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Labor Issues Intellectual Property Valuation and Law Firm Bankruptcies Among the Topics to be Discussed at ABIs New York City Bankruptcy Conference on May 16

Alexandria, Va. —The American Bankruptcy Institute's (ABI) fifteenth annual New York City Bankruptcy Conference is scheduled for May 16 at the Hilton New York 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 hours of CLE credit, including 1.25 hours of ethics. New this year is a field hearing on May 15 from 3-5 p.m. ET of the ABI Commission to Study the Reform of Chapter 11. This public hearing, at the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, provides an opportunity for ABI members to appear before and be heard by the Commission, which was created to consider and recommend reforms to chapter 11 and related statutory provisions. Conference sessions will cover a broad range of timely bankruptcy topics. Some of the featured panel sessions include: Trademark and Patent Licenses in Bankruptcy Labor Issues in Bankruptcy Law Firm Bankruptcies Dealing with the Public: A Modern Dilemma Complex Cross-Border Bankruptcy Issues (Chapter 15) Comparison of U.S. vs. European Distressed Debt Market and Restructuring Environment Bankruptcy Litigation Panel Recent Issues in Plan Confirmation Valuation Panel: What’s Missing in the Valuation? Who’s Running the Company? Issues in Energy Restructurings Bankruptcy Litigation and Ethical Lines: Selected Topics To view the full schedule with the session speakers listed, please click here. Offered again is the stand-alone course “Bankruptcy Fundamentals: Nuts & Bolts for New and Young Practitioners,” held on Wednesday, May 15, at the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. The course will feature an outstanding faculty of judges, academics and attorneys explaining the fundamentals of bankruptcy. This is ideal training for those now being shifted into the restructuring departments at large firms. A Judges’ Roundtable, moderated by Bankruptcy Judge Robert D. Drain, will feature a panel of bankruptcy judges from the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York discussing current developments. There will also be a special cocktail reception held at The Grand Central Oyster Bar on May 15 from 6-8 p.m. ET to benefit the ABI Endowment Fund. Held immediately following the ABI Commission Hearing on May 15, the reception provides attendees an early evening of networking in the heart of New York City. For more information, click here. Lisa G. Beckerman of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP and David Pauker of Goldin Associates, LLC are the program chairs for the conference. Bankruptcy Judge Robert D. Drain (S.D.N.Y.) serves as the judicial chair. Ira L. Herman of Thompson & Knight LLP is the chair of the Nuts & Bolts program. Press interested in attending the New York City Bankruptcy Conference should contact ABI Public Affairs Manager John Hartgen at (703) 894-5935 or [email protected] For more information about the New York City Bankruptcy Conference, call ABI at (703) 739-0800 or view conference details at ### 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 than13,000 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