Jon Henes is recognized as one of the nation's top restructuring lawyers. Jon has led some of the most complex restructurings in the United States and abroad in a variety of industries, including media, chemicals, energy, manufacturing, real estate, retail and telecommunications. Jon's experience is deep and diverse as he has represented debtors (including portfolio, privately-held and public companies), creditors' committees and distressed investors (including hedge funds, private equity funds and companies) in acquisitions, restructurings and bankruptcy cases; advised boards of directors and senior managers of financially troubled companies regarding fiduciary duties and restructuring strategies; provided advice in connection with legacy, environmental, mass tort, retiree and pension liabilities of financially troubled companies; and advised investors in connection with the purchase of distressed assets and securities.
Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business, has listed Jon as a leading lawyer every year since 2009, noting that Jon "has good judgment and is good on his feet in court," has "fantastic stature in the market," is "a real hands-on and roll-up-your-sleeves attorney who has terrific negotiation skills" and is "astonishingly knowledgeable and determined." Jon was distinguished as one of The Best Lawyers in America for 2013 and 2014 in the fields of bankruptcy and creditor debtor rights/insolvency and reorganization law and litigation - bankruptcy. In 2012, Jon was selected as one of Cardozo's Alumni of the Year. Jon was also profiled in BISNOW and as one of eight deal lawyers in The Deal magazine in an article entitled "On Yelling, Screaming and Understanding." In addition, Jon was recently selected as a leading lawyer in the 2009 edition of IFLR1000: Guide to the World's Leading Financial Law Firms, by Super Lawyers as a New York Super Lawyer, and in 2005, as one of the nation's outstanding young restructuring lawyers by Turnarounds & Workouts. Jon's work was also recently recognized by the Turnaround Management Association, which selected the Wellman restructuring as its 2009 Large Turnaround of the Year.
Jon is sought out for his views on a variety of restructuring topics. He writes extensively, publishing blogs and op eds in cnbc.com, The Hill, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Deal, The Wall Street Journal Bankruptcy Beat and Forbes.com, and has appeared on CNBC's "Worldwide Exchange," Bloomberg Television's InBusiness, TheDeal and on CNN. Jon has been profiled in, among other publications, The American Lawyer, on May 1, 2008, in an article entitled "In a Game of Chicken, Solutia Wins," and in Bankruptcy Court Decisions Weekly News & Comment, on April 1, 2008, in an article entitled "Diary of a Deal," both of which chronicled Jon's involvement in Solutia's exit from Chapter 11, and on April 10, 2007, in an article entitled "Panel Spars on Hedge Fund Participation," and The Deal, on April 23, 2004, in an article entitled "After They Stopped Laughing," which discussed Jon's involvement in the negotiated resolution of AT&T Latin America's complex Chapter 11 case. Jon is frequently quoted in national publications, including, among others, The Wall Street Journal ("Prudent Lessons From Judge Prudence Carter Beatty,""Snyder's Six Flags Roller-Coaster Ride,""CIT's Swoon Hits Taxpayers,""There is Life After Bankruptcy for Some Companies", "Smurfit Says Bankruptcy is Possible Amid Crunch", "'DIP' Loans are Scarce, Complicating Bankruptcies" and "Barbarians in Bankruptcy Court --- Merger Financiers Find Action Now in Chapter 11"), The Deal ("Bankruptcy Blues"), and Bankruptcy Court Decisions ("What Masonite's CEO Understood That Your Client May Not" and "Negotiating a Deal in a Falling Market").
Jon has lectured at Harvard Business School, New York University, Wharton Business School, Wake Forest Law School and Cardozo Law School regarding distressed investing, hedge funds involvement in Chapter 11 and the credit markets, and has published articles on, among other things, distressed debt trading and corporate decision making. Jon is also an adjunct professor at Cardozo Law School where he teaches a course on distressed investing and corporate restructurings and was appointed as the Chairman of the Advisory Committee for the Heyman Center of Corporate Governance, the mission of which is to raise public and academic awareness of pressing corporate and securities law issues and to produce and disseminate research on a broad range of corporate and securities law topics.
