2015 Southwest Bankruptcy Conference, 2015

NO CLE - Criminal and Civil Investigations of Corporate Debtors and Management

This panel will discuss the ways that companies and their advisers can address issues relating to governmental agency investigations (SEC, FBI, IRS) of the debtor and its management, including nondebtor stays, exceptions to discharge and other issues.

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NO CLE - Hot Topics in Chapter 11

This panel will address a variety of issues in chapter 11 cases, including cramdown interest rates, credit-bidding and equitable mootness, among other issues.

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NO CLE - Hot Consumer Bankruptcy Topics

This year’s hot topics will include two cases currently pending before the U.S. Supreme Court: the Caulkett decision concerning lien-stripping on primary residences in chapter 7 cases, and the Harris case regarding distribution of funds held by a chapter 13 trustee upon conversion to chapter 7.

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NO CLE - Litigation In the Bankruptcy World – Selected Hot Issues

While case flings are down, the disputes that rage on in the cases have continued on. The panel will address three (3) selected litigation issues impacting the process: (a) Discovery Matters In Bankruptcy Cases – “Get to the point, get there quickly, get there cost effectively, and get the facts and documents organized”; (b) Expert Witness Matters – “If they know more than you, they must be an expert – right?” Bankruptcy Judges are becoming more discriminating (and more selective) in who and what is a proper expert and the purview of expert testimony.

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NO CLE - Casino and Gaming Issues in Chapter 11 Cases

This panel will discuss the first-day orders necessary to keep a casino open (including regulatory interplay), including motions related to chips, loyalty programs and progressive play. Featured will be a discussion of the issues related to valuation and the extent of security interests, including cash as proceeds of gaming collateral and perfection of bankroll, along with issues related to plan confirmation and § 363 sales,‎ including regulatory limitations and protection of customer lists.

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NO CLE - Cutting-Edge Issues in Retention and Fee Applications

This panel will address disclosure issues relating to disinterestedness, compensation and reimbursement requirements, compensation of fees incurred defending fee applications, and flat-fee arrangements between chapter 7 debtors and counsel, and other issues.

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NO CLE - Very Good Debates

John W. Lucas, Moderator
Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP; San Francisco
Judicial Debate
Resolved: The “disinterestedness” requirement should be strictly enforced under § 327 (no waivers or ethical walls).
Pro: Hon. Randall L. Dunn
U.S. Bankruptcy Court (D. Or.); Portland
Con: Hon. Madeleine C. Wanslee
U.S. Bankruptcy Court (D. Ariz.); Phoenix
Business Debate
Resolved: Acceleration of a debt obligation under a credit agreement should act to prevent the lender from enforcing a prepayment premium
Pro: Lori Sinanyan
Jones Day; Los Angeles

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