Speaking Engagement

Too Many Hats in the Ethical Ring: When Insiders, Affiliates, Friends, and Family Show Up All Over a Restructuring

UT Law CLE Jay L. Westbrook Bankruptcy Conference

Austin Marriott Downtown
304 East Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX

Blank Rome partner Ira L. Herman will serve as the moderator for a presentation at the University of Texas School of Law Continuing Legal Education’s (“UT Law CLE”) Jay L. Westbrook Bankruptcy Conference, being held November 17 and 18, 2022, in Austin, Texas.

Ira’s session, “Too Many Hats in the Ethical Ring: When Insiders, Affiliates, Friends, and Family Show Up All Over a Restructuring,” takes place from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.


In the bankruptcy universe, business enterprises with closely held capital structures and intersecting interests will engage counsel, who must immediately face a set of thorny ethical issues. In “small” cases and “big,” the very nature of closely held companies may involve pre- and post-petition lenders, equity sponsors, and significant unsecured creditors that may be affiliates of one another and of the debtor itself. What is a careful lawyer to do?

Other sessions include:

  • Recent Developments
  • Judicial Mediation
  • Texas Two Step and Bankruptcy vs. Mass Tort
  • Subchapter V: The Small (and Not So Small) Business Debtor
  • The E and I in DEI: Enhancing and Leveraging Equity and Inclusion in Our Practices and Workplaces
  • Privacy in Bankruptcy: Only You Can Prevent Harm by Sealing, Redacting, or Not Filing
  • Bankruptcy Alternatives
  • Hear the Perspectives of New, and Not So New Judges
  • Hot Topics in Chapter 11 Plans, Disclosure Statements, and Confirmation
  • The Intersection of Federal Energy Policy and the Bankruptcy Code
  • Hot Topics in Healthcare? What Happens When Stimulus Money Dries Up?
  • Examining the Role of Independent Directors in Chapter 11s
  • Digital Assets, Use of Cash App Accounts, NFTs
  • Changes to B.R. 3002.1 and the Intersection with RESPA/FDCPA
  • Student Loans
  • Conversion from 13 to 7—The Allure, the Pitfalls, and the Perils

For more information and to register, please visit the event webpage.