In addition to his restructuring practice, Jon has represented and counseled clients with respect to transactions related to the purchase or sale of teams in the Pacific Coast League and the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball.
Jon has represented debtors, creditors committees and investors in large, complex restructurings and bankruptcy cases, including:
Chapter 11 Cases/Out-of-Court Restructurings
Physiotherapy Associates, a leading provider of outpatient physical therapy services, in connection with its restructuring efforts. Physiotherapy is the largest pure-play providers of outpatient physical therapy services in the United States with a national footprint of 581 outpatient rehabilitation and orthotics and prosthetics clinics located in 29 states plus the District of Columbia. Physiotherapy commenced prepackaged Chapter 11 cases to implement a fully consensual Chapter 11 plan that will reduce the company's total funded debt by 62%, from $375 million to $144 million.
Cengage Learning, Inc., a leading educational content, software and services company for the academic, professional and library markets worldwide, in its prearranged Chapter 11 case. With annual revenues of approximately $2 billion, the company has approximately 5,200 employees with operations in more than 20 countries worldwide. Cengage is seeking to restructure its balance sheet and significantly reduce its approximately $5.8 billion of outstanding debt to better position itself for long-term growth and profitability. To this end, prior to its Chapter 11 filing, Cengage entered into a restructuring support agreement with an ad hoc committee of first lien lenders holding approximately $2 billion of the Company's first lien debt, whereby the lenders committed to support a restructuring transaction that will eliminate more than $4 billion in debt from Cengage's balance sheet.
Global Aviation Holdings Inc. and its domestic affiliates in all aspects of its complex Chapter 11 reorganization proceedings before the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of New York. Global Aviation, through its subsidiaries World Airways and North American Airlines, is the largest commercial provider of airlift transport services for the U.S. military. Global Aviation also provides commercial cargo and passenger charter services, most notably for the presidential campaigns of President George W. Bush, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama. Kirkland assisted Global Aviation in deleveraging its balance sheet with more than $350 million in debt, optimizing and rationalizing its aircraft fleet of approximately 30 airplanes and renegotiating competitive labor contracts with its unionized employees.
Keystone Automotive Operations, Inc., a wholesale distributor and retailer of aftermarket automotive accessories and equipment with operations throughout the United States and Canada, in connection with a restructuring of its outstanding indebtedness. Keystone successfully completed an out-of-court restructuring that reduced its debt from approximately $429 million to $142 million through a simultaneous securities exchange offer, rights offering and prepackaged plan of reorganization, which included the negotiation of new secured revolver and term loan credit facilities as well as a $60 million equity commitment to backstop the rights offering.
Network Communications, Inc. (NCI), a leading local media company providing lead generation, advertising and Internet marketing services to the housing industry with leading brands such as Apartment Finder, The Real Estate Book, DigitalSherpa, Unique Homes, New England Home and Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles in more than 500 local markets around the United States, in connection with an out-of-court restructuring of approximately $300 million in outstanding indebtedness. With the help of a multi-disciplinary K&E team (including restructuring, debt finance, tax, securities and executive compensation lawyers), NCI successfully completed an out-of-court restructuring that reduced NCI's total debt from $300 million to $115 million -- with unanimous support from each of NCI's major stakeholders -- through a simultaneous securities exchange offer and prepackaged plan solicitation.
Contech Construction Products, Inc., a diversified civil engineering site solutions company that provides bridge, drainage, erosion control, retaining wall, sanitary, soil stabilization and stormwater solutions on a national scale in connection with an out-of-court restructuring of approximately $770 million in funded indebtedness. With the help of a highly integrated, multidisciplinary Kirkland team (including attorneys from Kirkland's restructuring, debt finance, corporate and tax departments), Contech successfully completed a comprehensive balance sheet restructuring, amending the terms of the company's $450 million senior secured term loan, amending and extending the terms of the company's $100 million senior secured revolving credit facility, eliminating $221 million in unsecured indebtedness in a debt for equity exchange and providing existing equity with a 15 percent ownership stake in the reorganized company.
