International Bankruptcy Law and Practice

A Case Study of Vitro, and What it May Mean for International Insolvency Practice

in Plano, Texas, USA

The Center for American and International Law
5201 Democracy Drive
Plano, Texas 75024

Past Event

Credits:MCLE Credit will be available


This full day program will consist of a series of workshops exploring the numerous difficult issues presented by the Vitro decision in particular, and Chapter 15 practice in general. Participants will include international attorneys and others attending the 50th Annual Academy of American and International Law*, as well as U.S. based insolvency practitioners. All attendees will be divided into working groups of approximately 20 people each, and discussions will be led by panels of distinguished judges and practitioners. This program will provide a unique opportunity to join lawyers from more than 20 countries in an interactive setting.

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The program begins at 9:00 and concludes at 4:30. Lunch will be served, and there will be a reception immediately following the program.

Materials based on the Vitro case will be distributed in advance and will serve as the basis for the workshops. Each workshop group is expected to explore topics including:

  • Jurisdiction, venue and comity
  • Enforcement of foreign bankruptcy rulings in U.S. courts
  • U.S. Bankruptcy public policy as it relates to international insolvencies

*The Academy is a business-focused international program and attracts lawyers from more than 20 countries, including a large contingent from Mexico.

Conference Co-Chairs

Hon. Alan S. Trust
United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of New York

Michelle A. Mendez
Conley, Rosenberg & Brenneise
Dallas, Texas


Registration includes the Conference, course materials, lunch, and a reception.
  • $375 / $425 - Regular registration fee
  • $295 / $345 - SWIICL Member 
  • $295 / $345 - FBA Bankruptcy Law Section Member 
  • $295 / $345 - CAIL Member or Member Employee 
  • $150 / $150 - U.S. Law Student 


  • Hon. Alan S. Trust, United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • Hon. Brenda T. Rhoades, United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • Hon. Leif Clark, United States Bankruptcy Judge (retired), Mediator and Arbitrator, San Antonio, TX
  • Craig H. Averch, White & Case, Los Angeles, CA
  • Charles A. Beckham, Jr., Haynes and Boone, Houston, TX
  • Michelle A. Mendez, Conley, Rosenberg & Brenneise, Dallas, TX
  • Louis R. Strubeck, Jr., Fulbright & Jaworski LLP, Dallas, TX
  • George H. Tarpley, Cox Smith Matthews, Dallas, TX


8:00 am


9:00 am

Overview of Chapter 15, jurisdiction and venue for Chapter 15 cases, and foreign main versus foreign non-main proceedings

Judge Trust

9:20 am

Vitro – background and overview of the cases

10:00 am


10:15 am

Chapter 11 and Chapter 15 Cases of Note

  1. Ponzi Schemes, Madoff, and Clawback - Louis R. Strubeck, Jr.
  2. Case Study – Chrysler Bankruptcy - Craig H. Averch
  3. Enron - Charles A. Beckham, Jr.
  4. Did Anyone See this Coming? 2d Circuit Says That “is” Really does Mean “is” When it Comes to COMI - The Hon. Leif Clark

12:00 pm

Small Group Breakout Session

Pre-recognition relief, effects of recognition, and post-recognition additional relief available in foreign main and foreign non-main proceedings

12:30 pm

Lunch Provided

1:30 pm

Small Group Breakout Session

Enforcement of foreign bankruptcy rulings in U.S. courts and U.S. bankruptcy law and public policy as it relates to international insolvencies

2:15 pm

Small Group Breakout Session

What are the legal implications of Vitro for Chapter 15 and international insolvencies going forward?

3:00 pm


3:15 pm

Lessons learned from Vitro for practitioners

4:00 pm

Facilitator panel Q&A

4:30 pm

Adjourn to Reception

CLE Credits

MCLE Credit

The State Bar of Texas has approved this program for 5.75 hours, no ethics. Sign-in sheets and/or certificates of attendance will be available for ALL states.

Course ID Number: 901270056

Specialization Credit

This program is approved by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization for 5.75 hours in the following area: Bankruptcy

Overnight Accommodations

Hyatt Place Plano welcomes our guests attending International Bankruptcy Law and Practice at The Center for American and International Law. We have set aside a block of rooms with a group rate of $89 for 06/13/2013-06/15/2013Please make your reservations by 5/30/2013. Any reservations not received on or before this cut-off date are subject to hotel availability at the best available prevailing rate.

Booking Instructions

Book online at
Type in Arrival/Departure Dates
Enter Group/Corporate #: G-CL09
Call 888-HYATT-HP (888-492-8847) or 972-378-3997

Dates available: 06/13/2013-06/15/2013
Mention the group name: CAILAW International Bankruptcy Law and Practice

A valid credit card is required to make reservations

Tax Exemption Certificates and Credit Card Authorization Forms may be faxed to our office at 972-608-4427 prior to your arrival.

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