Friday, October 24, 2014
8:00-8:30 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast
Sponsored by Sidley Austin LLP
8:30-8:45 a.m. Welcome Remarks
David R. Kuney, Program Chair; Sidley Austin LLP; Washington, D.C.
Lawrence J. Center, Assistant Dean; Georgetown Law CLE; Washington, D.C.
Samuel J. Gerdano, Executive Director; American Bankruptcy Institute; Alexandria, Va.
8:45-9:15 a.m. Opening Discussion: Questions Left After Arkison
Leading Supreme Court advocates preview the consent issue presented in Wellness International.
Craig Goldblatt; WilmerHale; Washington, D.C.
Danielle Spinelli; WilmerHale; Washington, D.C.
9:15-10:15 a.m. Confirmation Roundtable
This panel will discuss recent confirmation issues, including whether a plan that offers new value from an insider can be confirmed without an auction process (In re Castleton Plaza, LP); the effect of third-party guarantees (In re Loop 76); whether claims-purchasers must have “good cause” to change a plan vote (In re J.C. Householders Land Trust #1); and treatment of non-recourse claims under § 1111(b) (In re B.R. Brookfield Commons No. 1 LLC).
Jay M. Goffman, Moderator; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP; New York
Hon. Robert D. Drain; U.S. Bankruptcy Court (S.D.N.Y.)
Hon. Robert E. Gerber; U.S. Bankruptcy Court (S.D.N.Y.)
Hon. Barbara J. Houser; U.S. Bankruptcy Court (N.D. Tex.)
Hon. Mary F. Walrath; U.S. Bankruptcy Court (D. Del.)
Gary T. Holtzer, Facilitator; Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP; New York
10:15-10:30 a.m. Refreshment Break
Sponsored by Development Specialists, Inc.
10:30-11:30 a.m. Cross-Border and International Bankruptcy
A working understanding of cross-border restructuring principles has become a mainstay of contemporary practice. This panel will cover cross-border fundamentals, including the application of § 109 to foreign cases, the enforceability of foreign judgments and granting comity in a chapter 15 case involving third-party releases (In re Sino-Forest Corp. and Ad Hoc Group of Vitro Noteholders v. Vitro, S.A.B. de C.V. (In re Vitro S.A.B. de C.V.)).
Marc Abrams, Moderator; Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP; New York
Hon. Shelley C. Chapman; U.S. Bankruptcy Court (S.D.N.Y.)
Hon. James M. Peck U.S.; Bankruptcy Court (S.D.N.Y)(ret.); Morrison Foerster LLP; New York
Hon. Kevin R. Huennekens; U.S. Bankruptcy Court (E.D. Va.)
Hon. Robert Mongeon; Supreme Court of Quebec; Montreal
Dion W. Hayes, Facilitator; McGuireWoods LLP; Richmond, Va.
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sales Panel: New Risks for Credit Bidding
Do new opnions suggest doubt about the right of a lender to bid the full value of claims in Chapter 11?
Martin J. Bienenstock, Moderator; Proskauer; New York
Hon. Stuart M. Bernstein; U.S. Bankruptcy Court (S.D.N.Y.)
Hon. Kevin Gross; U.S. Bankruptcy Court (D. Del.)
Hon. Christopher S. Sontchi; U.S. Bankruptcy Court (D. Del.)
Edward C. Dolan; Facilitator; Hogan Lovells US LLP; Washington, D.C.
12:30-1:50 p.m. Working Lunch: Break-Outs 1-3
Sponsored by Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP
A facilitator will lead additional discussions from the three morning panels, providing a unique opportunity for attendees to follow up on the morning’s topics in small groups over lunch with the judges and speakers.
2:00-3:00 p.m. Fraudulent Transfers and Ponzi Schemes
This panel will discuss recent advanced fraudulent transfer case law and the application of § 546(e)’s “safe harbor” to failed leveraged transactions, as well as the “good faith” defense under § 548(c), especially regarding Ponzi scheme fraudulent transfer litigation. Key cases will include In re Lyondell Chemical, In re Tribune Co. Fraudulent Conveyance Litig., In re Derivium Capital, LLC, and Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of Quebecor World (USA) Inc. v. American United Life Insurance Co.
Douglas M. Foley, Moderator; McGuireWoods LLP; Washington, D.C.
Hon. Kevin J. Carey; U.S. Bankruptcy Court (D. Del.)
Hon. Sean Lane; U.S. Bankruptcy Court (S.D.N.Y.)
Hon. Robert G. Mayer; U.S. Bankruptcy Court (E.D. Va.)
Erika L. Morabito, Facilitator; Foley & Lardner LLP; Washington, D.C.
3:00-4:00 p.m. Municipal Bankruptcies
Municipal bankruptcies are on the rise. This panel will discuss chapter 9 issues, including eligibility to file, recent developments, plan confirmation and cramdown issues, case-management issues, municipal bondholder claims, labor and pension issues, the role of mediation, alternatives to chapter 9, and the Detroit, Stockton, San Bernardino and Harrisburg municipal cases.
Michael L. Bernstein, Moderator; Arnold & Porter LLP; Washington, D.C.
Hon. Thomas B. Bennett; U.S. Bankruptcy Court (N.D. Ala.)
Hon. Mary D. France; U.S. Bankruptcy Court (M.D. Pa.)
Hon. Christopher M. Klein; U.S. Bankruptcy Court (E.D. Cal.)
Laura Davis Jones, Facilitator; Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP; Wilmington, Del.
4:00-4:15 p.m. Refreshment Break
Sponsored by McGuireWoods LLP
4:15-5:15 p.m. Ethics and Social Media
The lure of the Internet continues to pose ethical challenges, especially in regards to privacy and transparency, for members of the bar who use social media as part of their professional lives. This panel will examine the latest legal and ethical developments in the areas of disclosure and social media.
Melanie L. Cyganowski, Moderator; Otterbourg P.C.; New York
Hon. Thomas J. Catliota; U.S. Bankruptcy Court (D. Md.)
Hon. Rosemary Gambardella; U.S. Bankruptcy Court (D. N.J.)
Hon. S. Martin Teel, Jr.; U.S. Bankruptcy Court (D. D.C.)
Richard M. Meth, Facilitator; Fox Rothschild LLP; Caldwell, N.J.
5:15-6:15 p.m. Cocktail Reception
Sponsored by Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP