Technology and Telecommunications Committee Meeting Minutes
2007 Annual Spring Meeting
The ABI Technology and Telecommunications Committee met Saturday,
April 14, 2007, at 8am during the annual ABI meeting in Washington,
D.C. There were approximately 25 members and guests present.
Committee Co-Chair William K. Snyder of Corporate Revitalization
Partners LLC in Fort Worth, Texas presided.
William thanked out-going Co-Chair Joel H. Levitin of Dechert in New
York for his service on the committee and welcomed in-coming new
Co-Chair H. Jason Gold of Wiley Rein in Washington, D.C.
William then introduced the guest panel of George Hechtman and Jeff
Gerred of PC/Hawk Electronics from Fort Worth, Texas. George and
Jeff presented and demonstrated a large variety of PDA devices and
technologies designed to enhance the productivity of insolvency
professionals. Some of the topics covered included: Using
PDA's to interface with time and billing systems; GPS related solutions;
voice recognition; portable and virtual keyboards; and others.
There was significant interaction and questioning from the committee
The presentation was very well received and appreciated by the
2006 Winter Leadership Conference
The Technology and Telecom Committee held a joint meeting with the
Investment Banking committee at the Winter Conference. Under the revised
charter of the Technology and Telecom Committee, the subject of the
meeting was Virtual Data Rooms. The panel consisted of members of both
committees and invited industry experts. The panel was very well
attended and there were two $500 certificates given to all attendees of
the meeting toward the purchase of a virtual data room. The next panel
will be at the Spring conference and will focus on handheld devices.
2006 Annual Spring
The ABI Technology and Telecommunications Committee met
Saturday April 22, 2006, at 8am during the annual ABI meeting in
Washington, D.C. There were 9 members present including William K.
Snyder, the Co-Chair of the committee, with a visit from John Penn the
president of the ABI.
The primary subjects covered were:
- The expanded charter of the committee which now includes the use of
technology in bankruptcy practice – ideas to explore in that
area were: (a) Adding a resource center to the ABI web site for ABI
members that provide digital and technology solutions to bankruptcy
practitioners – such as electronic data rooms; (b) Adding a FAQ
section for technology questions; (c) Negotiating a middle market
solution for schedules and claims processing for bankruptcy cases; (d)
Getting a periodical like PC Magazine to sponsor a “ask a
Geek” question for phones and PDA users; and (e) Getting the
ABI to announce the charter expansion and ask for a calling for new
members to join the committee.
- The ABI handbook for technology and high-tech cases: (a) Send out
the outline to the members to get authors; and (b) Add a section that
covers how the new law affects cases.
- BACPA effects to technology filings: (a) Discussions revolving
around utilities, KERPs, reclamation claims, real estate, and
exclusivity determined that the primary issues involve utility
designations and KERPs; (b) Can a telecom provider be designated a
utility?; and (c) How can key employees in technology companies be
- Upcoming articles: Patty Tamasco offered to tackle the issue in 3(b)
above concerning the designation of utilities.
The committee will need an additional author to answer the question
in 3(c) above concerning KERPs.
2005 Winter Leadership
The Technology and Telecommunication Cases Committee held its
bi-annual educational session and meeting at the Winter Leadership
Conference in a joint program with the Young and New Members Committee.
We had a presentation on Computer Forensics and E-Discovery by David
Bart of American Express Tax & Business Services, who served as
moderator, and Jack Seward of Jack Seward Associates, LLC, Randy
Terpestra, and Daniel A. Austin.
The Committee also seeks volunteers to help with committee projects,
including monitoring the listserve and preparing articles for the
upcoming e-letters. If anyone is interested in helping out on Committee
projects, please contact Committee co-chairs Joel Levitin of Dechert LLP
or William Snyder of Corporate
Revitalization Partners LLC.
2005 Annual Spring
The Technology and Telecommunication Cases Committee held its
bi-annual educational session and meeting at the Annual Spring Meeting.
The meeting began with a presentation by Kevin Finger, litigation
shareholder at Greenberg Traurig LLP, and Gary Mennitt, litigation
partner at Dechert LLP, on e-discovery issues. Kevin and Gary shared
their insights on the pitfalls and benefits of e-discovery—and,
more importantly, how e-discovery has impacted trials.
