2013 Leadership in the Distressed Markets
2013 Leadership in the Distressed Markets
January 30, 2013 - New York, NY
JOIN LIKE-MINDED PROFESSIONALS IN YOUR FIELD FOR A FULL DAY OF LEARNING. EXPLORE CUTTING EDGE CONTENT AND EXPAND YOUR NETWORK WITH THE BEST AND BRIGHTEST EXECUTIVES IN THE REGION!
Why You Should Attend!
In January 2013 Argyle Executive Forum will bring together a selection of our distressed, bankruptcy and turnaround members for our 8th Annual Leadership in the Distressed Markets meeting. Leading investors in distressed assets will come together to share their outlooks on what sectors and industries present the most opportunity, who will be lending over the next 12 months, how the 'wall of debt' will play out, what affect will the sovereign debt crisis in Europe have on the US, and the operational skills necessary to invest in distressed, among other topics.
The event will bring together a select group of 100-115 senior investment professionals focused on the distressed space, buyout and bankruptcy deal makers, institutional investors, CEOs & Board members of public and private large cap and mid cap corporations, complementary areas of executive leadership (CFOs & COOs), and select advisory firms. The event is single track, with scheduled networking breaks throughout the day.
This event will feature insights from top
Sankaty Advisors View Bio »
Mr. Barns joined Sankaty Advisors in 2001. He is a Managing Director and a Credit Committee member. He heads Sankaty’s Restructuring team and was the Portfolio Manager for the Sankaty DIP Opportunities Fund. Previously, Mr. Barns was a Managing Director and a Portfolio Manager at CypressTree Investment Management Company where he managed leveraged loan portfolios.
From 1989 until 1998, Mr. Barns held various positions at BankBoston, including Division Executive, in divisions originating and investing in leveraged loans and managing problem loans. Mr. Barns received a B.S. from St. Lawrence University.
Contrarian Capital Management View Bio »
Mr. Bauer is a founding member and CEO/CIO of Contrarian Capital Management, L.L.C. and leads the firm’s corporate investment activities. Mr. Bauer has over thirty years’ experience investing in both active and passive distressed securities. He has headed or served on numerous bank debt, bond, or trade claims committees and is a founding member of the Trade Claims Buyers Association. He has served on a number of Board of Directors including International Coal and Special Metals Corp. From 1986 until 1995, Mr. Bauer was a Managing Director at Oppenheimer and Co. where he founded the distressed sales and trading business and was the co-Portfolio Manager of the Oppenheimer Horizon distressed securities partnerships which commenced operations in 1987. From 1981 to 1986, he was the Senior Analyst in the Bankruptcy Group at Bear Stearns where he originated and helped execute the successful control investment in Revere Copper and Brass. From 1977 to 1979, Mr. Bauer was an Analyst in the Credit Audit Department of The Chase Manhattan Bank N.A. and was responsible for identifying companies in the Bank’s loan portfolio that were likely to default. He received his MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA (with Honors) from Rutgers College.
Blott Asset Management L.L.C. View Bio »
Mr. Patrick Blott founded Blott Asset Management L.L.C. in 2005 and serves as its Managing Partner. Blott Asset was recently awarded “Global Turnaround Deal of the Year” by the M&A Advisor for its precedent-setting $2.1 billion restructuring of Canwest Global Communications. The firm was awarded “Alternative Investment Firm of the Year” by International Alternative Investment Review, following their annual survey of over 500 European institutional investors.
Mr. Blott has spent 20 years negotiating complex private investment transactions in both domestic and emerging economies. He has underwritten the acquisition and/or sale of assets from notable distressed companies including Adelphia, Enron, British Energy, Encana, McGraw-Hill, Deutsche Telekom, Nortel Networks, Nova Chemicals, Canwest Global Communications, Young Broadcasting, Anglo American, and Bally Total Fitness, among others.
Previously, Mr. Blott worked for J.P. Morgan & Co., Banc of America Securities, and Borealis Capital Corporation (OMERS). He began his investment career in loan workouts at BMO, where he helped restructure a multi-billion dollar distressed corporate credit portfolio. He has been a director and board advisor to several public and private companies, including Beauceland Corporation, Express Pipelines L.L.C., Auto Guide Inc, BPC Long-Term Care L.L.C., Hospital Infrastructure Company, Emerald Corp., Advance Commissions Company, Canwest Global Communications Corp., and OSI Geospatial Inc. Mr. Blott is a graduate of Columbia Business School.
