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A Unique Peek Inside Municipal Bankruptcy Cases

Level: Advanced
Runtime: 79 minutes
Recorded Date: August 04, 2017
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  • Overview: Chapter 9
  • Usual Course of Chapter 9 Case and Major Litigation Points
  • Eligibility
  • Automatic Stay
  • Plan of Adjustment
  • Impairment of Debts
  • Treatment of Particular Types of Obligations in Chapter 9
  • Practical Realities of Chapter 9
  • Mediation Challenges and Opportunities in Chapter 9 Cases
Runtime: 1 hour and 19 minutes
Recorded: August 4, 2017


This panel will review some of the unique aspects of municipal bankruptcy cases, including the use of mediators, the role of a creditors’ committee and how committee professionals can be compensated, the involvement of state and federal laws and precedent for municipal bankruptcies, and the uncharted territory of Puerto Rico’s insolvency, as well as the potential impact on financially troubled states.

This program was recorded on August 4th, 2017.

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Morgan L. Patterson

Womble Bond Dickinson LLP

Morgan’s practice focuses on corporate bankruptcy and creditor’s rights in complex chapter 11 proceedings. Morgan primarily practices in the bankruptcy court in Wilmington, Delaware. She has broad experience representing debtors, creditors’ committees, lenders, bondholders, secured and unsecured creditors, liquidation trustees, landlords, asset-purchasers, and other interested entities in various bankruptcy reorganization and liquidation proceedings.

Her bankruptcy work includes all matters of litigation and transactions, including involuntary petitions, avoidance actions, relief-from-stay proceedings, trustee motions, sale and purchase of assets, executory contracts and lease issues, post-petition financing, disclosure statements, plan confirmation, and representing liquidating trustees and plan administrators in the wind-down of estates. Morgan also has expertise with cross-border insolvency proceedings, specifically with respect to the consummation of large cross-border asset sales.

Morgan received her JD, magna cum laude, from the Widener University School of Law in 2009.

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Cate Long

Puerto Rico Clearinghouse

Cate has written extensively about Puerto Rico's debt since March 2012 when she predicted a future insolvency for the Commonwealth. She holds two U.S. patents and has extensive experience lobbying Congress and advocating at the SEC. She created and led an open source project for the staff of the U.S. House and Senate as they researched and wrote Dodd Frank.

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