Citadel Broadcasting Corporation, the third-largest radio broadcaster in the United States, with 224 radio stations in the nation's leading markets and the distributor of news and talk radio programming to more than 4,000 station affiliates, in its Chapter 11 cases in the Southern District of New York that will seek to restructure over $2.4 billion in indebtedness.
Stallion Oilfield Services Ltd. and its affiliates in their restructuring of more than $850 million in indebtedness through a pre‑arranged Chapter 11 restructuring. Stallion's Everything but the RigSM service offerings include a broad and comprehensive range of critical services to support oil and natural gas wellsite operations.
Integra Telecom Inc., a facilities-based, integrated communications provider for business, in its balance sheet restructuring, which will result in all of Integra's senior secured second lien operating company debt and unsecured parent company debt being converted into common equity and a reduction of Integra's debt from almost $1.3 billion to approximately $600 million.
ION Media Networks, Inc., the owner and operator of the nation's largest broadcast television station group and ION Television, which reaches over 96 million U.S. television households via its nationwide broadcast television, cable and satellite distribution systems, and 116 of its affiliates in their Chapter 11 cases in the Southern District of New York, which will seek to restructure approximately $2.7 billion in legacy indebtedness and preferred stock.
Masonite Corporation and its affiliates, one of the largest manufacturers of interior doors and entry door systems in the world, with 8,500 employees and annual revenue of approximately $1.8 billion, in their pre-negotiated Chapter 11 cases, which lasted less than three months and enabled Masonite to eliminate more than $2.2 billion of debt. Masonite operates in 70 locations throughout North America, South America, Europe, and Asia.
Tronox Incorporated and its affiliates, a leading manufacturer and marketer of titanium dioxide pigment, electrolytics and specialty chemicals, in their Chapter 11 cases.
Pierre Foods, Inc. and its affiliates, a leading manufacturer, marketer and distributor of high quality, differentiated food solutions, in their Chapter 11 cases.
Wellman, Inc. and 11 affiliated entities, a leading U.S. manufacturer of plastic polymers and fibers for more than 50 years, in its Chapter 11 cases.
Solutia, Inc. and its affiliates in their Chapter 11 cases involving more than $3 billion of funded debt and other obligations and complex legacy spinoff liability issues, including mass tort, environmental, retiree, pension and indemnification issues.
Cornerstone Propane Partners LLP and its affiliates, one of the largest retail propane marketers in the United States, in their Chapter 11 cases, which involved the restructuring of more than $550 million of indebtedness and complex public partnership issues.
Allegiance Telecom, Inc. and its affiliates, a competitive local exchange carrier, in their Chapter 11 cases involving more than $1.4 billion of debt and a sale of substantially all of their assets to XO Communications, Inc. through a plan of reorganization.
Westchester Medical Center, an academic medical center serving 3.5 million people in the seven county Hudson Valley region, southern Connecticut and northern New Jersey, in its financial restructuring efforts, including strategic advice to the board of directors regarding its negotiations with Westchester County and the State of New York.
Newcor, Inc. and its subsidiaries, manufacturers of precision machined and molded rubbers and plastic products, as well as custom machines and manufacturing systems, in their Chapter 11 cases. Specifically, Newcor successfully completed a substantial deleveraging of its balance sheet through a consensual Chapter 11 plan.
Quality Stores, Inc. and its affiliates, a large chain of farm and home supply stores doing business as Farm & Fleet and Central Tractor Stores, in the largest Chapter 11 case ever filed in the Western District of Michigan, which included the sale of substantially all of its stores.
American Commercial Lines, the country's largest inland waterway marine transportation and service company in connection with its successful out-of-court restructuring of approximately $700 million of senior, secured bank debt and publicly held bonds, and effectuated an exchange offer under section 3(a)(9) of the Securities Act.
United Companies Financial Corporation, a sub-prime mortgage lender, in its Chapter 11 cases.