Highland Capital Management View Bio »
Mr. Boyce is a Partner and serves as the Head of the Private Equity team at Highland Capital Management, L.P. Mr. Boyce began his career at Highland as a Distressed Portfolio Manager having joined Highland in March 2004. Prior to joining Highland, he was a Vice President in the Investment Banking group of Citigroup from 2000 to 2004. Prior to joining Citigroup, Mr. Boyce was an Investment Banking professional for Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette where he had corporate finance responsibilities in both the Los Angeles and Dallas offices. He has an MBA in Finance and Accounting from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a BBA in Finance from Baylor University where he was a Teagle Scholar and on the NCAA golf team. In addition, Mr. Boyce has earned the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. Mr. Boyce passed the Uniform CPA exam in May 1998, and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the state of Illinois. Mr. Boyce is not licensed in the state of Texas. Mr. Boyce currently serves on the Board of Directors of American HomePatient (as Chairman), Cornerstone Healthcare Group, and CCS Medical. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Center for BrainHealth at the University of Texas at Dallas.
Morgan Creek Capital Management View Bio »
Mr. DeRosa-Farag joined Morgan Creek in April of 2009. Previously, Mr. DeRosa-Farag was President of Ore Hill Partners LLC where he was a member of the Investment Committee. While at Ore Hill, Mr. DeRosa-Farag was primarily responsible for new initiatives including structured products and risk management. Prior to joining Ore Hill, Mr. DeRosa-Farag was a Managing Director of the Global Leveraged Finance Strategy and Portfolio Products Group and Co-Head of the High Yield Research Department of Credit Suisse. He joined the firm from Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, which the firm acquired in November 2000, where he was a Managing Director and Head of Fixed Income Research. Prior to joining DLJ in 1997, Mr. DeRosa-Farag was head of High Yield Portfolio and Strategic Research at Chase Securities. He also developed and managed the High Yield Quantitative & Portfolio Strategies Group at CS First Boston, where he was employed for nine years. Mr. DeRosa-Farag was a member of the Institutional Investor “All-American Fixed Income Research Team” for 13 consecutive years from 1993 through 2006. Mr. DeRosa-Farag received a Master of Science degree in Computer Science from Boston University and a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Cairo University.
Siguler Guff & Company View Bio »
James Gereghty is a Managing Director and Head of Distressed Investing at Siguler Guff & Company, LP, a global multi-strategy private equity firm that manages over $10.0 billion in domestic and international assets on behalf of corporate and public employee benefit plans, endowments, foundations, sovereign wealth funds, financial institutions, family offices and high net worth individuals. In this capacity, he is responsible for investment selection and monitoring, asset allocation, due diligence and portfolio risk management. He is a member of the Investment Committees for the Firm's Distressed Opportunities Funds and Distressed Real Estate Opportunities Fund. Mr. Gereghty has over 16 years of capital markets experience, 13 of which he has spent focusing on distressed debt and private equity.
Prior to joining Siguler Guff, Mr. Gereghty was a founding member of the Distressed Debt Group at Wachovia Capital Markets. Previously, he served as Head of Distressed Analytics at UBS. Prior to working at UBS, Mr. Gereghty was a senior member of the distressed debt research staffs at both Morgan Stanley and Bear Stearns. Throughout his career, Mr. Gereghty was actively involved in the restructuring activities of various bankruptcy workouts including Enron, Adelphia, Delta, Northwest and Delphi. Mr. Gereghty began his career at Morgan Stanley working on the MBS/ABS trading desk in 1993.
Mr. Gereghty holds a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from the University of Connecticut and an M.B.A. with concentrations in Finance, Accounting and Decision Sciences from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. He has been a CFA Charter holder since 2002. His expertise has been featured in various financial publications and he frequently speaks as a distressed investing expert at leading industry conferences.
