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Puerto Rico: The View from the Inside

Level: Advanced
Runtime: 65 minutes
Recorded Date: July 21, 2017
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5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  • Background
  • Powers of Oversight Board
  • Debt Adjustment
  • Creditor Collective Action
Runtime: 1 hour and 5 minutes
Recorded: July 21, 2018


Led by Luis Pabon-Roca, the host of the highest rated political radio show and of a televised political talk show, a panel of professionals involved in the Puerto Rico PROMESA proceedings and a jurist who has presided over a municipal bankruptcy will discuss the current political, social and legal conditions in the Commonwealth and before the court in the largest governmental entity insolvency proceeding in United States history.

This program was recorded on July 21st, 2017.

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American Bankruptcy Institute
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Martha E.M. Kopacz, CMA, CIRA

Senior Managing Director
Phoenix Management Services

Marti has over 25 years’ experience assisting stakeholders in analyzing business operations and reorganization possibilities. She has led or participated in over 100 consulting and restructuring engagements representing companies, debtors, investors, creditor committees, banks and Chapter 11 Trustees. Marti has advised in a broad range of industries including retail, leisure and entertainment, technology, not-for-profit and public sector, and professional services. She has served as an Interim President, Chief Restructuring Officer, Chapter 11 Trustee, Collateral Trustee, and Examiner.

Marti is actively engaged civically, serving on boards of the Boston 2024 Organizing Committee, Legal Aid Society of New York, Kelley School of Business - Indiana University, Graduate School of Business, Sunkyunkwan University and the National Women’s Council. She was a trustee of the Inly School. Marti is a Certified Management Accountant, a Certified Insolvency and Restructuring Advisor and an American College of Bankruptcy Fellow (Twelfth Class).

She holds an MBA degree in Finance and Investments and a BS degree in Marketing from Indiana University. She is active in a large number of industry-related organizations, including the Turnaround Management Association (TMA), the American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI), the American College of Bankruptcy, the International Women's Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation, the Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Advisors and the Institute of Management Accountants.

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William W. Kannel

Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky & Popeo, P.C.

Bill is the Section Head for the Bankruptcy & Restructuring Practice. His practice focuses primarily on commercial law, workouts, and corporate reorganization. Bill has represented various institutional lenders, indenture trustees, bondholders, and other creditors, debtors, and trustees in all manner of insolvency proceedings in courts throughout the United States.

His industry experience encompasses municipalities, airlines, hospitals and other health care facilities, retail, telecom, energy and clean tech, waste disposal, military housing, hotels, and educational institutions.

He has substantial experience in all phases of bankruptcy litigation, practice, and case management from both the debtor’s and creditor’s perspective, including relief from stay, adequate protection, valuation, preference, fraudulent transfer, subordination, competing plan, and appellate litigation. One of his specialty areas is in negotiating sales of troubled companies and assets, both in and out of bankruptcy. His practice also includes addressing bankruptcy and documentation issues in securitizations, receivable sales, bond transactions, and structured financings generally.

He is active in the American College of Bankruptcy, American Bankruptcy Institute and the Turnaround Management Association and frequently lectures and writes on insolvency issues in front of these groups and numerous other bar, trade, and industry groups, including the National Federation of Municipal Analysts and the Association of Insolvency Accountants. He served as an editor-in-chief of the American Bankruptcy Institute Health Care Insolvency Manual and served as co-chair of the American Bankruptcy Institute’s Health Care Insolvency Section.

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Hon. Frank J. Bailey

Chief Judge
U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Massachusetts

The Honorable Frank J. Bailey, Chief United States Bankruptcy Judge for the District of Massachusetts, was appointed on January 30, 2009 and was appointed Chief Judge in December 2010. His chambers are in Boston and he is assigned to the Eastern Division. He spent twenty-two years as a partner at the firm of Sherin and Lodgen LLP where he served as the Chairman of the Litigation Department and as a member of the firms management committee. At the firm his practice focused on complex business litigation and business bankruptcy. He often represented clients in the medical device, pharmaceutical and high technology businesses.

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