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Rick Cieri is an internationally recognized authority in restructurings, corporate governance, and director and officer fiduciary duty matters. He is best known for representing financially challenged companies, debtors, and boards of directors.

The 2014 edition of Chambers USA praised Mr. Cieri as a “superstar,” the “the gold standard of US restructuring lawyers” and that “he is a tremendous guy who does excellent work.” In 2014, The Legal 500 U.S. recommended Mr. Cieri “for his ‘high intellect, preparation and readiness’ and for his ‘ability to stay calm during intense negotiations.’” The 2013 edition of Chambers Global also described Mr. Cieri as "outstanding, creative and effective" and possessing "great market recognition." Mr. Cieri was highlighted in the 2011 edition of Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business for his "excellent strategy and management skills in large-scale cases on behalf of troubled companies and their directors" and was described as "one of the most respected bankruptcy attorneys around." In Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business 2008, Mr. Cieri was described as a lawyer with "an outstanding reputation in the USA, who can handle himself superbly in a wide range of situations." He also was praised "for his boardroom style, which engenders confidence and trust in those he represents." Mr. Cieri was described by Chambers Global, The World's Leading Lawyers for Business 2008 as "one of the most successful debtor lawyers in the country." He also was described as a "legendary and extremely strategic expert in complex restructuring cases" in Chambers Global, The World's Leading Lawyers for Business 2010. In the 2011 edition of Chambers Global, Mr. Cieri was described as "strategic, confident, and decisive" in his representations of major corporations, debtors, and boards of directors in cross-border and domestic matters. In the 2010 and 2011 editions of the Legal 500 U.S., he was described as "strategic, smart, and decisive" and "fantastic." In 2006, Chambers Global, The World's Leading Lawyers for Business recognized Mr. Cieri as a "spectacular" lawyer who "has the perfect balance of good judgment, advocacy skill and business instincts. He has lots of credibility and his word can be relied on." Mr. Cieri also was described as a "fierce advocate for his clients" in the 2009 edition of Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business. Mr. Cieri was commended for "his terrific management of large-scale cases and flawless strategy skills" in the 2010 edition of Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business. In the 2007 Legal 500 U.S., Mr. Cieri was recognized by peers as 'creative' and 'cerebral' and "brings to the bankruptcy process a real knowledge both of the legal process, but also more importantly an understanding of bankruptcy matters performed outside the legal process, such as the dynamics of a company's business, and its relations with creditors." He also was described by Chambers Global, The World's Leading Lawyers for Business 2007 as "an incredibly good listener" who has the ability to "distill information into meaningful advice and keep a cool head in negotiations." Clients commented that Mr. Cieri "truly understands the value of being constructive and diplomatic" in the 2009 edition of the Legal 500 U.S. In the 2009 edition of Chambers Global, The World's Leading Lawyers for Business, Mr. Cieri was recognized as an "intellectual heavyweight" who manages "to keep a finger on almost every deal." In 2007, Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business noted that Mr. Cieri "understands the world of bankruptcy and distressed companies very well, and can keep the business on course." In 2008, Mr. Cieri was named to the BTI Client Service Team, as a result of a survey of Fortune 1000 clients, recognizing him as an attorney with exceptional attention to his client's needs. Mr. Cieri has also been named by Turnarounds & Workouts as an "Outstanding Restructuring Lawyer" on numerous occasions.

In April 2009, Mr. Cieri was selected as one of the "Dealmakers of the Year" by The American Lawyer.

Representative recent debtor clients of Mr. Cieri's have included:

Energy Future Holdings Corp. and 70 of its affiliates (collectively, “EFH”) in their prearranged Chapter 11 cases in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware. EFH--the largest generator, distributor, and certified retail provider of electricity in Texas--is the product of the largest buy-out in history. With over $49 billion in liabilities and $36 billion in assets, EFH’s Chapter 11 case is the largest operating Chapter 11 case ever filed in Delaware and the seventh largest Chapter 11 case filed in history.

