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Monday, November 14, 2016, 8:45 AM – 7:00 PM ET

Union League Club
38 East 37th Street
New York, NY 10016

AIRA's Annual Advanced Restructuring and Plan of Reorganization Conference in New York ("NY POR") is a forum presenting legal and financial perspectives on developments in bankruptcy, insolvency and restructuring. The one day program of individual and panel presentations is geared toward maximizing opportunities for learning, exchange and networking, as well as offering credit for continuing legal and professional education.

The conference includes breakfast; a keynote presentation “The Future of Puerto Rico” by Sonia Colón, Ferraiuoli LLC; and a reception for the recipient of AIRA’s 2016 Judicial Service Award, Honorable Christopher S. Sontchi, Judge, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Delaware.

7:45 – 8:45 AM Breakfast
Sponsored by Huron
8:45 – 9:00 AM Introduction and Opening Remarks
9:00 – 10:30 AM 2016 – The Year in Review from the Perspectives of Judges and Attorneys

This presentation will cover the leading decisions and case law issued over the past year from the 2nd and 3rd Circuits.

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10:30 – 11:30 AM When a Reorganization Derails: Alternatives and Landmines

Over the past few years we have seen a profusion of cases filed for the purpose of completing a quick 363 sale. Recently, we have started to see more cases filed with the goal of implementing a reorganization. Debtors and lenders trying to navigate a reorganization have to do so with their eyes wide open and be prepared for the problems they may face if a reorganization effort through chapter 11 fails.

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11:30 – 11:45 AM Refreshement Break
Sponsored by AlixPartners, LLP
11:45 AM – 12:45 PM Administrating Ponzi Schemes in Bankruptcy

The panel will focus on the various phases of administering a Ponzi related bankruptcy, including the initial forensic investigation, sources of recoveries (including Chapter 5 actions and other litigation), interaction with government agencies, and distributions. The panel will also compare and contrast the administering of a Ponzi via bankruptcy court and through an SEC Receivership, including the costs and recovery options associated with each.

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12:45 – 2:00 PM Lunch Program: “The Future of Puerto Rico”

Speaker: Sponsored by CohnReznick LLP and RSM US LLP
2:15 – 3:15 PM Industry in Focus: Retail

Various factors have caused stress to brick and mortar retailers which have changed the dynamics in distressed retail cases. This panel will discuss landlord issues in recent big box bankruptcies including the financial issues and trends of re–letting and re–purposing retail space as well as stub rents. In addition, the panelists will explore topics such as liquidators as buyers, consignment inventory, and 503(b)(9) claims.

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3:15 – 4:15 PM Brexit: Is Your Business Prepared?

Learn about the status of Brexit since it was approved in a U.K. voter referendum in July. What is the law, will it actually transpire, how will it be implemented, and what is the timeframe? Will the predictions for instability come true? What are the implications for business planning and insolvency stemming from this momentous decision?

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4:15 – 4:30 PM Refreshment Break
4:30 – 5:30 PM Intellectual Property Transactions in Restructuring

The dramatic rise in intellectual property (IP) transactions occurring in a restructuring environment has generated many questions: What is IP and can it be sold or transferred? What rights are affected? Should IP be separated from the business as unique assets or left as part of the overall business concern? How is IP valued, and what unique attributes affect the valuation considerations? Join us for a fast moving and wide ranging discussion.

Moderator: Panelists:
  • Mark Hayden, Deloitte Advisory LLP
  • Hon. Kevin J. Carey, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Delaware
  • Robert Stark, Esq., Brown Rudnick LLP
  • Jack Williams, CIRA, CDBV, Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP
5:30 – 7:00 PM Reception and 2016 Judicial Service Award recognizing:

The Honorable Christopher S. Sontchi
Judge, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Delaware

Reception Sponsored by Arent Fox LLP; Duane Morris LLP; Kaye Scholer LLP; WeiserMazars LLP; Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP


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Registration Rates

On or before November 7

  • $395 (Digital Materials Only)
  • $405(Digital and Print Materials)
  • $425 (Digital Materials Only)
  • $435(Digital and Print Materials)

After November 7

  • $425 (Digital Materials Only)
  • $435(Digital and Print Materials)*
  • $455 (Digital Materials Only)
  • $465(Digital and Print Materials)*
Judicial/Government/Academic: $115

Reception Only:

Member: $75; Non–Member: $95

*Print Materials are only avaiable until Nov 9, 2016 12:00pm PST due to shipping constraints.

CPE/CLE: Earn up to 8.5 CPE / 7.5 CLE* (based on a 50–minute hour)
*Application for New York accreditation pending approval. CLE for other states applied for on request. This course is appropriate for both newly admitted and experienced attorneys.

Additional Information—Registration and payment of fee must be completed in advance at www.aira.org, or at the onsite registration desk. Registrants can choose to receive materials in digital formats on a usb thumb drive, or digital materials with a printed binder of materials for reference during and after the conference.

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Cancellations and Refunds

No refunds will be given for cancellations after October 31, 2016; however, substitutions will be allowed.

Questions and Complaint Resolution

For assistance or questions regarding refund, complaint and/or program cancellation policies, please contact our offices at 541.858.1665. For additional questions or for resolution of any complaint, please send an email to Jim Lukenda, Executive Director, at .