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Meetings & Events

Friday, October 26, 2007

8:00 a.m.

Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00–9:30 a.m.

Programme Chairman’s Opening Remarks

Ian G. Williams, Geldards LLP; Nottingham, U.K.

Address by ABI’s President-Elect
John W. Ames, Greenebaum Doll & McDonald PLLC
Louisville, Ky.

9:30–11:00 a.m.

Germany Calling: Tips for German Practitioners

An in-depth panel discussion for German trustees and practitioners who have estates or cases that contain a U.S. element. This may be in the form of a U.S.-based creditor/debtor, lender or supplier, a U.S. shareholder/stakeholder, or parent or subsidiary undertaking. How should you as German professional deal with such situations? What avenues are open to you? To whom should you turn and what should you expect?

  • Dr. Christof Schiller, Moderator
    Wellensiek; Heidelberg
  • Dr. Eberhard Braun
    Schulte & Braun GmbH; Achern
  • James L. Garrity Jr.
    Shearman & Sterling; New York
  • Dr. Martin Prager
    Pluta Rechtsanwalts GmbH; Munich
  • Deborah D. Williamson
    Cox Smith Matthews Incorporated; San Antonio

11:00–11:30 a.m.

Coffee Break

Sponsored by Wells Fargo Foothill

11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

The Automotive Industry: The Problems Continue–The German Perspective

Rising fuel prices, endless legacy costs and intense competition have taken a heavy toll on the industry and its suppliers. This trans-Atlantic panel provides an outlook of whats next.

  • Dr Joachim Englert, Moderator
    PricewaterhouseCoopers; Frankfurt
  • Jen Alsleben
    Strategic Value Partners; Frankfurt 
  • Wilhelm Becker
    BMW; Munich
  • Matthias Gotz
    KayeScholer (Germany) LLP; Frankfurt
  • Paul Melville
    Grant Thornton LLP; Southfield, MI 

1:00–2:30 p.m.


Keynote: Robert O. Sanderson
KPMG LLP, Current INSOL President; Toronto
Sponsored by KPMG LLP

2:30–4:00 p.m.

Financing the Future: Hedge Funds–the Facts and the Fiction

There remains a certain degree of mystery surrounding the role hedge funds play in international restructurings. This panel will set out the backdrop to active hedge fund participation, their motives and intentions setting out the facts, and deal with some myths.
  • Dr Lars Westpfahl, Moderator
    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; Hamburg
  • Paul Salama-Caro
    Silver Point Capital; London
  • Hermann Dambach
    Oaktree GmbH; Frankfurt
  • Tim van Delden
    Avenue Capital; London

4:00–4:30 p.m.

Afternoon Networking Break

Sponsored by Baker & McKenzie LLP

4:30–6:00 p.m.

America Now!

A panel discussion of current trends in U.S. insolvencies and restructurings, exploring current legislation and cases particularly surrounding the operation of chapter 15 of the U.S. Code. Comments on developments in the financial sector for distressed lending and highlights emerging trends.

  • Keith J. Shapiro, Moderator
    Greenberg Traurig; Chicago
  • Robert N. Dangremond
    AlixPartners LLC; London
  • Henry S. Miller
    Miller Buckfire & Co. LLC; New York
  • Prof. G. Ray Warner
    St John’s University School of Law; New York

6:00–6:15 p.m.

Chairman’s Closing Remarks

Ian G. Williams
Geldards LLP; Nottingham, U.K.

6:15–8:00 p.m.

Cocktails & Canapés

Sponsored by PricewaterhouseCoopers



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