Ally Financial Inc. and Ally Bank and their subsidiaries, in connection with Ally Financial Inc.'s ("AFI") mortgage subsidiary, Residential Capital, LLC's, Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases, which include prepetition proposed settlements with multiple key stakeholders. Residential Capital, LLC is the fifth-largest servicer of residential mortgage loans in the United States with more than $15.6 billion in assets and $15.2 billion of indebtedness. AFI is a leading, independent, globally diversified financial services firm with operations in 32 countries and assets in excess of $180 billion, and is 74% owned by the United States Treasury. Ally Bank is an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of AFI and a leading franchise in the direct (online and telephonic) banking market with over $30 billion of deposits.

Charter Communications, Inc., the fourth largest cable operator in the United States, with approximately $24 billion in debt and $13 billion in assets, in its prearranged bankruptcy that reduced debt by approximately $8 billion. Charter employs 16,500 people and provides customers with communication services including telephone, video, and high-speed Internet.

Calpine Corporation and its affiliates, an independent power producer and marketer with $17.2 billion in debt, $22.5 billion in total liabilities and $26.6 billion in assets. Calpine, which employs 3,300 people, operates more than 90 power plants in North America, including Canada and Mexico. Calpine is also the world's largest producer of renewable geothermal energy. At the time of filing, it was the sixth largest case to file Chapter 11 in U.S. history.

Chemtura Corporation, one of the largest publicly traded specialty chemical companies in the United States, with 2008 revenue of approximately $4.0 billion, in its Chapter 11 reorganization. Chemtura, which employs 5,000 people worldwide, has operations in North America, Europe, Africa, and Asia.

Masonite Corporation and its affiliates, one of the largest manufacturers of interior doors and entry door systems in the world, with 11,000 employees and annual revenue of approximately $1.8 billion, in its Chapter 11 cases. Masonite operates in 70 locations throughout North America, South America, Europe, and Asia.

Atrium Companies, Inc., manufacturer and distributor of residential vinyl and aluminum windows and patio doors in North America, in its prearranged restructuring that will reduce debt by $350 million. Atrium employs more than 7,000 individuals in 80 manufacturing and distribution centers in 23 states.

Longview Power, LLC and certain of its affiliates, including Mepco Holdings, LLC and its affiliates, in connection with their Chapter 11 cases involving the restructuring of approximately $1 billion in funded debt. Longview operates a 700 net megawatt supercritical coal fired power generation facility in Maidsville, West Virginia, and Mepco is one of the largest independent coal companies in North Appalachia. Together, Longview and Mepco operate an integrated power generation enterprise that is at the forefront of the clean coal movement.

Local Insight Media Holdings, Inc., the fifth largest directory publisher and local search provider in the U.S., in its restructuring. Local Insight serves more than 340,000 businesses across 42 states, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic, with annual revenue of more than $700 million.

Hawaiian Telcom Communications, Inc., the state of Hawaii's incumbent telecommunications provider, which filed for Chapter 11 protection in December 2008. Hawaiian Telcom offers a variety of telecommunications products and services, including local and long distance services, managed services, highspeed Internet, and wireless services.

Tronox Incorporated and its affiliates, a leading manufacturer and marketer of titanium dioxide pigment, electrolytics and specialty chemicals, with operations in North America, Europe, and Asia, in their Chapter 11 cases.

TOUSA, Inc. and approximately 40 debtor and non-debtor affiliates in their Chapter 11 cases that will restructure more than $2 billion in debt obligations, including obligations related to bank debt, senior and subordinated public bond debt, and complex land bank option and development contracts. TOUSA is a publicly traded homebuilder with substantial operations in Florida, the Mid-Atlantic, Texas and the West, doing business under trade names including Newmark, Engle Homes and Trophy Homes.

Collins & Aikman Corporation and its affiliates, a global automobile interiors manufacturer with nearly $4 billion in annual sales, approximately $3 billion of funded debt and other obligations and approximately 23,000 employees, in their Chapter 11 cases involving complex automobile manufacturer and supplier relationships.

Solutia, Inc. and its affiliates in their Chapter 11 cases involving more than $3 billion of funded debt and other obligations and complex environmental, pension, litigation, and indemnification issues.

Movie Gallery, Inc., the second largest North American home entertainment specialty retailer, in its restructuring. Movie Gallery, which operates approximately 4,600 retail stores located throughout all 50 states and Canada, rents and sells DVDs, videocassettes and video games. Movie Gallery generates annual revenue of approximately $2.5 billion with almost 40,000 employees.

