Hyatt Century Plaza Nuts and Bolts: Thursday, March 4 Battleground West: Friday, March 5
Welcome to the 18th ANNUAL AMERICAN BANKRUPTCY INSTITUTE
B A N K R U P T C Y B AT T L E G R O U N D W E S T In its 18th year, ABI’s Bankruptcy Battleground West continues the tradition of bringing seasoned insolvency professionals together to discuss, debate and learn about leading issues of bankruptcy law. This year’s program, “The Perfect Storm: Navigating the Latest Wave of Insolvency,” addresses some of the most intriguing issues that have emerged during the latest insolvency cycle, including the conflicts between intellectual property and bankruptcy law, challenges to the structure of insolvent real estate enterprises, the increasing use of prepackaged and prenegotiated plans as a restructuring strategy, and the re-emergence of litigation challenging lenders, their claims and their reorganization strategies. The program will include a courtroom-style debate featuring several of the leading practitioners in our field, and a look into both the past and the future of the current recession by a renowned economist from the UCLA Anderson Forecast. This is one bankruptcy program you will not want to miss!
Thursday, March 4 NUTS & BOLTS
A STAND-ALONE PROGRAM
Introductory Remarks Hon. Barry Russell, Judicial Chair U.S. Bankruptcy Court (C.D. Calif.); Los Angeles
The Basics Part I of the Nuts & Bolts program provides an introduction to the structure and format of the Bankruptcy Code and Bankruptcy Rules, as well as an overview of the provisions of each that are implicated in both individual and corporate bankruptcy filings. Richard W. Brunette, Jr. Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP; Los Angeles David B. Golubchik Levene, Neale, Bender, Rankin and Brill, LLP Los Angeles Hon. Barry Russell U.S. Bankruptcy Court (C.D. Calif.); Los Angeles
10:30-10:45 a.m. Coffee Break
10:45 a.m.-12:00 noon
Bankruptcy Motion Practice and Evidence Part II of the Nuts and Bolts program provides practical advice from experienced judges and legal practitioners on the art of motion practice in bankruptcy court, as well as the necessity and use of evidence in bankruptcy court proceedings, and practical advice for practitioners new to bankruptcy practice regarding court appearances. David B. Golubchik Levene, Neale, Bender, Rankin and Brill, LLP Los Angeles Hon. Barry Russell U.S. Bankruptcy Court (C.D. Calif.); Los Angeles
Networking Lunch The traditional Nuts & Bolts networking lunch provides new bankruptcy professionals the opportunity to mingle with some of Los Angeles’ best-known bankruptcy judges, lawyers, professors and professionals. Sponsored by Kurtzman Carson Consultants
Business Bankruptcy and Consumer Bankruptcy Tracks Participants can select from afternoon programs focusing alternatively on business bankruptcy and restructuring, or consumer bankruptcy issues.
A Practical Guide to the Corporate Restructuring Process Delivered by the co-founder of a leading administrative-support solutions firm serving the corporate restructuring community, who has also served as a judicial bankruptcy law clerk and a restructuring attorney in two of the largest bankruptcy practice groups in the nation, this presentation offers a unique global perspective on the business of corporate bankruptcy. The presentation provides an overview of chapter 11 corporate restructuring, including its origins, evolution and key players, with emphasis on the practical aspects of the process. Jonathan Carson Kurtzman Carson Consultants LLC; El Segundo, Calif.
