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  Media Turnarounds          

This panel of representatives from both new as well as traditional media will discuss the landscape in which media companies are currently operating.  After newspapers faced a rough 2008 and thus far a challenging 2009, panelists will explore traditional and non-traditional media companies that are in or near bankruptcy and see what they are or should be doing to turn their fortunes around. 

Moderated by James Shein, Kellogg Professor.  Confirmed panelists include:

  • Rachel Sklar - Abrams Research
  • Andrew Davis-  American Press Institute
  • Steven Gray - American Press Institute
  • Glynnis MacNicol -'s FishbowlNY
  • Carlyn Taylor - Senior Managing Director,  FTI Consulting


Effect of Liquidity Crunch on Turnarounds

This panel will explore the current interaction between the capital markets and turnaround management, particularly given the fragile state of the financing market. Panelists will outline the existing challenges and opportunities that face the constituents of the capital market, from lenders to borrowers, and discuss how access to capital will drive business decisions in the turnaround/restructuring space.

Moderated by Bob Korajczyk, Kellogg Professor. Confirmed panelists include:

  • Ronald Kahn - Managing Director, Lincoln International
  • Brandon Bethea - Principal, Insight Equity
  • Lynn Simmons - Senior Vice President, Bank of America
  • Sherman Edminston -  Managing Director, Huron Consulting Group
  • Peter Schwab - Managing Director, Macquarie


Negotiating in Creditors’ Committees

This panel will feature a practical discussion regarding the negotiating dynamics with creditor committees and relevant trends in the chapter 11 reorganization process. Panelists will discuss how the committee functions and the ways for committee members to maximize results for themselves and the committee as a whole.

Moderated by Timothy Thompson, Kellogg Professor. Confirmed panelists include:

  • Mark Buschmann - Managing Director, The Blackstone Group
  • James S. Feltman - Senior Managing Director, Mesirow Financial Consulting
  • Robert McMahon - Managing Director, GE
  • David Sweig - Partner, Corporate Renewal Group, Bain & Co
  • William Smith - Partner, McDermott Will & Emery


Valuation of Distressed Assets and Firms

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

Moderated by Aimee Daniels, Executive Vice President and Market President for Mid-Atlantic, HSBC. Confirmed panelists include:

  • Gina Germano - Portfolio Manager, BlueBay  Asset Management
  • Andrew Brenner - Managing Director, Morgan Stanley
  • Andy Brown - H.I.G.
  • Duncan Bourne - Managing Director, WynnChurch Capital


Case Discussion of Solo Cup Company

This panel will provide a “behind the scenes” view of a comprehensive and sustained turnaround achieved in a compressed time frame. Panelists will share proven, real-world techniques for implementing operational and financial restructuring to create durable value in a highly competitive market space.

Confirmed panelists include:

  • Bob Korzenski - CEO, Solo Cup
  • David Garfield - Managing Director, Alix Partners