Leonhardt Rechtsanwälte View Bio »
Christian Köhler-Ma has been partner for 17 years at Leonhardt Rechtsanwälte, one of the leading crisis management and insolvency law firms in Germany. He specializes in insolvency administration and has handled major insolvency cases such as Systracom Bank AG (internet brokerage), Gameplay Deutschland GmbH (electronic/internet games wholesale/retail/development), Kraftwerks-und Anlagenbau AG (nuclear power plant engineering), Borsig GmbH and Borsig Holding AG (waste heat systems engineering), ddp Nachrichtenagentur GmbH (news agency), Rösch AG (medical technology), Berliner Symphoniker e.V. (symphony orchestra), I-D Media AG (internet advertising), Axxonis AG (pharmaceutical r&d) and Global Solar Germany (flexible photovoltaic cells).
Christian Köhler-Ma received his legal degree from the Free University in Berlin and was admitted to the Berlin bar in 1989. Additionally he spent one year at the London School of Economics and two years as a McCloy Scholar at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, where he received his Master of Public Administration. He is the author of several publications on restructuring and insolvency.
Strategic Value Partners View Bio »
Kevin Lydon, Managing Director, 42. Mr. Lydon is a senior member of the investment team, overseeing trading globally for the distressed strategies. From 2005 to 2007, Mr. Lydon was a Managing Director and Co-Head of European and Asian Special Situations in London at Credit Suisse. From 1997 to 2005, Mr. Lydon was at Merrill Lynch, most recently serving as a Managing Director and Co-Head of European Leveraged Finance Trading in London (and was previously based in New York) where he managed a substantial trading book of distressed loans. From 1993 to 1997, Mr. Lydon worked as an Analyst at Fitch Investment Services in New York. Mr. Lydon received a Bachelor of Economics at Washington and Lee University in 1992 and an M.B.A. in Finance from New York University in 2000.
Fortress Investment Group View Bio »
David Markus focuses on credit and event driven strategies for the Fortress Partner Funds, a $1.8 billion endowment model fund that invests in hedge funds, private equity fund and direct investments. Prior to joining Fortress, Mr. Markus was part of the team that launched and ran Voras Capital, a multi-strategy investment manager based in New York with offices in Hong Kong and London. Prior to Voras, David was the co-portfolio manager at Boone Capital Management and Delaware Street Capital, multi-strategy credit hedge funds with several hundred million dollars in assets under management. David has also worked as a senior high-yield and distressed debt research analyst at Amroc Investments and Salomon Brothers, and as an associate in the private placement group of TIAA-CREF. He received an MBA from the Wharton School in 1991 where he was on the Directors Honor List and a BS in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania in 1986. Mr. Markus is a Trustee for Congregation Rodeph Sholom and the Rodeph Sholom School.
GSO Capital Partners View Bio »
Jason New is a Senior Managing Director of The Blackstone Group and Head of Distressed Investing for GSO Capital Partners. Mr. New focuses on managing GSO's public investment portfolio with a specific emphasis on stressed and distressed companies and on sourcing direct distressed investment opportunities. Mr. New is a member of the GSO Investment Committee. Before joining GSO Capital in 2005, Mr. New was a senior member of Credit Suisse's distressed finance group. Mr. New joined Credit Suisse in 2000 when it acquired DLJ, where he was a member of DLJ's restructuring group. Prior to joining DLJ in 1999, he was an associate with the law firm Sidley, Austin, Brown & Wood where he practiced law in the firm's corporate reorganization group. Mr. New received a JD from Duke University School of Law and a BA, magna cum laude, from Allegheny College.
Matlin Patterson View Bio »
Mark Palmer (47) – Mr. Palmer is an Investment Partner with MatlinPatterson. He has over 15 years of experience in distressed and special situations investments as well as in and out of court restructurings. Prior to joining MatlinPatterson, Mr. Palmer was a partner in the law firm of Bracewell & Giuliani LLP, where he served as the chair of the firm’s Private Investment Funds Practice and as the head of the Corporate Practice in New York. Before joining Bracewell & Giuliani, Mr. Palmer was the head of the Corporate Practice of the international law firm Linklaters as well as a partner with the law firm of Stroock and Stroock & Lavan LLP. While an attorney, Mr. Palmer represented MatlinPatterson on many of their most significant transactions since their inception. Mr. Palmer began his career as an associate with the law firm of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP. Mr. Palmer holds a JD from Columbia University and a BA from the University of South Florida.
