Chairs

Joel Luís Thomaz Bastos

Thomaz Bastos, Waisberg, Kurzweil, São Paulo

Joel Luís Thomaz Bastos has vast experience acquired in the largest and most complex debt restructuring cases in Brazil, having advised debtors, creditors and investors in the restructuring of debts, court-supervised as well as out-of-court reorganizations and bankruptcies.

Joy Gallup

Paul Hastings, New York

Joy Gallup is a partner in the Latin America and Corporate practices of Paul Hastings and is based in the firm's New York office. She has extensive experience in complex, cross-border debt restructurings in Latin America as well as corporate finance transactions.

Michael Fitzgerald

Paul Hastings, New York

Michael Fitzgerald heads the Latin America practice group at Paul Hastings and is based in the firm’s New York office.Mr. Fitzgerald was one of the first US lawyers to focus on corporate finance work in Latin America and his first-mover advantage has led to his numerous representations of a wide range of international and domestic underwriter and issuer clients in debt and equity financing transactions, merger and acquisition activities and lending transactions.

Keynote Speaker

Fabio Carvalho

CEO, Legion Holdings, Rio de Janeiro

Speakers

Alejandro Sainz Orantes

Cervantes Sainz, Mexico City

Alfonso López Melih

López Melih y Estrada, Mexico City

Alice Chong

Director, Millstein & Co, New York

Dan Pombo

Managing Director, J.P. Morgan, New York

Daniel Gonzáles

Rebaza, Alcázar & De Las Casas, Lima

Diego Sierra

Von Wobeser y Sierra, Mexico City

Domingos Fernando Refinetti

Stocche Forbes, São Paulo

Eduardo Secchi Munhoz

E.Munhoz, São Paulo

Everardo J. Espino Guerrero

Mijares, Angoitia, Cortés y Fuentes, Mexico City

Fulvio Italiani

D'Empaire, Caracas

Giuliano Colombo

Pinheiro Neto, São Paulo

Herbert Morgenstern Kugler

Thomaz Bastos, Waisberg, Kurzweil, São Paulo

Ignacio Quesada

Managing Director, Alvarez and Marsal, Mexico City

José Gonzáles

Managing Partner, GCG Advisors, New York

Leslie Plaskon

Paul Hastings, New York

Marcelo Saad

Partner, Laplace Finanças, São Paulo

Nathaniel Wendling

Partner, G5 Evercore, São Paulo

Renata Oliveira

Machado Meyer, São Paulo

Thomas Benes Felsberg

Felsberg, São Paulo

Thomas Heather

Ritch, Mueller, Heather y Nicolau, Mexico City

Programme

9.30: Welcome coffee and registration

10.00: Chairs’ morning welcome

Joy Gallup, Paul Hastings, New York
Joel Luís Thomaz Bastos, Thomaz Bastos, Waisberg, Kurzweil, São Paulo

10.10: Keynote speech

Fabio Carvalho, CEO, Legion Holdings, Rio de Janeiro

10.40: DIP financing: precedent and effectiveness in Brazil

Debtor-in-possession financing has precedent in Brazil, but how effectively can it be used in restructuring cases today? What are the legal and business drivers behind such financings, as well as the challenges involved? How do they compare to a typical US DIP financing?

Moderator:
Joel Luís Thomaz Bastos, Thomaz Bastos, Waisberg Kurzweil, São Paulo

Panel:
Dan Pombo, Managing Director, J.P. Morgan, New York
Domingos Fernando Refinetti, Stocche Forbes, São Paulo
Eduardo Secchi Munhoz, E.Munhoz, São Paulo
Leslie Plaskon, Paul Hastings, New York
Nathaniel Wendling, Partner, G5 Evercore, São Paulo

11.40: Coffee break

12.00: The best-laid plans: how to avoid the unraveling of a confirmation order through last-minute appeals

In certain jurisdictions, appellate courts will apply the doctrine of “equitable mootness” to dismiss appeals that seek to undo aspects of a reorganisation plan. The goal is to preserve the finality of the bankruptcy court’s confirmation order. In other jurisdictions, there is no such doctrine, and appellants sometimes cause chaos by re-opening confirmed reorganisation plans. This panel will discuss balancing appellant rights with the expectations of plan proponents and other affected parties. Speakers will then analyse how these issues are handled in different jurisdictions involving complex cross-border bankruptcy cases.

