Education Session Breakout II

Thursday, September 26 | 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. 
Center Street B | Sponsored by Riemer & Braunstein LLP

Everybody Wants to Rule the World:
Multilateral Negotiations

Examine multilateral negotiation challenges and strategies against the backdrop of a Chapter 11 reorganization, where multiple constituents having different motivations must address each constituent’s needs and interests in order to achieve a shared goal of a successful reorganization. Hear the perspectives of multiple players before and during a Chapter 11 filing, and assess each stakeholder’s opportunities to influence the proceedings.

1.0 CLE accredited in Delaware, Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Texas. Other jurisdictions pending.
1.2 CPE credits in Business Management & Organization

Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of financial and operational restructuring
Who Should Attend: All restructuring professionals are welcome
Advanced Preparation: None
Program Level: Intermediate
Delivery Method: Group Live

Refunds and Cancellation: Notification of cancellation must be submitted via email to Phone cancellations are not accepted. Cancellations received on or before Monday, September 9 will be refunded less a $250 processing fee. Cancellations received after September 9 will not be refunded.

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Lorie Beers, Cowen and Company
Tom Waldrep, Waldrep Law and former bankruptcy judge
Moderated by C. Edward Dobbs, Parker, Hudson, Rainer & Dobbs

Lorie Beers, Cowen

Lorie Beers, Managing Director and Head of Special Situations, Cowen and Company
Lorie Beers is a Managing Director and Head of Special Situations at Cowen. She has 30+ years of professional experience that encompasses the full spectrum of restructuring.  Ms. Beers has advised debtors, creditors and other stakeholders in both in an out of court situations as well as having been qualified and testified as an expert witness on matters including valuation and plan confirmation.  Previously, she was Managing Director and Head of Restructuring at StormHarbour Securities and served in a senior leadership capacity at firms such as Variant Capital Advisors, Seabury Group, KPMG Corporate Finance and Gordian.

Ms. Beers began her career as a bankruptcy attorney working with firms including Sable Makaroff & Libenson, Mudge Rose Guthrie Alexander & Ferdon and ultimately became a partner in the Bankruptcy Group at Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman.  Ms. Beers has a BA from Dickinson College and a JD from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.


Tom Waldrep, Waldrep LawThomas W. Waldrep, Jr., Waldrep Law
Business Insolvency, Commercial Bankruptcy, Healthcare

Prior to starting Waldrep LLP, Tom was a partner in the Winston-Salem, North Carolina office of Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP.  Prior to that, Tom was a United States Bankruptcy Judge with the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of North Carolina for nine years. Prior to his appointment, Tom was a partner at another North Carolina law firm, Bell Davis & Pitt, P.A.

Tom represents secured creditors, debtors, unsecured creditors’ committees, and trustees in business bankruptcy cases. He has extensively represented buyers and sellers of assets in bankruptcy. Tom has noteworthy experience in cases involving healthcare debtors and regularly represents private equity groups and other financial institutions in buying and managing distressed healthcare assets, particularly in the Southeast. He also represents healthcare providers, particularly those looking to purchase or sell assets out of bankruptcy.

Tom served the North Carolina Bar Association in several different capacities, including as Chair of the Bankruptcy Section and as a member of the Board of Governors. Tom is a frequent lecturer at continuing legal education seminars and law schools, and has authored articles on insolvency issues.


C. Edward Dobbs, Parker, Hudson, Rainer & Dobbs LLPC. Edwards Dobbs, Parker, Hudson, Rainer & Dobbs LLP
Ed Dobbs is the founder and architect of the Parker Hudson commercial finance, debt restructuring, and ADR neutral services practice areas. As a result of his focus in these practice areas over his 45-year career, Ed has acquired considerable knowledge about commercial matters generally and developed extensive transactional and litigation experience.

As a commercial lending attorney, Ed represents some of the largest financial institutions in the country in structuring and documenting commercial loans, including asset-based lending, factoring and receivable purchase arrangements. As a debt restructuring attorney, Ed has participated in some of the largest bankruptcy cases in the country, both as counsel for bank groups, individual lenders, Chapter 11 debtors, and creditor committees. As part of his Chapter 11 practice, Ed is often called upon by clients to defend them in litigation involving alleged fraudulent conveyances, voidable preferences, and lender liability claims.

In addition, Ed is an accomplished mediator and, in that role, has assisted parties in resolving sizable commercial disputes with significant complexity. His leadership skills, client focus, and encyclopedic knowledge of his areas of practice drive strong confidence in his clients and aids in his coaxing parties to the settlement table in mediations. Ed serves on the American Arbitration Association (AAA) panel of neutrals for complex commercial cases in both arbitrations and mediations and on the Delaware bankruptcy court's roster of neutrals. Having developed a national reputation in his commercial lending and debt restructuring practices, Ed is frequently called upon to mediate complex disputes, sometimes involving billions of dollars, in civil suits in state or federal courts or in adversary proceedings in bankruptcy cases throughout the country.

Ed is committed to assisting both clients and third-party disputants in resolving their differences and reaching their commercial goals as expeditiously and economically as possible. His experience, gravitas, and persuasive bargaining and communication skills help clients and mediation participants resolve what often appear to be intractable disputes. As a result of his past litigation experience and work as an arbitrator and mediator, Ed is able to assist clients in understanding the litigation risks and potential benefits of settlement, while at the same time prepared to put in play his considerable litigation experience for matters that a client is unwilling to settle.


