Insolvency Institute

Third Annual III Conference 2003

Fordham University School of Law,
New York City, USA
June 9 – 10, 2003

Conference Co‐Chairs
John A. Barrett, Fulbright & Jaworski LLP, Houston
E. Bruce Leonard, Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP, Toronto

Monday June 9, 2003

9:00 - 9:45 Keynote Address: Sovereign Bankruptcy: The Unfinished Agenda

Prof. Peter B. Kenen, Walker Professor of Economics and International Finance, Princeton University


10:00 – 12:35 Institute Showcase Program: Battling Over Bankrupt Countries: The Sovereign Insolvency Debate

Arlene Elgart Mirsky, Sills Cummis Radin Tischman Epstein & Gross, Newark

Ed Bartholomew, JP Morgan, New York
Dr. Jack Boorman, International Monetary Fund, Washington, D.C.
Michael M. Chamberlin, EMTA (Emerging Markets Traders Association), New York
Dr. Alonso García Tamés, Ministry of Finance and Public Credit, Mexico
David H. Levey, Moody’s Investors Services, New York
Mrs. Stéphane Pallez, Ministry of Economy, Finance and Industry, Paris
Prof. Christoph Paulus, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Berlin
Randal K. Quarles, US Department of the Treasury, Washington, D.C.


2:00 - 2:45 The World’s Most Important Current International Bankruptcy Cases

Evelyn H. Biery, Fulbright & Jaworski LLP, Houston and San Antonio
Gary S. Lee, Lovells, New York

Martin Bienenstock, Wiel, Gotshal & Manges LLP, New York
Jeremy Cole, Lovells, London
Dario U. Oscós Coria, Oscós Abogados, Mexico City 
Lampros Vassiliou, Allens Arthur Robinson, Bangkok

The Most Important Current International Bankruptcy Cases – United Kingdom, 2002-2003 (Jeremy Cole, 2003) 

3:00 – 4:00 Corporate and Professional Responsibilities in Insolvency Cases

Robin E. Phelan, Haynes & Boone, LLP, Dallas

Sumant Batra, Kesar Dass B & Associates, New Delhi
Hon. Tina Brozman, Bingham McCutchen, New York
Mr. Justice James Farley, Ontario Superior Court of Justice, Toronto
Marc Mayrand, Superintendent of Bankruptcy for Canada, Ottawa
Robert J. Rosenberg, Latham & Watkins, New York


4:00 - 5:00 Dual Jurisdiction Pre-Packaged Reorganizations: Techniques and Perils 

Evan D. Flaschen, Bingham McCutchen LLP, Hartford

Thomas Benes Felsberg, Felsberg & Associados, São Paulo
Robert van Galen, Nauta Dutilh, Amsterdam
Lars Ruppert, Schultze & Braun, Achern, Germany
Christoph Staübli, Walder Wyss & Partners, Zurich
Jan W. Woloniecki, Attride-Stirling & Woloniecki, Bermuda


Tuesday June 10, 2003

9:00 - 10:15 Court-to-Court Communications in Cross-Border Cases

Gabriel Moss, Q.C., 3-4 South Square Chambers, London
Nick Segal, Allen & Overy, London
Victor Vilaplana, Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek, San Diego

Chief Justice Donald I. Brenner, Supreme Court of British Columbia, Vancouver
Mr. Justice Ralph H. Zulman, Supreme Court of Appeal of South Africa
Hon. Burton R. Lifland, United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York, New York
Donald S. Bernstein, Davis Polk & Wardwell, New York
Jean-Yves Fortin, Brouillette Charpentier Fortin, Montreal

Co-ordinating Cross-Border Insolvency Cases (E. Bruce Leonard, Cassels Brock & Blackwell, Toronto)

10:30 – 12:15 Major Developments in Worldwide Insolvencies and Reorganizations

Leonard H. Gilbert, Holland & Knight, Tampa
Robin E. Phelan, Haynes & Boone, LLP, Dallas

Sumant Batra, Kesar Dass B & Associates, New Delhi
Miguel de Avillez Pereira, Abreu, Cardigos & Associados, Lisbon
Hon. Allan J. Gropper, United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York, New York
George M. Kelakos, Heller Ehrman White & McAuliffe LLP, Los Angeles
Jonathan E.F. Rushworth, Slaughter and May, London 


2:00 - 3:15 The New European Union Insolvency System: The First Year

Prof. Bob Wessels, Holland van Gijzen, Amsterdam

George Bazinas, Anagnostopoulos Bazinas Fifis, Athens
Lars Ruppert, Schultze & Braun, Achern, Germany
Odd Swarting, Setterwalls Advokatbyrå, Stockholm
P.A. (Sandy) Shandro, Freshfields, London, 2003
Prof. Jay L. Westbrook, University of Texas, School of Law


3:15 – 4:15 Financing the International Debtor-in-Possession: Developing an International Protocol for Reorganization Financing

John A. Barrett, Fulbright & Jaworski LLP, Houston
Ben B. Floyd, Floyd, Isgur, Rios & Wahrlich P.C., Houston

Prof. Susan Block-Lieb, Fordham University Law School, New York
Daniel M. Glosband, Goodwin Procter, Boston


A. International Organization Projects

American Law Institute / International Insolvency Institute
Guidelines for Court‐to‐Court Communications in Cross‐Border Cases:

  1. English
  2. French
  3. German
  4. Italian
  5. Korean
  6. Portuguese
  7. Spanish

Asian Development Bank
Insolvency Law Reforms in the Asian and Pacific Region: Law and Policy Reform at the Asian Development Bank, Volume 1 (2000)

International Bar Association
Cross‐Border Insolvency Concordat (1995)

International Monetary Fund
Orderly & Effective Insolvency Procedures (1999)

UNCITRAL (United Nations Commission on International Trade Law)

World Bank

Principles and Guidelines for Effective Insolvency and Creditor Rights Systems (2001)

B. Domestic Insolvency Legislation

Cross-Border Insolvency Bill (2002) (To adopt the UNCITRAL Model Law on Cross-Border Insolvency)

Corporations Act (2001) – Insolvency



New Zealand
Cross-Border Insolvency: Should New Zealand Adopt the UNCITRAL Model Law on Cross-Border Insolvency? (New Zealand Law Commission, 1999)

South Africa
Cross-Border Insolvency Act (2000) 

United Kingdom

  • Enterprise Act 2002 (Part 10 – Insolvency)
  • Insolvency Act 2000 (Sections 13 to 18 – Enabling the enactment of the UNCITRAL Model Law on Cross-Border Insolvency)

United States
Prospective Chapter 15 of the United States Bankruptcy Code (adopting the text of the UNCITRAL Model Law on Cross-Border Insolvency; passed by the House of Representatives on March 19, 2003 as Title VIII of H.R. 975 – Ancillary and Other Cross-Border Cases)

C. III Committee Topics

Should the Sovereign be Paid First? A Comparative Analysis of the Priority for Tax Claims in Bankruptcy (Barbara K. Day, Overseas Private Investment Corporation, 2000)

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