Jenner & Block

Thought-Leading Partners Speak at Key Bankruptcy Conferences

In the last ten days, four key Jenner & Block partners played key roles in two well-attended conferences that focused on cutting edge bankruptcy law.

At the end of April, Partners Timothy W. Burns, John H. Mathias, Jr., Ronald R. Peterson, and Anton R. Valukas all spoke last week at the conference “Helping Institutional Investors Increase Recoveries in Corporate Fraud Litigation” at the University of Chicago’s Gleacher Center.

And on May 11, Mr. Peterson was a panelist at the bankruptcy break-out session at the annual meeting of the 7th Circuit Bar Association.  The title of the panel at the InterContinental Chicago was “Is the 7th Circuit a Good Place for Bankruptcy Petitions?”  With Mr. Peterson were Deborah I. Thorne of Barnes & Thornburg (moderator), Hon. Basil H. Lorch, Chief Bankruptcy Judge of the Southern District of Indiana, Hon. Margaret Dee McGarity, Chief Bankruptcy Judge of the Eastern District of Wisconsin, and Hon. Eugene R. Wedoff, Chief Bankruptcy Judge of the Northern District of Illinois.  Mr. Wedoff was also a former attorney at Jenner & Block.

Much of the discussion Tuesday centered around real estate issues and payment of critical vendors in bankruptcy cases.  Mr. Peterson, a co-chair of the Firm’s bankruptcy/corporate re-structuring practice, spoke on first-day orders. At the earlier conference, held at the University of Chicago, Mr. Peterson spoke along with three others in “Coordinating with bankruptcy courts/joint prosecution agreements.”  Messrs. Mathias and Burns spoke on “Preserving Directors’ & Officers’ (D&O) insurance money while litigation is underway.”  Mr. Valukas, a former U.S. attorney and Chair of the Firm’s white-collar crime practice group, presented on “Coordinating with government prosecutors.”

Mr. Burns is Co-chair of the ABA’s Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee.  Mr. Mathias is the Chairman of the Insurance Coverage Litigation & Counseling Group at Jenner & Block.