50 Shades of Valuation

Level: Advanced
Runtime: 76 minutes
Recorded Date: August 04, 2017
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  • Introduction
  • Current Valuation Topics
    • Horsehead Holding Corp.
    • Lyondell Chemical Co.
    • Issues with Expert Reports
  • Audience Q&A

Runtime: 1 hour and 16 minutes
Recorded: August 4, 2017


This panel will review the art and science of valuations prepared for different stakeholders in the same case. Panelists will discuss how professionals can use the same data but arrive at dramatically different results through the manipulation of various methodologies and assumptions depending on the interests of their clients.

This program was recorded on August 4th, 2017.

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American Bankruptcy Institute


Hon. John Sherwood

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge
U.S. Bankruptcy Court District of New Jersey

John K. Sherwood graduated from James Madison University in 1983 and Seton Hall University School of Law in 1986. In June 2015, he was appointed as a United States Bankruptcy Judge for the District of New Jersey.

In private practice, Judge Sherwood had over 25 years of experience in bankruptcy and debtor-creditor matters including related litigation. Some of his noteworthy engagements were Ocean Place Development Resort (counsel to debtor), MagnaChip Semiconductor Finance Company (counsel to creditors’ committee), Quebecor World (USA), Inc. (litigation counsel), Le Nature’s Inc. (counsel to creditors’ committee) and the City of Detroit (counsel to union).

Judge Sherwood was the President of the New Jersey Bankruptcy Lawyers Foundation from 2008 to 2013 and an active member of the American Bankruptcy Institute and Turnaround Management Association. He was selected by Chambers USA in 2013-2014 as one of America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2013–2014). He also was recognized by the Best Lawyers in America (2012–2015) for his work in bankruptcy and by Super Lawyers (2006, 2009–2014), where he was featured in the bankruptcy section and corporate counsel edition.

Anne Eberhardt

Senior Director

Anne Eberhardt is a Senior Director with Gavin/Solmonese based in New York City. She has more than twenty years of experience conducting forensic investigations, building financial reporting systems, resolving economic disputes, testing compliance, building and testing financial models, liquidating assets, and strengthening anti-corruption capacity in some of the world’s most difficult environments.

Her clients include top-tier financial services companies, global pharmaceutical companies, government agencies, and international non-governmental organizations. She is proficient in Spanish and is a frequent speaker on topics of corporate governance, fraud, anti-corruption, and money laundering.

Robert (Bob) J. Stearn

Richard, Layton & Finger, PA

Robert Stearn Jr. focuses his practice on bankruptcy litigation, including preference and fraudulent transfer litigation, as well as all types of contested matters. His clients include large corporate debtors as well as defendants in adversary proceedings and contested matters. Bob spent his first 10 years of practice in the firm’s Corporate Department and has substantial experience litigating corporate issues such as D&O liability. He also handles commercial disputes in the Delaware state and district courts.

Neil Gupta, CFA

SSG Capital Advisors, LLC.

Neil Gupta is a Director at SSG Capital Advisors. Neil works with investment banking clients on a wide range of transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, recapitalizations and private placements of both senior and subordinated debt and equity. His responsibilities include buyer and investor relationship management, strategic advisory and overall management of the deal process.

Prior to joining SSG, he advised the U.S. Treasury on its investment in the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) as a research analyst at Piedmont Investment Advisors. He also worked as a consulting actuary in the group benefits and health care practice at Watson Wyatt Worldwide.

Past client engagements include publicly traded, privately held, private equity sponsored and family owned businesses across a broad range of industries. Neil is a CFA Charterholder and holds a Certification in Distressed Business Valuation (CDBV). He is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute, the Association for Corporate Growth and the Turnaround Management Association. He also serves on the serves on the Board of Directors of the Philadelphia chapter of the TMA, the Board of Directors for the Consumer Bankruptcy Assistance Project and the ACG New York Forward Committee.

Neil received The M&A Advisor’s 8th Annual Emerging Leaders Award in 2017

Maria Ellena Chavez-Ruark

Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP

Maria Ruark has a diverse debtor-creditor practice and represents parties in interest in bankruptcy cases of all sizes from large Chapter 11 cases to small business Chapter 11 cases to consumer cases.

Maria also has extensive experience on both the front end of transactions - negotiating and documenting multifaceted financial and business relationships - and on the back end of transactions - litigating breach of contract, fraudulent transfer, successor liability, directors and officers liability, conversion, Chapter 11 business bankruptcy and other complex debtor-creditor disputes.

Maria's practical legal strategies enable her to resolve or, when necessary, litigate complex and delicate disputes efficiently and effectively. Maria has a sharp understanding of the operational and management aspects of a business. She works collaboratively with her clients to develop the appropriate course of action and employs her problem solving and strategic thinking skills to strive to achieve the best possible results for her clients. Maria has appeared in state and federal courts throughout the United States.

Prior to private practice, Maria completed a two-year clerkship with the Honorable James F. Schneider of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maryland and a one-year clerkship with the Honorable Susan M. Marzetta of the Circuit Court for Baltimore City.

In addition to her state bar admissions, she is admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, the United States District Court for the District of Maryland and the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.

Maria is passionate about mentoring young women, pro bono service, community service, diversity and inclusion initiatives and the betterment of the legal profession.

Maria received her JD, cum laude, from the University of Baltimore School of Law in 1994.

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