Alternatives to Bankruptcy

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Options! Options! Options! Alternatives to Bankruptcy
Tuesday, September 29, 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
1.0 CLE credit / 1.2 CPE credits in Business Law / 1.2 CEUs available
CLE has been accredited in Delaware and Pennsylvania. Additional jurisdictions pending.

With the world in an economic chokehold and in dire need of turnaround help across most industry sectors, is the traditional Chapter 11 bankruptcy back in vogue, or will alternatives to bankruptcy give Chapters 11 and 7 a run for their money? Tune in and find out where workouts, ABCs, loan sales, and more fit into the ever-changing landscape of today’s restructuring options.

David Johnson, Sherwood Partners, Inc.
Nan Kreamer, Newpoint Advisors Corporation (TMA Florida)
Inez Markovich, moderator, McCarter & English, LLP (TMA Philadelphia/Wilmington)
Marc Miceli, SM Law PC (TMA New Jersey)
Peter Roberts, Cozen O'Connor (TMA Chicago/Midwest)

TMA MEMBERS ONLY: find more resources about bankruptcy alternatives on TMA Learning Link™.

About the Speakers

David Johnson
Mr. Johnson has twenty years of experience in financial advisory and business restructuring roles. His assignments range from pre-revenue startups to traditional brick-and-mortar firms across the United States, and venture capital funds, private equity firms and commercial banks. His advisory and negotiation skills enable better communication between borrower and lender to extend runway in many situations. Utilizing a variety of legal and financial tools including Assignments for the Benefit of Creditors, foreclosures, receiverships and the US bankruptcy code, Mr. Johnson specializes in maximizing recovery for lenders, creditors and investors. During his tenure at Sherwood Mr. Johnson has advised investors, lenders, and/or management of over 150 companies.

Mr. Johnson spent four years with the international turnaround management firm Alvarez & Marsal, Inc. in Los Angeles and New York, providing interim management, forensic accounting and valuation services for multiple clients, including a national health care organization.

Mr. Johnson holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics and Economics from Franklin & Marshall College. He earned the Chartered Financial Analyst designation in 2004.

Nan Kreamer, Newpoint Advisors Corporation

Nan Kreamer
Nan Kreamer is a senior financial leader who has served as such for various companies. As Managing Director for Newpoint Advisors Corporation, Nan has been involved in several engagements with focus on improving troubled and financially underperforming businesses with revenues of $1-50MM and/or credits of less than $10MM. As such she has guided organizations toward improved cash flow, use and measurements of Key Performance Indicators and improved financial results. She has been instrumental in working with businesses to identify areas needing improvement, focus efforts on profitability and to obtain new sources of financing that is aligned with their needs.

Prior to joining Newpoint Advisors, Nan held positions as Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Controller for public and private companies ranging from $2 billion in revenue to startups. She started her career with Price Waterhouse and moved into corporate America. Throughout her career she has been instrumental in shaping global financial management organizations, preparing pricing models, assisting management teams in growing businesses, implementing best practice processes, preparing companies for an exit, mergers and acquisitions, creating infrastructure, financial reporting to Boards of Directors, shareholders and lenders, pitch to investors and securing debt facilities. Nan has experience in many industries with an in-depth knowledge of financial services, vehicle leasing, mortgage, call center services and software technology.

She holds an MBA from Pace University’s Lubin School of Business and is a CPA (inactive) in the State of New York.


Inez Markovich
Inez Markovich concentrates her practice in bankruptcy and debt restructuring, creditors’ rights, banking, equipment leasing and commercial finance, and general business matters.

Inez has played significant roles in representing secured and unsecured creditors in a variety of complex bankruptcy matters, as well as out-of-court debt restructurings. She has successfully represented numerous creditors in all types of adversary proceedings in bankruptcy court and creditors’ rights litigation in state court. Inez also routinely represents commercial banks, leasing companies, and other financial institutions in all aspects of secured lending, equipment finance, securitizations, and other transactional matters. Marc Miceli, SM Law PC
Marc Miceli
Mr. Miceli’s practice focuses on all areas of insolvency law, with a special emphasis on state court general assignments for the benefit of creditors’ proceedings, federal bankruptcy proceedings, corporate liquidations, asset recovery and creditors’ rights.

As part of his practice, Marc routinely represents court-appointed fiduciaries such as assignees, receivers and chapter 7 bankruptcy trustees in state and federal court proceedings where he serves as counsel in complex litigation involving contract disputes, debt collection, fraud, and preference and fraudulent transfer litigation. Marc has significant experience in a variety of business liquidations and experience in winding down companies in numerous and varied industries such as health care facilities, law firms, construction companies and auto dealerships. In addition to his trustee and fiduciary practice, Marc has been appointed to serve as Assignee in several cases.

Mr. Miceli received his undergraduate degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and is a graduate of Case Western Reserve School of Law, receiving his J.D. degree in 1998, and his LL.M. in taxation degree from Boston University School of Law in 2001.

Peter Roberts 
In thirty years of practice, Pete has represented and advised debtors, trustees, receivers, assignees, creditors, and prospective buyers in a variety of insolvency contexts and in all aspects of bankruptcy. His experience includes the development of workout strategies for debtors and creditors, the sale of assets in distressed situations, the litigation of contested matters in state and federal courts, and appellate practice before the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court.

Pete is a graduate of the Duke University School of Law, receiving his J.D. degree in 1990, and he is also a cum laude graduate of Boston College, receiving his A.B. degree in history in 1987. 

