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Pursuing a Career Path in Commercial Fraud and Litigation

Level: Advanced
Runtime: 63 minutes
Recorded Date: July 22, 2021
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  • Fraud Proceedings
  • Banruptcy Code: Duties of the Trustee
  • Liquidator Duties
  • Receverships
  • SIPA Proceedings
  • Types of Fraud
  • Uncovering the Fraud
Runtime: 1 hour, 3 minutes
Recorded: July 22, 2021

For NY - Difficulty Level: For both newly-admitted & experienced attorneys (transitional)
For NY - Difficulty Level: Experienced attorneys only (non-transitional)


Hear tips and real-life stories from industry experts on how best to pursue a career path in commercial fraud and fraud litigation.

This program was recorded as part of the American Bankrutpcy Institute's abiLive Series on July 22nd, 2021.

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American Bankruptcy Institute
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Martin Trott

Rawlinson & Hunter

Martin is a Partner with the Cayman Islands firm and specialises in corporate restructuring and insolvency. Martin is also responsible for the firm’s Restructuring & Recovery service line.

He has broad experience in leading complex administrations, liquidations and receiverships across a number of industry sectors. Martin is also a director of R&H Restructuring (Cayman) Ltd. and R&H Restructuring (BVI) Ltd., licensed companies owned and operated by Rawlinson & Hunter in the Cayman Islands.

Martin joined the Cayman Islands firm in 2014 and has over 20 years’ experience in the restructuring industry. He has significant cross border experience having worked with corporates in the UK, the US, the Caribbean region, Ireland, the Far East, Channel Islands and continental Europe.

Martin is a fellow member of both the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA) and the Association of Business Recovery Professionals. He is a member of the Recovery and Insolvency Specialists Association (RISA) Cayman, the Cayman Islands’ chapter of INSOL and is also a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute.

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Kathy Bazoian Phelps

Raines Feldman LLP

Kathy Bazoian Phelps has been a lawyer since 1991 and is currently a partner at Raines Feldman LLP in the Los Angeles office. In addition to individually serving as a fiduciary in certain matters, Kathy practices in the area of insolvency law, fiduciary representation, and fraud litigation, where she represents federal equity and state court receivers and bankruptcy trustees. Kathy frequently serves as special litigation counsel for fiduciaries and interested parties in fraud-related litigation, cases arising out of receivership and bankruptcy as well as parallel criminal and civil forfeiture proceedings. She is particularly knowledgeable about the administration of Ponzi scheme cases and has extensive litigation experience in claims arising in these types of cases.

Kathy has lectured widely and written on bankruptcy and receivership matters, with a focus on Ponzi schemes. Her book entitled The Ponzi Book: A Legal Resource for Unraveling Ponzi Schemes, co-authored with Hon. Steven Rhodes, has garnered national and international attention as the authoritative work on Ponzi scheme law.

In addition to her roles as lawyer, speaker and author, Kathy also serves as a mediator and is currently on the mediation and arbitration rosters for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, as well as the Bankruptcy Mediation Panel for the Central District of California and the Bankruptcy Mediation Panel for the District of Arizona.

Kathy’s personal interests and accomplishments include extensive travel and the study of the Chinese Mandarin language.

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Joel E. Cohen

Managing Director
Stout Risius Ross, LLC

Joel Cohen is a Managing Director in the Disputes, Compliance, & Investigations group.

Joel has over 19 years of experience in the dispute, forensic, and insolvency practice areas, most specifically focused in the financial services and asset management industries. His experience encompasses a number of significant cross-border insolvency and litigation matters, where he has served as financial advisor and consulting expert to fiduciaries, offshore liquidators, bankruptcy, and litigation trustees. He has assisted these clients in a variety of litigation consulting services, including asset tracing, fraud, Ponzi schemes, industry custom and practice for investment managers, and forensic analysis. Joel has also led several internal investigations within the context of family office, investment advisors, and various corporate structures.

Before joining Stout, Joel was a Managing Director at a boutique financial advisory and consulting firm. Prior to that, he spent a number of years with a global financial advisory firm in its Dispute & Investigations group where he helped manage a team of CPAs, economists, attorneys, and finance professionals in executing a diverse array of complex engagements related to the various hedge fund/private equity fraud, insolvencies, and litigations that characterized the global financial crisis of 2008-09.

He was a leader in the disputes practice at a Big 4 accounting firm and senior vice president at a prominent investment bank in charge of internal investigations. Joel has worked with premier law firms on accounting malpractice, business insurance disputes, fraud detection, and economic investigations.

Joel has expertise in managing the expectations of various stakeholders involved in insolvency proceedings, liquidations, litigation settlements, and receiverships, namely in his capacity of assisting a board, trustee, receiver, or official liquidator with their duties, including U.S. and cross border considerations. He has extensive experience within the offshore world, regularly handling cases out of the Caribbean.

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