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Bankruptcy in These Times

Experts gathered at BC Law to discuss critical issues affecting the practice in recent years.

Sunni Beville ’01 of Brown Rudnick, Leigh O'Dell of Beasley Allen, Paul Zumbro of Cravath Swaine & Moore, and Bill Kannel of Mintz Levin discussed divisive mergers.  Photographs by Vicki Sanders

A number of issues have dominated the bankruptcy world over the last few years, but none more so than the use of bankruptcy to shield non-debtors from liability. That was the primary topic under discussion at the 2022 Bankruptcy Symposium that drew a large crowd of experts to BC Law on September 23.

Panels of leading practitioners discussed non-consensual third party releases, e.g., opioid cases and other tort cases; divisive merger statutes (aka the “Texas Two-Step”); and venue reform. Also on the day’s agenda was how the economy does (and does not) affect the insolvency practice.

Among the participants were two alumni, Sunni Beville ’01 of Brown Rudnick, who spoke on the divisive merger panel, and Douglas Rosner ’91 of Goulston Storrs, who joined Hon. Joan N. Feeney, retired from the US Bankruptcy Court for the District of Massachusetts, for a discussion of venue reform.

The event was co-sponsored by BC Law and the American College of Bankruptcy.

The Bankruptcy Symposium attracted a full house.
Professor Ingrid Hillinger with Mark Woodroffe ’14, one of countless students and alumni whose legal careers she has influenced.
Bankruptcy professionals, students, faculty convened at BC Law for the annual event.
Hon. Joan N. Feeney and Douglas Rosner tackle venue reform.