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  The First 100 Days
of a Turnaround
         
 

In this panel, experienced turnaround managers will draw on their varied experiences to discuss the most important actions to take in the first 100 days of a turnaround situation. Panelists will address the crucial steps of maintaining liquidity, restoring employee morale, and communicating with investors and the press.

Moderated by Professor Barry Merkin. Confirmed panelists include:

  • Ilene Gordon - President & CEO, Alcan Packaging
  • Jim Mesterharm - Managing Director, AlixPartners
  • Jason Reed - Principal, Wingate Partners
  • Dan Wikel - Managing Director, Huron Consulting Group

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  Distressed Investing from the Hedge Fund and Private Equity Perspectives        
 

This panel of hedge fund and private equity investors will discuss the current environment for distressed debt and equity investing, key characteristics considered when evaluating a distressed investment in today's market, and the changing dynamics of the industry. Panelists will also discuss the similarities and differences in how private equity and hedge fund investors approach and operate distressed investments.

Moderated by Professor Derrick Collins. Confirmed panelists include:

  • Robert Denious - Managing Director, Questor
  • Gina Germano - Principal, BlueBay Asset Management
  • Andy Mitchell - Vice President, Cerberus Capital

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  International Opportunities
in Turnarounds
       
 

This panel will explore the connection between the US and international turnaround environments. We will highlight recent international legal and economic developments and the opportunities that have arisen as a result. The panel will also focus on ways in which company management may address a troubled international subsidiary.

Moderated by Professor Timothy Thompson. Confirmed panelists include:

  • Carlin Adrianopoli - Managing Director, FTI
  • Christopher Mallon - Partner, Skadden Arps (UK) LLP
  • Larry Nyhan - Partner, Sidley Austin LLP
  • Alan Tilley - Managing Director, Huron Consulting Group

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  Choosing and Retaining
the Right Management Team
       

 

Putting in place the right team is crucial to any turnaround. This panel will explore how decision-makers, whether they are company executives, consultants, or investors, should assemble the management team during a turnaround situation. The panel will discuss the essential attributes of successful turnaround managers and how to find the right balance between retaining experienced managers and bringing in new perspectives.

Moderated by Professor William Sutter. Confirmed panelists include:

  • Michael Buenzow - Senior Managing Director, FTI
  • Andy Chidester - Managing Director, Duff & Phelps
  • Jerry Mosingo - CEO, Cadence Innovation
  • Charles Tribbett III - Co-Leader, CEO/Board Services Practice,
    Russell Reynolds Associates

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The Changing Structure of Workouts

       

 

Recent changes in the bankruptcy code and the receding of the liquidity wave have changed the dynamics of workout negotiations. This panel will explore the altered legal and negotiating framework and the implications on managers, lawyers, and investors.

Moderated by Bill Smith, Partner, McDermott Will & Emery. Confirmed panelists include:

  • Tom Allison - Senior Managing Director, Mesirow Financial
  • David Gozdecki - Managing Director, GE Commercial Finance
  • John Madden - Director, Chanin Capital Partners
  • Jacqueline Yardley - Senior Vice President, JP Morgan Chase

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  Winn-Dixie: Case Study of an Award-Winning Turnaround        

 

Several parties involved in the effort that won TMA’s 2007 “Mega Company Turnaround of the Year” award will discuss the operational, financial, and personnel changes that contributed to the success of the turnaround.

Moderated by Flip Huffard, Senior Managing Director, The Blackstone Group. Confirmed panelists include:

  • Jan Baker - Partner, Skadden Arps
  • Holly Etlin - Managing Director, AlixPartners

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