Debtwire Puerto Rico Restructuring Forum 2017

June 7, 2017 | Harvard Club of New York City

Over the last 12 months, the people of Puerto Rico elected a new governor, the island's government defaulted on constitutionally guaranteed debt, and the federal government appointed the Financial Oversight and Management Board to oversee the island’s restructuring. Creditors have not stood idly by. At one point over the past year, there were fifteen active creditor lawsuits in the District Court for Puerto Rico.

The future of Puerto Rico's economy, market access and fiscal health hangs in the balance. So, too, does its relationship with the United States. Voters will go to the polls in an 11 June referendum to determine the status of Puerto Rico’s political future.

Please join the Debtwire team and esteemed panelists to get updates and progress for one of the most contentious restructurings in the Western Hemisphere.

    • 08:00

      Registration and Breakfast

    • 08:30

      Fireside Chat

      Debtwire Municipals Managing Editor Paul Greaves, Cleary Gottlieb Partner Richard J. Cooper and Millstein & Co. Founder and CEO Jim Millstein will explore the likely issues and challenges facing the Puerto Rico government and its creditors in a Title III restructuring and what it will all mean for other stakeholders, such as pensioners and Medicaid recipients.

      Richard   J. Cooper
      Richard J. Cooper
      Partner, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
      Jim  Millstein
      Jim Millstein
      Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Millstein & Co.
      Paul Greaves
      Paul Greaves
      Managing Editor, Debtwire Municipals (moderator)
    • 09:00

      Creditor Negotiations Inside and Outside the Credit Complex

      The Puerto Rico Oversight, Management and Economic Stability Act (PROMESA) has asserted itself as the referee upon the playing field of restructuring talks. In the first panel, participants will discuss the restructuring process, negotiations between debtors and creditors, and inter-creditor tensions:

      • Title III seems to pit creditors against the oversight board. What leverage do creditors have?
      • Will a confrontational approach with the island and its leadership deepen inter-creditor tensions?
      Hector  Negroni
      Hector Negroni
      Principal, Fundamental Advisors
      David Prager
      David Prager
      Managing Director, Goldin Associates
      Brian Resnick
      Brian Resnick
      Partner, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
      Stephen  Spencer
      Stephen Spencer
      Managing Director, Houlihan Lokey
      Seth  Brumby
      Seth Brumby
      Deputy Editor, Debtwire Municipals (moderator)
    • 10:00

      Coffee Networking Break

    • 10:15

      Fiscal Reform and Economic Outlook

      Governor Rossello has had to balance contentious reforms with maintaining some semblance of the status quo. There are indications that the Rossello administration disagrees with the PROMESA oversight board on fiscal and structural reforms. This political tussle has contributed to a hazy political and economic outlook. Meanwhile, on the ground, union workers are suing the state over a 2014 law barring salary increases to public workers. Additional pressure from Puerto Rico's public health care system's funding shortfalls will affect its most needy and poor. To top it off, a June 11 referendum will ask voters if Puerto Rico should become the US' 51st state or seek complete independence.

      • How has the dynamic so far played out between the new administration and the oversight board?
      • What reforms has the oversight board so far demanded that the government has enacted, or resisted?
      • Will we need to see additional legislation in Washington DC?
      • How does the island complete a turnaround with its current healthcare crisis?
      • How does statehood or independence affect the island’s outlook?
      Carlos R.  Mercader Pérez
      Carlos R. Mercader Pérez
      Executive Director, Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration
      Matthew  Rodrigue
      Matthew Rodrigue
      Managing Director, Miller Buckfire & Company
      Elías  Sánchez
      Elías Sánchez
      Governor's Representative, Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico
      Nader  Tavakoli
      Nader Tavakoli
      Founder and CEO, EagleRock Capital Management LLC
      Gregory A. Clark
      Gregory A. Clark
      Head of Municipal Research, Debtwire Municipals (moderator)
    • 11:15

      Event Concludes