Bankruptcy Trends: Contracts and Plans

Level: Advanced
Runtime: 77 minutes
Recorded Date: August 02, 2019
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  • Third-Party Releases
  • Plan Trends: Combined Plan & Disclosure Statement Approvals
  • Liquidating Trust Agreements
Runtime: 1 hour and 17 minutes
Recorded: August 2, 2019


This session will discuss general bond issues, substantive consolidation, recent changes to the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure, and bankruptcy holdouts.

This program was recorded as part of ABI's 15th Annual Mid-Atlantic Bankruptcy Workshop on August 2nd, 2019.

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American Bankruptcy Institute


Lawrence McMichael

Member, Senior Leadership Team, Chair of Professional Practice
Dilworth Paxson LLP

Lawrence G. McMichael is a permanent member of the Firm’s Executive Committee. He has practiced commercial litigation for more than 39 years. He is the former Chairman of the Firm’s Litigation Department and former chair of its Bankruptcy Group. Mr. McMichael has extensive trial experience in federal, state, and bankruptcy courts and has served as lead counsel in many high profile cases and appeals. He has been engaged to render fiduciary and board advice by many of the city's largest not-for-profit institutions.

Mr. McMichael is one of only a handful of attorneys in the U.S. to be a Fellow of both the American College of Trial Lawyers and the American College of Bankruptcy. He is a member of the American and Philadelphia Bar Associations and the American Bankruptcy Institute.

In addition, Mr. McMichael is a frequent lecturer for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, the American Bar Association, Business Law Section, and other organizations. He also has authored papers for presentation at Pennsylvania Bar Institute programs and at the American Bankruptcy Institute.

Mr. McMichael earned his J.D. from Duke University and his B.A. from Duke, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa.

Kimberly A. Brown

Landis Rath & Cobb LLP

Kim concentrates her practice in the area of Corporate Bankruptcy and Restructuring and Bankruptcy Litigation. She has worked with the Landis Rath & Cobb team representing chapter 11 debtors, official and unofficial committees, financial institutions, secured lenders and other secured creditors, indenture trustees and bondholders, asset purchasers, liquidation trusts and other significant creditors, chapter 15 foreign representatives, and other parties in interest in a variety of national bankruptcy cases. Kim represents clients in a wide range of industries, including retail, food and beverage, oil and gas, and manufacturing.

Kim was named one of five finalists for the International Women’s Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC) 2017, “Rising Star” award. IWIRC is the premier international, networking and professional growth organization for women in the restructuring and insolvency industries. The IWIRC Rising Star finalist awards are bestowed upon five IWIRC members with eight (8) or less years of experience in the restructuring industry who have made considerable contributions to the profession at the local, national and international levels.

Kim is the chair of the IWIRC Delaware Network and served as the past vice chair and social chair of the network. She also is a member of the Delaware State Bar Association, the American Bankruptcy Institute, and the Delaware Bankruptcy American Inn of Court.

Kim was selected as one of only 40 bankruptcy practitioners to participate in the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges (NCBJ) fifth annual Next Generation Program. Each year, the NCBJ selects “a small group of up-and-coming bankruptcy attorneys” to participate in the Next Generation Program, “who show the potential to distinguish themselves in future years as highly respected members of the bankruptcy bar.”

Before joining Landis Rath & Cobb, Kim clerked in the Superior Court for the State of Delaware for The Honorable Mary M. Johnston and clerked at the Office of Disciplinary Counsel of the Supreme Court of Delaware. She earned her J.D. in 2008 from Widener University Delaware Law School and her Bachelor of Arts in government & politics with a minor in accounting from Widener University in 2005.

Allen D. Wilen

EisnerAmper LLP

Allen Wilen is a Partner and serves as the National Director of the Financial Advisory Services Group. In this role, he leads a team of over 100 professionals dedicated to assisting the firm’s clients through the litigation and restructuring process. Allen provides forensic accounting, valuation and litigation support services specializing in the areas of distress, debt restructuring, and business disputes. In addition, he provides analysis of insolvent and troubled companies, provides advice in turnaround and crisis situations, counsels purchasers in the acquisition of assets within the bankruptcy arena, and provides expert advice to parties in civil matters. He has more than 20 years of financial and accounting experience in both national and regional public accounting firms.

Allen has been involved in numerous complex matters requiring expertise in forensic accounting and operational analysis. He has been qualified as an expert in numerous state and federal courts throughout the United States. He testified on matters including commercial damages, lost profits, fraudulent transfer and actual intent to defraud.

Allen has represented numerous distressed businesses in navigating their path through the complexity and confusion of the turnaround, sale and liquidation processes. Allen has been appointed in numerous fiduciary capacities by both federal and state courts as a Receiver, Special Fiscal Agent, Liquidating Trustee, Examiner, Provisional Director, and Chief Restructuring Officer. In addition, he often represents court appointed trustees, receivers, and examiners, and has been involved in a large number of high profile cases.

Allen has written articles and industry journals, including a number of sections in the Turnaround Management Association’s Body of Knowledge and a chapter on Financial Reporting in Bankruptcy for the American Bankruptcy Institute’s CRO Handbook. He has also been a speaker on several topics, including director and officer liability in non-profit entities, prepackaged chapter 11s, valuation, professional ethics and distressed healthcare-related entities.

Hon. Kevin J. Carey

U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Delaware

Hon. Kevin J. Carey is a U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the District of Delaware in Wilmington, first appointed in 2005 and serving as Chief Judge from 2008-11.

He previously served as a U.S. bankruptcy judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, appointed on Jan. 25, 2001. Judge Carey serves on ABI’s Executive Committee as Vice President-Membership and is a past global chairman of the Turnaround Management Association. He is a member of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges and also serves as an associate editor for the American Bankruptcy Law Journal.

Judge Carey is the Third Circuit representative on the Administrative Office’s Bankruptcy Judges Advisory Group and is a member of the Third Circuit Judicial Council’s Facilities and Security Committee. He is also a contributing author to Collier on Bankruptcy and Collier Forms Manual. Judge Carey is a part-time adjunct professor in the LL.M. in Bankruptcy program at St. John’s University School of Law in New York and at Temple University’s Beasley School of Law in Philadelphia. He began his legal career in 1979 as law clerk to Bankruptcy Judge Thomas M. Twardowski, then clerked for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Judge Carey received his B.A. in 1976 from Pennsylvania State University and his J.D. in 1979 from Villanova University School of Law.

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