Chapter 11 and Subchapter V - A means to a (Dealmaking) End or Just the End?

Chapter 11 and Subchapter V - A means to a (Dealmaking) End or Just the End?
Sponsored by Bernstein Shur
1.0 CLE anticipated / 1.2 CPE credits / 1.2 CEUs available
Wednesday, February 24, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. CST

Reorganizing under Subchapter V is less expensive for the debtor because certain administrative expenses that a small business would normally incur in a Chapter 11 case have been eliminated. Who is really eligible under the $7.5M debt limit? How can you use Subchapter V to buy a business? Are there issues with timing? These are just a few things that our expert of panelists will discuss during this session.

Ken Yager, Newpoint Advisors Corporation  

Lauren BeslowQuarles & Brady (TMA Chicago/Midwest)
Hon. Paul BonapfelUS Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Georgia
Dan CasamattaUnited States Trustee Program
Robert KeachBernstein Shur

About the Moderator:

Ken YagerNewpoint Advisors Corporation
Ken is the founder and President of Newpoint Advisors and has 25 years of executive leadership experience in stakeholder communication.  He has worked with clients in a variety of industries in over 150 engagements.  Ken regularly takes on profit and loss and risk-management responsibility for cash-constrained companies in growth, leveraged-buyout and turnaround situations. He also has successfully worked on implementing hundreds of initiatives involving, operations and project management, team building, marketing, and sales and joint-venture management. He is a fierce advocate for capital preservation and saving jobs. 

Ken earned a Bachelor’s degree in Management with majors in Finance and Accounting from Tulane University, A.B. Freeman School of Business, and received a Master of Management degree from J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management. Ken is a member of the Florida chapter of the Turnaround Management Association (TMA) and was on the International Board as the Vice President of Education and chaired the Education Oversight Committee

About the Speakers:

Lauren Beslow, Quarles and Brady
Lauren Beslow’s practice focuses on bankruptcy and creditors’ rights issues, commercial litigation and finance.  Lauren is a partner in the Chicago office of Quarles & Brady LLP.  She routinely advises financial institutions and other creditor clients in protecting their rights in all aspects of bankruptcy proceedings, assignments for the benefit of creditors, federal and state court foreclosures and receivership actions.  She has also guided numerous landlord clients when dealing with tenants that are in financial distress or have filed for bankruptcy.

Lauren has earned a reputation as a pre-eminent litigator in matters related to bankruptcy and insolvency cases and complex commercial litigation.  Lauren has extensive experience prosecuting and defending fraudulent transfer and preferential transfer actions, non-dischargeability claims, breach of contract claims, consumer protection claims, lender liability claims, plan disputes, directors and officer’s liability and successor liability actions.  Lauren honed her commercial litigation skills while completing an extensive, full-time secondment at a multinational banking and financial services corporation as an attorney in the Litigation Group where she managed a large litigation portfolio and advised multiple lines of business on strategy and risk.

Hon. Paul BonapfelUS Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Georgia
Paul W. Bonapfel has been a United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Northern District of Georgia since 2002.  Prior to his appointment, he practiced law in Atlanta, Georgia, with Lamberth, Bonapfel, Cifelli & Stokes, P.A., now known as Lamberth, Cifelli, Ellis & Nason, P.A.  As an attorney, Judge Bonapfel represented all types of parties in bankruptcy cases, including consumer and business debtors in liquidation cases, business debtors in reorganization cases, chapter 7 and 11 bankruptcy trustees, creditors’ committees, and creditors in both consumer and business cases.

Dan CasamattaUnited States Trustee Program
Dan became the Acting United States Trustee for Region 13, which includes the judicial districts in Arkansas, Missouri, and Nebraska, on January 1, 2015.   He also has been the Assistant U.S. Trustee in charge of the Kansas City, Missouri office since 2008.  Prior to that appointment, he served as Assistant U.S. Trustee in Grand Rapids, Michigan for 18 years and was an Attorney-Advisor in the Cleveland, Ohio USTP office for 3 years.  For periods of time, he was also the Acting Assistant U.S. Trustee in Indianapolis and the Acting Chief of the USTP's National Bankruptcy Training Institute.