Beard Group Podcast

The Beard Group Podcast is dedicated to highlighting individuals in the Corporate Restructuring, Bankruptcy, Distressed Investing, and Complex Litigation practice areas; to sharing their stories, and getting to know the personalities that shape and influence this industry today, and those who have done so in the past.
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Beard Group, Inc., is a law and business publisher founded in 1986.

The world's largest law firms, financial professionals, risk managers and business consultants subscribe to our newsletter titles that include Troubled Company Reporter, Class Action Reporter, Troubled Company Prospector and Turnarounds & Workouts.

We publish more than 300 business, law and finance books, all of which are available at or through your favorite book retailer.

We produce Webinars in the corporate restructuring market and host the annual Distressed Investing Conference in Midtown Manhattan, and we invite you to join us.


Aug 11, 2017

James Peck and Jennifer Marines of Morrison Foerster join me to discuss the fascinating story of Maxus Energy, and some of the lessons learned from this unusually complex reorganization case. 

Tags: Chapter 11, Bankruptcy, Reorganization, Insolvency, Morrison Foerster, Maxus Energy

Jul 17, 2017


Panelists for this podcast take a deep dive into the implications of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Czyzewski v. Jevic Holding Corp. Panelists:

Apr 28, 2017

Chris Donoho, head of the Business Restructuring and Insolvency ("BRI") practice for Hogan Lovells, shares his insights and perspective on global and US restructuring trends.

Sponsored by:

Mar 31, 2017

- Preserving Value for Equityholders -

John Pintarelli and Jordan Wishnew of Morrison & Foerster (MoFo)

John Pintarelli represents debtors and creditors in complex domestic and international bankruptcy and insolvency matters, including judicial and out-of-court restructurings. John also represents banks, investors and lenders in debtor-in-possession (DIP) and exit financings, loan restructurings, asset sales, and other aspects of bankruptcy cases. His practice includes the representation of foreign liquidators and administrators in cross-border insolvency proceedings and Chapter 15 cases.

Jordan Wishnew has wide-ranging experience in all areas of bankruptcy law, including in all aspects of chapter 11 cases and out-of-court workouts. He regularly represents debtors, secured lenders, administrative agents, official and ad hoc creditors’ committees, and acquirers of distressed assets in chapter 11 cases throughout the country.

The opinions expressed are those of the speakers and do not necessarily reflect the views of Morrison Foerster, its clients, or any of its respective affiliates. This podcast is for general information purposes and is not intended to be and should not be taken as legal or financial advice.

This episode is sponsored by

Mar 27, 2017

Today’s interview is with Keith Owens of Venable LLP. Keith represents debtors-in-possession, creditors committees, secured and unsecured creditors, trustees and receivers, asset purchasers, parties to contracts, and other constituencies in a wide range of bankruptcy, liquidation and workout matters throughout the United States.

Jan 27, 2017

Kibben Jackson, Partner in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Group at Fasken Martineau’s Vancouver office, joins me for a conversation on trends in cross border insolvency, an overview of Chapter 15 of the US Bankruptcy code, and the differences and similarities between the Canadian insolvency and US Chapter 11.

Tags: Bankruptcy, Restructuring, Insolvency, Chapter 15, Chapter 11, Canada Business Corporations Act, CBCA, CCAA

Jan 18, 2017

When a hospital files for bankruptcy, how do you comply with both HIPAA and the  Bankruptcy code? HIPAA, which is all about safeguarding patient information, and the bankruptcy process, which is all about transparency, seem to create irreconcilable and opposing forces at this intersection.

In this episode, Travis Vandell, CEO of JND Corporate Restructuring, and Marcus Helt, Financial Restructuring and Reorganization Partner at Gardere join me to discuss this issue.

Travis and Marcus have co-authored an article in the American Bankruptcy Institute Journal titled “Healthy Outcomes from HIPAA and Corporate Bankruptcy” in which they discuss the unique challenges that arise at this intersection, and creative solutions, based on their extensive experience, which allow for compliance and cost effective solutions.

Special thanks to this week's sponsor: - An efficient and effective docket research tool with access to a database of more than 3.5 million pleadings from over 2,300 of the largest chapter 11 cases.

Dec 16, 2016

"It's a very exciting time... 'Are we seeing a paradigm shift?' I think we really are. I think that the significance of this is potentially as important as when double entry bookkeeping was first proposed about 500 years ago... ultimately [blockchain] is going to make business much more efficient, and this is good for everybody."