Bruno's, Inc., an operator of a chain of approximately 200 supermarkets throughout the Southeastern United States, in it successful restructuring of more than $1 billion in debt through Chapter 11.
Best Products, Inc., a national retain showroom chain, in the sale of substantially all of its assets to a consortium of liquidators and the confirmation of its Chapter 11 plan.
Distressed Investors/Distressed Purchasers/Creditor Representations
Arcapita/Ad Hoc Committee of Bondholders in connection with Arcapita's Chapter 11 cases.
Vista Equity Partners in connection with its purchase of CDC Software in a court-supervised sale process in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Georgia. Vista acted as the "stalking-horse" purchaser in a sale conducted pursuant to Section 363 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code and was approved by the Bankruptcy Court as the winning bidder in March 2012.
TerreStar Networks/Ad Hoc Committee of Noteholders in connection with TerreStar's Chapter 11 cases.
Metalmark in its acquisition of Crusader Energy Group.
Oaktree Capital and Irving Place Capital in their acquisition of substantially all of the assets of Chesapeake Corporation, in its Chapter 11 cases.
KPS Capital Partners in its acquisition of certain assets of Waterford Wedgwood Plc.
Bain Capital in the Chapter 11 cases of WorldCom, Inc. and its subsidiaries.
Briggs & Stratton, Inc., in its acquisition of substantially all of the assets of Murray, Inc.
Topspin Partners in its acquisition of Tiffen Company.
American Commercial Strategies in the recapitalization and buyout of New Piper.
Tanner & Haley/Ad Hoc Committee of Legendary Retreat Members in the Chapter 11 cases of Tanner & Haley and its affiliates.
AT&T Latin America/Statutory Committee of Unsecured Creditors in the Chapter 11 cases of AT&T Latin America and certain of its subsidiaries.
Prudential Healthcare in the Chapter 11 case of FPA Medical Management, Inc., a physician practice management company.
Corporate Transaction/Board Representations
Rotech Healthcare Inc. in its successful refinancing of its senior secured credit facility.
The Independent Board Members of Portrait Corporation of America in its restructuring efforts and Chapter 11 cases.
General Motors Corporation in its proposed sale of 51% of GMAC to a consortium of private equity funds led by Cerberus.
Harvey R. Miller, Esq., as Trustee, in the liquidation of Stratton Oakmont, Inc., a broker-dealer, under the Securities Investor Protection Act of 1970.
Sports Transactions & Representations
Pacific Coast League, one of the two triple-A minor league baseball leagues, in connection with the sale of one of its baseball franchises.
Kramer Capital Partners, in connection with the purchase of the Bridgeport Bluefish of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball.
Memberships & Affiliations
Board of Overseers, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
Member, Law360 2013 Bankruptcy Editorial Advisory Board
Co-Chair, New York Advisory Council for Common Sense Media
Member, Partnership for New York City
Member, Atlantic Council
Member, Board of Directors, Michael Lynch Memorial Foundation
Chairman, Advisory Committee, Heyman Center for Corporate Governance
Honorary Chairman, Michael Lynch Memorial Foundation's 8th Annual Dinner
Member, Executive Committee, UJA Federation of New York, The Bankruptcy & Restructuring Group
Member, The Economic Club of New York
"Henes: Three Steps to Fixing the US Economy," CNBC Guest Blog (July 23, 2012).
"Henes: What Government Can Learn From the Robin Hood Foundation," CNBC Guest Blog (May 16, 2012).
"Henes: Austerity By Inaction - An Economic Cliff Awaits," CNBC Guest Blog (May 9, 2012).
"Henes: A Greek Tragedy in the Making?" CNBC Guest Blog (January 30, 2012).
"Germany's Revised Bankruptcy Code," The Deal (co-author, January 12, 2012).
"Unfunded retirement liabilities in Europe and the US: can lessons be learned from corporate America?," Financier Worldwide Magazine (co-author, January 2012).
