ABI

Thursday, August 8

2:00-6:00 p.m.

ABI Registration Desk Open

6:00-8:00 p.m.

Opening Reception

Sponsored by Alvarez & Marsal; Barnes & Thornburg LLP; Bederson & Company, LLP; Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC; Cole, Schotz, Meisel, Forman & Leonard, PA; Cozen O'Connor; Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP; EisnerAmper LLP; Richards, Layton & Finger, PA; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP; SSG Capital Advisors, LLC; Whiteford Taylor & Preston LLP

Friday, August 9

7:00 a.m-12:00 noon

ABI Registration Desk Open

7:30-8:00 a.m.

Breakfast

Sponsored by Miles & Stockbridge PC

8:00-9:00 a.m.

Plenary Session

Hot Topics in Ethics: Disclosure Disasters, Conflict Conundrums and Trial Tribulation

This panel of regional judges and ethics experts will weigh in with analysis and guidance on current, relevant ethics issues. Case examples “ripped from the headlines” will highlight this discussion on disclosures, litigation issues and conflicts

Anne K. Fiorenza

U.S. Department of Justice; Harrisburg, Pa.

Hon. Robert E. Gerber

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (S.D.N.Y.); New York

Warren J. Martin, Jr.

Porzio, Bromberg & Newman, PC; Morristown, N.J.

Richard M. Meth

Fox Rothschild LLP; Roseland, N.J.

Hon. Judith H. Wizmur

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (D. N.J.); Camden

9:15-10:30 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions (4)

The Intersection of Intellectual Property and Bankruptcy: Kodak, Nortel and Other Cases

IP experts will shed light on the mysteries of understanding IP law and navigating the often puzzling sales processes, drawing from their experiences in Nortel, Kodak and other important cases.

David Berten

Global IP Law Group, LLC; Chicago

Hon. Jeffrey A. Deller

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (W.D. Pa.); Pittsburgh

Pauline K. Morgan

Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP; Wilmington, Del.

Cassandra M. Porter

Lowenstein Sandler LLP; Roseland, N.J.

Christopher Burton Wick

Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP; Cleveland

You’re Outta Here! Venue Issues after Patriot Coal

This panel will re-examine the statutory bases for venue, proper and improper, as well as recent and past case law applying those statutory provisions to either keep a case where it was filed to to transfer it to a different district.

Roberta A. DeAngelis

Office of the U.S. Trustee; Philadelphia

Camille W. Hill

Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC; Syracuse, N.Y.

Laura Davis Jones

Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP; Wilmington, Del.

Hon. Brian Francis Kenney

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (E.D. Va.); Alexandria

Jeffrey N. Rothleder

Arent Fox LLP; Washington, D.C.

Checking In on the Supremes: Recent Decisions and Key Supreme Court Decisions Revisited, Including Stern v. Marshall

This panel will discuss recent Supreme Court cases.

Karen A. Giannelli

Gibbons PC; Newark. N.J.

Lawrence J. Kotler

Duane Morris LLP; Philadelphia

Hon. David E. Rice

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (D. Md.); Baltimore

Joseph L. Schwartz

Riker, Danzig, Scherer, Hyland & Perretti LLP; Morristown N.J.

Gregory W. Werkheiser

Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP; Wilmington, Del.

Donald A. Workman

BakerHostetler; Washington, D.C.

Financial Advisors Roundtable: The Value of Valuations and Payment of Success Fees (Best and Worst Practices)

This panel will discuss examples of when and how t use valuation opinions and expertise, and the fee structure pitfalls that can impact credibility. When is it appropriate (if ever) to use success fees for valuation opinions.

Kevin P. Clancy

CohnReznick; Edison, N.J.

Charles R. Goldstein

Protiviti Inc.; Baltimore

Ryan T. Routh

Jones Day; Cleveland

Hon. Christopher S. Sontchi

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (D. Del.); Wilmington

10:30-10:45 a.m.

Coffee Break

Sponsored by AlixPartners

10:45 a.m.-12:00 noon

Concurrent Sessions (4)

Young & New Practitioners: The Nuts & Bolts of Chapter 11, Including Litigation Skills

This panel will explore the basics of chapter 11 cases through the lenses of bankruptcy judges, U.S. Trustees, debtor's counsel, unsecured creditors’ committees and individual creditors. There will also be a particular focus on litigation strategies and skills, as chapter 11 filings continue to be more sale-oriented, resulting in a greater emphasis on claims and avoidance litigation.

Hon. Nancy V. Alquist

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (D. Md.); Baltimore

Patricia B. Jefferson

Miles & Stockbridge PC; Baltimore

Shanti M. Katona

Polsinelli; Wilmington, Del.

Erika Lynn Morabito

Foley & Lardner LLP; Washington, D.C.

Views from the Bank: Trends and Views of Lenders on Workouts and Bankruptcy, Including DIP Financing

This panel will discuss recent trends and views on various issues that arise in an out-of-court workout, as well as various strategies that can be employed in a bankruptcy case—all from the lender’s perspective. The panel will also explore the latest developments in DIP financing.

