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Best of Mid-Atlantic Bankruptcy Workshop 2005
"Anything but Bankruptcy!: ABC’s, Receiverships & Other Alternatives"
January 18, 2006, at 2:00 p.m. Eastern.

Program Description:

Recent changes in the Bankrutpcy Code may have made nonbankruptcy alternatives relatively more attractive than previously. Listen in while our panel of experts provides a reprise of the program from the first annual Mid-Atlantic Bankruptcy Workshop that was voted “Best of ABI”! The program will include:

  • A survey of state law
  • An explanation of how each type of bankruptcy alternative works, including the pros and cons of each
    • Out-of-court restructuring
    • UCC Sale
    • Trust Mortgage
    • Assignment for the Benefit of Creditors
    • State receivership
    • Federal receivership
  • Recent case law affecting the inclusion of avoidance actions in nonbankruptcy alternatives
  • An overview of the effects of Bankruptcy Code reform and the relative attractiveness of nonbankruptcy alternatives

Speaker Bios:

Moderator: Howard Brod Brownstein, CTP, is a principal of NachmanHaysBrownstein Inc. in Narberth, Pa., where he leads turnaround assignments for clients, has principal responsibility for the firm’s transactional activities and shares responsibility for marketing services to clients, their advisors and lenders. Prior to joining NHB, Mr. Brownstein held senior positions in other turnaround firms. He was managing director of Enprotech Corp., a wholly owned subsidiary of ITOCHU (formerly C. Itoh), one of the world’s largest companies. Enprotech acted as ITOCHU’s acquisition and holding company for engineering service and product businesses with over $1 billion in assets. Mr. Brownstein has served in several senior executive and board positions, including CEO and COO of The Stone Group, a leading multinational manufacturer of comfort and safety equipment for the passenger rail industry with operations in the United States, Spain and England. Prior to becoming a turnaround management consultant, Mr. Brownstein also served on the board of a regional bank and founded a metals trading firm. Mr. Brownstein is a frequent speaker at professional and educational programs, and a regular contributor to journals and periodicals. He is a graduate of Harvard University, where he obtained J.D. and M.B.A. degrees, and of the University of Pennsylvania, where he obtained B.S. and B.A. degrees cum laude from the Wharton School and the College of Arts and Sciences.

Kenneth A. Rosen is a partner at Lowenstein Sandler PC in Roseland, N.J., where he leads the debtor and creditors’ rights section of the firm’s bankruptcy, financial reorganization and creditors’ rights group. He is a published author, having appeared in the Real Estate Finance Journal and the American Bankruptcy Law Journal. He is a member of ABI, ABA and the New Jersey State, New York State and Bankruptcy Lawyers Bar Associations. Mr. Rosen earned B.S. from Cornell University, his M.B.A. from Columbia University and his J.D. from the Benjamin Cardozo School of Law.

Andrew C. Kassner is a managing partner Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP in Philadelphia, where he is assistant to the chairman of the firm, a member of the business and finance department and co-head of the finance and restructuring practice group. Mr. Kassner concentrates his practice on workouts, chapter 11 cases and bankruptcy litigation. He is a member of ABI, the Eastern District of Pennsylvania Bankruptcy Conference and the New York, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Delaware Bar Associations. Mr. Kassner is a graduate form the University of Pennsylvania and earned his J.D. cum laude from New York Law School, where he was awarded the American Jurisprudence Award in Constitutional law.

Joel C. Shapiro is a partner at Blank Rome LLP in Philadelphia, where he is a member in the business restructuring and bankruptcy department and concentrates on bankruptcy, reorganizations, workouts, commercial lending matters and financing, among other things. He is a frequent speaker and author and is a member of ABI and the Florida, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Bar Associations. Mr. Shapiro earned his B.A. at Emory University, where he was elected Omicron Delta Epsilon, and his J.D. cum laude at the University of Miami Law School, where he was awarded the Dean’s List American Jurisprudence Award for criminal law.

Robert A. Kargen is a partner in the Business Department of White and Williams LLP.  He focuses on creditors' rights, corporate reorganizations and general bankruptcy work, including the representation of Trustees. He received his B.S. in mechanical engineering from Drexel University in 1970 and his J.D. in 1973 from Villanova University.  He graduated from Villanova University with honors and was a member of the Order of the Coif and an associate editor of the Villanova Law Review.  He is a member of ABI and the Pennsylvania, Philadelphia and American Bar Associations and is admitted to practice in all courts in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the federal courts in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and the Third and Sixth Circuit Courts of Appeal.


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