"Henes: NYC is Pension Model for 21st Century?" CNBC Guest Blog (December 21, 2011).
"Henes: The Restructuring of the United States — Failure is Not an Option," CNBC Guest Blog (November 21, 2011).
"BGOV Commentary: City Bankruptcy Effort in Rhode Island Is Working," Bloomberg Government @BGOV (October 18, 2011).
"Henes: The Eurozone Hold Out Problem," CNBC.com Guest Blog (October 11, 2011).
"Henes: The Top 5 Questions About the Bankruptcy of Central Falls, Rhode Island," CNBC.com Guest Blog (September 27, 2011).
"Henes: The Jobs Act and the Super Committee — Is Anyone Else Confused?," CNBC.com Guest Blog (September 15, 2011).
"The Ultimate Tribute to 9/11 Victims is Giving Back," CNN.com Opinion (September 8, 2011).
"Henes: Economic Lessons Learned From Hurricane Irene," CNBC.com Guest Blog (August 29, 2011).
"Henes: Restructuring America—The 5 Top Economic Questions for the Remainder of 2011," CNBC.com Guest Blog (August 10, 2011).
"Bankrupt USAA+," Legal Bisnow NYC (August 8, 2011).
"Henes: Top 5 Questions About the Downgrade, the Economy, and the Markets," CNBC.com Guest Blog (August 8, 2011).
"Henes: Top 5 Questions For the Weekend About the Economy," CNBC.com Guest Blog (August 5, 2011).
"Henes: Top 5 Questions About the Central Falls, RI Bankruptcy," CNBC.com Guest Blog (August 2, 2011).
"Henes: Top 5 Questions for 'Debt Ceiling Monday,'" CNBC.com Guest Blog (August 1, 2011).
"Henes: Top 5 Questions for 'Debt Ceiling' Weekend," CNBC.com Guest Blog (July 29, 2011).
"Henes: 5 Things to Know About the Debt Ceiling," CNBC.com Guest Blog (July 25, 2011).
"Henes: Five Reasons Why the Debt Ceiling May Not Get Raised," CNBC.com Guest Blog (July 21, 2011).
"Henes: The Debt Ceiling Debate — A Good Old Fashioned Restructuring Negotiation," CNBC.com Guest Blog (July 20, 2011).
"Henes: The Debt Ceiling Debate is About the Future Role of Government," CNBC.com Guest Blog (July 18, 2011).
"Henes: States Need to Make Public Disclosures of Their Unfunded Pension Liabilities," CNBC.com Guest Blog (July 15, 2011).
"States Need to Restructure Pension Obligations," CNBC.com Guest Blog (July 12, 2011).
"Henes: Rules of Debt Restructuring," CNBC.com Guest Blog (July 11, 2011).
"Debt-Ceiling Debate: Beware of a Ratings Downgrade," CNBC.com Guest Blog (July 8, 2011).
"Debt Ceiling: Will the U.S. Follow Minnesota's Lead?" CNBC.com Guest Blog (July 6, 2011).
"Deja Vu, All Over Again," New York Law Journal (co-author, June 27, 2011).
"Henes: Are We Watching the Sequel to 'Too Big to Fail?' Will Greece End Differently Than Lehman? Part II" CNBC.com Guest Blog (June 21, 2011).
"Henes: Are We Watching the Sequel to 'Too Big to Fail?' Will Greece End Differently Than Lehman?"CNBC.com Guest Blog (June 16, 2011).
"Henes: The US Will Choose Not to Default on Its Bonds," CNBC.com Guest Blog (June 14, 2011).
"Henes: You Can't Stop a Flood by Adding Water: It's Time to Reduce, Not Add, Debt for Long-Term Economic Strength," CNBC.com Guest Blog (June 3, 2011).
"Henes: Focusing on Unsustainable Debt," CNBC.com Guest Blog (May 31, 2011).
"State Pension Showdowns Call for New Federal Referee: Commentary," Bloomberg Government (May 18, 2011).
"States Need Bankruptcy-Like Options for Leverage: Commentary," Bloomberg Government (April 20, 2011).
