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New York City Bankruptcy Conference Set to Take Place May 8

Contact: John Hartgen
             Phone: (703) 739-0800
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jhartgen@abiworld.org

ABI’s NEW YORK CITY BANKRUPTCY CONFERENCE SET TO TAKE PLACE MAY 8

FEBRUARY 13, 2006, Alexandria, Va. —Remaining the most popular insolvency workshop in America’s Financial Center, the American Bankruptcy Institute's (ABI) eighth annual New York City Bankruptcy Conference is scheduled for May 8 at the Millennium Broadway Conference Center/Hudson Theatre in New York, N.Y. The daylong conference brings together a faculty of E.D.N.Y. and S.D.N.Y. bankruptcy judges and practitioners from the top national insolvency firms to discuss timely issues related to bankruptcy, and offers 6.25 hours of CLE credit, including 1.25 hours of ethics credit.

Lisa Donahue of AlixPartners LLC, Michael Luskin of Luskin, Stern & Eisler LLP and Judge Robert E. Gerber will serve as program chairs.

“Nuts & Bolts: Bankruptcy Fundamentals for Young Practitioners,” a separate program on bankruptcy fundamentals, will be offered again this year and is scheduled to be held on May 5 at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court located at the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Customs House in New York City.

Panel discussions of important topics at the conference include:

  • The panel titled 'Substantive Consolidation after Owens Corning; 'Deemed Consolidation' in Plans of Reorganization' will feature panelists Sanford P. Rosen of Sanford P. Rosen & Associates, PC, My Chi To of Debevoise & Plimpton and Jeff Trachtman of Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP.
  • 'Labor, Pension and Retiree Issues in Chapter 11' features panelists Babette Ceccotti of Cohen, Weiss & Simon LLP, Scott L. Hazan of Otterbourg, Steindler, Houston & Rosen, PC and Marshall Scott Huebner of Davis Polk & Wardwell.
  • Judge Robert E. Gerber, Matthew Allen Cantor of Kirkland & Ellis LLP and Albert Togut of Togut, Segal & Segal LLP are going to discuss 'Ethics: Conflicts and Conflicts Counsel; Debtor’s Counsel and Management Duties in Multiple-Company Cases.'
  • The'Valuation: Litigation Issues; Methodologies; ExideCase Study' panel will feature Peter Pantaleo of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, along with Edward S. Weisfelner of Brown Rudnick Berlack Israels LLP and  Barry W. Ridings of Lazard Freres.
  • Judge James M. Peck will moderate 'Financing: Are the Goals of Lenders Really Changing?' Panelists will include Kevin P. Genda of Cerberus Capital Management, LP, Thomas J. Allison of Huron Consulting Group LLC, Peter J. Neckles of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP and Tom Canning of JPMorgan Chase.
  • A plenary session titled 'Constitutional Aspects of the New Bankruptcy Law: Means Testing, Attorney Regulation, Chapter 11 as Involuntary Servitude' will feature Prof. Erwin Chemerinsky of Duke University, Alec P. Ostrow of Stevens & Lee, PC, Prof. G. Ray Warner of St. John’s University School of Law and Greenberg Traurig LLP as well as Prof. Jack F. Williams of Georgia State University/BDO Seidman LLP, Peter Iranick of LeBoeuf, Lamb, Green and MacRae LLP, Richard M. Meth of Pitney Hardin and Sandra E. Mayerson of Holland and Knight.
  • Corinne Ball of Jones Day will moderate 'ADR and Negotiation' and be joined on the panel by Judge Allan L. Gropper, Robin E. Keller of Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP and Judge Cecelia G. Morris (E.D.N.Y).
  • 'Health Care: Current Trends in Hospital Bankruptcies' will feature moderator Deryck A. Palmer of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, along with panelists Tom Barry of Cain Brothers, Judge Stan Bernstein (E.D.N.Y.) and Martin G. Bunin of Thelen Reid & Priest LLP.
  • Panelists for the session titled 'Conducting Investigations in Chapter 11' include Kenneth H. Eckstein of Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP, Alan D. Holtz of AlixPartners LLC, David I. Pauker of Goldin Associates, LLC, Arthur Steinberg of Kaye Scholer LLP and Judge Elizabeth S. Stong (S.D.N.Y.).
  • 'Management & Bankruptcy Reform: KERPs, non-KERPs and Other Arrangements under the New Law' will be moderated by Matthew A. Feldman of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP. Panelists include Shelly C. Chapman of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, Timothy R. Coleman of The Blackstone Group, Lisa J. Donahue of AlixPartners LLC and Judge Robert D. Drain.
  • Finally, Martin J. Bienenstock of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, David L. Resnick of Rothschild, Inc. and Albert Togut of Togut, Segal & Segal will take part in the panel 'Is American Industry Dead?'

The conference will also feature a “Bankruptcy Reform One Year Later: What’s New in New York Courts under BAPCPA and Other Developments” Judges’ Panel plenary session to be moderated by Deirdre A. Martini of the Office of U.S. Trustee, Region 2. Joining her will be Judge Robert D. Drain, Judge Dorothy Eisenberg and Judge Elizabeth Stong along with Kathleen Farrell-Willoughby, Judge Robert E. Gerber, Judge Arthur J. Gonzalez, Judge Allan L. Gropper, Judge Carla E. Craig, Judge Cecelia G. Morris and Judge James M. Peck.

Sponsors for this year’s event include: AlixPartners LLC, BDO Seidman LLP, Bingham McCutchen LLP, BMC Group, Bridge Associates LLC, Brown Rudnick Berlack Israels LLP, Buccino & Associates, Inc., Cain Brothers, Cerberus Capital Management, LP, Chanin Capital Partners, Citigroup, Cohen, Weiss & Simon LLP, Davis Polk & Wardwell, Debevoise & Plimpton, Giuliani Capital Advisors LLC, Goldin Associates, LLC, Greenberg Traurig, LLP, The Hilco Organization, LLC, Huron Consulting Group LLC, Jones Day, JP Morgan Chase & Co., Kaye Scholer LLP, Kirkland & Ellis LLP , Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP, Lazard Freres, LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae LLP, Luskin, Stern & Eisler LLP, Mesirow Financial Consulting, LLC, Otterbourg, Steindler, Houston & Rosen, PC, Rosen & Associates, Rothschild, Inc., Sanford P. Rosen & Associates, PC, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, Stevens & Lee, PC, The Blackstone Group, Thelen Reid & Priest LLP, Togut, Segal & Segal, LLP, Weil, Gotshal & Manges 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/NY06   .

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