Best of 2006 Delaware Views from the Bankruptcy Bench and Bar
The New Code’s Impact on Chapter 11

Wednesday, September 20 at 1:00pm ET
Duration: 1 hour


Program Description:

BAPCPA modified several areas of chapter 11 law, including exclusivity, commercial real estate leases, utility claims, reclamation, preferences, KERPs, fraudulent transfers, retiree benefits and appointment of a trustee. This panel of senior practitioners and Delaware judges comprehensively examines the key parts of chapter 11 impacted by the BAPCPA changes.


Speaker Bios:

Hon. Kevin J. Carey is a U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the District of Delaware, where he has served since Dec. 9, 2005. He previously served as a U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Prior to taking the bench, Judge Carey served as Clerk of Court of the Bankruptcy Court of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. He is a former partner and member of the Financial Services Department of Fox, Rothschild, O'Brien & Frankel, LLP, where he represented financial institutions, corporate creditors, landlords and debtors in bankruptcy, workouts and financing matters. He is a contributing author to the Collier Forms Manual. Judge Carey received his B.A. from Pennsylvania State University and his J.D. from the Villanova University School of Law.

Marcia L. Goldstein is a managing partner of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP in New York, where her practice covers all aspects of domestic and international debtor restructurings as well as crisis management and corporate governance. Ms. Goldstein has also represented debtors, bank groups, secured and unsecured creditors' committees, trustees and other parties in other major debt restructurings and chapter 11 cases. She is currently leading the firm's representation of MCI Inc. and Parmalat and is special restructuring counsel to Eurotunel. Ms. Goldstein serves on the advisory board of Collier on Bankruptcy, 15th Ed., and has been a visiting lecturer in bankruptcy at Yale Law School. She is a member of the National Bankruptcy Conference, American College of Bankruptcy, International Insolvency Institute and INSOL and has served as the chair of the Committee on Bankruptcy and Corporate Reorganization of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. Ms. Goldstein received her A.B. magna cum laude from Cornell University and her J.D. cum laude from Cornell Law School, where she was articles editor of the Cornell Law Review.

Hon. Kevin Gross is a U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the District of Delaware in Wilmington, appointed on March 13, 2006. Prior to taking the bench, he was with the firm of Morris and Rosenthal, where his practice consisted of general litigation with particular emphasis on the representation of shareholders before the Delaware Court of Chancery and federal courts. Judge Gross was an active participant in the Wilmington desegregation case on behalf of the plaintiff class beginning with the remedy phase of that case. He has handled several child-custody and parental-rights cases and has mediated many cases pending in bankruptcy court, district court, superior court and the court of chancery. Judge Gross is a member of the Delaware Court Bankruptcy Rules and Practice Committee, Delaware Court of Chancery Rules Committee and the Board of Professional Responsibility of the Delaware Supreme Court. He received his B.A. from the University of Delaware and his J.D. from the Washington College of Law of American University, where he was a member of the Law Review.

Scott L. Hazan is a partner at Otterbourg, Steindler, Houston & Rosen PC in New York, where he is a member of the firm's management committee and chairman of its insolvency department. He is a published author and a frequent speaker, and has spoken at numerous events for the Turnaround Management Association, ABI and the Practising Law Institute. He has been listed in Turnarounds and Workouts, Chambers USA, The Best Lawyers in America, Who's Who in America, Chambers Global World Leading Lawyers and the K&A Restructuring Register. Mr. Hazan earned his B.A. from Queens College of the City University of New York and his J.D. cum laude from Brooklyn Law School, where he was a member of the Law Review and the Moot Court.

Laura Davis Jones is a shareholder of the firm Pachulski, Stang, Ziehl, Young, Jones & Weintraub LLP in Wilmington, Del., where she represents debtors, creditors' committees, bank groups, acquirers and other significant constituencies in national chapter 11 cases and workout proceedings. She is also a program chair of ABI’s Mid-Atlantic Bankruptcy Workshop. Ms. Jones was named “Deal Maker of the Year” by The American Lawyer in 2002, and has been named by her peers as one of the “Best Lawyers in America” and “Best Lawyers in Delaware,” and has been selected as one of the Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America. She has also been included in the K&A Restructuring Register from 2002-06 and has been repeatedly included in the International Who's Who of Insolvency and Restructuring Lawyers. Ms. Jones served as law clerk for former Chief Judge Helen Balick of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware.

James H.M. Sprayregen leads the restructuring practice of Kirkland & Ellis LLP in Chicago. Mr. Sprayregen has an extensive background in insolvency matters, representing major U.S. and international companies in and out of chapter 11 proceedings, buyers and sellers of assets in distressed situations, advising boards of directors, and generally representing debtors and creditors in workout, insolvency, restructuring, and bankruptcy matters. He is listed in Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Chambers and Partners, The American Lawyer and was also featured as one of the “Dealmakers of the Year” by The American Lawyer in April 2004. He is a frequent lecturer, speaker and panel moderator and has also published numerous articles on insolvency issues. Mr. Sprayregen received his B.A. from the University of Michigan and his J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law.