AIRA’s Annual Advanced Restructuring and Plan of Reorganization Conference in New York (“NY POR”) is a forum presenting legal and financial perspectives on developments in bankruptcy, insolvency and restructuring. The one day program of individual and panel presentations is geared toward maximizing opportunities for learning, exchange and networking, as well as offering credit for continuing legal and professional education.

The conference includes breakfast; a keynote presentation by William A. Brandt, Jr., Founder & Executive Chairman, Development Specialists, Inc.; and a reception for the recipient of AIRA’s 2017 Judicial Service Award, The Honorable Elizabeth S. Strong, Judge, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of New York.

This course is appropriate for both newly admitted and experienced attorneys.

Conference Agenda

7:45 – 8:45 AMBreakfast
Sponsored by Huron
8:45 – 9:00 AMIntroduction and Opening Remarks
9:00 – 10:00 AMThe World of EB–5 Financing

  • Martin Cauz, Brandlin & Associates
  • Hon. Darrin P. Gayles, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Florida
  • Michael Goldberg, Esq., Akerman
  • Dan Besikof, Esq., Loeb & Loeb
10:00 – 11:00 AMIndustry: Education

  • Marjorie Kaufman, Getzler Henrich & Associates LLC
  • Laura Marcero, Huron
  • Sean Southard, Esq., Klestadt Winters Jureller Southard & Stevens, LLP
11:00 – 11:15 AMRefreshment Break
Sponsored by AlixPartners, LLP
11:45 AM – 12:45 PMDistressed Investing & Private Equity

  • Teri Stratton, Piper Jaffray & Co.
  • David Blechman, New State Capital Partners
  • David Fedigan, EA Markets
  • Jarrett Price, Platinum Equity Partners
  • Suzanne Yoon, Kinzie Capital Partners
12:15 – 1:30 PM

Luncheon and Keynote Presentation: “Globalization and the Restructuring Industry: We Ain’t In Kansas Anymore.”

Speaker: Sponsored by CohnReznick LLP and Goodwin Procter LLP
1:30 – 2:30 PMQuestions of Value – Differences Between Theoretical and Emergence Date Stock Values

  • Christopher M. Desiderio, Esq., Nixon Peabody
  • Ken Rue, Deloitte
  • Boris Steffen, RSM US LLP
2:30 – 4:00 PM2017 – The Year in Review from the Perspectives of Judges and Attorneys

This presentation will cover the leading decisions and case law issued over the past year from the 2nd and 3rd Circuits.

  • Jeff Cohen, Esq., Lowenstein Sandler
  • Kurt Gwynne, Esq., Reed Smith LLP
  • Hon. Robert D. Drain, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of New York
  • Hon. Rosemary Gambardella, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of New Jersey
  • Hon. Elizabeth S. Strong, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, EDNY
4:00 – 4:15 PMRefreshment Break
Sponsored by GCG
4:15 – 5:15 PMIndustry: Retail

Over the past two years, numerous high–profile retailers, including Aeropostale, Sports Authority, Payless and Gymboree, have filed for bankruptcy. This wave of retail restructurings is expected to continue as consumers continue to migrate from brick–and–mortar to online retail channels. This panel will discuss vendor remedies when confronting a distressed retailer, including remedies available under the U.C.C.; landlord issues, including re–letting and re–purposing retail space; as well as the attributes of some of the more recent successful retail restructurings.

  • Marc Rosenberg, Esq., Golenbock Eiseman Assor Bell & Peskoe LLP
  • Steven Fleming, PwC
  • Kent Percy, AlixPartners, LLP
  • Judge: TBA
5:15 – 6:45 PMReception and 2017 Judicial Service Award recognizing:

The Honorable Elizabeth S. Strong
Judge, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of New York

Reception Sponsored by Arent Fox LLP; Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP; Duane Morris LLP; Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP


Registration Rates

On or before November 6

  • $395
  • $425

After November 6

  • $425
  • $455
Judicial/Government/Academic: $115

Reception Only:

Member: $75; Non–Member: $95

Additional Information—Registration and payment of fee must be completed in advance at, or at the onsite registration desk.

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Date: Monday, November 13, 2017

Time: 8:45 AM – 6:45PM

Union League Club
38 East 37th Street
New York, NY 10016

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Cancellations and Refunds

No refunds will be given for cancellations after November 7, 2017; however, substitutions will be allowed.

Questions and Complaint Resolution

For assistance or questions regarding refund, complaint and/or program cancellation policies, please contact our offices at (541) 858–1665. For additional questions or for resolution of any complaint, please send an email to Thomas Morrow, Executive Director, at