Tuesday, March 11

8:00-9:00 a.m.

Breakfast and Registrationn

The Advisory Board welcomes you to a complimentary continental breakfast.

9:00-9:15 a.m.

Welcome by Conference Leadership

9:15-10:30 a.m.

What's New?  Recent Developments In Business And Municipal Bankruptcies

The panel will discuss important recent developments, including plan confirmation issues, chapter 9 controversies from California, Detroit, and beyond, and the latest news on the continuing Stern/Bellingham fights in the Supreme Court and the Circuits.

K. John Shaffer, Moderator

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP; Los Angeles

Dawn M. Cica

Fox Rothschild LLP; Las Vegas

Hon. Scott C. Clarkson

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (C.D. Cal); Santa Ana

Paul R. Glassman

Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth; Santa Monica

Victor A. Sahn

SulmeyerKupetz, APC; Los Angeles

10:30-10:45 a.m.

Coffee Break

Sponsored by Crowe Horwath LLP and Stutman, Treister & Glatt PC

10:45 a.m.-12:00 noon

Concurrent Sessions (2)

Getting Employed, Getting Paid and Getting Appointed: Developments in Retention and Compensation of Professionals and Appointment of Examiners and Chapter 11 Trustees

This panel will discuss the new U.S. Trustee Fee Guidelines, recent developments in disinterestedness and conflicts, and the appointment of examiners and chapter 11 trustees.

Deborah L. Schrier-Rape, Moderator

DSR & Associates, P.C.; Los Angeles

Sara L. Chenetz

Perkins Coie LLP, Los Angeles

Tracy Hope Davis

Office of the U.S. Trustee, San Francisco

Michael J. Epstein

Deloitte CRG, Boston

David B. Golubchik

Levene, Neale, Bender, Yoo & Brill LLP, Los Angeles

Claim or Debt Purchasing: Opportunity or Hazard?

This panel will discuss claims, participation and loan purchases, and how they can have a significant impact on a bankruptcy case.

Kimberly A. Posin, Moderator

Latham & Watkins LLP, Los Angeles

Winston Mar

Sierra Constellation Partners, LLC; Los Angeles

Randye B. Soref

Polsinelli; Los Angeles

Victor A. Vilaplana

Foley & Lardner LLP; San Diego

12:00-1:15 p.m.


Sponsored by Duff & Phelps, Gavin/Solmonese, Loeb & Loeb LLP, Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Ethics through the Movies: Lessons in Professional Civility

Prof. Nancy Rapoport, co-chair of ABI’s Ethics Task Force, will give a presentation on the ethics of professional civility by using a familiar Southern California medium: the movies!

Prof. Nancy B. Rapoport

Gordon Silver Professor of Law

University of Nevada, William S. Boyd School of Law; Las Vegas

1:30-2:45 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions (2)

363 – Is It Worth It?

This panel will explore the advantages and disadvantages of a 363 sale from the perspective of a purchaser, secured lender and company, addressing such issues as timing, costs, imposing sale milestones, releases and credit-bidding.

Hon. Maureen A. Tighe, Moderator

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (C.D. Cal.); Woodland Hills

Amir Agam

FTI Consulting, Inc.; Los Angeles

Marc Carmel

Paul Hastings LLP; Chicago

Matthew D. Covington

Conway Mackenzie, Los Angeles

Mark Shinderman

Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP; Los Angeles

Glenn Walter

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP; Los Angeles

Valuation: Is There Anything Else?

You know the math, but do you know how to win the argument? This panel will address the nuances of supporting your numbers, preparing your rebuttal brief and cross-examination, and providing valuable testimony for your position. We will address the important points in cross-examining your opponent’s position, discuss some of the more interesting recent bankruptcy valuation decisions, and analyze what works and what doesn’t in supporting key assumptions in the valuation process. 

Hon. Theodor C. Albert, Moderator

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (C.D. Cal.); Santa Ana

Eric J. Held

Development Specialists, Inc.; Los Angeles

Robbin L. Itkin

Steptoe & Johnson LLP, Los Angeles

Timothy G. Skillman

Gavin/Solmonese; Santa Monica

Richard L. Wynne

Jones Day, Los Angeles

2:45-3:00 p.m.

Refreshment Break

Sponsored by Fox Rothschild LLP and Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP

3:00-4:15 p.m.

Great Debate: Chapter 11, Soup to Nuts — Hot Topics in Chapter 11 Cases

Six topical chapter 11 issues will be debated in a head-to-head format: (1) gifting; (2) classification; (3) Stern v. Marshall in the confirmation context; (4) Clear Channel sale issues; (5) assumption of debt; and (6) critical vendors. A panel of bankruptcy judges will ask questions and render decisions on each topic. Key issues that arise in the Ninth Circuit in connection with these topics will be emphasized.

Debate Participants:

Kenneth N. Klee

University of California at Los Angeles School of Law; Los Angeles

Richard M. Pachulski

Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP; Los Angeles


Hon. Theodor C. Albert

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (C.D. Cal.); Santa Ana

Hon. Neil W. Bason

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (C.D. Cal.); Los Angeles

Hon. Scott C. Clarkson

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (C.D. Cal); Santa Ana

Hon. Richard M. Neiter

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (C.D. Cal); Los Angeles

Hon. Deborah J. Saltzman

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (C.D. Cal); Riverside

Hon. Maureen A. Tighe

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (C.D. Cal.); Woodland Hills

4:15-6:00 p.m.


Sponsored by AlixPartners, Hackman Capital, and Tiger Group | Asset Intelligent



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