Dura Automotive Systems, Inc. and certain of its affiliates, leading independent designer and manufacturer of driver control systems, seating control systems, glass systems, engineered assemblies, structural door modules, and exterior trim systems for the global automotive industry in its Chapter 11 case. In 2005, Dura had revenues of $2.3 billion, and as of the commencement of its Chapter 11 case, had total liabilities of $1.62 billion. Dura sells its products to every major North American, Asian and European automotive original equipment manufacturer. At the time of its filing, Dura was the second largest Chapter 11 filing of 2006.

Laidlaw Inc. and its five affiliates in the largest restructuring of a Canadian company, which involved a $4.8 billion pre-negotiated Chapter 11 reorganization of an international conglomerate providing student transportation, intercity and municipal busing, and ambulance and emergency department management services.

Federated Department Stores, Inc./Allied Stores Corporation, and 65 affiliated corporations, including Bloomingdale's, Inc., The Bon, Inc., Burdine's, Inc., Jordan Marsh Stores Corporation, Rich's, Inc. and Stern's, Inc. which constituted, at that time, the second-largest Chapter 11 case in history involving $9.6 billion in assets and asserted claims in excess of $60 billion.

Trans World Airlines, Inc. in its first Chapter 11 case involving $4 billion in debt and resulting in employee and creditor ownership of the airline.

Tower Automotive, Inc. and certain of its affiliates, one of the largest independent global suppliers of structural components and assemblies to the automotive industry, in its Chapter 11 case. Tower's major customers include most of the major auto makers including the Big Three in the U.S. Tower is the ultimate parent company to approximately 70 domestic and foreign subsidiaries conducting business at over 60 facilities worldwide.

LTV Steel Company, Inc. and 48 of its affiliates in Chapter 11 cases involving a $5 billion restructuring of the leading domestic producers of integrated steel, the largest producers of mechanical and structural steel tubing products in North America, the world's largest producers of bimetallic wire products and one of the largest manufacturers of pre-engineered metal building systems in North America.

Mr. Cieri has been recognized as one of the country's outstanding restructuring lawyers by numerous publications in which clients have complemented his leadership on some of the largest Chapter 11 and business restructuring matters in the country.

  • Mr. Cieri appeals to CEOs because "they find his approach comforting - he's hands-on and gets things done." -- Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business 2005

  • He was called "one of the bar's heavy hitters" -- The Deal, June 2005

  • Mr. Cieri is a "megaplayer on the debtor side" and a "smart deal-maker." -- Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business 2004

  • "Rick Cieri is considered an essential arc in an elite circle of American corporate dealmakers." -- Lawyers of the Year 2001, Ohio Lawyers Weekly

  • Mr. Cieri is a "firm negotiator" who "finds solutions. There's not a lot of posturing, not a lot of table-pounding." -- Dealmakers of the Year Feature, "Doctoring Distress," The American Lawyer, April 2000

  • Called an "American Superstar, Cieri appreciates the flexibility of the system, which allows Canadian counsel to work creatively towards successful restructurings. It is perhaps this attitude that makes Cieri such a prominent U.S. player in cross-border restructurings." -- Lexpert Magazine [Canada], "Cross-Border Corporate Restructuring," March 2003

  • Named a Star Lateral of the Year -- The American Lawyer, April 2003

Mr. Cieri has been recognized by the following leading business and legal publications: Turnarounds & Workouts; the K&A Restructuring Register of "America's Top 100 Restructuring Professionals"; The Best Lawyers in America; The Guide to the World's Leading Financial Law Firms; Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business; Chambers Global, The World's Leading Lawyers for Business; Global Counsel Handbooks: Restructuring and Insolvency; and The Legal 500 U.S. His distinguished career was profiled in an article by the Dow Jones Daily Bankruptcy Review in March 2005. In addition, Mr. Cieri was profiled in Crain's Cleveland Business and The Plain Dealer. He also is a member of the American College of Bankruptcy Lawyers.

Mr. Cieri has spoken at the University of Michigan Law School, Columbia Law School, Columbia Business School, Wharton School of Business, and Harvard Business School regarding restructuring and fiduciary duty issues. He also has been quoted in The New York Times, USA Today and The Wall Street Journal.

