Nuts & Bolts on First-Day Motions

Level: Intermediate
Runtime: 64 minutes
Recorded Date: September 13, 2017
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  • First-Day Pleadings
  • First-Day Declaration
  • Cash Management Motion
  • Prepetition Taxes Motion
  • Employee Wages and Benefits Motion
  • Vendor Motion
  • Customer Programs Motion
  • Utilities Motion
  • Insurance Motion
  • DIP Financing Motion
  • Bare Date Motion
  • Professional Retention Applications
  • Chapter 11 Do's and Don'ts
  • 13-Week Cash Flow Budget Development
Runtime: 1 hour and 4 minutes
Recorded: September 13, 2017


This panel will consider issues related to the preparation and presentation of first-day motions, including strategies for guiding the company through the pre-filing process, efficient and timely collection of relevant data, and the presentation of necessary information to the court.

This program was recorded on September 13th, 2017.

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American Bankruptcy Institute


Sunny Singh

Weil, Gotshal & Manges, LLP

Sunny Singh is a partner in the Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP’s Business Finance & Restructuring Department in New York, where he advises debtors, creditors, sponsors, investors, acquirers, lenders and other interested parties in all aspects of distressed and insolvency situations both in and out-ofcourt. He is also experienced with prepackaged chapter 11 cases and asset sales. Mr. Singh’s engagements have ranged across various industries, including airlines, banking, financial services, oil and gas and retail.

He was recently recognized by Law360 as a “Rising Star” for Bankruptcy in 2017 amongst attorneys under the age of 40. He was also named by Turnarounds & Workouts as one of its “Outstanding Young Restructuring Lawyers” for 2017. Mr. Singh has spoken on panels addressing strategies relating to prepackaged chapter 11 cases and retail restructurings and has also published articles and blogs on various bankruptcy and restructuring topics. In addition, he served as a teaching assistant to Harvey R. Miller as guest lecturer at Harvard Law School’s introductory bankruptcy course. Prior to joining the Firm, Mr. Singh clerked for Hon. Robert D. Drain of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York from 2006-08.

He received his J.D. summa cum laude in 2006 from Hofstra University Law School.

Walter L. Brown

Managing Director
FTI Consulting, Inc.

Walter L. Brown, CIRA is a managing director in FTI Consulting, Inc’s Corporate Finance/Restructuring practice in Dallas and has more than 20 years of experience in finance and advisory services. He has advised companies, lenders and creditors in distressed situations, including bankruptcy, operational restructuring, performance improvement and litigation support.

Mr. Brown’s industry experience includes accounting, agricultural, airlines, automobile, construction, consumer products, distribution, gaming, grocery, health care, manufacturing, mining, law, oil and gas, retail, software development, aerospace and defense, software publishing, supply-chain management, vehicle repair, and property and casualty insurance. Most of his experience is related to company-side engagements, including roles in interim management and as a court-appointed restructuring officer. Mr. Brown has experience testifying in both bankruptcy court and arbitration proceedings. He is a member of ABI, the Association of Insolvency & Restructuring Advisors and the Turnaround Management Association.

Mr. Brown received his B.A. in accounting from Illinois Wesleyan University and his M.B.A. from Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business.

Hon. Laurie Selber Silverstein

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge
U.S. Bankruptcy Court District of Delaware

Hon. Laurie Selber Silverstein is a U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the District of Delaware in Wilmington, sworn in on Jan. 7, 2015. Since her appointment, she has managed a full chapter 11 docket, as well as one-half of the court’s consumer chapter 7 docket.

Previously, Judge Silverstein was a partner with Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP in Wilmington, Del., where she headed the firm’s Bankruptcy and Corporate Restructuring practice group. Her practice consisted primarily of representing nondebtor entities, including corporate secured and unsecured creditors, creditors’ committees, agents to syndicated lending groups and acquirers in chapter 11 bankruptcy cases in a variety of industries and market sectors. Judge Silverstein has been recognized in Chambers USA since its inception, named to the 2012 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of Bankruptcy and Creditor/Debtor Rights Law, recognized as a finalist in Lawdragon’s “500 Leading Lawyers in America” list, and named a Delaware Super Lawyer.

In 2013, she was inducted as a Fellow into the American College of Bankruptcy; she is also a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. Judge Silverstein is a member of the American Bar Association, ABI and the Delaware State Bar Association. She was recently elected by the Delaware State Bar Association to be a representative on the Delaware Bar Foundation. She also serves on the Executive Committee of The Delaware Bankruptcy American Inn of Court.

Judge Silverstein received her B.S. cum laude in economics from the University of Delaware and her J.D. with honors from George Washington University’s National Law Center.

Debra A. Dandeneau

Baker & McKenzie LLP

Debra A. Dandeneau is co-chair of Baker McKenzie's Global Restructuring and Insolvency Group and chair of its North America Restructuring and Insolvency Group. Her practice focuses on business reorganizations and debtor and creditors’ rights.

Debra has been ranked by The Best Lawyers in America 2011-2016 in the practice areas of Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, and Litigation–Bankruptcy. She has also been recognized by Legal 500 US for Municipal Bankruptcy and Super Lawyers 2006-2015 for Bankruptcy. Super Lawyers has also named Debra among the 2015 Top Women for Bankruptcy Business in New York.

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