2015 New York City Bankruptcy Conference, 2015

NO CLE - Alternatives to Chapter 11

In today’s post-BAPCPA environment, why file for bankruptcy at all? Consideration of alternatives, including out-of-court restructurings, state law restructuring statutes, ABCs, foreclosures; receiverships; discussion of common problems, including solicitations and hold-outs.

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NO CLE - Current Issues in Bankruptcy Taxation

Preservation and realization of NOLs through plan structures (Capmark, WaMu, Fremont General); tax-sharing agreements and allocations of tax benefits (Edison Mission); OID (ResCap); excess loss account; fair market exchanges; transfer pricing (Nortel); trading restrictions and more.

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NO CLE - General Motors, Redux

Constitutional and bankruptcy law issues raised by post-bankruptcy claims asserted by tort claimants, including finality of § 363 sale orders and due process.

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NO CLE - Recent Decisions Affecting Secured Creditor Rights and the Potential Impact of Such Cases

Cramdown interest rate (Momentive); extent of security interest (ResCap); credit-bidding (Fisker, Free Lance-Star Publishing); date of collateral valuation. Will Till and Momentive change future bankruptcies? How will pre-bankruptcy and DIP financing change? What new or different issues will arise at the beginnings and endings of cases? Will contested confirmation become the norm? Will secured lenders be less willing to support a bankruptcy process?

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NO CLE - Cross-Border Bankruptcy Issues

Nortel (two courts simultaneously trying allocation issues); Suntech, Barnet and subsequent bankruptcy court decisions on remand (recognition and § 109(a)); Fairfield Sentry Limited (sale of SIPA claims); enforcement of judgments (Argentina litigation, Madoff); filing of chapter 11 cases by foreign debtors (Alsacia); extraterritoriality issues regarding avoidance actions (Madoff decisions). Do Fairfield, Quimonda, and Madoff represent a retreat from the principle of comity set forth in chapter 15?

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NO CLE - Bankruptcy Ethics Update

Discussion of EPF bankruptcy process issues. What are the duties of directors and their professionals in complex multi-debtor cases? More generally, when is it necessary to obtain a conflict waiver? Current vs. recent vs. former clients; directly adverse vs. positionally adverse; relatedness to a prior matter; use of confidential information; review of disinterestedness standards under Bankruptcy Code § 101(14) and related disclosure requirements; ABI Report on Standards of Professional Courtesy and Conduct.

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NO CLE - “Governed by New York Law”? Considering the Impact of New York State Law in Bankruptcy Matters

Major cases filed in New York may follow that state’s laws because of the location of the forum, contractual designation or some other reason. But New York law on debtors/creditors, fraudulent transfer, partnership and other areas may be out of date or may depart from the laws of other jurisdictions. Discussion of New York State law issues and recent cases certified to the New York State Court of Appeals, including rent-controlled leaseholds as property rights.

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NO CLE - Fiduciary Duties from Ordinary Course, into Distress and Insolvency, and through Bankruptcy

Do directors’ duties or decision processes change when the company’s conditions worsen? Is there still any implication to a “zone of insolvency”? How do directors’ duties change in bankruptcy? What duties are there to secured and unsecured creditors? Are there duties to controlled affiliates or their constituencies? Are there process protections? Quadrant (Delaware decision on board action).

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NO CLE - Controversial Issues in Valuation

Topics may include selection of comparable companies; liquidity and marketability discounts; discounts for size and reorganization risk; determining a discount rate; option-based valuation methodologies (note that the panelists will discuss and highlight different positions that may be taken, but will leave it to you to decide which positions have more merit).

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NO CLE - Professional Responsibility and Ethics Issues Arising from Cross-Border Representations in Insolvency Cases

Conflicting ethics and professionalism under different jurisdictions; required disclosures; duties to the various courts; duties to your client; different fiduciary duties; the ethics of insolvency planning and COMI-shifting.

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