Consumer Bankruptcy Practices: Part I Taught from the perspectives of practitioners, judges and academics, this session will address issues including counseling the consumer debtor and preparing to file, the â€œmeans test,â€? debtor relief agencies, additional documentation requirements, exemptions and the automatic stay. Hon. Laura Stuart Taylor U.S. Bankruptcy Court (S.D. Calif.); San Diego Edward M. Wolkowitz Robinson, Diamant & Wolkowitz, APC Chapter 7 Panel Trustee (C.D. Calif.); Los Angeles
2:30-2:45 p.m. Coffee Break
Legal Issues in Business Bankruptcy This session will address in greater depth some of the most important legal issues in business bankruptcy cases, including those relating to cash collateral, financing, asset sales and plan confirmation. Deborah J. Saltzman DLA Piper; Los Angeles Judy B. Sloan Southwestern University Law School; Los Angeles
Consumer Bankruptcy Basics: Part II Again offering an array of perspectives, this session will address issues including lien avoidance, redemption and reaffirmation, proofs of claim, limits on discharge for repeat filers, nondischargeable debts, secured property, choice of chapter and debtor education. Hon. Laura Stuart Taylor U.S. Bankruptcy Court (S.D. Calif.); San Diego Edward M. Wolkowitz Robinson, Diamant & Wolkowitz, APC Chapter 7 Panel Trustee (C.D. Calif.); Los Angeles
Friday, March 5 18th ANNUAL BANKRUPTCY BATTLEGROUND WEST
Breakfast and Registration
The Advisory Board welcomes you to a complimentary continental breakfast
Welcome by Conference Leadership
Back to the Future: Bankruptcy Litigation is Back with a Vengeance This program will explore familiar topics that are once again being litigated in bankruptcy courts around the country, including equitable subordination, in pari delicto, deepening insolvency, free and clear sales and sub rosa plans. This panel will consider whether these developments are making bankruptcy a more or less effective remedy for distressed businesses and their creditors. Robert B. Orgel (Moderator) Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP; Los Angeles Lisa Hill Fenning Arnold & Porter LLP; Los Angeles Rodger M. Landau Landau & Berger LLP; Los Angeles Teresa McMahon FTI Consulting, Inc; Chicago
10:30-10:45 a.m. Coffee Break
Sponsored by Klee, Tuchin, Bogdanoff & Stern LLP
10:45 a.m.-12:00 noon
Clash of the Titans: Intellectual Property Law Meets Bankruptcy Intellectual property issues are permeating bankruptcy cases more than ever. This panel will explore the interplay between bankruptcy law and intellectual property rights, including the treatment of intellectual property as assets of the estate, or as executory contracts subject to assumption, assignment or rejection; the differences in the treatment of copyright, patent and trademark licenses under the Bankruptcy Code, and the rights that licensors and licensees retain after making section 365(n) elections. Jeffry A. Davis (Moderator) Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.; San Diego David A. Fidler Klee, Tuchin, Bogdanoff & Stern LLP; Los Angeles Katherine C. Piper Steptoe & Johnson LLP; Los Angeles Jane Shay Wald Irell & Manella LLP; Los Angeles
Luncheon with Keynote Speaker Jerry Nickelsburg, Economist at UCLA Anderson Forecast Speaker sponsored by Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP Luncheon sponsored by AlixPartners LLC
Professor Nickelsburg returns to take a critical look at the progress of the economy over the past year, his own analysis and predictions regarding the economy of a year ago, and the future of the economy here in California and throughout the United States.
Some Like It Prepackaged: Are Prepackaged and Prenegotiated Plans the Wave of the Future? This panel will explore why prepackaged plans and prenegotiated plans are increasingly more common, how they are accomplished, when they are appropriate strategies, and the key elements and timeline of a successful prepackaged or prenegotiated plan. Peter J. Gurfein (Moderator) Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP; Los Angeles Nathan J. Cook AlixPartners LLC; Los Angeles Debra A. Riley Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP; San Diego Stephen H. Warren O’Melveny & Meyers LLP; Los Angeles
2:45-3:00 p.m. Coffee Break
Sponsored by Loeb & Loeb LLP
The Great Debate: When SpecialPurpose Real Estate Vehicle Entities Don’t Serve Their Special Purpose in Bankruptcy Two of the leading practitioners in our field engage in an appellate argument before a panel of U.S. bankruptcy judges addressing the cutting-edge issues arising from the bankruptcies of affiliated real estate entities financed by commercial mortgage-backed securities (“CMBS” loans)—loans that are made to individual special-purpose vehicles (“SPVs”) that are supposed to be “bankruptcy remote” if not “bankruptcy proof.” This debate will address the central issues that flow from this common real estate finance mechanism, including whether the filing of chapter 11 cases by SPVs effectively should be precluded or dismissed as bad-faith filings, whether cases filed by members of an affiliated group of SPV entities should be treated as single-asset real estate cases or a consolidated business enterprise, and whether the use of consolidated cashmanagement systems for such enterprises in chapter 11 constitutes an improper de facto form of substantive consolidation, or whether they can otherwise be challenged by entity-specific secured lenders. PANEL MEMBERS
Richard L. Wynne (Moderator) Jones Day; Los Angeles ADVOCATES
Isaac M. Pachulski Stutman, Treister & Glatt, PC; Los Angeles Joseph A. Eisenberg Jeffer Mangels Butler & Marmaro LLP; Los Angeles JUDICIAL PANEL
Judges to be announced
Reception sponsored by Landau & Berger LLP and Crowe Horwath LLP
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Debra A. Riley Allen Matkins Leek Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP Martin R. Barash Klee, Tuchin, Bogdanoff & Stern LLP Jeffrey M. Reisner Irell & Manella LLP
JUDICIAL CHAIR Hon. Barry Russell U.S. Bankruptcy Court (C.D. Calif.)