MB Global Partners View Bio »
Claudio Phillips is a Managing Principal of MB Global Partners, LLC. Prior to joining MB Global Partners, Mr. Phillips was a Managing Director at The Commonfund from 2006 to 2011, where he was responsible for their dedicated distressed funds. From 2004 to 2006, he was a Managing Director at The Seaport Group where he was responsible for running the performing and non-performing bank loan trading group. Previously, Mr. Phillips was a Managing Director at Citigroup/Salomon Smith Barney where he was in charge of all non-European Global Performing Loan (including emerging markets) trading. He was also with NationsBank and Midland Plc / HSBC where he focused on emerging markets and was responsible for establishing and building out proprietary loan trading teams in each of those organizations. Mr. Phillips also served as an Assistant Executive Director at Habitat for Humanity of Westchester for two years. He graduated with an A.B. in Government from Harvard University.
Third Avenue Management View Bio »
Mr. Resnick joined Third Avenue in 2012 after serving as Chairman of Global Financing Advisory at Rothschild Inc., a leading international investment banking firm specializing in mergers, acquisitions, restructurings and privatizations. At Rothschild, Mr. Resnick headed the firm’s global restructuring practice and previously was Co-Head of Investment Banking for North America. He has represented a diverse group of companies, secured and unsecured creditors and official committees on both in-and-out-of-court restructurings. Mr. Resnick has extensive experience advising companies on complex financial advisory assignments such as recapitalizations, spinoffs as well as acquisitions of companies in bankruptcy.
Some of Mr. Resnick’s more notable restructuring transactions include advising American Airlines, the Board of AIG, Access Industries on the recapitalization of LyondellBasell, Delphi Corporation, Pacific Gas & Electric, The Walt Disney Company on the recapitalization of EuroDisney, JBS on its acquisition through bankruptcy of Pilgrim’s Pride, and the creditors of Eurotunnel.
From 1996-2000, Mr. Resnick worked for Peter J. Solomon Company (“PJSC”), where he founded and headed the restructuring group. Prior to working at PJSC, Mr. Resnick worked for Lazard Frères & Co. At Lazard, Mr. Resnick worked on both restructuring and mergers and acquisitions assignments. Mr. Resnick began his career in 1985 at the investment banking division of Merrill Lynch & Co., where he worked in the merchant banking/restructuring and mergers and acquisitions groups.
Mr. Resnick holds a Bachelor of Arts degree, with High Honors, from Wesleyan University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and a M.B.A. and J.D. from The University of Chicago. He speaks regularly at conferences on corporate restructurings. In 2011, Mr. Resnick received the Harvey R. Miller Award for service to the restructuring industry. Mr. Resnick is a member of the Board of Directors of Wesleyan University, The Jewish Museum and Rodeph Sholom Day School.
Lazard Freres & Company View Bio »
Mr. Ridings is a Managing Director and Vice Chairman of U.S. Investment Banking of Lazard Frères & Co. LLC. Mr. Ridings is Chairman of LFCM Holdings, which includes the operations of Lazard Capital Markets and Lazard Alternative Investments. He is also Chairman of Lazard Middle Market LLC, a subsidiary of Lazard focusing on middle market M&A. He is a member of the firm’s Opinion Letter Committee.
Mr. Ridings has been involved in the restructuring of troubled companies for over 35 years. In his career, he has been involved in a number of major restructurings including, among others, Lehman Brothers, Madoff Securities, Trump Casinos, Macy’s, Western Union, Owens Corning, Marvel Entertainment, Fruit of the Loom, Calpine, Vlasic Foods, Boston Chicken and Daewoo. Over this period, he has been involved in over 100 debtor and creditor assignments, including both pre-petition and Chapter 11 restructurings, domestically and internationally.
