Bloomberg BNA - 2015 Outlook on Bankruptcy

Bloomberg BNA hosted the 2015 Outlook on Bankruptcy: “What’s Ahead for Chapter 11 Reform” on Jan. 29, 2015. Members of the American Bankruptcy Institute’s Commission to Study the Reform of Chapter 11 participated on panels examining recommendations made in the commission’s final report. Topics included treatment of executory contracts and leases, derivatives and safe harbor provisions, recommendations on small and medium-sized enterprises, asset sales, and plan voting and confirmation issues.

Part 1

Treatment of Executory Contracts and Leases, Financial Contracts, Derivatives, Safe Harbor Provisions, Avoiding Powers and Administrative Claims


Prof. Michelle M. Harner
University of Maryland School of Law, Baltimore; Reporter, Commission to Study the Reform of Chapter 11
Prof. Stephen Lubben
Seton Hall University Law School
Harold S. Novikoff
Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

Part 2

Recommendations on Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises, Estate Neutral Concepts, Financing the Case, DIP Financing and Related Issues


Jack Butler
Hilco Global
Robert J. Keach
Bernstein Shur; Co-chair of the Commission to Study the Reform of Chapter 11
Albert Togut
Togut, Segal & Segal, LLP; Co-chair of the Commission to Study the Reform of Chapter 1

Part 3

Sales, Including Sales of All or Substantially All of Assets of the Business Value Determinations, Allocation and Distribution Plan Voting and
Confirmation Issues


Hon. Arthur J. Gonzalez
New York University Law School, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of New York (ret.)
James P. Seery
RiverBirch Capital
Fredric Sosnick
Shearman & Sterling LLP

WEBINAR - Presentation of the FINAL REPORT

abi LIVE

Purchase Recording Here. (CLE credit where available)

Recorded On: Wednesday, December 10, 2014


The Final Report of the Commission to Study the Reform of Chapter 11 is the culmination of more than two years of testimony, advisory reports and deliberations. In this 90-minute webinar, several members of the Commission and the official reporter will present the key findings as submitted to Congress. Written materials will be provided.


William A. Brandt
Babette A. Ceccotti
Prof. Michelle M. Harner
Robert J. Keach
Prof. Kenneth N. Klee
Richard B. Levin
Albert J. Togut
Deborah D. Williamson

ABI Chapter 11 Reform Report Release @ The National Press Club

Replay - Presentation from 2014 Winter Leadership Conference

Winter Leadership Conference

Palm Springs, California



Robert J. Keach, Moderator
Prof. Michelle M. Harner
Albert J. Togut
William (Bill) A. Brandt Jr.
Jack Butler
Prof. Kenneth N. Klee
James H.M. Sprayregen
Bettina M. Whyte
Deborah D. Williamson
Sheila T. Smith
Geoffrey L. Berman
James T. Markus

Session REPLAY

Preview of the Bankruptcy Commission Report

NCBJ Commission Debates 2014

Transcript of Proceedings
PDF, Word Docx

Why Reform? Why Now?

This short video identifies some key findings of the Commission to date. The Commission is in its deliberative phase, with a final report to Congress and the public in December.

Topic Areas of Study