Best of New York City Bankruptcy Conference 2005
How Do You Put an Insolvent Chapter 11 Debtor to Rest? What Are Your Alternatives If You Cannot Confirm a “Normal” Plan?
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Program Description:

This audioconference will explore both traditional and non-traditional ideas including: case dismissal; entry of a “bifurcation order”; a “virtual” chapter 7 proceeding in the chapter 11 proceeding; taking a “shot” at operating an administratively insolvent chapter 11 proceeding without a bifurcation order; and confirmation of a plan for an administratively insolvent estate.

Speaker Bios:

Hon. Allan L. Gropper was appointed as a U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the Southern District of New York on Oct. 4, 2000. In 1972, Judge Gropper joined the law firm of White & Case, and become a partner in 1978, where he was head of the firm’s bankruptcy and reorganization practice group, was active in many of the nation’s largest Chapter 11 cases and was also active in international insolvencies and restructurings while located in the firm’s Hong Kong office in 1999 and 2000. He has lectured in several foreign countries on insolvency matters and is a co-editor of a two-volume text entitled “International Insolvency” published in 2000. He was an adjunct professor of law at Fordham Law School and currently teaches a course in international insolvency there. Judge Gropper graduated from Yale College cum laude and was a Fulbright Tutor in English at Christ Church College in Kanpur, India. He graduated from Harvard Law School cum laude in 1969.

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.

Andrew A. Kress is a partner in the business reorganization and creditors’ rights department at Kaye Scholer in New York, where he specializes in bankruptcy, corporate reorganization and creditors’ rights. He is the co-author of The Fundamentals of Bankruptcy and Corporate Reorganization and a member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. Mr. Kress earned his B.A. magna cum laude and with honors from Hofstra University and his J.D. from the Hofstra University School of Law.

Deirdre A. Martini is the U.S. Trustee for Region 2, which encompasses all of the judicial districts of New York, Connecticut and Vermont, where she presides over some of the largest chapter 11 filings in the country and supervises one of the largest regions in the United States, managing eight field offices with over 90 employees. Ms. Martini was appointed by the U.S. Attorney General on Oct. 29, 2004. At the time of her appointment, Ms. Martini was with the Greenwich, Conn., law firm of Ivey, Barnum & O’Mara LLC, where she established and managed the bankruptcy practice group. Ms. Martini also serves as an advisor to the deans of both St. John’s University School of Law and Quinnipiac University School of Law. Previously, Ms. Martini served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut from 1988-99, where she represented the government in both civil and criminal bankruptcy proceedings. Ms. Martini is a graduate of New York University and Quinnipiac University Law School.

Joseph Samet is a partner at Baker& McKenzie LLP in New York, where he practices in the areas of creditors’ rights, bankruptcy, insolvency and reorganizations and focuses on national and international workouts, chapter 11 reorganizations and bankruptcy. He is a contributing author of Collier on Bankruptcy, the Collier Bankruptcy Practice Guide treatises and a co-author of the Herzog’s Bankruptcy Forms and Practice, published by West Group. Mr. Samet was an associate conferee of the National Bankruptcy Conference and a member of its Bankruptcy Code Review project. He is on the panel of mediators for the Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York. Mr. Samet was an adjunct professor of law at Brooklyn Law School and sits on ABI’s Board of Directors. He received the 2004 Burton Award for legal writing as co-author of the article entitled “When Worlds Collide: Intellectual Property and Arbitration Rights in Bankruptcy Cases.” Mr. Samet earned his bachelor’s degree with honors from Queens College and his J.D. from Brooklyn Law School.

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