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Wednesday, June 4 (Pre-conference)
7:30 – 8:30 am Continental Breakfast
8:30 am – 5:15 pm Concurrent Session 1
Bankruptcy Taxation
  Speakers Donald R. Barg, CIRA, BARG & HENSON, P.C.
Alan D. Barton, CIRA, KPMG LLP
Dennis Bean, CIRA, Bean Hunt Harris & Company
Elizabeth Berry, CIRA, Elizabeth C. Berry CPA PLLC
Jay D. Crom, CIRA, Bachecki, Crom & Company LLP
Kimberly J. Lam, CIRA, Bachecki, Crom & Company LLP
Robert Liquerman, KPMG LLP
Robert L. Nistendirk, CPA, Woomer, Nistendirk & Associates PLLC
Hon. Mark Wallace, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, C.D. Cal.

Topics Include:

  • Corporate Tax: COD income recognition provisions related to recourse debt versus nonrecourse debt, Section 382 Regulations for small shareholders and Liquidation of Corporate Subsidiaries
  • Views from the Bench and Bankruptcy Code Tax Provisions
  • Individual Income Tax Discharge Considerations
  • Finding Money in Taxes: Value of Tax Attributes, Certain Tax Liens Avoidance & Subordination and Misc. Topics
  • Pre-Petition Tax Planning, Chapter 7 & 11 Individual Income Tax Planning and Compliance including NIIT, Foreclosures, Short Sales & Other Encumbered Asset Sales
  Concurrent Session 2
Financial Advisors' Toolbox
  Speakers Steve Agran, CIRA, MorrisAnderson
Richard Bernard, Esq., Foley & Lardner LLP
Coley Brown, CIRA, Huron Consulting Group
Jacqueline Calderin, Esq., Ehrenstein Charbonneau Calderin
Leah Eisenberg, Esq., Arent Fox LLP
Andrea Fischer, Esq., Sadowski Fischer PLLC
Susan Jacks, Esq., MehaffyWeber, P.C.
Nicole Leibman, Esq., Aschettino Struhs LLP
David MacGreevey, CIRA, Zolfo Cooper
Brett Moore, Esq., Porzio, Bromberg & Newman, P.C.
Vincent Roldan, Esq., Vandenberg & Feliu, LLP
Brian Ryniker, CIRA, CBIZ MHM, LLC
Michael Schwarzmann, Crowe Horwath LLP
Andrew Silfen, Esq., Arent Fox LLP
Scott Stuart, Donlin, Recano & Company
Hylton Wynick, CIRA, Zucker Forensics

Topics Include:

  • Current/hot topics
    • Large Complex Trusts (GM, Rescap, Dewey Leboeuf)
      • § Plan Administrators
      • § Grantor Trusts
      • § Other Liquidating Agents
      • § Make–whole provisions and decisions
  • Consumer Bankruptcy
  • Individual Chapter 11 Proceedings
    • § Cash Collateral issues
    • § Fees
    • § Confirmation issues
  • Preparing preferences defenses
    • § New Value
    • § Ordinary Course
    • § Contemporaneous Exchange
  • Total Enterprise Value and methodology
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
    • Mechanics of mediation
    • Goals of mediation
    • Judicial mediation v. professional mediator
    • Mediation rules
    • Role of the FA in mediation
    • Best practices for FAs in mediation
  Concurrent Session 3
Financial Modeling
  Speakers Matthew Holaves, Pillars of Wall Street

AM – Introduction to Excel and 3 Statement Forecasting

This session will introduce participants to the fundamentals of 3 statement modeling using Excel. Participants will learn how to forecast the 3 financial statements, balance a model and handle issues related to circularities. Best practices will be incorporated throughout the course.

PM – Cash Sweep Modeling

This course provides a systematic approach to 3 statement cash sweep modeling. Practical uses of cash sweep models and Pillars’ 12 steps to building a 3 statement cash sweep operating model are reviewed in detail. Emphasis is placed on the complexities associated with a real company model.