Mr. Ridings is a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy and a member of the International Insolvency Institute and the American Bankruptcy Institute. He is Chairman of the Committee on Securities for the NYSE/AMEX. He was formerly a member of the Board of Directors of the American Stock Exchange and a member of the NASDAQ Listing and Hearing Review Council. He has been licensed by the NASD and New York Stock Exchange with Series 7 General Securities, Series 24 General Principal Series 63 State Law, and Series 79 Investment Banking licenses. He has acted as an Expert in various bankruptcy cases in Delaware, New York, New Jersey, Florida, Illinois, Ohio, Arizona, New Hampshire and Texas. Mr. Ridings is currently serving as co-chair of the Advisory Committee on Valuation of the ABI Chapter 11 Reform Commission.
Mr. Ridings is on the Advisory Counsel for the Cornell University Johnson Graduate School of Business. Mr. Ridings is also director of the Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York.
Mr. Ridings has an M.B.A. in Finance from Cornell University and a B.A. in Religion from Colgate University.
Versa Capital Management View Bio »
Versa is a private equity investment firm with $1.2 billion of assets under management, focused on distressed leveraged buyouts and other ‘Special Situations’, and targeting North American-based middle market companies with revenues under $1 billion.
Mr. Segall has overall responsibility for Versa Capital and its investment strategies including leadership and supervision of the investment and portfolio management activities of the firm and its affiliated investment funds. He has led Versa and its predecessors since their founding in 1992.
He is Chairman of the firm’s Investment, Portfolio and Management Committees, and is currently a Director of Versa’s portfolio companies Allen-Vanguard, American Laser SkinCare, Avenue Stores, Bell+Howell, Black Angus Steakhouses, Bob’s Stores, Civitas Media, Holliston, Polartec, Republic Storage Systems, and Simplexity.
A former Governor of the State Bar of California by legislative appointment, he has been a frequent guest commentator for media outlets such as CNBC and Bloomberg, and guest lecturer for numerous universities and professional organizations on various topics including corporate restructurings, distressed investing and other economic, business and financial issues.
Mr. Segall is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), various industry and professional associations, and is past President (‘03-‘09) of the Children’s Crisis Treatment Center in Philadelphia, for which service he received the 2003 ‘Turnaround of the Year (Pro Bono) Award’ from the Turnaround Management Association. He is a graduate of Pepperdine University, where he received his M.B.A., and he serves on the Advisory Council for the Center for Innovation, Creativity & Entrepreneurship at Wake Forest University.
The Wall Street Journal View Bio »
Mike Spector is the bankruptcy and restructuring reporter at The Wall Street Journal, where he’s worked for nearly seven years. He’s broken stories on many of the U.S.’s largest and more notable corporate failures, including General Motors, CIT, MF Global, Blockbuster, Borders, American Airlines and Kodak. He’s also written about distressed investors and the increased influence over corporate reorganizations and broken news on mergers and acquisitions and private equity deals. More recently, he and other colleagues broke news on Cerberus Capital Management’s ongoing effort to unload a large gun manufacturer in the wake of the shooting in Newtown, Conn. Before covering restructurings, he covered the global auto industry and was the first to write about Ford Motor’s budding turnaround that kept the company off the government dole. He’s also covered police agencies and courts for local papers. He has a master’s degree from Columbia University’s journalism school and a bachelor’s degree from Johns Hopkins University. When he’s not immersed in distressed debt markets, Mr. Spector dotes on his seven-month-old son and is a fanatical, die-hard Washington Redskins fan.
Bracewell & Giuliani View Bio »
Robb Tretter advises private investment firms, corporations and financial institutions on mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments, financing arrangements, securities law compliance, corporate governance and general corporate matters in private and public takeovers, investments, restructurings and reorganizations in the U.S. and abroad. Mr. Tretter's practice generally focuses on distressed or special situations.
Mr. Tretter regularly represents clients in asset and stock purchases and sales, often as part of leveraged buyouts, restructurings or recapitalizations. Mr. Tretter’s merger and acquisition experience encompasses hostile takeovers and tender offers involving major multinational corporations. He also counsels senior management and directors regarding takeover preparedness and corporate governance issues. His corporate clients come from diverse industries, including airlines, technology, health care, manufacturing, leisure, chemicals, and financial services.
Mr. Tretter joined Bracewell & Giuliani LLP from the New York corporate practice of Linklaters. He began his career at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, and has also served as general counsel of a publicly traded company.
