10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (Pacific)
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Mountain)
01:00 PM - 02:00 PM (Eastern)
Zoom Invitation Will Be Shared the Day of the Event
Options decrease dramatically as a company experiencing financial distress approaches the “zone of insolvency.” Our panel of experts will discuss some of these options, questions Board Members must ask, the different choices and best time to seek outside advisors and, finally, what to expect if bankruptcy cannot be avoided.
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William A. (Trey) Wood
Chairman of Restructuring Department
William A. (Trey) Wood III, chair of Bracewell’s distinguished financial restructuring department, has more than 28 years of experience and 11 years of recognition in Chambers USA for his work representing debtors, creditors, committees and other parties in interest in all facets of the bankruptcy process and out-of-court restructurings, including plan creation and confirmation, asset purchases and sales, environmental claims, claim allowance and complex bankruptcy litigation. He has appeared in bankruptcy courts throughout the United States, has been recognized nationally as a leading bankruptcy/restructuring attorney in such publications as The Legal 500 United States (2009, 2012, 2016-2018, 2020), Best Lawyers, Woodward/White, Inc. (2006-2021), Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters (2003-2011, 2018-2019), and as mentioned above, Chambers USA (2009, 2011-2020). Trey is a frequent speaker on a variety of bankruptcy and restructuring topics.
Trey also formerly served as president of the Houston Chapter of the Turnaround Management Association.
Partner, Energy Banking and Restructuring
For more than 28 years, Dewey Gonsoulin has effectively and efficiently represented clients in all types of financing transactions. He devotes a significant portion of his practice to energy financing, and is a frequent speaker and writer on topics related to upstream oil and gas reserve based financings. He represents commercial lenders, mezzanine lenders, corporate borrowers and other financial institutions in all types of financing transactions. In addition to his client responsibilities, Dewey serves as chair of the firm’s finance department, and has previously served as a member of the firm’s management and finance committees.
Dewey focuses primarily on credit facilities in the upstream energy sector, including traditional borrowing base credit facilities provided by senior bank lenders to independent producers as well as more complex mezzanine and development financing transactions. Along with Senior Partner Jason Fox, Dewey co-authored “Reserve based finance – A tale of two markets” for Oil and Gas Financial Journal (2014). This four-part series is a testament to both Dewey’s and the firm’s knowledge of this sector of the industry. In addition to working on upstream financings, Dewey also has extensive experience in oilfield service and midstream pipeline financings.
In periods of economic downturn, Dewey works alongside the firm’s restructuring practice, serving as lead transaction counsel on numerous workouts and restructurings involving energy companies. Partnering with his major banking clients, he has been instrumental in assisting clients with reserved based loans, senior secured revolving credit facilities and other financing arrangements pertaining to both foreign and domestic assets.
Sr Managing Director Corporate Finance & Restructuring
Jan Naifeh is a Senior Managing Director at FTI Consulting and is based in Brentwood. Ms. Naifeh is a member of the Turnaround & Restructuring Services practice. Ms. Naifeh has more than 25 years of experience in working with clients to develop and implement solutions designed to minimize credit exposure and maximize asset recovery.
Ms. Naifeh’s extensive experience in healthcare has given her a unique and holistic point of view to successfully advise clients experiencing both healthy growth periods, as well as those undergoing distress. She has worked across the spectrum of different types of healthcare companies, ranging from ambulatory surgery centers, rehabilitation facilities to physician practice management, skilled nursing facilities and acute hospitals.
Ms. Naifeh advocates for her clients and develops customized solutions by analyzing financials, evaluating business plans and developing and executing strategies that leverage secondary market transactions and debt restructuring. She provides expert input in complex financial analysis and risk profiling and offers credit structure recommendations that lead to effective business decisions. Throughout her many years of experience are countless successful outcomes involving complex negotiations with stakeholders, developing solutions and alternative strategies and delivering improved results. Ms. Naifeh’s experience also includes resolving disputes via refinancings, secondary marketing transactions and in-court proceedings, including Section 363 sales and liquidations.
In addition to her robust client work, Ms. Naifeh’s opinion is regularly sought out on credit matters by steering and creditor committees, which she has actively participated in. Beyond healthcare, she also has managed syndication of loans across diverse industries, including energy, government contractors, manufacturing, distribution and telecommunications.
Prior to joining FTI Consulting, Ms. Naifeh was a Senior Vice President of the Corporate and Investment Banking Special Assets Division at SunTrust Bank. There she also served as the Executive Vice President of Credit Risk Management for the Nashville region.
Ms. Naifeh has a B.S. in Finance from the University of Tennessee and is a graduate of the Scarlett Leadership Institute.
Former Executive Vice President/General Counsel
Susan Lindberg is an experienced leader in capital intensive, highly regulated industries, collaborating on growth, transformation, and startup initiatives at major U.S. and international public companies. She also provides leadership and strategic direction on enterprise level risk. Ms. Lindberg has served on executive teams, advised boards of directors, and has held leadership positions on multiple subsidiary and nonprofit boards.
Until its acquisition by Energy Transfer Partners in late 2019, Ms. Lindberg was Executive Vice President and General Counsel of SemGroup Corporation, a NYSE-listed company engaged in moving energy across North America through a network of pipelines, processing plants, refinery-connected storage, and marine terminals. At SemGroup, she provided strategic and legal guidance to management and board on a significant expansion into the terminalling business by acquisition, private equity joint ventures in the U.S. and Canada, capital markets, asset optimization, organization restructuring, and the eventual sale of the company. She provided leadership on safety and sustainability.
Previously, Ms. Lindberg was General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Eni US Operating Co. Inc., and part of the U.S. executive team for Eni SpA, a major integrated energy company based in Italy. At Eni, she helped implement the company’s strategy in North and South America. She played a critical legal, business and risk management role in company transforming deals: a $4.8 billion acquisition that tripled the company’s U.S. presence, Eni’s entry into Mexico, expansion off the coast of Alaska, and a groundbreaking joint development agreement enabling the company’s first foray into shale gas production. Ms. Lindberg partnered with global Eni management to develop strategy in response to the Gulf of Mexico drilling moratorium in 2010. She also provided leadership in a major workforce reduction, and company safety initiatives.
Before joining Eni, Ms. Lindberg held key legal and government affairs roles in the natural gas pipeline business at Duke Energy (2002-2006) and at Enron Corp. (1998-2002). She developed strategies for new services as part of a commercial team, handled post-merger integration and organizational restructuring, collaborated with leadership on risk strategy, and led regulatory and industry advocacy initiatives.
She began her career in the Energy Section of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld LLP (1992-1998), developing expertise in transactions and policymaking across the energy industry.
Ms. Lindberg presently serves on the inaugural Board of Directors of Arts Alliance Tulsa, and the board of Tulsa Ballet. She previously served on the boards of two Eni asset holding companies. She served on the board and chaired the nominations/governance committee for Houston nonprofit Children At Risk, where she won its Public Law & Policy Center Award for writing successful human trafficking legislation. In Houston, she also served on boards for the Mercury chamber orchestra and DiverseWorks Art Space, including as Chair.
Ms. Lindberg earned her law degree from the University of Texas Law School, and her Bachelor of Arts degree, with high honors in Plan II, from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) FSA Credential Holder.