2015 VALCON, 2014

NO CLE - Red Flags: When Your Valuation Expert’s Report Doesn’t Seem Right, What Are Your Options?

After you have found your valuation expert, how do you know that the expert’s report is accurate? This panel will discuss some of the red flags that should cause you to raise some questions with your own expert (or consider asking the other side’s expert in cross-examination), and will discuss how organization might make it easier or harder to catch red flags.

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NO CLE - ResCap and the Use of Examiners in Chapter 11 Cases

The strategic use of Examiners in some of the largest and most complex Chapter 11 cases has become more frequent in recent years. This panel explores the use of an Examiner to investigate, analyze and value potential causes of action and other contentious issues in ResCap and other significant Chapter 11 cases.

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NO CLE - Judicial Panel

This panel will consider current issues of interest to judges and insolvency professionals.

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NO CLE - AMR Case Study: How Extraordinary Value was Achieved for AMR’s Creditors and Equity-Holders

From the outset of AMR's chapter 11 filing in November 2011, the Creditors' Committee focused on working closely and collaboratively with the Debtors to craft innovative solutions for the airlines' labor and pension issues and to systematically evaluate AMR's restructuring alternatives, identify a path for emergence that maximized the value of the airline, and craft a confirmable plan of reorganization that would command the strong support of general unsecured creditors and other economic stakeholders.

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NO CLE - Are Blanket Liens Really Blanket? Allocating the Going-Concern Surplus

This panel will address the entitlement of a secured lender with a "blanket lien" on a company’s assets to share in the going concern or enterprise value of that company when it is liquidated in a § 363 sale or otherwise dealt with under a chapter 11 plan. The circumstances under which such sharing in “going concern” value has been permitted, the cases on both sides of the issue, and the policy arguments in favor of and against the secured lenders’ right to access such value to satisfy its secured claim will be explored.

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NO CLE - Making Your Case: Presenting Valuation Evidence

This panel will present strategies and tips for presenting financial evidence in chapter 11 cases. Panelists will discuss the selection, roles and fee arrangements of financial advisors and experts, employment applications/standards under the Bankruptcy Code, disclosure, protecting privilege, opinion testimony, use of demonstrative evidence, witness preparation and more.

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NO CLE - Valuation Game Theory: Constituents’ Tactics and Perspectives

How do different constituencies “play” the same valuation issue? This panel will explore how and why valuation is an art and not a science in chapter 11, and will take on the challenge of debating whether or not this should trouble us as bankruptcy professionals and investors.

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NO CLE - Valuation Standards: Market Test vs. Expert Valuations

This panel will take a look at developments in legal standards for determining the whole enterprise valuation, and their impact on valuation methodology. What drives the market definition and its underlying policy? When is the market likely to be wrong (and how do you show when not to trust the market)? How reliable is a “robust auction,” and why might the outcome differ from an expert valuation? When is an expert valuation likely to be suspect? The status of the “new value doctrine” and related valuation issues will also be discussed.

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NO CLE - The Value Distribution Waterfall: Flows and Diversions

This session will examine the legal issues that impact the flow and diversion of the value distribution waterfall, including identifying gaps between the scope of, and the methodology for determining, enterprise value and collateral value; the impact of §§ 502, 506(a), 506(c) and 552 on the allowed amount of secured and unsecured claims; and contractual and non-contractual adjustments to legal priorities (including intercreditor lien agreements, intercreditor claim-subordination agreements, participation agreements and collective action, equitable subordination, intercompany claims and substan

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NO CLE - Bankruptcy: When Is It the Answer? Maximizing the Value of Distressed Debt

In today’s environment, several options exist for effectuating a restructuring of a company in distress. When is a chapter 11 filing the best option given the costs, risks and potential for reputational damage, and when is it not? This panel will discuss the fundamental questions to be asked when considering the alternatives to bankruptcy and, more specifically, when bankruptcy preserves or creates value.

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