Clarion Partners View Bio »
Tim Wang, Ph.D., is a Senior Vice President and the Head of the Investment Research Group at Clarion Partners and helps manage more than $25 billion of commercial real estate investment. Tim leads the group in supporting the development of firm-wide and business unit-specific investment strategy, and advising on portfolio strategy utilizing proprietary analytics and econometric forecasting. Additionally, he is responsible for macroeconomic analysis, market forecasting, and client services. Tim has published numerous real estate research articles and co-authored five real estate strategy books, including Active Private Equity Real Estate Strategy (2009), Guide to U.S. Real Estate Investing (2009), Emerging Market Real Estate Investment: Investing in China, India, and Brazil (2010), Inside the Real Estate Fund Investor (2011) and Real Estate Mathematics (2011). He joined Clarion Partners in 2006 and is a member of Clarion Partners' Investment Committee. He is a member of NCREIF, PREA, and ULI and a frequent guest speaker at real estate investment conferences. Tim holds an MBA from New York University and a Ph.D. from University of Georgia.
Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. View Bio »
Jamie M. Weinstein (San Francisco) joined KKR in 2005 and is the co-head of special situations investing, which includes the Firm’s global activities in public and private distressed and structured principal investments. He is also a member of the KAM Portfolio Management Committee. Previously, he was a portfolio manager with responsibility across KAM’s credit strategies. He also has extensive experience as a research analyst managing the financial services, healthcare and commercial real estate sectors. Prior to joining KKR, Mr. Weinstein was with Tishman Speyer Properties as Director of Acquisitions for Northern California and The Boston Consulting Group as a strategy consultant. He received a B.S.E. degree cum laude in Civil Engineering and Operations Research from Princeton University and a M.B.A. from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar. Mr. Weinstein serves as a Trustee of the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco and is actively involved in the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco on its Endowment Investment Committee and Capital Planning Committee.
Litespeed Management, LLC View Bio »
Prior to founding Litespeed, Ms. Zimmerman was Head of Research for a risk arbitrage/special situations portfolio at Toronto-Dominion Bank from 1997 to 2000. From 1990 to 1997, she was a member of the distressed debt department of Oppenheimer & Co., Inc., where she had the dual responsibilities of researching investment opportunities for the Oppenheimer Horizon Fund, while selling investment ideas to other hedge fund investors. During her last two years at Oppenheimer, she managed a proprietary account which invested in post-reorganization equities. From 1988 to 1990, she was a member of Dillon Read & Co., Inc.’s risk arbitrage group where she was responsible for the portfolio’s investments in the distressed arena, and contributed to research on merger arbitrage opportunities. Prior to joining Dillon Read, she was an Analyst in L.F. Rothschild & Co., Inc.’s risk arbitrage department. Ms. Zimmerman began her career as an attorney. She clerked from 1984 to 1985 for the Honorable Howard C. Buschmann, III, a Federal Bankruptcy Court Judge in the Southern District of New York, and was a Second Year Associate at LeBoeuf Lamb Leiby & MacRae in 1986. Ms. Zimmerman received a B.A. magna cum laude from Amherst College in 1981. Ms. Zimmerman received both a J.D. at the University of Michigan Law School and a Masters in English Literature from the University of Michigan’s Horace Rackham Graduate School in 1984. Ms. Zimmerman is a Corporation Member of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, where she is a Member of the Ocean and Climate Change Institute Committee. She is also a member of the Board of Achilles International.
Greenberg Traurig View Bio »
Bruce R. Zirinsky is Chairman of Greenberg Traurig’s Global Business Solutions Group and CoChairman of the firm’s Business Reorganization & Financial Restructuring Practice. He has focused his practice on U.S. and international financial restructurings and reorganizations for almost 40 years.
