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Fred Myers and Gale Rubenstein at the Canadian Institute’s 7th annual conference


Lawyer Gale Rubenstein
Area Corporate Restructuring


January 18, 2007
9:30 am:  Changing Sources of Capital and Their Impact on the Insolvency Industry

Moderator:  Fred Myers, Partner, Goodmans LLP

This session will cover:

  • New trends and new sources of capital – how are these players changing the nature of insolvency practice?
  • Strategies employed by these different participants in an insolvency or restructuring situation
  • How traditional distinctions are blurring – understanding the investment goals of hedge funds, private equity investors and debt traders
  • What role do they play in a restructuring? Does it matter whether it is an out-of-court restructuring or an in-court reorganization?
  • How do these participants manage risk?
  • Balancing stakeholders’ rights in an insolvency

January 18, 2007
3:45 pm:  Employees’ Rights and Pension Issues: Planning for the Future of Pension, Labour and Legacy Costs

Panelist:  Gale Rubenstein, Partner, Goodmans LLP

Canadian Institute’s 7th annual conference on “Advanced Insolvency Law and Practice”
January 18 - 19, 2007
The Sutton Place Hotel, Toronto

This session will cover:

  • How has recent case law affected employees’ rights in an insolvency situation?
  • What is the status of collective bargaining agreements in an insolvency?
  • Who takes priority in an insolvency situation? Where do the claims of employees for a pension deficit rank against the claims of other creditors?
  • What can you do to ensure pension plans are properly managed during restructuring?
  • Overcoming pension funding challenges during CCAA protection and following restructuring
  • What relationship should trustees, receivers and monitors have with labour unions during restructuring?
  • How do you restructure a pension? Strategies for dealing with unfunded pension liabilities
    • choosing to merge pension plans or maintaining separate funds – what are the consequences of both choices?
    • conversion from a defined-benefit to a defined-contribution plan – a silver bullet for insolvent pension plans?
    • what difficulties could you face when winding up a pension plan?
    • understanding the role of the Pension Benefits Guarantee Fund (PBGF) in Ontario