As a partner in the New York office, Mr. Cieri's practice involves representing debtors (including portfolio and privately held companies) and advising the boards of directors of financially troubled companies; representing creditors' committees and secured creditors in restructurings and bankruptcies; providing advice in connection with legacy liability and environmental, retiree, pension tort and product liability claims facing a debtor, and technology and intellectual property issues; structuring of secured and commercial transactions (including advice related to fraudulent conveyance, corporate spin-offs, and related securities issues); and the acquisition of and lending to financially troubled companies.


Representative Matters

In addition to the matters listed above, Mr. Cieri has represented debtors in many of the country's largest out-of-court restructuring matters and Chapter 11 cases, including the following:

Allegheny Energy, Inc. in an out-of-court restructuring and refinancing of more than $10 billion in bank, bond and other debt obligations;

NRG Energy, Inc. and its affiliates in an out-of-court workout of $10 billion of debt.  Continued to represent parent, Xcel Energy Inc. upon filing of Chapter 11 cases by NRG Energy;

The Loewen Group Inc. and 858 affiliated entities in the largest number of consolidated Chapter 11 cases in history to restructure $4 billion in debt of the second largest operator of funeral homes and cemeteries in the United States, Canada and England;

Montgomery Ward Holding Corp. and its affiliates in their first Chapter 11 cases involving a $5 billion restructuring of a nationwide chain of department stores and specialty retailers;

World Kitchen, Inc., a portfolio company of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. and one of the world's leading developers, manufacturers, marketers and distributors of household products, in its Chapter 11 cases involving the restructuring of approximately $1 billion of debt;

Napster, Inc. and two of its wholly-owned subsidiaries in their Chapter 11 cases involving the sale of Napster, which was one of the fastest-growing sites on the Internet after its inception in 1999 with approximately 91 million users downloading its software at its peak;

Morrison Knudsen Corporation in its prepackaged Chapter 11 case involving a restructuring of the largest construction contracting company in North America resulting in a merger with the Washington Construction group;

Great American Communications Company, a privately owned company (the Lindner family interests) in its prepackaged Chapter 11 case, which was completed in 32 days and successfully restructured $900 million of debt;

The Elder-Beerman Stores Corporation, a privately owned regional full-line retailer, and its related specialty retailers in their Chapter 11 cases and subsequent reorganization;

Purina Mills, Inc., which was owned by Koch Industries and was the largest animal feed manufacturer in the United States, in connection with its Chapter 11 cases involving a debt restructuring of approximately $753 million;

Murray Energy Corporation in connection with the out-of-court restructuring of approximately $370 million of long-term funded debt which likely will result in a refinancing of Murray Energy's existing credit facility that will not only repay Murray Energy's obligations under the existing credit facility but provide the company with a significant available credit line going forward;

Teleglobe Inc., a subsidiary of Bell Canada, in insolvency proceedings commenced by the company in Canada under the Companies Creditors Arrangement Act, as well as the Chapter 11 cases of certain of its subsidiaries, involving a $2.8 billion reorganization of one of the world's leading wholesale providers of international telecommunications services;

Fruehauf Trailer Corporation in restructuring of a major industrial concern operating multiple trailer manufacturing facilities;

Rax Restaurants, Inc. and its affiliates in their Chapter 11 cases involving the restructuring of a major restaurant chain which resulted in a streamlined company of 56 independently owned stores; and

Cardinal Industries, Inc. and its affiliates in their $1 billion Chapter 11 cases that restructured one of the nation's largest prefabricated housing and residential real estate management businesses.


Publications

"The Race to the Starting line: Developing Prepackaged and Prenegotiated Reorganization Plans to Maximize Value." Navigating Today's Environment, The Directors' and Officers' Guide to Restructuring, 2010 (co-author).

"Protecting Directors and Officers of Corporations That Are Insolvent or in the Zone or Vicinity of Insolvency: Important Considerations, Practical Solutions," DePaul Business and Commercial Law Journal, Winter 2004 (co-author).

"Restructuring Bond Debt in the Global Marketplace," Restructuring and Insolvency Handbook, 2004-05, (co-author).

"Ruling on Termination of Retiree Benefits Troubling," New York Law Journal, November 3, 2003 (co-author).