"Jon Henes: The Story of Unfunded State Mandates," CNBC.com Guest Blog (April 19, 2011).
"Jon Henes: It is Time for States to Regain Fiscal Health & We Need True Leadership," CNBC.com Guest Blog (March 18, 2011).
"Jon Henes: Bankruptcy Law for States: Rhetoric Vs. Reality," CNBC.com Guest Blog (February 22, 2011).
"Creation of a State Fiscal Task Force," Philly.com (February 14, 2011).
"States of Insolvency," TheDeal.com Judgment Call (co-author, February 8, 2011).
"Jon Henes: State Disclosures Ahead for Municipal Bond Market," CNBC.com Guest Blog (January 31, 2011).
"Jon Henes: Bankruptcy Works: Why Congress Should Consider Bankruptcy for States," CNBC.com Guest Blog (January 21, 2011).
"Bankruptcy works: Why Congress Should Consider Bankruptcy for States," The Hill (January 19, 2011).
"Jon Henes: Congress, Consider Giving our States a Chance!," CNBC.com Guest Blog (January 6, 2011).
"Second Circuit: Pension Termination Premium Arises Upon Discharge, Cannot be Discharged," American Bankruptcy Institute: Labor and Employment Committee Newsletter (co-author, January 2010).
"Prudent Lessons From Judge Prudence Carter Beatty," The Wall Street Journal Blog: Bankruptcy Beat (January 8, 2010).
"Jon Henes: Failure is an Option—The Brilliance of our Corporate Restructuring Regime," CNBC.com Guest Blog (January 6, 2010).
"Henes: Evolution From Trader to Owner - The Making of the Private Equity Hedge Fund," CNBC.com Guest Blog (November 18, 2009).
"Debt-for-Equity Exchanges and Media Companies," Daily Bankruptcy Review (co-author, October 21, 2009).
"Henes: The Four Questions of Distressed Investing," CNBC.com Guest Blog (September 2, 2009).
"Henes: The Boys are Back in Town: Hedge Funds are Trading Distressed Debt Again," CNBC.com Guest Blog (August 18, 2009).
"Henes: The DIP Loan - The New 'It' Investment," CNBC.com Guest Blog (August 12, 2009).
"Henes' Lessons of the CEO: How to Succeed in Restructurings and Life," CNBC.com Guest Blog (August 4, 2009).
"Henes: Non-Traditional Owners Must Think Like a Private Equity Sponsor," CNBC.com Guest Blog (July 31, 2009).
"Henes: There's Gold in Them Hills - Private Equity and Distressed Investing," CNBC.com Guest Blog (July 15, 2009).
"Henes: Bankruptcy is not Just for Restructurings Anymore," CNBC.com Guest Blog (July 13, 2009).
"Debt is the New Equity: How Private Equity Funds Will Sponsor Buyouts Through Chapter 11," Bankruptcy Structure Insights (Summer 2009).
"Why Now Is NOT The Time To Focus On Growth," CNBC.com Guest Blog (February 26, 2009).
"Coming to a Theatre Near You: The Stealth Takeover," Daily Bankruptcy Review (February 6, 2009).
"2009 Corporate Restructurings: What to Expect," Daily Bankruptcy Review (January 21, 2009).
"A 'TARP' For Distressed Companies," Forbes.com (November 18, 2008).
"Henes: A Gameplan for Distressed Company Investing," CNBC.com Guest Blog (November 5, 2008).
"Henes: Private Equity Opportunity: Buy The Distressed," CNBC.com Guest Blog (October 24, 2008).
"Henes: Why the Feds Should Step Into Bankruptcy Loans," CNBC.com Guest Blog (October 22, 2008).
"A Different Approach To Fixing The Financial System," Dow Jones News Service (October 1, 2008).
"Amid Turmoil, Opportunity Awaits in Debt to Equity Conversions," Daily Bankruptcy Review (July 14, 2008).
