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King Award Winner Announced
G. Eric Brunstad, Jr. is a partner at Dechert, LLP. He has argued 10 cases in the U.S. Supreme Court, including matters involving bankruptcy, the First Amendment, fee-shifting, taxation, the Commerce Clause, statutory interpretation, jurisdiction, and arbitration. In addition to the cases he has argued, Eric has worked on over 60 other matters in the Supreme Court. He has also argued and briefed numerous cases in most of the federal courts of appeals, and has argued two en banc matters in the Third and Eighth Circuits. In addition to his practice, he is a Visiting Lecturer in Law at the Yale Law School and a Professor (Adjunct) of Law at New York University School of Law, teaching courses on bankruptcy, argument and reason, federal jurisdiction, commercial transactions, secured transactions, and international insolvency law. He has also taught at the Harvard Law School and Georgetown University Law Center. He is the 2019 recipient of the American Bar Association Business Law Section National Public Service Award for his pro bono work.


CLLA Keynote Speaker Mark Weinberg

How Ronald Reagan Turned Around a Failing Economy and Ended the Cold War
MARK WEINBERG will draw on his more than 10 years with Ronald Reagan (1980 presidential campaign, White House, and post-presidency) to identify “The Five Ps” which made President Reagan successful, and which can be used even today.

Mark is a best-selling author (Movie Nights with the Reagans, Simon & Schuster), speaker, political commentator, speechwriter, and communications strategist who worked for President Ronald Reagan for more than 10 years, for Fortune 500 corporations, and is currently a communications consultant for corporate and public sector clients.

Weinberg joined the Reagan presidential campaign in 1980, served all eight years in the White House as Assistant Press Secretary and Special Assistant to the President and was Director of Public Affairs in Reagan’s post-presidency office for two years. He accompanied Reagan on all foreign and domestic trips, including weekends at Camp David.

Commentary by Weinberg has been published in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, USA TODAY, The Huffington Post, The Washington Times, The Washington Examiner, The Star-Ledger, Vital Speeches of the Day, FOX News, CNN.com, The Bulwark, The Plain Dealer, POLITICO and Columbia Journalism Review.

Mark will have a book signing at the conclusion of his luncheon presentation.


CLLA Frank Koger Memorial Educational Program

Hot Topics in Recent Retail Cases      1 CLE CREDIT
The last several years have seen significant restructuring activity among a broad-based set of retailers, even in an otherwise robust financing and stock market environment. This panel will explore the changing landscape of the retail industry and recent restructuring situations. Hear from a panel of speakers with a variety of viewpoints and extensive retail experience on the unique challenges and opportunities facing retailers going forward.

Moderator
Ronald R. Peterson,

Partner, Jenner & Block,
Chicago, Illinois
Mr. Peterson concentrates his practice in the areas of commercial, insolvency and bankruptcy law. A fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy, he focuses primarily on representing debtors, trustees, creditors, committees, landlords and secured lenders in Chapter 11 cases. He also counsels clients on a variety of transactional issues, including corporate restructurings.

Distinguished Panelists
Robert Duffy
Managing Director, Berkley Research Group, LLC,
Boston, Massachusetts
Bob Duffy is a Managing Director in BRG Corporate Finance and specializes in performance improvement and restructuring. Mr. Duffy has more than 30 years of experience, including more than 26 serving as an advisor to private equity firms, corporations, lenders and boards of directors of underperforming businesses and companies in transition. He also has served as chief restructuring officer and chief operating officer for a number of his clients.

Kenneth H. Eckstein
Partner, Kramer Levin, Co-Chair, Bankruptcy and Restructuring, New York, New York
Kenneth H. Eckstein, co-chair of the Bankruptcy and Restructuring department, has played a prominent role in many of the largest and most complex Chapter 11 reorganizations over the past 30 years. Ken represents creditors’ committees, bondholders and other stakeholders in both in- and out-of-court restructurings, as well as trustees, examiners and third parties seeking to acquire the assets or businesses of financially troubled companies.

Mohsin Y. Meghji
Managing Partner/CEO, M-III Partners, L.P.,
New York, New York
Mohsin Y. Meghji is a nationally recognized U.S. turnaround professional with an exemplary track record of accomplishment across a wide range of industries. His 25+ year career has focused primarily on reviving companies experiencing financial, operational or strategic transitions to maximize value for stakeholders. He has accomplished this through management and/or advisory roles in partnership with some of the world’s leading financial institutions, private equity and distressed hedge fund investors.

James H.M. Sprayregen, P.C.
Partner, Restructuring, Kirkland & Ellis, LLP, Chicago, Illinois
James H.M. Sprayregen is a Restructuring partner in the Chicago and New York offices of Kirkland & Ellis and served on Kirkland’s worldwide management committee from 2003-2006 and 2009-2019. Mr. Sprayregen is recognized as one of the outstanding restructuring lawyers in the United States and around the world and has led some of the most complex Chapter 11 filings in recent history. He has extensive experience representing major U.S. and international companies in restructurings out of court and in court around the globe and has handled matters for clients in industries as varied as manufacturing, technology, transportation, energy, media, retail, and real estate. He has extensive experience advising boards of directors, and generally representing debtors and creditors in complex workout, insolvency, restructuring, and bankruptcy planning matters worldwide.

Marty Staff, CEO, BCBG
Maxazria, New York, New York
Marty Staff is one of the most experienced and capable professionals in the fashion and apparel industries. During the course of his thirty-year career, Mr. Staff has established a dynamic reputation for building iconic brands and for developing successful businesses.