP.

Glenn E. Siegel of Dechert LLP will moderate the “Teaching the New Dog Old Tricks: Changes to Code” session with panelists Prof. Troy McKenzie of New York University School of Law, Barry W. Ridings of Lazard, Wilbur L. Ross of WL Ross & Co. LLC and Albert Togut of Togut, Segal & Segal, LLP.

The “Real Estate” session, moderated by My Chi To of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, will feature a pane that includes Bankruptcy Judge Cecelia G. Morris (S.D.N.Y.; Poughkeepsie), Alec P. Ostrow of Stevens & Lee, PC, John Pidcock of Bridge Associates LLC (Cleveland) and Sanford P. Rosen of Sanford P. Rosen & Associates, PC.

“Retail Bankruptcies Redux” will feature panelists Bankruptcy Judge Martin Glenn (S.D.N.Y.), Scott L. Hazan of Otterbourg, Steindler, Houston & Rosen, PC, William H. Henrich of Getzler Henrich & Associates LLC and Evan C. Hollander of White & Case LLP with Howard S. Beltzer of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP moderating the session.

Timothy R. Coleman of The Blackstone Group will moderate the “Return of the Exchange Offer” session that includes panelists Dennis F. Dunne of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP, Gary L. Kaplan of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP and Deryck A. Palmer of Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP.

The “Financing Session” will be moderated by Todd R. Snyder of Rothschild, Inc. and include panelists Matthew A. Cantor of Normandy Hill Capital, LP, Bankruptcy Judge Arthur J. Gonzalez (S.D.N.Y.), David A. Gozdecki of GE Commercial Finance (Chicago) and Deirdre A. Martini of Wachovia Capital Finance.

Moderator Michael Luskin of Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP, along with panelists Marc Kieselstein of Kirkland & Ellis LLP;Chicago), Thomas Moers Mayer of Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP, Peter V. Pantaleo of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP and Bankruptcy Judge James M. Peck (S.D.N.Y.), will take part in the “SIRVA: The Extreme Prepack” session.

The “Valuation Issues” session, moderated by Martin J. Bienenstock of Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP, will feature panelists Bankruptcy Judge Robert E. Grossman (E.D.N.Y.; Central Islip), James M. Lukenda, CIRA, CPA of Huron Consulting Group and Mark J. Shapiro of Barclay's Capital.

Sponsors for this year’s event include: Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, AlixPartners LLP, Baker & McKenzie LLP, Bank of America Business Credit, Barclay's Capital, Bingham McCutchen LLP, Bridge Associates LLC, The Blackstone Group, Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP, Citigroup, CIT National Restructuring Group, Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton LLP, Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, Dechert LLP, Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP, Epiq Systems, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP, Foley & Lardner LLP, Golenbock, Eiseman, Assor, Bell & Peskoe LLP, GE Commercial Finance, Getzler Henrich & Associates LLC, Greenberg Traurig, LLP, Goldin Associates, LLC, Goldman Sachs & Co., Huron Consulting Group LLC, Jones Day, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, K&L Gates LLP, Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP, Latham & Watkins LLP, Loeb & Loeb LLP, Luskin, Stern & Eisler LLP, Mayer Brown LLP, Miller Buckfire & Co., LLC, Melville Capital, Mesirow Financial Consulting, LLC, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, Normandy Hill Capital, LP, O'Melveny & Myers LLP, Otterbourg, Steindler, Houston & Rosen, PC, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP Rothschild, Inc., Reed Smith LLP, Rothschild, Inc., Sanford P. Rosen & Associates, PC, Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP, Shearman & Sterling LLP, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP, Stevens & Lee, PC, Thompson & Knight LLP, Togut, Segal & Segal, LLP, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, White & Case LLP, Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, W.L. Ross & Co. Special thanks to Donlin, Recano & Company, Inc. for underwriting the VIP Speaker Sponsor Dinner.

For more information about the New York City Bankruptcy Conference, call ABI at (703) 739-0800 or view conference details at       


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