12:00 – 1:45 pm Luncheon Program
  Speaker Diane Barrett, Chief Projects Officer, City and County of Denver
6:30 – 8:00 pm Annual Conference Opening Reception
  Sponsored by Conway MacKenzie, Inc; Duane Morris LLP
Thursday, June 5
7:30 – 8:30 am Continental Breakfast
Sponsored by Arent Fox LLP
8:30 – 8:40 am Introductory Remarks
  Speaker Anthony V. Sasso, CIRA, Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP
8:40 – 9:30 am Keynote Presentation
  Speaker Mike O'Neal, J.D., President Emeritus, Oklahoma Christian University
  Sponsored by RubinBrown, LLP; WeiserMazars LLP
9:30 – 10:45 am Restructuring Outlook
  Moderator Andrew Ragsly, Debtwire North America
  Speaker Neil Augustine, Rothschild
Bob Duffy, FTI Consulting, Inc.
Gregg Galardi, Esq., DLA Piper
Hon. Barry Russell, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, C.D. Cal.
  Description Perspectives of Industry Leaders: How have the approaches to financial restructuring recently changed, what are the key drivers of this evolution and expectations of tomorrow’s trends.
10:45 – 11:00 am Morning Break
  Sponsored by Bachecki, Crom & Co., LLP
11:00 – Noon Concurrent Session 1
China’s Economic Slowdown and Looming Debt Crisis – Overview and Global Impact for Restructuring Professionals
  Speakers Brent Carlson, CIRA, AlixPartners LLP
Gary W. Riley, Recognized Expert in Asian and Chinese Business
  Description How the economic, political and social issues in China impact doing business in China and how they affect the U.S. / buyers.
  Concurrent Session 2
Leading Through Crisis
  Moderator Randall Eisenberg, AlixPartners, LLP
  Speakers Debra Grassgreen, Esq., Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP
Hon. Rosemary Gambardella, U.S. Bankruptcy Court,
Dist. N.J.
Mike Katzenstein, FTI Consulting, Inc.
  Description This panel will discuss the key considerations in getting retained as CRO and leading toward a successful outcome as highlighted through war stories.
Noon – 5:30 pm Excursions
6:30 – 7:30 pm Cocktail Reception
7:30 – 9:30 pm Annual Banquet and Presentation of Awards
  Presentation of Awards
Manny Katten Award Winner
  • Grant Stein, Esq., Alston & Bird, LLP
  • Zolfo Cooper/Randy Waits Award Winners
  • Gold – Spence Shumway, CIRA, Stonebridge Accounting & Forensics LLC
  • Silver – Patrick Fodale, Loughlin Management Partners + Company
  • Bronze – Christopher Hanson, Navigant Consulting, Inc.
  • Certificates of Distinguished Performance:
  • Michael Canale, CIRA, Canale Advisors
  • Sergei Chernyshov, ISE
  • Sarah Soong, CIRA, Hunt Consolidated, Inc.
  • Thomas Studebaker, CIRA, AlixPartners, LLP
  • Bradley Van Etten, Hays Financial Consulting