Since 2005, Pete has been consistently named a “Super Lawyer” in the areas of bankruptcy and creditor/debtor rights by the publishers of Law & Politics and Chicago Magazine. He was also included in the 19th through 26th editions of Best Lawyers in America in the practice area of bankruptcy and creditor debtor rights/insolvency and reorganization law.


Events with "Omni-Channel" listed as the access type are available to both in-person and virtual attendees. 

*Invite-Only   **Additional Fee required

Tuesday, October 26, 2021   Access Type
12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.  Registration Open sponsored by  Thompson Coburn | Hahn & Hessen For Governance/VIP attendees only
1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Joint Executive Board/Board of Trustees Meeting* In-person
3:30 p.m. 4:15 p.m.  TMA Global Board Networking Reception* In-person
4:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.  Certification Oversight Committee (COC) Meeting * In-person
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.  TMA Annual Conference Welcome (Back!) Party, co-hosted by TMA Tennessee  In-person
Wednesday, October 27, 2021    
6:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  TMA Golf Scramble at Gaylord Springs**  In-person
8:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.  Registration Open sponsored by  Thompson Coburn | Hahn & Hessen In-person
9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.  Well...Shoot! TMA Shooting Clays at Nashville Gun Club** sponsored by CapitalPlus Construction Services In-person
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. The First Spark: Annual Welcome and Virtual Orientation Virtual 
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.  Specialty Coffee Barista Bar sponsored by CohnReznick In-person
11:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.  The Down Home Social Saloon (Attendee Lounge) In-Person
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. First-Time Attendee Networking Brunch Bites  In-person
12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m. TMA Connect Live: TMA Award Winners Circle  Virtual 
12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.  TMA NOW / IWIRC Luncheon** sponsored by Arch + Beam and Carl Marks Advisors In-person
1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.  TMA Connect Live: CRO War Room Virtual 
2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.  Diversity, Equity & Inclusion - From Evolution to Revolution sponsored by B. Riley Financial In-person
3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.  TMA Connect Live: Diversity in Dealmaking Virtual
4:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.  Networking Break  In-person
4:15 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.  Opening General Session Certain Uncertainty - The Prognosis for a Post-Pandemic World: Mega Trends sponsored by B. Riley Financial  Omni-channel
5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Opening Reception sponsored by Burr & Forman In-person
8:15 p.m. - 9:45 p.m.  TMA NextGen Late Night at Lou/Na** sponsored by Alvarez & Marsal In-person
Thursday, October 28, 2021    
6:30 a.m. - 7:30 a.m. TMA 5K Run/Walk** In-person
7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Networking Breakfast  In-person
7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  Specialty Coffee Barista Bar sponsored by CohnReznick In-person
7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. The Down Home Social Saloon (Attendee Lounge)  In-person
7:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.  Registration Open sponsored by  Thompson Coburn | Hahn & Hessen In-person
8:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.  Opening Remarks (Chair's Award and Annual Committee Awards)  Omni-channel
8:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.  General Session: Special Guest Speaker Former FBI Agent Gregory Coleman: Body Language Talks.  Are You Listening? sponsored by Gordon Brothers  Omni-channel
10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Networking Break  In-person
10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

General Session: The Supply is the Demand: Lessons Learned From Global Supply Chain Challenges sponsored by Hilco Global

11:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Networking Break In-person
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  Education Session Breakout: Healthcare Trauma: What’s the Diagnosis for this Perpetually Troubled Sector? sponsored by ToneyKorf Partners In-person
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  Education Session Breakout: Obstinate Obstacles in the Hybrid Work Environment - Cybersecurity and Data Protection Challenges sponsored by Riemer & Braunstein In-person
12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.  TMA Awards Recognition and Keynote Luncheon with Stephanie Stuckey, CEO Stuckey’s Corporation sponsored by FTI Consulting Omni-channel
2:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. Networking Break  In-person
2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.  Education General Session: Rhythm and Blues - Understanding the Economics of the Music Industry sponsored by Arch + Beam Omni-channel
3:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.  Networking Break  In-person
3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.  Education Session Breakout: Reset on Regulation: What it Means for the Future of the Restructuring Industry In-person
3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.  Education Session Breakout: ESG Initiatives and the Energy Industry: Who’s Paying for Change? In-person
3:45 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.  TMA Connect Live Body Language with Gregory Coleman Virtual
4:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.  Bourbon Bar Break sponsored by White Oak Commercial Finance  In-person
4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.  Virtually Ignited: Networking with a Spark Virtual 
4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.  Frist Museum Art Tour**  In-person
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.  Chair's/VIP Reception* sponsored by Gordon Brothers  In-person
6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.  Closing Reception sponsored by Hilco Global  In-person
8:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. TMA After Dark sponsored by Steffes Group, Inc. In-person
Friday, October 29, 2021    
8:00 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.  Announcements  Virtual 
8:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.  Networking Breakfast sponsored by Gibraltar Business Capital   In-person
8:00 a.m. - 11: 00 a.m. Specialty Coffee Barista Bar sponsored by CohnReznick In-person
8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.  The Down Home Social Saloon (Attendee Lounge)  In-person
8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.  TMA Connect Live: International Networking  Virtual
9:15 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.  TMA Connect Live: Podcasts, Books, and Apps  Virtual
10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.  TMA Connect Live: Path to TMA Leadership  Virtual