Bruce is one of the premier bankruptcy and restructuring attorneys in the United States. Bruce was named a 2008 Dealmaker of the Year by The American Lawyer for his work managing complicated cases and transactions including the Chapter 11 reorganization of Northwest Airlines. Bruce has represented debtors, creditors, investors and other parties in large and complex restructurings, reorganizations, acquisitions, financings and litigation, covering a broad range of industries and issues. Bruce has played a major role in the restructuring, reorganization, sale or acquisition of many large, complex businesses in the airline, telecommunications, energy, health care, manufacturing, retail, food services, financial services, real estate, rail car, shipping, forest products, petroleum, computer, media, casino gaming, and hospitality industries, among others. He has led a number of significant matters, including the acquisitions of Crescent Realty, LandSource Communities Development and a consortium’s bid to acquire Extended Stay Hotels. He is representing creditors in the American Airlines, General Motors and Abitibi-Bowater Chapter 11 cases and recently led creditors in the General Growth Properties, Smurfit-Stone Container Corporations and Lehman Brothers Chapter 11 cases. He also represented Bear Stearns & Co. as bankruptcy counsel in its financial rescue by JP Morgan Chase, and Northwest Airlines Corporation in its successful Chapter 11 reorganization.
Bruce’s clients include numerous Fortune 500 companies; public and private companies; commercial banks; investment banks; insurance companies; asset management, private equity and investment funds; and other business enterprises. His practice encompasses counseling debtors, secured and unsecured creditors, creditor committees, public bondholders, shareholders, and investors involved in many of the largest and most complex U.S. and international reorganizations and restructurings, financial transactions, litigation, and mergers and acquisitions.
Bruce has been regularly selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers magazine and listed in Chambers & Partners USA Guide, an annual listing of the leading business lawyers and law firms in the world and Best Lawyers in America®.
Bruce holds a J.D. from New York University School of Law and a B.S. from Cornell University.
8:00am – 9:00am Breakfast
9:00am – 9:05am Argyle Executive Forum Opening Remarks
9:05am – 9:15am Opening Remarks
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Bruce ZirinskyCo-Chairman, Business Reorganization & Financial Restructuring Practice and Chair, Global Business Solutions GroupGreenberg Traurig
9:20am – 10:00am Panel Discussion
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"Outlook on the Deal Environment"Session topics to include but not limited to:
- What does the increase of covenant amendments and loan extensions forecast for the next distressed cycle in 2013-16?
- Outlooks for default rates in 2013 – where are they going to be most significant, regions? Sectors?
- Divestiture trends: What opportunities are there in non-core assets being sold off?
- A look at the opportunities for balances sheet vs. operational re-structurings. Is there a need for more operational expertise amongst distressed investors?
- Following November’s election results – how will the current political environment shape distressed investing?
10:05am – 10:35am Fireside Chat:
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David ResnickPresident Third Avenue ManagementInterviewed by:Mike SpectorReporterThe Wall Street Journal
10:35am – 11:05am Coffee Break
11:05am – 11:45am Panel Discussion
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“Changing Outlooks on Bankruptcy and Turnaround Best Practices”Session topics to include but not limited to:
- A look at the changing regulatory environment and effect on Chapter 11.
- How have approaches / perceptions about bankruptcy changed over the last few years?
- A look at financial vs. operational restructuring best practices in the current environment.
11:50am – 12:20pm "Outlooks on the High Yield Market"
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James Gereghty Managing DirectorSiguler Guff & Company
12:25pm – 12:45pm Thought Leadership Spotlight Presented by: Leonhardt Rechtsanwälte
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"Restructuring Outlook and Opportunities in Germany"Christian Köhler-MaSenior PartnerLeonhardt Rechtsanwälte
12:45pm – 1:45pm Lunch
1:45pm – 2:25pm Panel Discussion
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"International Markets & Distressed Opportunities"Session topics to include but not limited to:
- Will Europe provide enough opportunity for distressed investors to deploy the large amounts of dry powder in distressed funds?
- Will Basel regulations create distressed opportunities through forced asset sales by financial institutions in Europe?
- What are the best practices for sourcing deals and navigating the regulatory environment outside the US?
2:30pm - 3:00pm "Real Estate Outlook"
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Tim WangSenior Vice PresidentClarion Partners
3:05pm – 3:35pm "Leadership in the Distressed Markets"
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Sam DeRosa-FaragManaging Director, Portfolio StrategistMorgan Creek Capital Management
3:35pm – 3:45pm Closing Remarks
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Bruce Zirinsky Co-Chairman, Business Reorganization & Financial Restructuring Practice and Chair, Global Business Solutions GroupGreenberg Traurig
3:45pm – 3:50pm Argyle Executive Forum Closing Remarks
3:50pm – 4:50pm Closing Reception
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