  • Awards sponsored by Zolfo Cooper
    Dinner sponsored by Capstone Advisory Group, LLC; Huron Consulting Group Inc.
    Wine sponsored by Bean Hunt Harris & Company; D.R. Payne & Associates; KapilaMukamal, LLP; Lefoldt & Co., P.A.; MGI Repetti LLP
    9:30 – 11:00 pm Dessert Reception
      Sponsored by Mesirow Financial Consulting, LLC; Protiviti Inc.
    Friday, June 6
    7:30 – 8:30 am Continental Breakfast
      Sponsored by Bederson LLP
    8:30 – 9:30 am Concurrent Session 1
    SBMM * - Social Media and ESI – Debtors and Creditors Beware!
      Moderator Martin Cauz, CIRA, Marotta Gund Budd & Dzera, LLC
      Speakers Jason W. Gordon, Esq., Winston & Strawn LLP
    Amy McIlwain, Financial Social Media
    Susan Usatine, Esq., Cole Schotz LLP
      Description Do e-savvy bankruptcy professionals have a competitive advantage in this challenging economy? How can Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, e-Discovery and information governance affect your business? This panel will explore the benefits, risks and responsibilities of Social Media and Electronically Stored Information from the business, legal and privacy perspectives and review the practical do’s and don’ts of social media and ESI policies and practices.
      Concurrent Session 2
    Partnerships Tax Issues
      Moderator Neil Goff, Esq., Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP
      Speakers Dennis Bean, CIRA, Bean Hunt Harris & Co.
    Hon. Mark Wallace, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, C.D. Cal.
      Description Tax issues that should be considered in the formulation and dissolution of partnerships.
    9:30 – 10:30 am Concurrent Session 1
    Role of the Financial Advisor/Ponzi Schemes
      Moderator Peggy Hunt, Esq., Dorsey & Whitney
      Speakers Tom Neilson, Berkeley Research Group
    Harvey Sender, Esq., Sender Wasserman Wadsworth, P.C.
    Ray Strong, CIRA, Berkeley Research Group
      Description Financial advisors are often charged with liquidating Ponzi schemes or other criminal enterprises, or to defend against claims brought by a receiver or trustee of such an enterprise. This task typically involves records reconstruction and a determination of when the criminal enterprise began. This panel will discuss the logistics of detecting and proving the existence of a Ponzi scheme, including records reconstruction issues, as well as the identification of assets, most notably the legal claims that might arise against investors, third parties, professionals and even financial institutions.
      Concurrent Session 2
    Issues in Media Restructurings
      Moderator Carlyn Taylor, CIRA, FTI Consulting, Inc.
      Speakers Ana Alfonso, Esq., Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
    Hon. Kevin J. Carey, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, D. Del.
    Andrea Newborn, Readers Digest Association, Inc.
    Mace J. Rosenstein, Esq., Covington & Burling LLP
      Description Commercial, regulatory and sector-specific topics which serve as recurring themes and challenges in media restructurings.
    10:30 – 11:00 am Morning Break
      Sponsored by PwC
    11:00 – Noon Concurrent Session 1
    SBMM * - Valuation Standards and their Relevance to Court Decisions
      Moderator David Payne, CIRA, CDBV, D.R. Payne & Associates
      Speakers Bruce Bingham, Capstone Valuation Services, LLC
    Jeff Davine, Esq., Ballard Spahr
    Hon. Michael Romero, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, D. Colo.
      Description Court decisions can sometimes vary with generally accepted business valuation approaches and methodologies. This panel will identify and discuss some of those differences including how the AIRA Valuation Standards interact with various perspectives and rulings from the Bench. The panel will also discuss strategies attorneys and valuation experts can use to address judges’ concerns regarding issues of comparability, use of a single approach, use of hindsight and value of contingent and intangible assets.
      Concurrent Session 2
    Maximizing Business Value and Asset Recoveries
      Moderator Caroline Fuller, Esq., Fairfield and Woods, P.C.
      Speakers Adam Dunayer, Houlihan Lokey
    Rich Jenkins, Alvarez & Marsal
    Adam Reich, Reich Brothers LLC
      Description This panel will discuss Asset Preservation, Sale Methodology and Liquidation Alternatives in and out of Bankruptcy.
    Noon - 1:30 pm Luncheon Program
    Keynote Speaker
      Speaker Tom Binnings, Senior Partner, Summit Economics
      Sponsored by Greenberg Traurig, LLP; Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP
    1:30 – 2:30 pm Concurrent Session 1
    Un- and Under-Funded Pension Liabilities
      Moderator Brian Resnick, Esq., Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
      Speakers Greg Charleston, Conway MacKenzie, Inc.
    Daniel Lubell, Esq., Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP
    Laura Rosenberg, CIRA, CDBV, Fiduciary Counselors
