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Meetings & Events

Sunday, September 23

2:00 – 6:00 pm

ABI Registration Desk Open

6:00 – 8:00 pm

Opening Reception

Sponsored by Kirkpatrick & Lockhart
Preston Gates Ellis LLP

Monday, September 24

7:00 am

Registration Desk Open

8:00 – 8:30 am

Opening Ceremony

  • Hon. Jose Serra
    Governor of São Paulo

Welcome – IBGT-NCBJ-ABI

  • Hon. Jeffrey P. Hopkins
    NCBJ President
    U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District
    of Ohio; Cincinnati
  • Reginald W. Jackson
    ABI President
    Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP
    Columbus, Ohio
  • Christopher A. Jarvinen
    Board Member and U.S. Representative
    to the IBGT
    Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton
    & Garrison LLP; New York
  • Hon. Boris Kauffmann
    Bankruptcy Court of Appeals Judge
    São Paulo
  • Josefina Fernandez McEvoy
    ABI Vice President-International Affairs/ IBGT Chair, International Affairs
    Partner, K&L Gates; Los Angeles
  • Dr. Jorge Queiroz
    IBGT Chair, Managing Principal Alliance Partners–Corporate Transformation and Turnaround CEO, CRO, Creditors’ Representative; São Paulo

8:30 – 9:50 am

Judicial Role in Complex Reorganization Cases: View from the Bench

  • Hon. Boris Kauffmann, Moderator
    Bankruptcy Court of Appeals Judge
    São Paulo
  • Hon. Louise DeCarl Adler
    U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District
    of California; San Diego
  • Hon.  Robert D. Drain
    U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District
    of New York; New York
  • Hon. Marcia Cunha Silva Araujo de Carvalho
    Chief Judge, Rio de Janeiro Bankruptcy Court–2nd District
  • Hon. Alexandre Alves Lazzarini
    Chief Judge, São Paulo Bankruptcy Court–
    1st District

9:50 – 11:10 am

A View from the U.S. Bench: Key Structural and Practical Issues of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code–Critical Success Factors

  • Hon. Elizabeth S. Stong, Moderator
    U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District
    of New York; Brooklyn
  • Hon. Thomas B. Bennett
    U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Alabama
    Birmingham
  • Hon. Charles G. Case
    U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Arizona
    Phoenix
  • Hon. Jeffrey P. Hopkins
    U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District
    of Ohio; Cincinnati

11:10 – 12:00 am

Cooperation, Direct Communication
and Coordination of Cross-Border Cases between U.S./Brazilian Courts

  • Hon. Sidney B. Brooks
    U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Colorado Denver
  • Adolfo Rouillon
    Insolvency Specialist, Legal Vice President
    The World Bank; Washington, D.C.    

12:00– 1:00 pm

IBGT-NCBJ-ABI Luncheon (ticketed event) Speaker–Rafael Guedes, Managing Director Fitch Ratings; São Paulo

Sponsored by PricewaterhouseCoopers 

1:00 – 2:15 pm

A View from Brazil’s Bench: Key Structural and Practical Issues of Brazil’s New Corporate Bankruptcy and Recovery Law

  • Hon. Manoel de Queiroz Pereira Calças Moderator
    Bankruptcy Court of Appeals Judge
    São Paulo
  • Hon. Carlos Henrique Abrao
    Chief Judge, São Paulo Court–42nd District
  • Hon. Luiz Roberto Ayoub
    Chief Judge, Rio de Janeiro Bankruptcy Court–1st District
  • Hon. Maria Lucia Pizzotti Mendes
    Chief Judge, São Paulo Court–32nd District
  • Hon. Carlos Magno Rocha da Silva
    Chief Judge, Goiania–11th District

2:15 – 3:45 pm

Lenders’ View: Key Concerns, Relevant Aspects, DIP,
Cash Collateral, Prerequisites

  • Dr. Jorge Queiroz, Moderator
    IBGT Chair, Managing Principal Alliance Partners–Corporate Transformation and Turnaround CEO, CRO, Creditors’ Representative; São Paulo
  • Wagner Albuquerque de Almeida
    Executive Director, Credit Management
    ABN AMRO Real Bank; São Paulo
  • Marcia Maria Freitas de Aguiar
    Legal Director, UNIBANCO; São Paulo
  • David S. Kurtz
    Managing Director, Lazard Frères & Co. LLC; New York
  • Salvatore Milanese
    Director, Financial Advisory Services, KPMG; São Paulo
  • James H.M. Sprayregen
    Managing Director, Goldman Sachs & Co.; New York
  • Roberto Luis Troster
    Partner, Integral Trust; São Paulo 

3:45 – 4:00 pm

Networking Coffee Break

4:00 – 5:30 pm

The Funds: What About the Required Capital?

