California Dreaming? Make that dream a reality at the annual Winter Leadership Conference, December 1–3, 2016, at the picturesque Terranea Resort. Join your colleagues from throughout the country for three days of networking and outstanding programming, in a fabulous setting just outside of Los Angeles. Learn practical tips and strategies for success, while engaging colleagues and meeting new contacts. Join us for the information and connections you need to flourish in today’s industry environment.
The Winter Leadership Conference is your chance to hear – and meet – the insolvency industry’s top minds. Now in it’s 28th year, the event gathers the best and brightest of the bankruptcy world for two and a half days of exceptional educational sessions. Join us this December to connect with a diverse mix of peers and learn from a variety of experts.
Erwin Chemerinsky is the founding Dean and Distinguished Professor of Law, and Raymond Pryke Professor of First Amendment Law, at the University of California, Irvine School of Law, with a joint appointment in Political Science.
Previously, he taught at Duke Law School for four years, during which he won the Duke University Scholar-Teacher of the Year Award in 2006. Before that, he taught for 21 years at the University of Southern California School of Law. Chemerinsky has also taught at UCLA School of Law and DePaul University College of Law.
His areas of expertise are constitutional law, federal practice, civil rights and civil liberties, and appellate litigation. He is the author of eight books, including The Case Against the Supreme Court published in 2014, and more than 200 articles in top law reviews. He frequently argues cases before the nation’s highest courts, including the United States Supreme Court, and also serves as a commentator on legal issues for national and local media. He writes a weekly column for the Orange County Register, monthly columns for the ABA Journal and the Daily Journal, and frequent op-eds in newspapers across the country. In January 2014, National Jurist magazine named Dean Chemerinsky as the most influential person in legal education in the United States.
Chemerinsky holds a law degree from Harvard Law School and a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University.
Mr. Cooper has worked on a number of the most complex and significant restructurings in LatinAmerica in recent years, representing both creditors and debtors, including currently advising onthree of the largest and most high-profile corporate restructurings underway in the region—theOGX, Geo and Oceanografía restructurings in Brazil and in Mexico, respectively. Additional LatinAmerica restructurings on which he has advised, or is currently advising, include AguasArgentinas, Alestra, Axtel, Capcana, Cemex, Comerci Mexicana, Cydsa, Easa, Edenor, Emcali,Fibria (formerly Aracruz Celulose), Gruma, Grupo Cementos de Chihuahua, Independência,Intelig, IUSA, Iusacell, Maxcom Telecomunicaciones, Metrogas, Mirabela Nickel, Rede, SanAntonio Oil and Gas, Sanluis Autoparts, Su Casita, Telecom Argentina, Termoelectrica deBarranquilla, Termoemcali, TGN, Transener, Varig and Vitro, among others.
Sam J. Alberts is a partner in Dentons’ Restructuring, Insolvency and Bankruptcy Group. Ranked by Chambers USA forthe tenth consecutive year, Sam has extensive experience in both in- and out-of-court restructurings, in the United Statesand abroad. Named in Best Lawyers in America (2017) for the seventh consecutive year, Sam has represented creditors,debtors, committees, governmental and nongovernmental entities and other parties in many large and complex insolvencymatters. Recommended by The Legal 500 US, Sam has extensive investigation and first-chair litigation experience, andhas performed significant work with respect to matters involving distressed healthcare entities and financial institutions. In2016, Sam was recognized in The Deal Pipeline’s “Top Bankruptcy Lawyers” league table and as a “Local Litigation Star”
in the District of Columbia by Benchmark Litigation.
Mark Duedall is in the firm’s Bankruptcy, Restructuring & Creditor’s Rights group. Mr. Duedall represents various parties in restructuring matters, including acquirers, debtors, secured and mezzanine lenders, creditors’ committees, receivers, and other financial advisors. He has also handled traditional corporate matters such as acquisitions, dispositions, recapitalizations, and finance transactions.
Previously, Mr. Duedall was a partner with another large international law firm. In addition, Mr. Duedall served as head of the Southeast Financial Restructuring Group with the investment bank Houlihan Lokey, where he represented clients in capital markets transactions, out-of-court restructurings, and distressed sales. Mr. Duedall is also a contributing editor to Norton’s Bankruptcy Law and Practice, the leading treatise in his field; he is also a co-author of a new chapter in the Norton’s treatise entitled “Depositions,” forthcoming January 2016.
Nan Roberts Eitel joined the Executive Office for U.S. Trustees as Associate GeneralCounsel for Chapter 11 in July 2010. Working with other members of the GeneralCounsel’s office, Ms. Eitel advises the program’s 93 field offices and 21 regions oncomplex chapter 11 issues and coordinates with them and others in the Executive Officeto develop and to promote consistent positions on chapter 11 issues significant to theprogram.Before joining the Executive Office, Ms. Eitel was a partner in the Jones Walker lawfirm, where she practiced in the bankruptcy and commercial litigation groups for 21years. From 1989 until August 2005, Ms. Eitel was resident in the New Orleans office,and in fall 2005 she relocated to the firm’s Washington, DC office. Ms. Eitel receivedher J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1989 and her B.A., cum laude,from Georgetown University in 1984.
Judge Carey has served on the Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delawaresince December 9, 2005 (and was chief judge from 2008 to 2011), having first beenappointed as a bankruptcy judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania onJanuary 25, 2001. He is a member of the Committee on Space and Facilities of theJudicial Conference of the United States, and on the Third Circuit Judicial Council’s
Facilities and Security Committee. Judge Carey is Global Chairman of theTurnaround Management Association. He is on the Board of Directors of theAmerican Bankruptcy Institute and is a member of the National Conference ofBankruptcy Judges. He is a contributing author to Collier on Bankruptcy and CollierForms Manual. Judge Carey is also a part-time adjunct professor in TempleUniversity’s Beasley School of Law and in the LL.M. in Bankruptcy program at St.John’s University School of Law. He began his legal career in 1979 as law clerk toBankruptcy Judge Thomas M. Twardowski, and then served as Clerk of Court of theBankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Judge Carey received his J.D.in 1979 from the Villanova University School of Law and his B.A. in 1976 from ThePennsylvania State University.
Mark Kronfeld is a Managing Director at BlueMountain Capital Management, LLC, a multi-billion dollar investment firm headquartered in New York, where he focuses on event-driven,distressed and special situations investing with an emphasis on legal, structural, and processvalue-drivers and activism. Prior to joining BlueMountain, Mr. Kronfeld was a partner at OwlCreek Asset Management, L.P. and, before that, a senior analyst at Aurelius CapitalManagement, LP. Mr. Kronfeld has served on numerous ad hoc creditor committees, typically ina leadership role. Prior to his career in finance, Mr. Kronfeld practiced law for approximatelyten years as a bankruptcy lawyer and as a litigator. Mr. Kronfeld also served as a white-collarcrimes prosecutor in the Investigations Division of the District Attorney’s Office in New YorkCity.
Mr. Kronfeld earned his M.B.A. in Finance from New York University’s Leonard N. SternSchool of Business and his J.D. from Boston University School of Law. Mr. Kronfeld receivedhis B.A. from the State University of New York at Albany. Mr. Kronfeld is a guest lecturer at Columbia Business School, Wharton, Duke University’sFuqua School of Business, and University of Virginia. He is also a frequent guest speaker andpanelist on topics in distressed investing and corporate reorganizations and has publishednumerous articles on bankruptcy law and distressed investing. Mr. Kronfeld is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute and a member of the advisory committee for ABI’s Commission>to Study the Reform of Chapter 11.
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