      Description A discussion of how debtors may deal with pension liabilities in a chapter 11 filing.
      Concurrent Session 2
    Harvesting Value of Intellectual Property and Intangible Assets
      Moderator David Schachter, Esq., Sherman & Howard
      Speakers Hon. Robert D. Drain, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, SDNY
    David Peress, Hilco
    Jeremy Salesin, Intellectual Ventures
      Description This panel will discuss strategies for preserving and maximizing the value of intellectual property and other intangible assets of companies in distress or bankruptcy from various perspectives, e.g., investors specializing in developing financing and investment structures; investors acquiring intellectual property licensed to third parties; and brokers specializing in monetizing intangible assets.
    2:30 - 3:30 pm Concurrent Session 1
    SBMM * - How “Obama-Care” is Impacting Small Businesses
      Moderator Michael Lane, CIRA, H2C LLC
      Speakers David Interdonato, Morris Anderson
    Steven Rider, Esq., Markus Williams, Young & Zimmerman LLC
    Camisha Simmons, Esq., Norton Rose Fulbright
      Description The Affordable Care Act will put additional regulatory and compliance pressures on small to medium size businesses as they meet the requirements of the legislation. In addition, it will divert scarce resources, both human and real capital to non-core business functions.
      Concurrent Session 2
    Restructuring Across Jurisdictions
      Moderator Jack Williams, CIRA, CDBV, Mesirow Financial Consulting, LLC
      Speakers Mike Gearin, Esq., K&L Gates
    Ivan Lehon, CIRA, Ernst & Young
    Sheila Smith, CIRA, Deloitte.
      Description Key themes, trends and considerations in addressing cross border insolvencies.
    3:30 – 4:00 pm Afternoon Break
      Sponsored by Berkeley Research Group
    4:00 – 5:00 pm Concurrent Session 1
    Restructuring's in Bank Holding Companies
      Moderator Shane Ramsey, Esq., Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
      Speakers Van Durrer, Esq., Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP
    Christopher Hopkins, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods
    David Miller, KPMG
      Description Economic and accounting issues that should be considered in the restructuring of a bank holding company.
      Concurrent Session 2
    SBMM* - Pros and Cons of Bankruptcy, Receiverships and Assignments for the Benefit of Creditors
      Moderator John C. Smiley, Esq., Lindquist & Vennum, LLP
      Speakers Lawrence R. Ahern III, Esq., Brown & Ahern
    Hon. Edward D. Bronfin, District Court for City and County of Denver, CO
    C. Randel Lewis, Western Receiver, Trustee & Consulting Services, Ltd.
    Hon. Howard R. Tallman, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, D. Colo.
      Description The days of just filing bankruptcy for a distressed business are over. Today, financial professionals need to be able to advise their clients on the advantages and disadvantages of bankruptcy, receiverships, and assignments for the benefit of creditors. Clients need to understand which course is best, and why. This panel will cover the topic for businesses and in mass fraud/Ponzi scheme cases.
    6:00 pm Excursion
    Baseball Outing - Colorado Rockies v Los Angeles Dodgers at Coors Field
      Start the summer off right with an evening at beautiful Coors Field to witness a battle between National League West rivals, the Colorado Rockies and the Los Angeles Dodgers! Mezzanine Party Suite 60 A&B is reserved for AIRA’s group—food, soft drinks and balcony seats included. Tickets may be purchased with online or brochure registration form (see p. 11), or at the onsite Conference Desk.
  • Includes food & non-alcoholic beverage package
  • Balcony seats outside and high barstool tables inside
  • Located in right field in the outfield on private suite level
  • Click here for a 360° view of the suite
    Saturday, June 7
    8:00 – 8:30 am Continental Breakfast
      Sponsored by GlassRatner Advisory & Capital Group LLC
    8:30 – 9:45 am SBMM* - Strategies Used by Lenders and Loan Servicers
      Moderator Grant Stein, Esq., Alston & Bird LLP
      Speakers Jim Howard, GlassRatner Advisory & Capital Group LLC
    Chris Lenhart, US Bank
    Kevin Semon, Midland Loan Services
      Description Lenders and special servicers frequently encounter defaults by commercial borrowers in bankruptcy and consensual restructurings. This panel will discuss lender and servicer strategies to maximize recoveries. The panel will also explore the differences between lender and servicer perspectives.
    9:45 – 10:00 am Morning Break
    10:00 – 11:45 am Case Management, Compensation, and Reporting
      Moderator Steve Darr, CIRA, CDBV, Mesirow Financial Consulting, LLC
      Speaker Bill Harrington, U.S. Trustee
    Jim Lukenda, CIRA, Huron Consulting Group
    John Monaghan, Esq., Holland & Knight
    Nancy Peterman, Esq., Greenberg Traurig, LLP
      Description A discussion of ways to effectively manage and control professional fees.