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How Lawyers, Financial Advisors and Investment Bankers Can Use Litigation Finance to Drive Client Value


Speaker(s): John Singh, Katherine R. Catanese, Ken Epstein
Recorded on: Jan. 9, 2020
PLI Program #: 294486

John Singh is a Partner in the Restructuring and Special Situations Group at PJT Partners.

Since joining PJT Partners’ predecessor firm Blackstone in 2009, Mr. Singh has advised companies, creditors and sponsors in restructurings and special situations involving over $50 billion of liabilities. Examples of Mr. Singh’s public assignments include Bristow Group, Financial Guaranty Insurance Company, Houston Astros, Kerzner International, M&G Chemicals, and Westinghouse Electric Company.

Prior to Blackstone, Mr. Singh worked at JPMorgan as a buy-side fixed income analyst trading relative value CDS across the Financial Institutions, Insurance and Homebuilding sectors.

Mr. Singh graduated from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University and received an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

 


Katie R. Catanese is a partner and bankruptcy and restructuring attorney with Foley & Lardner LLP in New York City. She focuses her practice on representation of any insolvency matter involving fraud, post-confirmation trusts and trustees, and has extensive experience in international and chapter 15 cases, often involving cross-border fraud, and has represented investors and managers in hedge funds, both on shore and off shore.

Katie earned her J.D. (cum laude, 2004) and her B.A. in psychology (summa cum laude, 2001) from Michigan State University. During law school, she was a clerk for the Honorable David L. Jordon.

Katie was named one of the American Bankruptcy Institute’s “40 Under 40” emerging leaders in insolvency practice in 2018, and was selected for inclusion in the 2014 New York Super Lawyers – Rising Stars® list.

Katie was formerly a visiting professor teaching research and writing at Thomas M. Cooley Law School. She is a member of the International Women’s Restructuring and Insolvency Confederation, the Commercial Law League of America, the American Bankruptcy Institute, and the Turnaround Management Association. Katie is chair of kNect 365 Asset Recovery America conference and the chair of American Bankruptcy Institute’s Midlevel Professional Conference.

She has published extensively on bankruptcy topics, and has spoken at many bankruptcy and insolvency professional conferences.


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.