Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Bankruptcy and the Financial Crisis

On June 30, 2009 New York University held an excellent seminar on “Bankruptcy and the Financial Crisis".

The link to view NYU's webcast of the seminar is included below.

The subjects discussed included:

1. Federal government policy on large financial institutions and managing too-big-to-fail firms.

2. Creditor’s rights particularly reconciling Chapter 11 filings with section 363 of the federal bankruptcy code. Has anything changed in the distressed trading markets based on the handling of the Chrysler and General Motors bankruptcies?

3. Will a large bank fail? Actions the federal government will take if there are failures. Is capitalism affected and sacrificed to expediency?

4. Bankruptcy trends and risks – increase in distressed businesses.

The “Creditor’s Rights” panel:

• Moderator: Thomas Cooley, Dean, NYU Stern School of Business
• Barry Adler, Professor, NYU School of Law
• Edward Altman, Professor, NYU Stern School of Business
• Gerald Rosenfeld, Deputy Chairman, Rothschild North America

The keynote speaker: Thomas M. Hoenig, President, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City:

1. Mr. Hoenig rejected the notion that some firms are too-big-to-fail. He laid out a three-step plan to address troubled, large institutions and the need to avoid ad-hoc approaches.

2. He suggested that large firms be held accountable including replacing management.

The “What if a Large Bank is Failing?” panel:

• Moderator: Matthew Richardson, Professor, NYU Stern School of Business
• William Ackman, Pershing Square Capital Management LP
• Edward Altman, Professor, NYU Stern School of Business
• Micheal Krimminger, Special Advisor, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
• Nouriel Roubini, Professor, NYU Stern School of Business
• Myron Scholes, Chairman, Platinum Grove Asset Management

Click here to access the webcast link to NYU’s seminar.