ADVISORY B O A R D Gary Adelson NachmanHaysBrownstein, Inc. Russell A. Belinsky Chanin Capital Partners Marc Bilbao Imperial Capital LLC William A. Brandt, Jr. Development Specialists, Inc. Richard W. Brunette Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP Jonathan A. Carson Kurtzman Carson Consultants LLC Nathan Cook AlixPartners LLP Jeffry A. Davis Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo P.C. Lisa Hill Fenning Arnold & Porter LLP Scott F. Gautier Peitzman, Weg & Kempinsky LLP
Michael H. Goldstein Greenberg Traurig, LLP David B. Golubchik Levene, Neale, Bender, Rankin & Brill L.L.P. Ronald F. Greenspan FTI Consulting Howard Grobstein Grobstein, Horwath & Company LLP Peter J. Gurfein Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld LLP Robbin L. Itkin Steptoe & Johnson LLP Lance Jurich Loeb & Loeb LLP Thomas R. Kreller Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, LLP Rodger M. Landau Landau and Berger LLP Gregory O. Lunt Latham & Watkins LLP Robert B. Orgel Pachulski, Stang, Ziehl, Young, Jones & Weintraub PC Victor A. Sahn Sulmeyer Kupetz Prof. Judy B. Sloan Southwestern University School of Law Victor A. Vilaplana Foley & Lardner LLP Marc J. Winthrop Winthrop Couchot PC Richard L. Wynne Jones Day
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B A N K R U P T C Y B AT T L E G R O U N D W E S T SPONSO R S Breakfast Sponsor
18th Annual ABI Bankruptcy Battleground West Advisory Board
Morning Coffee Break Sponsor Klee, Tuchin, Bogdanoff & Stern LLP
Luncheon Speaker Sponsor
Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP
Luncheon Sponsor AlixPartners LLC
Afternoon Coffee Break Sponsor Klee, Tuchin, Bogdanoff & Stern LLP
Landau & Berger LLP and Crowe Horwath LLP
Omni Management Group, LLC
GENERAL ADVISORY BOARD SPONSORS Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP AlixPartners LLP Arnold & Porter LLP Buchalter Nemer, PC Chanin Capital Partners, a Duff & Phelps Company Crowe Horwath LLP Development Specialists, Inc. Foley & Lardner LLP FTI Consulting Greenberg Traurig, LLP Grobstein, Horwath & Company LLP Imperial Capital LLC Irell & Manella LLP Jones Day
Klee, Tuchin, Bogdanoff & Stern LLP Kurtzman Carson Consultants, LLC Landau and Berger LLP Latham & Watkins LLP Levene, Neale, Bender, Rankin & Brill L.L.P. Loeb & Loeb LLP Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo P.C. Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCoy LLP NachmanHaysBrownstein, Inc. Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP Peitzman, Weg & Kempinsky LLP Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP Steptoe & Johnson LLP SulmeyerKupetz, APC Winthrop Couchot PC
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