Better Together Live

TMA Better Together Live
Wednesday, February 24 | 2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. CST

TMA members often work together on successful deals and complex transactions. In fact, more than 80% of members have done business with another TMA member. Join TMA Global CEO Scott Stuart and Jim Van Horn, Barnes & Thornburg LLP (TMA Chesapeake) as they discuss an international case involving a company with financial difficulties and allegations of fraud and malfeasance, and how TMA members from around the globe worked toward a positive outcome together. 

Moderator:
Scott Stuart, TMA Global CEO

Speakers:
Katharine (Katie) Clark, Thompson Coburn LLP
Jim LedaKRyS Global 
Jim Van Horn, Barnes & Thornburg LLP (TMA Chesapeake)
Rachael Smiley, Ferguson Braswell Fraser Kubasta PC


About the Speakers:



Katherine (Katie) Clark,Thompson Coburn LLP
Katie represents clients before bankruptcy courts, federal and state trial courts, arbitration panels and appellate courts nationwide. She routinely handles bankruptcy and insolvency litigation, including the representation of debtors, banks, court-appointed fiduciaries, and creditors in Chapter 11, 7, 15, and 13 bankruptcies.  Katie also has broad commercial litigation experience. Katie has the honor of serving as a Subchapter V Trustee in the Northern and Eastern Districts of Texas, and recently facilitated the confirmation of a Subchapter V plan involving several million dollars in liabilities.




Jim LedaKRyS Global 
Jim Leda, Managing Director of KRyS Global USA and Head of the U.S. practice, has more than 25 years of multifaceted restructuring and insolvency experience including positions at Price Waterhouse, Merrill Lynch, and PPM America.

He has served as a financial advisor to both creditors and debtors and has significant experience as a principal and thought leader in dozens of official and ad hoc committee situations including Lehman Brothers Holdings, General Motors, Caesar’s Entertainment, TCEH, Codere and Pilgrim’s Pride.  Jim was also appointed to the WMI (Washington Mutual) Liquidation Trust Advisory Board where he oversaw the liquidation of assets, negotiation/litigation of claims on behalf or against the trust, and distribution of value to claim beneficiaries with claims of more than $800mm.

Jim earned an MBA from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business (now the Booth School) and a bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.  In 2013, Indiana University of Pennsylvania honored Jim as an inductee of its Eberly College of Business and Information Technology Hall of Distinction.  He is a Certified Public Accountant (currently inactive).




Rachael SmileyFerguson Braswell Fraser Kubasta PC
Rachael Smiley is a Shareholder and the Bankruptcy Practice Lead at the Dallas-based law firm of Ferguson Braswell Fraser Kubasta, PC.  She is experienced in all steps of the chapter 11 reorganization process, including asset sales, plan confirmation, and post-confirmation plan administration. She also has experience litigating a variety of disputes, including contested matters and adversary proceedings, that arise in or are related to bankruptcy cases, such as valuation disputes, claim objections and avoidance actions.

Rachael was honored as a BestLawyers® “One to Watch” in 2021 for Insolvency and Reorganization Law, is a Member of Board of Trustees of TMA, and former President and current board member of the Dallas-Fort Worth TMA chapter.  She is also a former network chair of IWIRC’s DFW Network and is a Member of the American Bankruptcy Institute.




Jim Van Horn, Barnes & Thornburg LLP (TMA Chesapeake)
James E. Van Horn is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Barnes & Thornburg LLP.   Jim has served in TMA leadership positions for approximately 20 years and he focuses his legal practice on restructuring and insolvency law. He is a trusted adviser valued by clients nationwide for his practical, results-oriented approach and creative strategies in solving complex matters within the framework of their business goals.

Jim has deep experience working directly with senior management, investors, creditors and other stakeholders in matters ranging from out-of-court workouts, prepackaged and prearranged Chapter 11 reorganizations to cram down plans of reorganization and sales of substantially all assets. His national practice includes representing corporate debtors, secured creditors, asset purchasers, official committees of unsecured creditors, liquidating trustees, receivers, investors and other stakeholders, in bankruptcy courts and other courts throughout the United States.