2015 Northeast Bankruptcy Conference, 2014

NO CLE - Bankruptcy and the U.S. Supreme Court: An Insider’s View of 2014 Decisions

The U.S. Supreme Court will decide three bankruptcy cases this term: (1) Executive Benefits Insurance Agency v. Arkison, which addresses the constitutionality of the district court referral system for bankruptcy cases and consent to jurisdiction where separation of powers is at issue; (2) Clark v. Rameker, which involves the availability of exemptions for inherited IRAs; and (3) Law v. Siegel, which deals with a bankruptcy court’s authority under § 105 to surcharge exemptions.

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NO CLE - The Ethical Limits of Secrecy and Confidentiality

This panel will explore the ethical boundaries of secrecy and confidentiality issues in a bankruptcy case. May and should a creditor/attorney for the debtor serve on a creditors’ committee, and to what extent may relevant information be divulged? To what extent may an attorney reveal information received by him/her during a retention interview if he/she is not hired but is later retained by another party? What problems arise if information to be divulged by one client could have an adverse impact on another?

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NO CLE - 363 Sales and Successor Liability

Section 363 sales are frequently invoked in an effort to render the debt side of a balance sheet irrelevant. Buyers and sellers generally spend much of their time negotiating pre-sale issues, such as bidding procedures, “break-up fees” and other bidding protections, perhaps relying on the “free and clear” language of § 363(f) to absolve the buyer of any liabilities associated with the assets. Buyers at § 363 sales typically assume that they take the assets free and clear of all liens and claims.

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NO CLE - How Ideas Turn into Law: ABI Review Commission; Bankruptcy Code at 30; Sausage-Making 101

ABI has embarked on a significant review of the Bankruptcy Code of 1978. It has been more than 30 years since the Code was enacted, and a consensus has emerged that the current law needs an overhaul. The world has changed, including the financial environment and the operation of the markets, and the Code even as amended was not designed to deal with many of these changes.

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NO CLE - What Happens When a Case Fails Post-Confirmation

The chapter 11 plan has been confirmed, and consummation is on the horizon. But unforeseen circumstances have put the plan in peril or, worse yet, have caused the plan to fail. This panel will discuss the issues that arise when a plan fails post-confirmation. What alternatives exist? What provisions should be included in a plan to anticipate and guard against failure? Where can the parties go for court assistance?

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NO CLE - Lightning Rounds with a Judge

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NO CLE - The Mechanics of Prepacks: What Happens Pre-Petition, and How to Make It Stick Post-Petition

The opening line to any discussion about the current trends in chapter 11 cases is often, “Everything is a 363 sale.” Well, not everything: The other way that companies are seeking to minimize the risks of chapter 11 is through the prepack.

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NO CLE - Mass Tort Chapter 11s

Even with the asbestos cases largely resolved, chapter 11 remains the preferred — if not the only — way for debtors to address mass tort liability. Chapter 11 cases involving mass torts typically present complex and interwoven issues of jurisdiction, claims determination, choice of law, insurance, liability of third parties, injunctive protection and the like.

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NO CLE - Presenting Experts in Bankruptcy Litigation

Contested evidentiary hearings in chapter 11 confirmation battles have one near-constant attribute: They are expert witness-intensive undertakings. Whether relating to the value of a secured lender’s collateral, the appropriate discount rate to be applied in valuing a payment stream provided under a plan, compliance with the best-interests-of-creditors test, feasibility or any number of other potentially contested issues, presenting expert testimony is at least worth considering, if not required.

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NO CLE - Claims Trading: The Growing Influence of Hedge Funds on Chapter 11 Practice

The claims trading marketplace has been growing rapidly over the past several years and has become commonplace in most significant chapter 11 cases. Fueling this activity are private-equity and hedge funds with varying motives and interests. This panel will explore the types of trades taking place and the mechanics of claims trading, and examine the influence that hedge funds are having on chapter 11 practice, as well as their practical impact when this “new” constituent has a seat at the table.

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