National Association of Federal Equity Receivers


Notice: Some Schedule times have changed.  

For your planning purposes, please make note of those changes (in blue ink) below. 

Introduction and Overview


Kathy Bazoian Phelps

Partner, Diamond McCarthy LLP

NAFER Board Director; Co-Chair, Conference Programs

The NAFER 2017 Conference is shaping up to be the best ever. It will take place on October 18 – 20, 2017 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Miami, Florida.  The Receiver’s Training Camp is back by popular demand and has been extended by one hour to include an Introduction to International Issues. Both experienced and inexperienced receivers, as well as professionals in the field, have praised the Training Camp as offering practical insights that are not immediately obvious even to the most seasoned professionals. This year, the Training Camp will cover the “Second Quarter,” addressing the next wave of issues that hit after the rush of the first week has past. Topics relating to Asset Identification, Asset Recovery and Asset Disposition will be covered in depth at the 3-hour Training Camp on October 18, 2017.

The main conference on October 19 and 20 will also be packed with informative and practical programs. Please take time to review the panels (descriptions below).   This year's panels are filled with regulators, judges, and experienced receivers and professionals...each prepared to discuss the issues of most concern to federal equity receivers. 

We look forward to seeing you this fall in Miami!  

Conference Schedule

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

1:30 – 3:30 PM  Receiver’s Training CampThe Second Quarter 

Producers:  Kevin B. Duff, Partner, Rachlis Duff Adler Peel & Kaplan, LLC, Co-Chair, NAFER Conference Programs Committee; 

Kathy Bazoian Phelps, Partner, Diamond McCarthy LLP, Co-Chair, NAFER Conference Programs Committee

Greg Hays Founder and Managing Principal Hays Financial Consulting
Kenton Johnson Executive Vice President Robb Evans & Associates
Wayne Klein Klein & Associates Klein & Associates
Kelly Crawford Partner Scheef & Stone, LLC

3:30 – 4:00 PM  Halftime (Break)

4:00 – 5:00 PM  Receiver’s Training Camp Introduction to International Issues

Producer: Alex Moglia, Founder, President and Lead M&A and Restructuring Advisor, Moglia Advisors; Chair of NAFER’s International Committee 


Edward H. Davis, Jr.

Founding Shareholder

Sequor Law

Mark Goodman



Chip Hoebeke



Andrew Thorp



5:30 – 7:00 PM  Opening Reception


Thursday, October 19, 2017


7:00 – 8:30 AM AM Breakfast

8:30 – 9:00 AM Welcome and Introductions 

9:00 – 10:00 AM Pursuing Claims Against Professionals, Fiduciaries, and Other Deep Pockets 

Producer: Melissa Damian Visconti, Of Counsel, Damian & Valori LLP 

Rob Michaels  Partner Goldstein & McClintock LLP
Drew Peel Partner Rachlis Duff Adler Peel & Kaplan, LLC
Stephen P. Harbeck President & CEO Securities Investor Protection Corporation

10:00 – 10:30 AM Break

10:30 - 11:30 AM Keys to a Cost-Effective Receivership: When to Hold ‘Em & Fold ‘Em 

Producer: Gianluca Morello, Senior Counsel - Litigation, Raymond James Financial, Inc. 


Jeff Brandlin

Senior Managing Director

Brandlin & Associates

Richard Foelber

Chief, Office of Cooperative Enforcement and Special Assistant to the U.S. Attorney

Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and U.S. Department of Justice

Ian Gazes

Managing Director

Gazes LLC

11:30 – 12:30 PM  Lunch (Miami Room)

12:30 - 1:45 PM Keynote Presentation (Grand Ballroom)

The Development and Unraveling of a Ponzi Scheme: A Conversation with Travis Correll 

This year’s keynote presentation will be a unique look at the case history of an actual Ponzi scheme featuring the fraudster, SEC enforcement counsel, the receiver, and receiver’s counsel.

In an open, “fireside chat” format, the SEC’s Marshall Gandy joins NAFER President Greg Hays and Troutman Sanders Managing Partner David Dantzler as they discuss the development – and eventual unraveling – of convicted Ponzi scheme perpetrator Travis Correll's  $100M Ponzi scheme. 

In 2008, Travis Correll was sentenced to 12 years in federal prison for running a Ponzi scheme. He was 31 years of age and the case, SEC v. Travis E. Correll, et. al, was filed in the Eastern District of Texas; Marshall Gandy, currently a Senior Officer and Associate Regional Director for the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations in the Fort Worth Regional Office of the Securities and Exchange Commission, was the SEC enforcement attorney on the case.  Greg Hays, NAFER President, was the court-appointed receiver, and David Dantzler, Managing Partner, New York Office of Troutman Sanders was lead counsel to the receiver. 

Mr. Correll served his time and now speaks candidly about how the case developed, the scheme’s ultimate downfall and his ensuing conviction. This will, no doubt, be an interesting inside look at how one Ponzi scheme grew and then unraveled. 

2:00 – 3:00 PM  Taxing Questions for the Federal Equity Receiver: 

Qualified Settlement Funds, Final Tax Returns, Avoiding Personal Liability and Others 

Producer: Maria M. Yip, CPA, CFE, CIRA, Founder, Yip Associates 


David Agler


Crowe Horwath

Julia Mandeville Damasco

Partner, Tax Attorney

Miller Kaplan Arase LLP

Susan P. Tomlinson


Crowe Horwath

Jonathan Ware

Senior Associate

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

3:00 – 3:30 PM Break

3:30 – 4:45 PM Fraud Vectors in the Receivership Universe 

Producer: Michael Goldberg, Partner, Co-Chair, Fraud & Recovery  Practice Group, Akerman

James Sallah Partner Sallah Astarita & Cox LLC
Rob Long Partner Bell Nunnally
Neal Levin Partner Freeborn

5:30 – 7:00 PM Conference Cocktail Reception


Friday, October 20, 2017

7:30 – 8:30 AM Breakfast

8:00 – 9:15 AM NAFER Members Meeting  (Please note new start time) 

9:30 – 10:45 AM Avoiding Turf Wars in Parallel Receiverships and Forfeiture Proceedings 

Producer: John J. Carney, Partner, BakerHostetler 

Alice Dery Chief, Program Management and Training Unit, Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section (MLARS), Criminal Division US Department of Justice
Assistant US Attorney Southern District of Florida
Eric Bustillo Regional Director  SEC

10:45 – 11:15 AM Break

11:15 – 12:45 PM Judges Panel

Producer: Robert P. Mosier, President, CEO, Mosier & Company, 

Chair, NAFER Conference Committee 

 Judge Dee Vance Benson

 US District Court

District of Utah

 Salt Lake City, UT

 Judge Darrin P. Gayles

US District Court

Southern District of Florida

 Miami, FL

 Judge Philip S. Gutierrez

 US District Court

 Central District of California


12:45 – 1:00 PM Concluding Remarks

Robert Mosier President, CEO, Mosier & Company, 

Chair, NAFER Conference Committee 

1:00 PM Conference Concludes

NAFER - 2017 Conference Agenda


Four Seasons Hotel
Miami Florida 
October 18 - 20, 2017


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