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ABI ROUNDTABLES


September 29, 2015
Time: 9:00 - 10:00 AMSplash 14-16
NCBJ-ABI Roundtable #1: Chapter 9 Update
Presented by NCBJ and ABI

Program Content:
Industry leaders will discuss hot topics in municipal bankruptcies, including eligibility and confirmation issues, bankruptcy court power, and special revenues. The panel will also explore which municipalities are likely to file the next Chapter 9 case.

Moderator:
Jay Goffman, Skadden, New York, NY

Panelists:
Hon. Steven W. Rhodes (Ret.), U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District Michigan, Detroit
Kenneth Buckfire, Miller Buckfire, New York, NY
Lisa Donahue, AlixPartners, New York, NY


Time: 9:00 - 10:00 AMGlimmer 3
NCBJ-ABI Roundtable #2: How to Utilize Mediation as an Effective Practice Tool
Presented by NCBJ and ABI

Program Content:
This panel will focus on mediation and other ADR methods applied in bankruptcy cases, including overcoming impasses, multiparty mediations and addressing confidentiality issues.

Moderator:
Richard Mikels, Mintz Levin, Boston, MA

Panelists:
Brian Shaw, Shaw Fishman, Chicago, IL
Jerry Markowitz, Markowitz Ringel, Trusty+ Hartog, Miami, FL
Scott Stuart, Garden City Group, New York, NY
Bonnie Glantz Fatell, Blank Rome, Wilmington, DE


Time: 9:00 - 10:00 AMGlimmer 4

NCBJ-ABI Roundtable #3: Individual Chapter 11
Presented by NCBJ and ABI

Program Content:
Individual Chapter 11 cases continue to present practitioners with a variety of complex and perplexing issues. This panel will discuss navigating through an individual chapter 11 case and focus on issues unique to individual chapter 11 cases including applicability of the absolute priority rule and best efforts under 1129(a)(15)

Moderator:
Patricia Redmond, Stearns Weaver, Miami, FL

Panelists:
William N. Lobel, Lobel Weiland Golden LLP, Costa Mesa, CA
Lee Kutner, Kutner Brennan, Denver, CO
Chip Bowles, Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP, Louisville, KY


Time: 10:30 - 11:30 AMSplash 14-16

NCBJ-ABI Roundtable #4: Where the Work Is 2015
Presented by NCBJ and ABI

Program Content:
Retail? E&P? Municipalities? What should professionals expect next? This panel will discuss the current state of the restructuring market and provide insights on the industries professionals should be focusing on next.

Moderator:
Melissa Kibler Knoll, Mesirow, Chicago, IL

Panelists:
John Young, Conway McKenzie, Houston, TX
Paul Steven Singerman, Berger Singerman, Miami, FL
Bob Duffy, FTI, New York, NY
Bobby Guy, Polsinelli, Nashville, TN


Time: 10:30 - 11:30 AMGlimmer 3

NCBJ-ABI Roundtable #5: IP Issues
Presented by NCBJ and ABI

Program Content:
This panel will discuss what rights and obligations a licensor and/or licensee has in a bankruptcy case. Sections 365(c)(1), (g) and (n) will be highlighted.

Moderator:
Lisa Beckerman, Akin Gump, New York, NY

Panelists:
Hon. Martin Barash, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Central District California, Los Angeles
Deborah Thorne, Barnes & Thornburg, Chicago, IL
Douglas Deutsch, Chadbourne, New York, NY
Hon. Kevin Huennekens, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District Virginia, Richmond


Time: 10:30 - 11:30 AMGlimmer 4

NCBJ-ABI Roundtable #6: Does Law v. Siegel Really Stand for That?
Presented by NCBJ and ABI

Program Content:
In Law v. Siegel, the Supreme Court made a fairly straightforward holding that, under ยง 522 (k) of the Bankruptcy Code, a bankruptcy trustee cannot surcharge a legitimate exemption to pay administrative expenses, but the Court went on to suggest, in dicta, that bad faith and fraud are not a basis for disallowing an exemption. Some lower courts have ruled subsequently that bad faith and fraud now are no longer causes for disallowing an exemption. The panel will explore the holding of Law v. Siegel and the implementation of that ruling by the inferior courts.

Moderator:
Neil C. Gordon, Arnall Golden Gregory LLP, Atlanta, GA

Panelists:
James Schwitalla, Law Office of James Schwitalla, Miami, FL
Soneet Kapila CPA, Kapila & Company, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Steve Gubner, Ezra Brutzkus Gubner LLP, Los Angeles, CA


Time: 11:45 AM - 12:45 PMGlimmer 3

NCBJ-ABI Roundtable #7: Retention/Compensation
Presented by NCBJ and ABI

Program Content:
This panel will discuss current topics in retention and compensation including the effect the United States Trustee Guidelines have had since their adoption, recent cases on bonuses, compensation for defending fee applications, conflicts and more.

Moderator:
Laura Davis Jones, Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones, Wilmington, DE

Panelists:
Jaime Sprayragen, Kirkland, Chicago, IL
Cliff White, U.S. Trustees Office, Washington, DC
Hon. Kevin Carey, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Delaware, Wilmington


Time: 11:45 AM - 12:45 PMGlimmer 4

NCBJ-ABI Roundtable #8: Individual Chapter 11
Presented by NCBJ and ABI

Program Content:
Individual Chapter 11 cases continue to present practitioners with a variety of complex and perplexing issues. This panel will discuss navigating through an individual chapter 11 case and focus on issues unique to individual chapter 11 cases including applicability of the absolute priority rule and best efforts under 1129(a)(15)

Moderator:
Patricia Redmond, Stearns Weaver, Miami, FL

Panelists:
William N. Lobel, Lobel Weiland Golden LLP, Costa Mesa, CA
Lee Kutner, Kutner Brennan, Denver, CO
Chip Bowles, Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP, Louisville, KY