The perspectives and expectations of the investment funds/distressed investment and finance community (PE, M&A). Recent developments; new prospects and opportunities in the distressed market in Brazil; trading of distressed debt in U.S. and Brazil; influential pricing and variables; special situations; legal considerations.
  • Antonio Toro, Moderator
    Partner, Business Recovery Services, PricewaterhouseCoopers
    São Paulo
  • Luis Leonardo Cantidiano
    Former President of Brazil’s SEC (CVM); Board Member of the Brazilian Association of Private Equity and Venture Capital
    Partner, Motta Fernandes Rocha Advogados; São Paulo
  • Cristiana Ferraz
    Vice President of Emerging Markets, Fixed Income Division, Lehman Brothers; São Paulo
  • Felix Hofmann
    Managing Director, Morgan Stanley; United Kingdom
  • David Martens
    Director, ABN-AMRO Bank; New York

5:30 – 5:50 pm

Presentation of the International IBGT/ABI Award 2007
Honouree: Fabio Barbosa, CEO ABN-AMRO Real Bank, Brazil

7:30–10:30 pm

Conference Dinner with Special Performance by Brazilian Pop Singer Luciana Mello (ticketed event)

Sponsored by UNIBANCO

Luciana Mello is a popular singer and dancer who emerged on the Brazilian pop music scene in 2001 with her first CD and as a participant in the Artistas Reunidas (Reunited Artists) project.  Her style blends soul, samba and even hip hop genres smoothly and effortlessly. Born into a prominent musical family, her newest CD “Nega” was produced by her brother, Jair Olivera, and released in early June.

Tuesday, September 25

7:00 am

Registration Desk Open

9:00 – 10:15 am

Financial Institutions and Hedge Funds in Debt Restructurings–Their Own, as Well as Their Role in Corporate Reorganizations

  • Lionel Zaclis, Moderator
    Barretto Ferreira, Kujawski, Brancher e Gonçalves– Sociedade de Advogados; São Paulo
  • Luiz Fernando Valente de Paiva
    Partner, Pinheiro Neto Advogados; São Paulo
  • Brian E. Greer
    Counsel, Linklaters LLP; New York
  • Laura Hatfield
    Partner, Solomon Harris; Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
  • Christopher A. Jarvinen
    U.S. Representative to the IBGT
    Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP; New York

10:15 – 11:10 am

International Perspective: Key Issues

  • Luis Laboissiére Ambrosio, Moderator
    Partner, Lefosse Advogados in cooperation with Linklaters LLP
    São Paulo
  • Brock J. Edgar
    Partner, Business Recovery Services, Head of Latin American Restructuring Group, PricewaterhouseCoopers; Toronto
  • Simon Freakley
    Chief Executive Officer, Kroll, Inc.; New York
  • Otto Lobo
    Sócio, Motta Fernandes Rocha Advogados; Rio de Janeiro

11:10 – 11:30 am

Networking Coffee Break

11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Oversight and Administration of Restructuring Cases (judicial administrators, trustees, examiners)

  • Josefina Fernandez McEvoy, Moderator
     Partner, K&L Gates LLP; Los Angeles
  • Vanio Cesar Pickler Aguiar
    Trustee; São Paulo
  • Hon. Luciana Laquimia
    Judge, São Paulo Court
  • Salvatore Lobiondo
    Kroll, Inc.; New York
  • Hon. Maureen A. Tighe
    U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Central District of California
    Los Angeles

12:30– 1:30 pm

IBGT-NCBJ-ABI Luncheon (ticketed event)

Speaker: Gunther Rudzit,  Ph.D. in political science; professor of international relations at the Superior School of Diplomacy, Rio Branco Institute and FAAP; formerly Ministry of Defense (2001-03), the Organization of the American States and at the Brazilian Embassy in Washington D.C. (1998-99). Academic Background: USP and Georgetown University 

Sponsored by Kroll, Inc.

1:30 – 3:00 pm

A View from Practitioners: Creditors’ Concerns, including Issues Regarding Creditor Committees, Legal Advisors, Turnaround Professionals, Financial Advisors, Trustees, Successor Liabilities, Asset Pooling and More

  • Fabio Rosas, Moderator
    Partner, Tozzini Freire Teixeira e Silva Advogados; São Paulo
  • Laura Bumachar
    Head of Restructuring, Barbosa Mussnich & Aragão Advogados; Rio de Janeiro
  • Felipe Ribeiro Da Luz Câmara
    Tozzini Freire Teixeira e Silva Advogados; São Paulo
  • Gilberto Deon Correa
    Head of Restructuring, Veirano Advogados, Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul
  • Luiz Eugênio Araújo Müller Filho
    Partner, Lobo e Ibeas Advogados; Rio de Janeiro
  • Paulo Penalva Santos
    Partner, Motta Fernandes Rocha Advogados; Rio de Janeiro 

3:00 – 3:15 pm

Networking Coffee Break

3:00 – 3:15 pm

Refreshment Break

3:15 – 4:15 pm

Fraudulent Conveyances

  • Martin S. Zohn, Moderator
    Partner, Proskauer Rose LLP; Los Angeles
  • Jeffrey N. Rich
    Partner, K&L Gates; New York
  • Hon. Barry Russell
    U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Central District of California
    Los Angeles
  • Jack Seward
    Digital Forensic Accounting Consultant; New York 

4:15 – 5:15 pm

Corporate/Financial Frauds, Tracing, Freezing and Recovery
of Estate’s Assets—Brazilian and International Perspective:
Case Discussions

  • Eduardo Gomide, Moderator
    Managing Director, Financial Advisory Services, Kroll, Inc.
    São Paulo
  • Edward E. Davis, Jr.
    Partner, Astigarraga Davis LLP; Miami
  • Antenor Madruga
    Brazil’s Former National Secretary of Justice (2007), Director of Brazil’s Department of Assets Recovery and International Cooperation, Board Member of the Brazilian Council for Financial Activities Control and Brazil’s National Attorney; São Paulo
  • Andrew Witts
    Head, Commercial Fraud Group, Lawrence Graham LLP
    London

5:15 – 5:30 pm

Closing Speech

Hon. Celso Limongi President of the Superior Court of the State of São Paulo

Wednesday, September 26

Free Day /  Tour



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