"The Role of a Restructuring Lawyer," Inside the Minds:  The Art & Science of Bankruptcy Law, August 2003.

"License Rights: New Threats to Bankruptcy Protections for IP Licensees," New York Law Journal, July 1, 2003 (co-author).

"Forum Shopping, First Day Orders, and Case Management Issues in Bankruptcy," (symposium transcript), DePaul Business and Commercial Law Journal, Summer 2003, Volume 1, Number 4, Chicago, Illinois.

"Fiduciary Duties - Indemnification, Pre-petition and Pursuing Actions Before Filing," (symposium transcript) DePaul Business and Commercial Law Journal, Summer 2003, Volume 1, Number 4, Chicago, Illinois.

"Intellectual Property Bankruptcy Act Aids Licensees," The National Law Journal, October 22, 2001 (co-author).

"Securing Technology Rights From Distressed IP Owners," The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, Vol. 9, No. 9, September 2001 (co-author).

"Licensing Rights in a Distressed Situation," Potomac Tech Journal, Vol. 2, Issue 34, August 20, 2001 (co-author).
 
"Protecting Technology and Intellectual Property Rights When a Debtor Infringes on Those Rights," American Bankruptcy Institute Law Review, Winter 2000 (co-author).
 
"Licensing Intellectual Property and Technology from the Financially Troubled or Startup Company: Prebankruptcy Strategies to Minimize the Risk in a Licensee's Intellectual Property and Technology Investment," The Business Lawyer, Vol. 55, No. 4, August 2000 (co-author).
 
"As Directors Approach the 'Zone of Insolvency'," Directors & Boards, Vol. 25, No. 1, Fall 2000 (co-author).
 
"Breaking Up Is Hard to Do: Avoiding the Solvency-Related Pitfalls in Spinoff Transactions," The Business Lawyer, Vol. 54, February 1999 (co-author).
 
"Considerations for Chapter 11 Retail Debtors," Journal of Bankruptcy Law and Practice, July/August 1997 (co-author).
 
"Understanding Reclamation Claims in Bankruptcy: Hidden Complexity in a Simple Statute," Journal of Bankruptcy Law and Practice, Vol. 5, No. 6, September/October 1996 (co-author).
 
"Disclosure and Solicitation of Votes (Code §§ 1125, 1126)," Norton Bankruptcy Law and Practice, 2d (Chapter 91)," Vol. 4, 1996 (co-author).
 
"'Safe Harbor in Uncharted Waters' — Securities Law Exemptions Under Section 1125(e) of the Bankruptcy Code," The Business Lawyer, Vol. 51, No. 2, February 1996 (co-author).
 
"The Fiduciary Duties of Directors of Financially Troubled Companies," Journal of Bankruptcy Law and Practice, Vol. 3, No. 4, May/June 1994 (co-author).
 
"The Long and Winding Road: The Standards to Confirm a Plan of Reorganization Under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code (Part II)," Journal of Bankruptcy Law and Practice, Vol. 3, No. 2, January/February 1994 (co-author).
 
"The Long and Winding Road: The Standards to Confirm a Plan of Reorganization Under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code (Part I)," Journal of Bankruptcy Law and Practice, Vol. 3, No. 1, November/December 1993 (co-author).
 
"Applying an Ax When a Scalpel Will Do: The Rule of Exclusivity in Chapter 11 Reform," Journal of Bankruptcy Law and Practice, Vol. 2, No. 6, September/October 1993 (co-author).
 
"Recent Fraudulent Conveyance Decisions Send Mixed Signals," Butterworths Journal of International Banking and Financial Law, Vol. 6, No. 8, August 1991 (co-author).
 
"An Introduction to Legal and Practical Considerations in the Restructuring of Troubled Leveraged Buyouts," The Business Lawyer, Vol. 45, No. 1, November 1989 (co-author).

Seminars

"Prepackaged Bankruptcy: Recent Developments and Emerging Issues," American Bar Association's 2011 Spring Meeting of the Business Bankruptcy Committee, April 14-16, 2011, Boston, Massachusetts.

"Current Developments Affecting Distressed Investing," JP Morgan Global High Yield and Leveraged Finance Conference, February 28, 2011, Miami, Florida.

