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9.00 am

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9.10 – 10.00 am

Industry Brief (50 mins)

Big Picture: Restructuring Cycle

During the on-set of Covid in 2020, many predictions were made that pandemics pressure would lead a boom in corporate bankruptcy filings and restructurings across several industries. Instead, it was a bust as bankruptcy filings in the United States plunged in 2021.

Prominent professionals will share their observations and predictions for the industry given the current challenges – from rising interest rates and inflationary pressures on business.

Shari L. Heyen, Co-Chair, Global Restructuring & Bankruptcy Practice and Managing Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Expert Panelists:
Gregory Milne, Managing Director, FTI Consulting
James Doak, Managing Director, Co-Head, Miller Buckfire, A Stifel Company
Jordan Bryk, Managing Director, Marathon Asset Management
Oksana Lashko, Partner, DLA Piper LLP (US)

10.15 – 11.00 am

Sector Brief (45 mins)

Real Estate: What’s Next

According to Bankruptcy data and research firm Reorg, real estate sector dominated Chapter 11 filings in 2021.

Commercial real estate – from retail to hospitality have weathered the storm. Yet, there lingering pockets of crisis continues. Experts offer their insights on areas of crisis, effect of rising interest rates, and prospects for buying distressed assets.

Andrew Graiser, Co-President, A&G Real Estate Partners
Expert Panelists:
Debra Morgan, Managing Director, CohnReznick
Ian Glastein, Managing Principal, Monarch Alternative Capital

11.15 – 12.00 pm

Sector Brief (45 mins)

Healthcare: Healing the System

Healthcare sector continues to be among top three sectors per Chapter 11 filings last year according to research firm Reorg.

The pandemic provided record levels of government support via Relief Funds, Medicare Advanced Payments, PPP loans, etc., leading to substantial liquidity. Experts explore next- steps for the healthcare system – the underlying challenges and financing.

Nancy A. Peterman, Chair Restructuring & Bankruptcy Practice, Greenberg Traurig LLP
Expert Panelists:
Francis J. Lawall, Partner, Troutman Pepper
Vladimir Kasparov, Managing Director, Portage Point Partners, LLC
Naomi O’Dell, Director, RBC Capital Markets

12.00 – 1.20 pm

Lunch Break

1.30 – 2.15 pm

Sector Brief (45 mins)

Consumer Retail: Road to Recovery

Consumer related Chapter 11 filings ranked second in 2021 according to Reorg.

While the pandemic accelerated the challenges faced in the consumer retail industry – from stores, malls, fitness, theatres to dining, how will inflation impact the industry in near future? Leading experts share their views on price-pressures facing business, restructure options and brand engagement.

Expert Panelists:
Enrique Acevedo, Vice President, Raymond James Financial, Inc.
George P. Angelich, Partner, ArentFox Schiff, LLP
Daniel Moses, Principal, Province
Michael Wesley, Partner, PKF Clear Thinking

2.30 – 3.20 pm

Judicial Brief (45 mins)

The Texas Two-Step: Understanding The Impact on Mass Tort Liabilities.

Leading experts share outcome of recent judgements – including third-party releases (Purdue Pharma), the “solvent debtor exception” (Hertz), along with evolution of the “Mass-Tort” complex bankruptcies.

Natalie D. Ramsey, Co-Chair, Bankruptcy + Reorganizations Group, Robinson & Cole LLP
Expert Panelists:
Gregory Gordon, Partner, Jones Day, LLP
Matthew Diaz, Senior Managing Director, FTI Consulting
Paul H. Zumbro, Head, Financial Restructuring & Reorganization, Cravath, Swaine & Moore

3.30 pm

Day 1 Meeting Adjourns

11.00 am

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11.10 – 12.00 pm

Deals Brief (50 mins)

Distressed M&A: Deals and Steals

Experienced dealmakers share what buyers should know about acquiring assets under Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings – from valuations, liability management and financing.

Mark Joackim, Partner, Polsinelli
Expert Panelists:
Cullen Drescher Speckhart, Chair of Restructuring & Reorganization, Cooley LLP
Ross Gatlin, Managing Partner, Prophet Equity
Gary H. Leibowitz, Member, Cole Schotz P.C.

12.00 – 2.20 pm

Lunch Break

2.20 pm

Registration Log-In Opens

2.30 pm

Networking Virtual Ceremony

Transaction Awards of the Year, awards
Outstanding Firms of the Year, awards
Leaders & Professionals, awards (recipients must personally participate).

WINNERS are officially announced at the virtual ceremony celebrations, and just like last year the nominee-winners must be registered participants.

ABOUT: World’s most prestigious, the independently governed awards to honor the best value-creating transactions, outstanding firms, professionals, and leaders from the restructuring, investing, and turnaround communities.