Tuesday, September 24  
9:00-11:00pm Party in the USA – Pre-Show Party co-sponsored by TMA Ohio*
Eliot's Living Room (Hilton)
RSVP required
Wednesday, September 25  
7:30-8:15am  TMA Golf Scramble Registration and Breakfast 
Canterbury Golf Club
8:15am-12:30pm  Great Balls of Fire TMA Golf Scramble at Canterbury Golf Club**
11:00am-1:00pm  R.E.S.P.E.C.T. – Inaugural TMA NOW and IWIRC Lunch and Fireside Chat with the Judges**
Nuevo Cleveland (Sponsored by 50 Words LLC)
11:00am-1:00pm Hungry Like the Wolf Cleveland Food Tour**
West Side Market
1:00-7:30pm  Come Together Attendee Lounge Open
Hope Ballroom A-C & Foyer
1:00-7:30 pm Registration Open
Lakeside Foyer (Level 3)
2:15-3:00pm I Feel Good Mimosa Bar sponsored by FTI Consulting
Lakeside Foyer (Level 3)
3:00-4:30pm Main Stage: Opening Program: You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet – Mega Trends in the Economy 
sponsored by KeyBank
Hope Ballroom DE
4:30-5:30pm Into the Groove First-Time Attendee Reception sponsored by Melcap Partners
Center Street A
5:30-7:30pm The House is Rockin' Opening Reception sponsored by Huntington Business Credit and Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP
Hope Ballroom A-C and Foyer
9:00-11:00pm Forever Young TMA NextGen Late Night**
The Corner Alley

Thursday, September 26

6:00-6:15am Born to Run TMA 5K Run/Walk Registration brought to you by Fleet Feet Cleveland
Hilton Lobby (Ontario Side) | Sponsored by Newpoint
6:15-7:15am Born to Run TMA 5K Run/Walk** brought to you by Fleet Feet Cleveland
Downtown Cleveland | Sponsored by Newpoint
8:00am-6:30pm Registration Open 
Lakeside Foyer (Level 3)
8:00am-5:00pm  Come Together Attendee Lounge 
Hope Ballroom A-C & Foyer 
8:00-9:00am Walking on Sunshine Networking Breakfast sponsored by Gordon Brothers
Hope Ballroom A-C & Foyer
9:00-9:15am Main Stage: We Will Rock You Opening Remarks
Hope Ballroom DE
9:15-9:45am Main Stage: A Star is Born – Finding Your Firm's Next Rockstar
Hope Ballroom DE
10:00-11:00am Main Stage: Under Pressure Plenary: Crisis Communications in the Digital Age 
Hope Ballroom DE

Education Breakout: Spotlight – Turnaround Strategy in Sexual Abuse-Related Restructuring Cases
Center Street C

Education Breakout: Everybody Wants to Rule the World – Multilateral Negotiations sponsored by Riemer & Braunstein
Center Street B


Main Stage: This Is How We Do It – Luncheon Keynote: Dr. Dambisa Moyo***
Hope Ballroom DE

Education Breakout: ABC, Easy as 1,2,3 – ABCs vs. Bankruptcies vs. Article 9 vs. Receiverships sponsored by Candlewood Partners
Center Street C

Education Breakout: Welcome to the Jungle – Music, Entertainment, and IP
Center Street B

3:15-4:15pm Main Stage: Closing Program: We Are the World – International/Cross-Border Restructuring
Hope Ballroom DE
4:15-5:00pm Just What I Needed Moscow Mule Bar sponsored by Ashby & Geddes
Hope Ballroom A-C & Foyer
4:30-5:00pm Celebrate! LGBT Reception 
Eliot's Bar
5:00-6:00pm  We Are the Champions Chair's Reception* 
Eliot's Living Room
6:30-7:00pm Transportation Loading for Closing Reception sponsored by Ritchie Bros.
Hilton Lobby (Ontario Side)
7:00-9:30pm  Final Countdown Closing Reception at Rock & Roll Hall of Fame sponsored by Ritchie Bros.****
9:30-11:00pm Encore Performance: Pump Up the Jam TMA After Dark sponsored by Alvarez & Marsal
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (Upper Level/Patio)
Friday, September 27  
8:00-10:30am Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go Grab n' Go Breakfast and 1:1 Meetings 
Hope Ballroom A-C & Foyer
8:30-11:30am When I Ruled the World Joint TMA Executive Board/Board of Trustees Meeting*
Center Street BC

Agenda subject to change. View the full agenda

*Invite only 
** Extra cost to attend 


Due to a record-breaking number of registered attendees, the room blocks at The Westin Cleveland Downtown and The Hilton Cleveland Downtown are sold out. The following hotels are nearby and have availability during The Annual. We apologize for any inconvenience! 

Double Tree Hilton
Renaissance Cleveland Hotel
Hyatt Regency Cleveland at the Arcade

The Hilton Cleveland Downtown - SOLD OUT

The Hilton Cleveland Downtown
100 Lakeside Ave E
Cleveland, OH 44114
(216) 413-5000