The panel will analyze what debtors and their attorneys consider when determining where to file a chapter 11 business case, and the impact filing in certain venues has on both creditors and debtors. The panel will also discuss the Bankruptcy Venue Reform Act of 2018 (S. 2282); arguments both supporting and opposing its passage; what impact, if any, passage might have on the local bar; and the legal and practical aspects of venue reform. Our panel of speakers includes Reuel D. Ash, Partner at Ulmer & Berne LLP in Cincinnati, Ohio, and Andrew C. Ozete, Partner at Farmer Scott Ozete Robinson & Schmitt LLP in Evansville, Indiana. Mr. Ash is co-chair of the legislative committee of the Commercial Law League of America (CLLA) bankruptcy section, which sponsors the annual “Hill Day” lobbying meetings in which he and other CLLA members meet with congressional staffers about new bankruptcy and creditors’ rights legislation. His committee has lobbied in Congress for venue reform for several years, and CLLA’s members have testified before Congress on this issue. Mr. Ozete is a member of the National Ad Hoc Group of Bankruptcy Practitioners in Support of Venue Fairness. He has been active with efforts in Indiana to raise awareness on the issue, and he has been a catalyst for action with the state legislature and industry groups. In March 2018, the Indiana General Assembly adopted a resolution that called upon the members of Indiana’s congressional delegation to commit to sponsor and support the Bankruptcy Venue Reform Act of 2018. Speakers: Reuel D. Ash, Ulmer & Berne and Andrew C. Ozete, Farmer Scott Ozete Robinson & Schmitt




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