2007 WLC Committee Educational Session Agendas
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Is Arbitration the Right Decision for Your
That boilerplate arbitration clause can be a gift—or a problem.
Learn more about enforcing it, getting out of it and the
Continuing Turmoil and Crisis in Subprime Mortgages
Challenges and opportunities for restructuring professionals.
Bankruptcy Litigation/Commercial Fraud Task Force
Gotcha! Replacing Management for Fraud and Other Evil Deeds
Under §1104, you need to meet an evidentiary burden to oust
management on issues of fraud, dishonesty, incompetence or gross
mismanagement. Most frauds go unnoticed in private companies, and public
companies have not exactly been fast to eliminate members of the
debtor’s rat pack. Attend this session and obtain the information
you need to expose the “Seven Deadly Sins” and win the
appointment of trustee or examiner. This will be followed by “20
Questions for Management of the Debtor at the 341 When Fraud and Other
Evil Deeds Are Suspected.”
Hon. Barry Russell (U.S. Bankruptcy Court; Los Angeles),
Jordon W. Siev (Anderson, Kill & Olick; New York),
Brian C. Walsh (Bryan Cave LLP; St. Louis), Cyrus Noshir
Pardiwala (PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP; New York) and Deirdre A.
Martini (CIT Group Inc.; New York).
Bankruptcy Taxation/Consumer Bankruptcy (joint)
Tax Issues in Consumer Bankruptcy
Ken C. Weil (Seattle), Henry E. Hildebrand (Lassiter,
Tidwell, Davis, Keller & Hogan PLLC; Nashville, Tenn.) and
Willis Douglas (U.S. DOJ, C.D. Calif.).
Business Reorganization/Employee Benefits in Bankruptcy
Section 1114 Issues in Large and Middle-Market
Charles M. Dyke (Thelen Reid Brown Raysman & Steiner LLP;
San Francisco), Trent Cornell (Stahl Cowen Crowley LLC;
Chicago), David Jury (United Steelworkers of America;
Wohl (Segal Co,; Washington, D.C.) and Andrew
Yearley (Lazard; New York).
ECF and Issues Surrounding Proofs of Claim
Kelly Beaudin Stapleton–Moderator (Office of the U.S.
Trustee; Philadelphia), Kathy L. Yeatter (Wells Fargo Trumbull;
New York), Kenneth M. Freda (The Garden City Group, Inc.;
Melville, N.Y.) and Barry K. Lander (U.S. Bankruptcy Court; San
Finance and Banking
First- and Second-Lien Issues
This committee will discuss the interplay and strategies associated with
first-lien/second-lien disputes; from valuation to intercreditor rights
to economic agendas (i.e., loan-to-own vs. sale now, etc.). The
panel will feature an investment banker, a “company-side”
lawyer, a first-lien-side representative/lawyer and a second-lien lender
Financial Advisors/Investment Banking/Professional
Compensation/Public Companies and Claims Trading
PART I: Full Disclosure: The Results of the ABI Professional
Prof. Stephen J. Lubben takes your questions on the
landmark ABI-funded Fee Study and its ramifications. The Q&A session
will also feature a panel moderated by C.R. “Chip”
Bowles Jr., chair of the Fee Study Steering Committee and
Practitioner’s Panel (Greenebaum Doll & McDonald PLLC;
Louisville, Ky.). Gerald A. Shapiro (CRG Partners, LLC; Wilton,
Conn.), J. Scott Victor (National City Capital
Markets-Investment Banking; Conshohocken, Pa.) and Keith J.
Shapiro (Greenburg Traurig LLP; Chicago).
PART II: Hedge Fund Competition for Control of Public Chapter 11
Debtors and Their Reorganizations
A panel will discuss issues relating to the prevalence of hedge
funds competing for control of and/or substantial ownership of public
chapter 11 debtors and their reorganizations.
H. Slayton Dabney (King & Spalding; New York), James D.
Decker (Alvarez & Marsal; Atlanta), Peter M. Gilhuly
(Latham & Watkins LLP; Los Angeles) and M. Steven Liff (Sun
Capital Partners, Inc.; Los Angeles).
Roundtable on Reform, Legislation, Case Law and Business
The panel will discuss the impact of the new BAPCPA provisions on sales
of nonprofits (§§363(d)(1) and 1129(a)(16)), self-insurance of
health care claims, the interplay of state court receiverships and
subsequent bankruptcies, and the new ombudsman provisions.
International/Uniform Commercial Code (joint)
Securing Your Transactions Across Borders
The panel will present a comparison of secured transactions law of the
United States, Canada, Mexico and England.
Kenneth Samuel Atlas (Borden Ladner Gervais LLP; Montreal) and
Ian G. Williams (Geldards LLP; Nottingham, England).
Current Developments in the “Oversight”
The Mass Tort in a Chapter 11: What’s a Debtor to Do?
Real Estate/Young & New Members (joint)
The New American Skyline: Builder/Developer Workouts and
Jeffrey L. Hubbard (Sheldon Good & Co.; New York),
Leslie Ann Berkoff (Moritt Hock Hamroff & Horowitz LLP;
Garden City, N.Y.), Joseph H. Smolinsky (Chadbourne & Parke
LLP; New York) and Heidi Jan Sorvino (Katten Muchin Rosenman
LLP; New York).
Technology and Telecommunication Cases
The Month Before: The People and Technology You Need to Get Your
During the critical 30 days prior to the filing of a chapter 11, it is
crucial that the proper people and systems be put into place to provide
the smoothest possible entry into the bankruptcy arena. This program
focuses on the practical and practice side of bankruptcy planning (as
opposed to venue selection, DIP financing, first-day motions, etc.).
H. Jason Gold (Wiley Rein LLP; Washington, D.C.), Ray C.
Schrock (Kirkland & Ellis LLP; Chicago), Jeff Pirrung
(Administar Services Group LLC; Jacksonville, Fla.), Neil Gilmour
III (Executive Sounding Board Associates Inc.; Wilmington, Del.)
and Guy A. Davis (Protiviti, Inc.; Richmond, Va.).
Unsecured Trade Creditors
Creditors’ Committees: Do They Still Bring Value to Chapter
Hon. James D. Gregg (U.S. Bankruptcy Court; Grand Rapids,
Mich.) will moderate a roundtable of committee members.