Sherri L. Dahl

Squire Sanders; Cleveland

Daniel J. DeFranceschi

Richards, Layton & Finger, PA; Wilmington, Del.

Douglas M. Foley

McGuireWoods LLP; Washington, D.C.

Mark A. Gittelman

PNC Bank, NA; Philadelphia

Kurt F. Gwynne

Reed Smith LLP; Wilmington, Del.

Selling the Distressed Debtor: Distressed Asset Purchasers, Lenders, Judges and the Complexities of a 363 Sale

This panel will focus on the twists, turns and strategic, tactical and litigation considerations that arise in 363 sales of substantially all of a chapter 11 debtor’s business assets, including the special challenges posed by the sale of a professional services firm.

Arthur J. Abramowitz

Cozen O’Connor; Cherry Hill, N.J.

Mark S. Chehi

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP; Wilmington, Del.

Norman L. Pernick

Cole, Schotz, Meisel, Forman & Leonard, PA; Wilmington, Del.

Hon. Brendan Linehan Shannon

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (D. Del.); Wilmington

Lee E. Woodard

Harris Beach PLLC; Syracuse, N.Y.

Commercial Chapter 7 Issues: Operating Chapter 7 Cases

This panel will explore issues that arise during the operation of commercial chapter 7 cases and how they are being addressed by bankruptcy judges, trustees and attorneys.

Mark Desgrosseilliers

Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP; Wilmington, Del.

Alfred T. Giuliano

Giuliano, Miller & Company LLC; West Berlin, N.J.

Harry W. Greenfield

Buckley King LPA; Cleveland

Gary F. Seitz

Rawle & HendersonLLP; Wilmington, Del.

Hon. Donald H. Steckroth

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (D. N.J.); Newark

1:00 p.m.

Golf Tournament at Hershey’s West Course

Sponsored by Protiviti, Inc.

1:30 p.m.

Trap Shooting Tournament

Sponsored by Sullivan Hazeltine Allinson LLC

5:30-7:00 p.m.

Delaware State Bar Association Reception

Sponsored by the Delaware State Bar Association Bankruptcy Section

7:00 p.m.

A Taste of Hershey Dinner and Dancing (kid-friendly!)

Dinner sponsored by Ashby & Geddes, PA, Bayard, P.A., CohnReznick, Fox Rothschild LLP, Lowenstein Sandler PC, McCarter & English, LLP, Polsinelli Shughart, Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP, Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP and Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP

Entertainment sponsored by Deloitte/CRG, Gavin/Solmonese and Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP

Saturday, August 10

7:30 a.m.-12:00 noon

ABI Registration Desk Open

7:30-8:00 a.m.

Breakfast

Sponsored by Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP

8:00-9:00 a.m.

Plenary Session

Jaunty Judicial Debates

Laurie Selber Silverstein, Moderator

Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP; Wilmington, Del.

Resolved: The absolute priority rule absolutely applies to all individual chapter 11 cases.

Pro: Hon. Helen Elizabeth Burris

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (D. S.C.); Spartanburg

Con: Hon. Michael B. Kaplan

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (D. N.J.); Trenton

Resolved: Bankruptcy courts are bound by the restraints of intercreditor agreements, regardless of the impact on stakeholders of the estate.

Pro: Hon. Richard E. Fehling

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (E.D. Pa.); Reading

Con: Hon. Kevin J. Carey

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (D. Del.); Wilmington

9:15-10:30 a.m.

Concurrent Session

Consumer Chapter 7 Potpourri

This panel will address consumer litigation issues, including underwater real estate and methods for dealing with it, ethical concerns, pre-filing/exemption issues, and the plight of debtors who cannot afford the cost of litigation.

Hon. Gloria M. Burns

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (D. N.J.); Camden

Christine Hamilton-Eisler

Gonzaga Hamilton LLP; Rockville, Md.

Eric R. Perkins

McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter, LLP; Ridgewood, N.J.

Lynn Lewis Tavenner

Tavenner & Beran, PLC; Richmond, Va.

Repeat Concurrent Sessions (3)

Young & New Practitioners: The Nuts & Bolts of Chapter 11, Including Litigation Skills

Views from the Bank: Trends and Views of Lenders on Workouts and Bankruptcy, Including DIP Financing

Selling the Distressed Debtor: Distressed Asset Purchasers, Lenders, Judges and the Complexities that Go into Determining What Happens at a 363 Sale

10:30-10:45 a.m.

Coffee Break

Sponsored by Greenberg Traurig, LLP

10:45 a.m.-12:00 noon

Repeat Concurrent Sessions (4)

The Intersection of Intellectual Property and Bankruptcy: Kodak, Nortel and Other Cases

You’re Outta Here! Venue Issues after Patriot Coal

Checking In on the Supremes: Recent Decisions and Key Supreme Court Decisions Revisited, Including Stern v. Marshall

Financial Advisors Roundtable: The Value of Valuations and Payment of Success Fees (Best and Worst Practices)

12:00 noon

Adjourn

 

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