22nd Annual Distressed Investing conference will be held on Monday, 
November 30, 2015, at The Park Lane Hotel in New York City.
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For additional information, contact:

P.O. Box 40915
Washington, D.C. 20016

Nina Novak
(202) 362-8552

Peter A. Chapman
(215) 945-7000

22nd Annual Distressed Investing Conference

Monday, November 30, 2015
The Park Lane Hotel, New York City

Faculty List
Delegate List
Errata Sheet


Panel Time & Title Faculty Panel Description Presentation Materials Audio Recording
7:30 a.m. -- Registration, Continental Breakfast and meet Stephanie Wickouski, Esq., author of Indenture Trustee - Bankruptcy Powers & Duties published this month.
8:00 a.m. -- Chairs' Opening Remarks Harold L. Kaplan, Esq., Partner/Leader Corporate Trust and Bondholders Rights Team, FOLEY & LARDNER LLP, and Donald S. MacKenzie, Senior Managing Director, CONWAY MacKENZIE, INC.
8:10 a.m. -- Year in Review & New Business Opportunities Steven L. Gidumal, Managing Partner, VIRTUS CAPITAL, LP Our speaker, Steve Gidumal, is always thought provoking and is back for his 20th year to review the year in distressed investing and bring his insights and unique perspectives on what to expect in the coming year.
8:50 a.m. -- Energy Future Holdings Update Harold L. Kaplan, Esq., Partner/Leader Corporate Trust and Bondholders Rights Team, FOLEY & LARDNER LLP, Brett H. Miller, Esq., Partner, MORRISON & FOERSTER LLP; and other active participants in the case. Energy Future, the largest active case, now in its eighteenth month and counting, with tens of billions of dollars of value at stake, is in the midst of a contentious Confirmation Hearing based on a complex REIT-driven restructuring that involves feasibility, make-wholes, post-petition interest, and other cutting edge issues. This panel of major active participants in the case will update the key issues.
9:40 a.m. -- Morning Networking Break
10:00 a.m. -- Maximizing Recoveries in the Service Industry William A. Brandt, Jr., President & CEO, DEVELOPMENT SPECIALISTS, INC., and Chair, Illinois Finance Authority; Albert Togut, Esq., Managing Partner, TOGUT, SEGAL & SEGAL LLP; David Adler, Esq., Partner, McCARTER & ENGLISH, LLP; and Jason S. Friedman, Managing Director, MARATHON ASSET MANAGEMENT, LP Learn from these four corporate restructuring professionals' first-hand experience how to maximize recoveries when law firms, architects, engineers, movie-makers, healthcare providers, and other service businesses land in bankruptcy.
10:50 a.m. -- Emergent Topics Facing Indenture Trustees and Bondholders Stephanie Wickouski, Esq., Partner, BRYAN CAVE LLP; Mark P. Kronfeld, Partner, PLYMOUTH LANE CAPITAL MANAGEMENT; Samuel E. Star, Senior Managing Director, FTI CONSULTING, INC.; and Mark F. Hebbeln, Esq., Partner, FOLEY & LARDNER LLP Litigation with issuers is increasing commonplace, and trustees and bondholders face new challenges in enforcing remedies. This panel promises to deliver a lively conversation on resolving deadlock, identifying red flags, and mitigating costs and risks.
11:45 a.m. -- Annual Awards Luncheon, presenting the Harvey R. Miller Outstanding Achievement Award for Service to the Restructuring Industry to Kenneth A. Buckfire, President & Managing Director, MILLER BUCKFIRE & CO., LLC, and an interview conducted by last year's award recipient, James E. Millstein at MILLSTEIN & CO.
1:35 p.m. -- Corporate Restructuring Roundtable Discussion Jack Butler, Executive Vice President, HILCO GLOBAL; David Resnick, President & Chief Investment Officer, THIRD AVENUE MANAGEMENT, LLC; Stephen F. Cooper, Chairman & Founder, COOPER INVESTMENT PARTNERS LLC; Kenneth A. Buckfire, President & Managing Director, MILLER BUCKFIRE & CO., LLC, and James E. Millstein at MILLSTEIN & CO. Jack Butler will lead this unique discussion by past recipients of the "Harvey Award." Don't miss hearing the valuable insights of these veterans and giants of the restructuring industry.
2:20 p.m. -- Trends in Section 363 Asset Sales Gregory A. Charleston, Senior Managing Director, CONWAY MacKENZIE, INC.; Bobby Guy, Esq., Shareholder, POLSINELLI PC; Jay C. Jacquin, Managing Director, GUGGENHEIM SECURITIES, LLC; and Michael J. Musso, Managing Director, CONWAY MacKENZIE, INC. Over the past two decades, Chapter 11 has become the favored forum for the sale of distressed companies in the United States. Section 363 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code is a strong tool for maximizing the value of struggling companies and providing predictability in distress sales. This panel will discuss important recent legal decisions and changing commercial practices that are having significant implications on outcomes of distress sales.
3:10 p.m. -- Afternoon Networking Break
3:30 p.m. -- Ethics Hour Myron T. Steele, Esq., Partner, POTTER ANDERSON & CORROON LLP (and the former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Delaware and a Vice Chancellor of the Delaware Court of Chancery); Elliot Moskowitz, Esq., Partner, DAVIS POLK & WARDWELL LLP; and Ronit J. Berkovich, Esq., Partner, WEIL, GOTSHAL & MANGES LLP All lawyers face ethical questions and dilemmas. This panel will focus on those that arise in the context of corporate restructuring litigation, like the duty to be candid with a court, duties to the client, and potential exploitation of ethical rules governing lawyers by other parties-in-interest.
4:30 p.m. -- Investors' Roundtable Steven L. Gidumal, Managing Partner, VIRTUS CAPITAL, LP; Gary E. Hindes, Managing Director, THE DELAWARE BAY COMPANY LLC; Leon Frenkel, General Partner, TRIAGE CAPITAL MANAGEMENT; Ken Grossman, Managing Partner, JURIS ADVISORS LLC; Dave Miller, Portfolio Manager, Elliott Management Corp. and Neil S. Subin, Chairman, BROADBILL INVESTMENT PARTNERS LP There's a high probability that you'll want to call your broker with a buy or sell order following this roundtable discussion.
5:30 p.m. -- Reception at WEIL, GOTSHAL & MANGES LLP (for all delegates, speakers and honorees) honoring the 2015 Turnarounds & Workouts Outstanding Young Restructuring Lawyers:
  • Ronit J. Berkovich at Weil, Gotshal & Manges
  • Sunni P. Beville at Brown Rudnick
  • Jessica C.K. Boelter at Sidley Austin
  • Brian D. Glueckstein at Sullivan & Cromwell
  • Jayme T. Goldstein at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan
  • Samuel A. Khalil at Milbank Tweed
  • Ross M. Kwasteniet at Kirkland & Ellis
  • Joseph G. Minias at Willkie Farr & Gallagher
  • Elliot Moskowitz at Davis Polk & Wardwell
  • Sarah Link Schultz at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld
  • David M. Turetsky at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom
  • Stephen D. Zide at Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel

We are grateful to this year's conference sponsors:

Bryan Cave
Conway Mackenzie
Davis Polk
Development Specialists, Inc.
Foley & Lardner
Weil, Gotshal & Manges

Information about last year's conference is available at

Updated: Dec. 18, 2015