Moderator:
Thomas Heather, Ritch, Mueller, Heather y Nicolau, Mexico City

Panel:
Alejandro Sainz Orantes, Cervantes Sainz, Mexico City
Giuliano Colombo, Pinheiro Neto, São Paulo
Everardo J. Espino Guerrero, Mijares, Angoitia, Cortés y Fuentes, Mexico City

13.00: Networking lunch

14.15: Outside the corporate box: conflicts between corporate and restructuring law

Legal grey areas or the complete absence of precedent can create conflicts between corporate and restructuring law. What can restructuring lawyers do when corporate law hasn’t caught up with new insolvency legislation? Panelists will elaborate on their experiences and discuss how to navigate these corporate roadblocks.

Moderator:
Thomas Benes Felsberg, Felsberg, São Paulo

Panel:
Diego Sierra, Von Wobeser y Sierra, Mexico City
Joy Gallup, Paul Hastings, New York
Marcelo Saad, Partner, Laplace Finanças, São Paulo

15.15: Coffee break

15.35: Real estate restructuring: lessons to be learned

Sprawling big-ticket restructurings in the real estate sector have been prevalent in some of Latin America’s biggest economies over the last five years. What lessons can be learned from these cases and how should they be tackled today? 

Moderator:
Alfonso López Melih, López Melih y Estrada, Mexico City

Panel:
Herbert Morgenstern Kugler, Thomaz Bastos, Waisberg, Kurzweil, São Paulo
Renata Oliveira, Machado Meyer, São Paulo
Daniel Gonzáles, Rebaza, Alcázar & De Las Casas, Lima

16.35: Venezuela and a PDVSA default: what’s next?

Predictions of PDVSA bankruptcy proceeding have proved premature. Despite missed bond payments, floundering production, low oil prices and complete economic and political meltdown, the Maduro administration continues to evade engagement with international bondholders, even after announcing a restructuring would be desirable in November. Will US sanctions put the nail in PDVSA’s coffin, or might Venezuela’s powerful allies and a new oil-backed cryptocurrency provide a way out?

Moderator:
Michael Fitzgerald, Paul Hastings, New York

Panel:
Fulvio Italiani, D'Empaire, Caracas
José Gonzales, Managing Partner, GCG Advisors, New York
Ignacio Quesada, Managing Director, Alvarez and Marsal, Mexico City
Alice Chong, Director, Millstein & Co, New York

17.35: Chairs’ closing remarks               

Joy Gallup, Paul Hastings, New York
Joel Luís Thomaz Bastos, Thomaz Bastos, Waisberg, Kurzweil, São Paulo

17.45 onwards: All delegates are invited to attend a drinks reception kindly hosted by Paul Hastings

Venue

200 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10166, USA

Testimonials

  • “The high level of the speakers and the balance of the topics analyzed, including major legal and financial issues faced by the industry now around Latin America, was extremely interesting and useful, both from an academic and practice perspectives.”

    Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle, S.C.

  • “The Latin Lawyer conferences gather the leading lawyers from the region to discuss the most significant current legal topics. A must go event for Latin American practitioners.”

    Fulvio Italiani
    D'Empaire Reyna Abogados

Prices

Private Practitioner
Type Price Until
Super Early $600 

27 Apr 2018

Early $700 25 May 2018
Standard $900 4 Jun 2018

 

In-house/Governmental
Price Until
Complimentary 4 Jun 2018