- David Yermack, New York University (NYU) Stern School of Business

Tags: blockchain technology, economics, restructuring, debt, smart contracts, bitcoin, law, D.A.O., ethereum, hacking, monetary regulation


Dec 7, 2016

A conversation with John Lueken of CapWealth Advisors regarding his time at Goldman Sachs, his transition to CapWealth in Nashville, TN, the potential economic impact of the recent appointment of Steven Mnuchin to Treasury Secretary by Donald Trump, time-horizon arbitrage, analyzing sell decisions & portfolio changes, the wealth building power of compounding, giving oneself the freedom to make mistakes and learn from them, and advice to the next generation of investment advisors.

Biography: John joined CapWealth in April of 2014 as Chief Investment Strategist after a decade working with Goldman Sachs in their Manhattan offices.

CapWealth Advisors is an independent, SEC-registered investment advisor based in Nashville, Tennessee, providing wealth management services for individuals, families, foundations and institutions. With over $1 billion in assets under management and advisement, CapWealth is one of the nation’s leading independent wealth managers. As Chief Investment Strategist, John runs CapWealth’s Investment Committee and is Co-Portfolio Manager with firm founder, Tim Pagliara, on CapWealth’s concentrated equity models. CapWealth conducts extensive research and due diligence prior to partnering with their portfolio companies.

As vice president and equity analyst with the macro trading team of Goldman’s Securities division, John built, developed and traded unique custom solutions for client portfolios. Focused on researching and understanding global macro fundamentals and their impact on the equity and fixed-income marketplace, John identified sectors, industries and single stock investment ideas best positioned to capitalize on the changing macro environment. Additionally, he authored a daily morning perspective that was disseminated to over 700 colleagues and clients focused on flow-of-funds data, short-interest activity and single stock fundamentals.

John earned his BS from Washington University in St. Louis and his MBA from Columbia University. He holds his Series 7, 63, 55, 3, 25 and 65 licenses. He and his wife Samantha have a young daughter and son.

Dec 1, 2016

Randall Reese is the president and founder of, an efficient and effective docket research tool with access to a database of more than 3.5 million pleadings from over 2,300 of the largest chapter 11 cases.

In today's episode, Randall joins me to discuss his report titled, "The Year in Bankruptcy Claims Trading: 2015," which has since been updated to include Q1-Q3 of 2016.

The report can be obtained at

In this episode we discuss:

  • Claims trading trends - Lehman vs. non-Lehman
  • Pros and cons of current claims trading environment
  • Retail claims trading
  • Increasing sophistication of claims traders
  • The oddity of two Ponzi scheme cases being among the most active for claims trading over the past two years

To follow Randall's insightful, long-form analysis in Turnarounds & Workouts: News For People Tracking Distressed Businesses, visit

You can also follow Randall on Twitter @chapter11cases

Tags: Bankruptcy, Claims Trading, Investing, Lehman Brothers, Restructuring

Sep 22, 2016

In this episode, Howard Morris, Head of the London Business Restructuring & Insolvency Group at Morrison & Foerster (MoFo) joins me for a conversation discussing the implications of Brexit on Corporate Restructuring and Distressed Investing in Britain. 

Show topics:

  • Overview of MoFo Brexit Task Force
  • Timing of UK leaving the European Union
  • Britain's insolvency system compared to U.S. Chapter 11
  • Financial and Distressed Investment Firms navigating the uncertainty of Brexit
  • The mediation process between UK and EU
  • Hard vs. Soft Brexit
  • Creating a familiar restructuring climate in the UK which attracts investors
  • Howard's advice to the next generation of restructuring attorneys

**Because of the generality of this podcast, the information provided may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

Aug 24, 2016

Don Bibeault is a well-known corporate turnaround executive steering failing corporations into profitable entities. During the course of his 40-year career he's been both a turnaround CEO and an advisor to numerous companies, including five multi-billion dollar corporations. His first turnaround began in 1970, when he was still in his twenties. He wrote one of the top-selling business books of all time, Corporate Turnaround: How Managers Turn Losers into Winners.

Don was recognized in 2005 by the Association of Certified Turnaround Professionals and the Turnaround Management Association, which presented him with its first Lifetime Achievement Award.

Today, Don is still advising companies via his company, Verto Partners.

In this episode, Don shares stories from his time with American Airlines and Pacific State Steel, as well as practical wisdom, not only for those involved in corporate restructuring, but for any business leader determined to lead their corporation successfully and sustainably.