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Litigation Funding in Bankruptcy - Understanding its Applications


Speaker(s): Ken Epstein, Leah M. Eisenberg, Regina Lee
Recorded on: Oct. 29, 2019
PLI Program #: 289824

Leah Eisenberg is of counsel and a bankruptcy and restructuring attorney with Foley & Lardner LLP. Leah’s practice focuses on counseling clients in default, restructuring, bankruptcy, and corporate trust matters, with an emphasis on indenture trustee, creditors’ committee, and other creditor representations.

Leah is a thought leader in the bankruptcy space, and frequently authors publications on various topics. Additionally, she is a frequent speaker at various industry-related events.

Prior to joining Foley, Leah was a partner at a Washington, D.C.-based law firm in its New York office. Earlier in her career, she served as a first law clerk to the Honorable Robert E. Gerber, the U.S. bankruptcy judge for the Southern District of New York.

Recognition

Leah has been recognized in the 2020 edition of The Best Lawyers in America© in Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law. She also was appointed to the Board of Directors to the Association of Insolvency Restructuring Advisors (AIRA). In 2018, she received the New York Institute of Credit (NYIC) Women’s Division Executive of the Year Award.

Professional Memberships

Leah holds various leadership positions in professional organizations, including co-founder and president of the Women’s Division for the New York Institute of Credit (NYIC), board member of the AIRA, advisory board member of ABI’s VALCON conference and advisory board member of AIRA’s annual conference.

Community Engagement

Leah serves as a volunteer for the City Bar Justice Center’s Consumer Bankruptcy Project and is currently advising clients referred by Her Justice. Leah is currently representing clients seeking Holocaust reparations from France and Germany. Leah also volunteers weekly at her synagogue’s Hebrew school, assisting students with reading Hebrew. She also volunteers regularly with her daughter for Home for Good Dog Rescue


Regina Lee has a demonstrated record of helping clients resolve complex issues of fraud, business disputes, and regulatory compliance. Her proven strategies apply data analytics to efficiently identify relevant data, thereby limiting the information to be analyzed and controlling costs. Regina's techniques have been used in bankruptcy-related disputes, securities litigation, posttransaction disputes, fraud investigations, and intellectual-property matters across an array of industries. Regina has a Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a New York certified public accountant, a Certified Fraud Examiner, a Certified Insolvency and Restructuring Advisor, a Certified Litigation Management Professional, and a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist.

 


Ken Epstein is an investment manager and legal counsel at Bentham IMF, responsible for leading the company’s investments in bankruptcy and insolvency-related matters. He serves as a resource for debtors, creditors (including hedge funds, private equity funds and alternative asset managers), bankruptcy estate representatives and other stakeholders seeking to maximize the value of litigation claims.

Ken has extensive experience advising and managing debtors-in-possession, individual creditors and creditor groups (ad hoc and official committees) and financial institutions in insolvency and bankruptcy-related litigation matters nationally and internationally. He began his career as a lawyer in the financial restructuring group of Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft. Prior to joining Bentham IMF, he was managing director in the restructuring and remediation group at MBIA, a publicly listed financial institution. 

Ken has taught bankruptcy law as an adjunct professor at Cardozo Law School and has served as a panelist and author on bankruptcy-related topics. He earned his J.D. from Brooklyn Law School in 2000, where he graduated cum laude after serving on the Journal of Law and Public Policy. Ken has extensive experience serving on for-profit and non-profit boards of directors.