Josh Cohen, co-chair of Day Pitney's Bankruptcy and Restructuring practice, was quoted in a Law360 article, "Oil & Gas Bankruptcies May Hit Snags Amid FERC Turf War." The article discusses the growing oil and gas bankruptcy wave set off by the market decline during the Covid-19 pandemic and the onslaught of more jurisdictional fighting between the bankruptcy courts and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). As oil and gas bankruptcies continue to increase, experts believe that jurisdictional battles will mostly likely multiply if bankrupt companies look to reject midstream contracts that are subject to FERC Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) oversight.
FERC recently expanded its conflict with bankruptcy courts after it found their findings showed that Chesapeake Energy Corp. is required to get FERC approval the blessing of their company before it can remove reject pipeline contracts in Chapter 11. A similar occurrence happened with PG&E that Chesapeake is mimicking. They are asking a bankruptcy court to nullify FERC's order and block the agency from taking action. This move made by FERC comes just months after the Sixth Circuit ruling, stating that bankruptcy courts will have the final ruling over whether power purchase agreements can be rejected.
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On July 7, Michael Kaufman will participate as faculty on Strafford's 90-minute Q&A style webinar, "Contribution Agreements: Joint Liability and Rights of Contribution Under Loan Guaranties."
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On January 9, partner Michael Kaufman co-presented a live CLE webinar, "Intercorporate Guaranties and Integrated Transactions: Avoiding Fraudulent Conveyance Exposure in Bankruptcy," sponsored by Strafford.
Doug Gillette and Bill Goddard will be featured panelists during the UConn School of Law's Symposium on Municipal Distress on Friday, September 15.
On May 5, Josh Cohen moderated a panel at the 11th annual Credit & Bankruptcy Symposium, hosted by ABI, Turnaround Management Association Connecticut and Northeast chapters and the New York Institute of Credit.
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Joshua Cohen was quoted in the American Bar Association Journal, the online publication for the American Bar Association.
The Hartford Business Journal featured Laurie Mallach in its article, "Chief Talent Officers Arm Law Firms for Battle Over Top-Performing Lawyers," which discusses the CTO position responsibilities, challenges and evolving scope.
Day Pitney Announcement
Day Pitney Partner Joy Harmon Sperling will present on a panel entitled "How to Navigate Debt Collection Restrictions, Manage Liquidity Challenges, and Reconcile Opposing Demands from Consumers and Investors as a Servicer," at the 27th American Conference Institute National Forum on Residential Mortgage Regulatory Enforcement and Litigation.