2 PerspectivesJune 6, 2009
A Brief FYI for Readers Seeing This as a Post Online:
This continues the series of Settlement Perspectives Newsletters I started in January, sent occasionally to those who have requested the email version. If you’d like to receive future editions directly, feel free to send me an email or sign up using the space provided on the right and I’ll put you on the list. Future newsletters will be posted here only occasionally. Thanks–
Dear Newsletter Reader–
Welcome to another issue of Settlement Perspectives’ occasional newsletter, designed to explore even further what we usually discuss — thoughts on how to resolve disputes and get your deal done.
These newsletters are designed to deliver three things:
- A preview of upcoming posts on Settlement Perspectives;
- Recent news, comments and miscellaneous information; and
- Highlights of recent posts on Settlement Perspectives.
A Quick Restructuring Update
As many of you know from my most recent post, BearingPoint, Inc., the company I serve as general counsel, filed a voluntary Chapter 11 Petition before the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York on February 18th. I have linked to a few of BearingPoint’s press releases issued since then, which should explain why you haven’t heard much from me lately. Since our initial Chapter 11 filing we:
- Announced the planned sale of substantially all of our businesses to a number of parties, including our agreement to sell BearingPoint’s Public Sector business unit to Deloitte LLP;
- Closed the sale of BearingPoint’s Public Sector business unit to Deloitte LLP;
- Signed and later closed an agreement to sell BearingPoint’s Japan operations to PWC Advisory Co., Ltd.; and
- Signed an agreement to sell BearingPoint’s Commercial Services business unit to PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP and obtained court approval for that sale following an all-night auction that was an experience unlike any other.
Other News, Comments and Events
I am happy to report that the ACC Docket featured as its May 2009 cover article a piece that Wendy Toolin Breau of Ernst & Young and I coauthored on managing insurance relationships in the midst of significant litigation, entitled “‘Bet the Company’ Litigation from a Policyholder’s Perspective”. You’ll see a follow-up post (or two) to this article in August.
I’m also happy to include links to the materials from two of the presentations More…
1 PerspectiveJanuary 29, 2009
A Brief FYI for Readers Seeing this as a Post Online:
This is the first in a series of monthly(ish) newsletters to be sent by email to those who have signed up for Settlement Perspectives’ occasional newsletter. If you wish to receive future newsletters by email, please feel free to sign up in the space provided on the right or send me an email and I’ll put you on the list. Future newsletters will be posted here only occasionally. Thanks–
Dear Newsletter Reader–
Welcome to the first issue of Settlement Perspectives’ monthly(ish) newsletter, designed to explore even further what we usually discuss — thoughts on how to resolve disputes and get your deal done.
A natural question to ask before we publish the first newsletter is whether More…
1 PerspectiveNovember 16, 2008
In September I wrote Come on In, the Water’s Fine to mark the end of this site’s first month in the blogosphere. While Settlement Perspectives’ 30-day anniversary was hardly the time for a memoir, it still felt like a milestone. But on Friday I ran across The National Arbitration Forum Blog’s most recent post: Celebrate the National Arbitration Forum Blog’s 4th Birthday. Four years of great content. I am truly impressed.
The Forum’s Fourth Birthday Post lists “some of the most talked about posts of the last year,” and it links to some good ones. I’ll say “Happy Birthday” by doing a bit of the same from my own perspective — the following are a few of my favorite posts from the past four years at The National Arbitration Forum Blog, in no particular order: More…
5 PerspectivesSeptember 28, 2008
A quick warning: this post is not about how to resolve disputes; it’s about blogging and it’s one of the few off-topic posts I intend to write. For thoughts on settlements and how to negotiate them, please scroll down to the next post.
With that important caveat out of the way, today makes 30 days since Settlement Perspectives went live. It’s hardly time for a memoir, but I have fielded more than a few questions from lawyers considering whether to launch a blog, and this is my way to encourage them — with a few pointers added in.
The First 30 Days
Settlement Perspectives has been a lot more fun than I had imagined. As some of you know, the site went live with its first post, “Why Are We Here?”, on August 29th, and hitting “publish” that afternoon was no small feat. I put my ideas out there and — legal paranoia notwithstanding — nothing bad has happened. I soon turned to a better question than “Why Are We Here?”: What’s next? More…