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Elliott, Apollo, Caesar's Palace and a Bunch of Bankruptcy Law Professors

posted by Mitu Gulati

One of the most dramatic stories in corporate finance and bankruptcy over the past decade has been the Caesar's Palace battle between a bunch of hard nosed distressed debt hedge funds and big bad private equity shops.  A bunch of masters of the universe types fighting it out to the death. (For my part: I'm interested in this because some of the big players from the Argentine pari passu battle are involved and there was a battle over the aggressive use of Exit Consents).

Turns out that this Caesar's story is going to be front and center at an upcoming bankruptcy conference that three good friends, Bob Rasmussen, Mike Simkovic and Samir Parikh are running, where one of the authors of "The Caesar's Palace Coup", the FT's Sujeet Indap, is going to be on a panel with the heavy hitters, Ken Liang, Bruce Bennett and Richard Davis. I always find it fascinating to hear how financial journalists and law professors, both of whom have dug deep into a set of events, tell the same story. 

The formal announcement, courtesy of Samir Parikh, is here:

Inaugural West Coast Bankruptcy Roundtable Call For Papers  

USC Gould School of Law and Lewis & Clark Law School present the inaugural West Coast Bankruptcy Roundtable to be held February 3-4, 2022 in Los Angeles.  Spearheaded by Robert Rasmussen, Michael Simkovic, and Samir Parikh, the Roundtable seeks to bring together experienced and junior scholars to discuss particularly noteworthy scholarship involving financial restructuring and business law.  We seek scholars researching diverse topics and will be interested in interdisciplinary perspectives.

The Roundtable invites the submission of papers.  Selected participants will receive a $1,000 stipend and have the opportunity to workshop their papers in an intimate, collegial setting.  

Papers will be selected through a blind review process.  Scholars are invited to submit a 3 - 5 page overview of a proposed paper.  Submissions may be an introduction or excerpt from an existing unpublished paper, an extended abstract, or a general paper proposal.  The submission should be anonymized, and – aside from general citations to the author’s previous work – all references to the author should be removed.

Please submit proposals by September 7, 2021.  Invitations will be issued via email by October 8th.  Working drafts of papers must be available for circulation to participants by January 11, 2022.  

The Roundtable will start with a panel discussion on the Caesars bankruptcy case led by Sujeet Indap (co-author of The Caesars Palace Coup), Bruce Bennett (Jones Day), Ken Liang (former Head of Restructuring, Oaktree Capital), and Richard Davis (examiner in the Caesars bankruptcy case). 

Proposals – as well as questions and concerns – should be directed to Samir Parikh at sparikh@lclark.edu

 

Comments

This is an excellent text. I wrote a book review of this text a few year back. It is the best. As a fellow anthropologist that writes about culture and debt, Greaber's work stands out. He will be sorely missed.

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