After the presentation, we held a brief committee meeting and
solicited volunteers to help with committee projects, including
monitoring the listserve and preparing articles for the upcoming
e-letters. If anyone is interested in helping out on Committee projects,
please contactJoel Levitin
or William Snyder.
At the conclusion of this committee meeting, Nancy Peterman, who has
been co-chair of the Technology and Telecommunication Cases Committee
for the past few years, stepped down as co-chair and William Snyder from
the Corporate Revitalization Partners LLC became the new committee
co-chair with Joel Levitin.
2004 Winter Leadership
“Anatomy of a Technology Transaction”—Technology
and telecommunication cases present debtors with opportunities to
monetize assets through various technology transactions: soft asset
sales, license and divestitures. In this session we will explore the
anatomy of such technology transaction both form the
debtor/seller’s perspective, as well as from the buyer’s
perspective. We will discuss the opportunities presented by technology
transactions and how such transactions come to bear. We will also focus
on unique challenges and pitfalls to avoid. Both the business and legal
aspects of technology transactions will be covered. Speakers include
Brian B. Sagi, President & CEO, CERIAN Technology Ventures, LLC and
Janice L. Block, Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig, LLP.
2004 Annual Spring
During the 2004 ABI Annual Spring Conference, the Technology and
Telecom Committee held a joint meeting with the Uniform Commercial Code
Committee. During the joint meeting, the committees held a panel
discussion on the Uniform Computer Information Transaction Act (UCITA).
UCITA was developed in order to update commercial law with respect to
issues unique to computer and information transactions.
The panelists were Joel R. Wolfson from Blank Rome LLP in Washington
and Daniel DeMarco from Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP in Cleveland, Ohio.
They discussed UCITA generally, the difficult drafting process, the
controversy surrounding UCITA and UCITA’s interplay with the
Bankruptcy Code. This discussion was very informative and for many in
the audience, was their first exposure to UCITA, which certainly will
have importance in our ever-changing technological world.
The Technology and Telecom Committee held a brief meeting following
the UCITA discussion to address committee business. The committee is
looking for volunteers for the following projects:
- Drafting short articles for the e-letter.
- Working on the Technology Handbook.
- Developing educational programs for future meetings.
Please contact Joel Levitin at (212) 698-3558
(firstname.lastname@example.org) or Nancy Peterman at (312) 456-8410
(email@example.com) if you are interested in becoming more involved in
2003 Annual Spring
We had an outstanding presentation by Mark E. Chesen, President of
SSG Capital Advisors L.P., entitled “The Telecom Industry:
Industry Overview, Trends, and Chapter 11 Issues” that included
case studies of 10 recent transactions in which SSG was involved and the
interesting issues that arose in connection therewith.
Following the program, we discussed the status of the intellectual
property/bankruptcy handbook project (and distributed the draft outline
thereof), the committee e-newsletter, and the proposed one-day
intellectual property and bankruptcy program.
2002 Winter Leadership
We had a joint program with the Asset Sales Committee presented by
Brian Sagi, President and CEO of Cerian Technology Ventures LLC,
entitled, “Making the Most of Distressed Technology Assets,”
including the following topics:
- Introduction to Distressed Technology Asset Transactions and their
- How to Extract Maximum Value from Distressed Technology Assets
- What is the Market for Such Distressed Technology Assets
- Anatomy of a Distressed Technology Asset Transaction (detailed case
- Industry Trends
- Summary and Conclusions
The co-chairs of our Committee served as moderators.
Following the program, we discussed the status of the IP/bankruptcy
handbook project and the draft outline thereof, the committee
newsletter, and the one-day intellectual property and bankruptcy
program, including numerous potential opportunities for members.
The co-chairs intend to circulate a draft handbook outline with a
request for participation in the next couple weeks.
2001 Annual Spring
The 2001 ABI Spring meeting was the kick-off meeting for the newly
formed High Tech Committee. The meeting began with a panel discussion
entitled “How to Restructure Dotcoms or How to Peacefully Put Them
to Rest.” Keith J. Shapiro of Greenberg Traurig LLP, Chicago and
Wayne Walker of Wayne Walker and Associates, Philadelphia were the
The meeting concluded with a general discussion regarding potential
projects, future meetings and the “high-tech” areas to focus
on. The High Tech Committee is looking for committee members and ideas
from you as to any projects and future meetings.