"Investment Bankers' Roundtable: The Wall of Debt or 'Amend, Pretend & Extend,'" Renaissance American Management 17th Annual Distressed Investing Conference, November 29, 2010, New York, New York.

"The New Chapter 11 Playbook," Turnaround Management Association Annual Convention, October 7, 2010, Orlando, Florida.

"Reinstatement of Debt: Associated Issues Arising in Cases Such as Charter and Spectrum," American Bankruptcy Institute's 12th Annual New York City Bankruptcy Conference, May 24, 2010, New York, New York.

"Loan Reinstatements: How Will They Alter Bankruptcy Reorganizations?" 2010 Daily Bankruptcy Review Restructuring & Turnaround Summit, March 10, 2010, New York, New York.

"Case Study Panel - The Restructuring of Charter Communications," Wharton School of Business Restructuring and Turnaround Conference 2010: Road to Recovery? Restructuring, Rebuilding and Regulation, February 19, 2010, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

"Distressed Investment Panel: Calpine's Restructuring," 15th Annual Columbia Business School Private Equity & Venture Capital Conference, January 30, 2009, New York, New York.

"Candid Conversation amongst Bankruptcy Luminaries," New York Institute of Credit, March 20, 2008, New York, New York.

"Troubled Companies: Fiduciary Duties, Deepening Insolvency and Potential D&O Liability," Turnaround Management Association, March 19, 2008, Miami, Florida.

"Situation Report: Calpine," Renaissance American Management, Inc. and Beard Tenth Annual Conference on Corporate Reorganizations, June 22, 2007, Chicago, Illinois.

"Roundtable: Hedge Funds Have Changed the Chapter 11 Process. Is That Good or Bad?" American Bankruptcy Institute's 8th Annual New York City Bankruptcy Conference, May 7, 2007, New York, New York.

"Calpine in Light of Mirant:  A Look at Bondholder Activism in the Energy Industry and Indenture Trustee Issues," Renaissance American Management, Inc. and Beard Ninth Annual Conference on Corporate Reorganizations, June 23, 2006, Chicago, Illinois.

"Deepening Insolvency: A Restructuring Lawyer's Perspective," Thirty-Second Annual Southeastern Bankruptcy Law Institute, April 6, 2006, Atlanta, Georgia.

"The Law of Preferences and Fraudulent Conveyances: Revisions under BAPCPA and Other Current Issues," Thirty-Second Annual Southeastern Bankruptcy Law Institute, April 6, 2006, Atlanta, Georgia.

"Situation Report: Auto Suppliers," Renaissance American Management, Inc., Twelfth Annual Conference on Distressed Investing, November 28-29, 2005, New York, New York.

"Perspectives on Negotiations and Deals in Corporate Restructuring," Cardozo Law School The Samuel and Ronnie Heyman Center on Corporate Governance Fall Symposium, November 14, 2005, New York, New York.

"Controversial Issues in Large Company Restructurings," TMA 2005 Annual Convention, October 21, 2005, Chicago, Illinois.

"2nd vs. 3rd Circuit Precedents," American Bankruptcy Institute 7th Annual New York City Bankruptcy Conference, May 9, 2005, New York, New York.

"Recent Developments in Bankruptcy," Glass 2005 Training Conference, May 7, 2005, Orlando, Florida.

"Director Liability in the Zone of Insolvency - a U.S. Perspective," Kirkland & Ellis LLP Restructuring Insolvency Program, April 25, 2005, London, England.

"Vendor Payments in Light of Kmart," William J. O'Neill Great Lakes Regional Bankruptcy Institute, April 14-15, 2005, Cleveland, Ohio.

"Current Issues in Corporate Governance," Turnaround Management Association, 2004 Advanced Education Workshop, June 14-15, Toronto, Ontario.

"Corporate Governance & Ethics," Turnaround Management Association, Recovery Partners 2004, May 21, 2004, Findlay Lake, New York.

"The Anatomy of a Deal - Kmart Case Study," Harvard Business School Turnaround Symposium, March 11, 2004, Boston, Massachusetts. 

"Corporate Governance of the Financially Troubled Company:  Fiduciary Duties and Increased Scrutiny of Debtors and Lenders," American Conference Institute, Commercial Loan Workouts, February 2-3, 2004, New York City.
 
