Broadcast Date: Tuesday, April 12, 2022
from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm (ET)


The pandemic-related lockdowns have posed great difficulties and challenges to businesses across industries and have incited a significant drop in demand for products and services. While some were able to cope with the situation through government assistance programs, others have sought bankruptcy protection to save their assets or restructure their balance sheets.

With the evolving legal landscape and onset of the “new normal,” organizations should stay abreast with all the developments and issues concerning corporate bankruptcy and restructuring. Mapping out strategies to employ a well-structured business plan in times of pandemics can be of great help.

In this LIVE Webcast, experienced business restructuring and reorganization lawyers Samuel R. Maizel (Dentons) and Victor A. Vilaplana (Practus, LLP) will provide the audience with a comprehensive discussion of the latest trends and developments surrounding corporate bankruptcy and restructuring. Speakers, among other things, will offer practical business strategies in these unprecedented times.

Key issues that will be covered in this course are:

  • Corporate Bankruptcy and Restructuring: Latest Updates
  • Demystifying the Impact of COVID-19 in Corporate Bankruptcy
  • Pandemic-Induced Chapter 11 Filing Trends
  • Exploring Effective Business Strategies
  • What Lies Ahead


Course Level:



Advance Preparation:

Print and review course materials


Method of Presentation:

On-Demand Webcast


Course Code:



NY Category of CLE:

Areas of Professional Practice


Total Credit:

1.0 CLE

Speaker Panel:

Samuel R. Maizel, Partner

Samuel Maizel, a partner in Dentons’ Los Angeles Office, is a nationally recognized expert in bankruptcy matters and financial restructurings. His most recent cases include Agsprings, the bankruptcy of a family of grain industry companies; Astria Health, the restructuring of a three hospital nonprofit system; and Verity Health, the second largest nonprofit hospital bankruptcy case in US history. Sam has lectured extensively and is widely published. He is the only lawyer in the US ranked in both healthcare and bankruptcy by Chambers and Partners and Best Lawyers. A Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy, the Daily Journal named Sam one of California’s “Top Healthcare Lawyers” in 2021 and Global M&A Network named him “Restructuring Lawyer of the Year” in 2020.

Victor A. Vilaplana, Partner
Practus, LLP

Victor A. Vilaplana is a business reorganization attorney focusing on the handling of insolvency matters, particularly complicated business bankruptcies and international transactions. His experience includes representing businesses in multiple fields, from medical device companies to agricultural producers in chapter 11 cases. He represents creditors, debtors as well as official committees in chapter 11 cases and he has also represented state court receivers and assignees for the benefit of creditors. He is also well versed on cross border transactional matters, specifically involving Mexico and Canada.

Victor has authored articles on the administration of multi-national bankruptcies and prepackage chapter 11 plans of reorganization. He is co-editor of Advanced Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Practice for the American Law Institute and published the article, “Restructuring Tips for Single Asset Real Estate Debtors,” in the publication, Law360.


Samuel R. MaizelPartner



Victor A. VilaplanaPartner

Practus, LLP

  1. What are the “hot button issues” in corporate bankruptcy today? What recent decisions are likely to have a significant impact on cases in 2022-23? (Third party releases; the Texas two-step, “abuse of the process” in cases like NRA, decisions in Verity on sale of nonprofits and government provider agreements, etc.)
  2. The continuing impact of dealing with mass torts in bankruptcy. (Boy Scouts, Opioids, continuing church cases, etc.)
  3. What does the future portend for possible legislative changes? (venue? Warren/Cornyn bill, etc.)
  4. What has been the effect of the pandemic on bankruptcy and restructuring? (different effect on different sectors, effects of curtailed fed stimulus, higher interest rates, inflation, supply chain disruptions, accelerating electrification of cars, dramatic decrease in filings in 2021, maybe different towards end of 2022?)
  5. What are the three most likely areas to see a substantial increase in filings in 2022-23?


Date & Time:

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm (ET)

Who Should Attend:

  • Chief Restructuring Officers
  • Chief Executive Officers
  • Chief Financial Officers
  • VPs and Directors of Finance
  • Finance Managers
  • Chief Compliance Officers
  • Chief Risks Officers
  • Bankruptcy & Restructuring Lawyers
  • General Counsel
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Samuel R. MaizelPartner
Victor A. VilaplanaPartner
Practus, LLP



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