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Consumer Commission Report, Environmental Claims in Bankruptcy, Finding Hidden Foreign Assets and More to Be Discussed at ABI's 2019 Annual Spring Meeting

Alexandria, Va. -- The American Bankruptcy Institute's (ABI) 2019 Annual Spring Meeting is set to take place April 11-14 at the Marriott Marquis in Washington, D.C. ABI’s largest annual conference features timely concurrent sessions tailored for practitioners in both large and small commercial cases, as well as consumer bankruptcy. ABI’s Commission on Consumer Bankruptcy will be releasing its final report of recommendations to improve the consumer bankruptcy system. The featured keynote speaker is legendary investigative journalist Bob Woodward, who will be talking about his time as a Washington, D.C., reporter, his current work covering President Trump and his perspectives on integrity in government and the media. The conference will feature a live taping of an “Eye on Bankruptcy” episode with Harvey Rishikof, chair of the advisory committee for the ABA Standing Committee on Law and National Security, who will take a hard look at the national security implications of foreign exfiltration of high-tech assets through bankruptcy. In addition, bankruptcy judges will delve into top bankruptcy issues and court decisions in a highly anticipated session. Up to 15.33/18 hours of CLE/CPE are available, along with ethics credit totaling 2.5 hours.

Sessions at the 2019 Annual Spring Meeting include:

  • ABI Talks
  • American Crime Stories: Unusual Fraudulent Conveyances, Insider Transactions and Outright Fraud
  • The Ramifications of Covenant-Lite Structures
  • Asset Sales: Not So Free, and Not So Clear
  • Are Hedge Funds and Private-Equity Firms Different than Other Case Parties?
  • Breaking the Log Jam: The Trend Toward Pre-Plan Mediation of Case-Dispositive Disputes in Chapter 11
  • What Does the Future Hold?
  • Do Corporate Duties Still Exist? A Refresher (and Reminder)
  • Utilizing New Technology in Chapter 11 Cases
  • 50 Apps in 50 Minutes
  • Judicial Round & Round
  • How to Find Hidden Foreign Assets Here and There
  • Opinion Letters for Bankruptcy Lawyers: What You Need to Know Before Issuing a Third-Party Opinion Letter
  • Plan and Confirmation Issues: RSAs, Third-Party Releases, Valuation, Classification and Gifting
  • Addressing Environmental Claims and Liabilities in Chapter 11: Administrative Expenses, Third-Party Liability, Abandonment and Brownfield Development
  • Ain’t Misbehaving
  • When Adequate Protection Is Not Adequate
  • The ABCs (and Defs) of Assignments for the Benefit of Creditors
  • Business Bankruptcy Legal Update
  • Circuit Splits and Other Hot Topics in the Consumer Arena
  • Changes in Latitude, Changes in Attitude
  • A Collision of Complex Laws: The Interplay Between and Among State and Federal Regulatory Laws in Health Care Cases
  • The Continuing Vitality of the Jay Alix Protocol, and Other Issues Related to the Retention of Distressed Management Consultants
  • Judges' Hot Topics
  • Civility in the Courtroom

Consumer sessions at the 2019 Annual Spring Meeting include:

  • The Final Report of the ABI Commission on Consumer Bankruptcy
  • All Things 13
  • Pre-Bankruptcy Planning in the Consumer Case
  • Creative Remedies for Dealing with Nondischargeable Student Loans

For the full schedule with the speakers for each session at ABI’s Annual Spring Meeting, please click here. Networking and optional events include a golf tournament, a performance of Into the Woods at Ford’s Theater and a special final night dinner performance by “Almost Queen.”

Press interested in attending the conference should contact John Hartgen at 703-894-5935 or




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 nearly 11,000 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 For additional conference information, visit