"Current Issues in Cross-Border Restructuring," Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Advisors, October 17, 2003, San Diego, California.
 
"The Reorganization of a Retail Giant:  The Kmart Story," American Bar Association Business Bankruptcy Committee, October 16, 2003, San Diego, California.
 
"Square Pegs in a Round Holed Code:  Individual and Non-Profit Reorganizations," National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, October 16, 2003, San Diego, California.
 
"Coordinating Cross-Border Insolvencies," Mid-Term Meeting of The Insolvency Institute of Canada, June 2, 2003, Toronto, Canada.

"Mega-bankruptcies, Representing Creditors and Debtors in Large Bankruptcies," DePaul Business and Commercial Law Journal Symposium, April 10, 2003, Chicago, Illinois.
 
"The Anatomy of a Deal - LTV Steel Case Study," Harvard Business School Turnaround Symposium, March 11, 2003, Boston, Massachusetts.
 
"Situation Report: K-Mart," Renaissance American Management, Inc., Distressed Investing 2002 Conference, December 2-3, 2002, New York City.
 
"Situation Report: K-Mart," Renaissance American Management, Inc., The Fifth Annual Conference on Corporate Reorganizations, June 20-21, 2002, Chicago, Illinois.
 
"The Feasible 'End-Game' — Implications for a Restructuring or Sale — Choosing a Course of Action," American Bankruptcy Institute's Workouts, Restructuring and Transaction Alternatives: The Dealmaker's Perspective, June 17-18, 2002, New York City.
 
"How to Survive Litigation, Class Action Suits, and Settlements — A Panel Discussion" and "A Soft Landing Rather than a Freefall," The Fulcrum Workouts and Restructuring Course, March 26, 2001, New York City and April 24, 2001, Chicago, Illinois.
 
"Troubled Credit Interaction," The Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Advisors 16th Annual Bankruptcy & Restructuring Conference, June 14-17, 2000, Chicago, Illinois.
 
"Situation Report: The Loewen Group Inc.," Distressed Investing '99 Conference, Renaissance American Management, Inc. and Beard Group, November 29-30, 1999, New York City.
 
"A Case Study of Problem Loans to Healthcare Institutions: AHERF — Would an Early Diagnosis Have Prevented the Institution's Untimely Demise?" Robert Morris Associates' Third Annual Health Care Conference, April 27-28, 1999, Nashville, Tennessee.
 
"Securities Issues in Chapter 11: Prepackaged vs. Traditional Chapter 11 Approaches," American Bar Association, Business Law Section, April 1-5, 1998, St. Louis, Missouri.
 
"The Success of Elder-Beerman," 1997 Retail Vendor Conference, Deloitte & Touche, December 1997, New York City.
 
"Pros/Cons of Serving on Committee," 1996 Retail Vendor Conference, Deloitte & Touche, December 12, 1996, New York City.
 
"Retail Chapter 11 Issues," the William J. O'Neill Bankruptcy Institute sponsored by the Cleveland Bar Association, December 5-6, 1996.
 
"Seven Practical Rules to Follow in Representing A Reclaiming Creditor," Midwest Regional Bankruptcy Seminar, September 1995.
 
"Bad Facts Make Bad Law: The Leslie Fay Decision," Midwest Regional Bankruptcy Seminar, September 1995.
 
"Looking in From the Outside — A Bankruptcy Lawyer's Perspective on Securities Laws Issues in The Prepackaged Plan of Reorganization Process," 1994 Ohio Securities Conference, November 7, 1994.
 
"Issues of Successor Liability in Section 363 Sales," Midwest Regional Bankruptcy Seminar, September 28-30, 1994.
 
"Prepackaged Plans of Reorganization — An Overview and Comparison to Other Restructuring Alternatives," Midwest Regional Bankruptcy Seminar, September 28-30, 1994.
 
"Soup To Nuts: Cases Under Section 1129," Cleveland Bar Association Business Seminar, November 1992.
 
"Trading Claims in Bankrupt Entities and A Brief Review of Fraudulent Conveyance Concerns for Shareholders (18th Securities Law Institute)," Cleveland Bar Association, March 9-10, 1989, Cleveland, Ohio.
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