"Buyers Of Secured Debt, Beware: Solutia Ruling Shows OID Risks," Daily Bankruptcy Review (March 26, 2008).
"Rule 2019 Opinion May Transform the Dynamics of Chapter 11 Cases," Daily Bankruptcy Review (March 7, 2007).
Assistant Editor, Norton Bankruptcy Law & Practice (2005).
"Vulture Investors Heed Caution: Creditors Committee and Trading May Be a Dangerous Combination," 16 Financier Worldwide 30 (April 2004)."Guidelines for Director Decision Making in Chapter 11," 21 The Bankruptcy Strategist 2 (December 2003).
"Analyzing In-Court Bankruptcy Trends," Debtwire's 7th Annual Distressed Debt Forum, May 21, 2013
"Plan of Reorganization or Liquidation," New York State Bar Association's Advising Distressed Businesses & Business Bankruptcy Cases Conference (December 13, 2012).
"Restructuring New York: Will the State and the Cities Recover When the Economy Does?" The Samuel and Ronnie Heyman Center for Corporate Governance (April 18, 2012)(moderator).
"The Congressional Super-Committee's Debt Reduction Plan," America's Fiscal Crisis: Depression, Recession or Recovery? The Samuel and Ronnie Heyman Center for Corporate Governance (October 11, 2011).
"The Coming Wave of Municipal Government Restructurings," The Distressed Debt Conference, DealFlow Media (October 3, 2011).
"Today's Problems in Municipal Finance: Should Chapter 9 Be Extended to States?" Commercial Finance Association's Advocacy Conference (September 15, 2011).
"Bailout or Bankruptcy: States Consider the Options:" Bloomberg, State and Municipal Finance Conference (March 22, 2011).
"Is Bankruptcy a Viable Solution to the States' Fiscal Crisis?" The Samuel and Ronnie Heyman Center on Corporate Governance (March 21, 2011).
"Distressed Paradox: Where Have All the Deals Gone?" Sixth Annual NYU Stern Private Equity Conference: A New Decade for Opportunities (March 4, 2011).
"Legal Restructuring Panel - Governmental Involvement in Distressed Opportunities," Wharton School of Business Restructuring and Turnaround Conference 2010: Road to Recovery? Restructuring, Rebuilding and Regulation (February 19, 2010).
"Selecting the Right Method to Valuate Distressed Debt and Estimate Recovery Possibilities," American Conference Institute's Distressed Debt and Turnaround Investing Summit (March 31, 2009).
"Briefing on the Current Restructuring Market," Heyman Center for Corporate Governance (Keynote Interview by Jeff McCracken, Wall Street Journal, March 4, 2009).
Distressed Investing Panel, Harvard Business School - 15th Annual Venture Capital & Private Equity Conference (January 31, 2009).
Distressed Investing Panel, UBS Credit Conference (January 8, 2009).
"Financing a Restructuring in the Middle of a Credit Crisis: Strategies for Survival," 15th Annual Distressed Investing Conference (Moderated Panel, November 18, 2008).
"Utilizing Chapter 11 to Maximize Value and Emerge as a Successful Enterprise: The Solutia Case Study," Heyman Center for Corporate Governance (Moderated Panel, April 1, 2008).
"How the Hedge Fund Trader Has Changed the Dynamics of Chapter 11 Cases," Heyman Center for Corporate Governance: Perspectives on Corporate Restructurings (Opening Address, March 5, 2007).
"Perspectives on Corporate Restructurings," Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law Program (November 2005).
Law and Business Investment Banking, Senior Tutor, The Leonard N. Stern School of Business at the NYU School of Law (2005).
American Conference Institute, New York (Panelist, issues regarding second liens, 2004).
"Strategic Considerations When Converting Debt to Equity in Troubled Companies, "American Conference Institute, New York (May 2004).
Harvard Business School Turnaround Symposium, Cambridge (Panelist, March 2004).Buyouts Symposium, New York (Panelist, March 2003).
2001, United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Michigan
1997, United States District Court for the Southern District of New York1997, United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York