From the Director Jun 2005

From the Director Jun 2005

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John D. Penn has named the following members to serve as new co-chairs of ABI committees: Bradley Sharp, Development Specialists Inc., Los Angeles (Business Reorganization Committee); Wes Anson, Consor, LaJolla, Calif. (Asset Sales Committee); Jack Seward, Jack Seward Associates, New York (Commercial Fraud Task Force); Lynn Tavenner, Tavenner & Beran, Richmond, Va. (Court Administration Committee); David Wheeler, Moore & Van Allen, Charleston, S.C. (Mass Torts Committee); Tom Morrow, AlixPartners, Southfield, Mich. (Professional Compensation Committee); William Snyder, Corporate Revitalization Partners, Dallas (Technology & Telecom Committee); Bruce Nathan, Lowenstein Sandler, New York (Unsecured Trade Creditors Committee); and Nir Gabriely, Brown Gibbons Lang & Co, Cleveland (Young & New Member Committee). The full roster of all committee leaders, minutes of past meetings and links to committee e-newsletters is available online at Each of ABI's 20 committees will meet during the Winter Leadership Conference, Dec. 1-3, 2005, at the Hyatt Grand Champions Resort (Indian Wells, Calif.).

Order Your Copy of the New Code Now

You can order a special "red-lined" version of the new Code, as amended by P.L. 109-8, online at the ABI Bookstore. The cost is $25 for members and $30 for non-members. Those who register to attend a teleseminar series program on the new Bankruptcy Code will receive a complimentary copy.

View "Best of ABI" on Demand

The "Best of ABI" audioconference series brings the highest-rated sessions from each ABI seminar right to your desk. Live sessions occur in the month after each national or regional CLE program and feature the same faculty and materials from the original panel. Live sessions include the ability for audience members to ask questions and interact with the faculty. An archive of the programs is available on demand 24/7/365, allowing you to select the program, day and time most convenient for you. Each program is 90 minutes and just $95 for members ($290 for non-members). Multiple people in your firm or office can participate. CLE/CPE credit is available in those states that permit distance learning. Archived programs now online include "Strategies for Prosecuting and Defending Preferences" (from the Rocky Mountain Bankruptcy Conference) and "Deepening Insolvency Issues" (from the Bankruptcy Battleground West). New programs are added each month. Get more information and register online at

New Book on Distressed Investment Banking Now Available in ABIOnline Bookstore

Distressed Investment Banking—To the Abyss and Back (Beard Books, 2005) provides an insider's view on the methods and complexities of investment banking. Written by Peter S. Kaufman and Henry F. Owsley of the New York-based boutique investment bank Gordian Group LLC, the book takes the reader through the process associated with consummating a distressed M&A transaction, an internal financial restructuring and the like, while covering the dynamics and strategies of the different players. The authors have more than 50 years of experience in the field; Kaufman, a member of ABI's Board of Directors, is a co-chair of ABI's Investment Banking Committee and a program chair for the annual Investment Banking Conference, sponsored by ABI. The book demystifies what investment bankers really do and conveys difficult concepts in easily understandable terms—a must-read for insolvency professionals, judges and managers of distressed companies. The book can be ordered from ABI's online bookstore (

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Wednesday, June 1, 2005