Practising Law Institute's Understanding the Basics of Business Bankruptcy & Reorganization 2008

This program has been approved in accordance with the requirements of the Continuing Legal Education Board. CLE Credit will be granted to attorneys.

Click here for the official seminar website and registration form. (New York, NY)

Why You Should Attend:

Major business bankruptcies and reorganizations abound these days. With the market still reeling from the effects of the subprime crisis, attorneys from all practice areas benefit from a solid understanding of the fundamental concepts of bankruptcy and reorganization. This outstanding program, led by a renowned faculty of experts including bankruptcy judges and leading practitioners, will help to build that much needed foundation in bankruptcy law. This practical nuts and bolts program will walk you through all of the elements involved in a corporate bankruptcy and reorganization. Learn how to navigate the intricacies of the filing process while exploring jurisdictional considerations, property of the estate issues, and ethical matters that might arise throughout the process. Then, analyze the corporate reorganization process while being brought up to speed on the latest developments, including relevant case law. This course is perfect for attorneys who want to learn or re-learn how to counsel their clients on bankruptcy issues in the most effective manner.

What You Will Learn:

- When a business is in trouble, is bankruptcy the only answer?
- Procedural requirements in bankruptcy and the role of the Debtor
- How to commence voluntary and involuntary cases
- Defining property of the estate
- When is a Creditor claim “allowed”?
- How is priority determined? How is subordination of claims determined?
- Practical considerations of running a business in Chapter 11
- Creating, accepting, and confirming the plan
- Discussion of the different kinds of business bankruptcy cases
- Preferences and fraudulent transfers
- Executory contracts and leases
- Important case law updates, including the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Florida Dept. of Revenue v. Piccadilly Cafeterias, Inc.
- One full hour of ethical considerations unique to bankruptcy

Lewis Kruger, Partner
Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP

The Distressed Business
- When is a business considered to be in distress?
- Benefits and disadvantages of assignment for benefit of creditors
- Out of court composition as a Chapter 11 alternative
- Making a decision: Chapter 7 or Chapter 11?

The Business Bankruptcy Cycle from Beginning to End
- Strategies of venue selection
- Financing arrangements
- Managing day-to-day operations
- The business reorganization plan
- Plan confirmation and emergence from bankruptcy