Mr. Conn is the Managing Partner of Innovate Partners LLC, an emerging company private investment firm (, and of Conn International Group LLC, an international advisory firm focusing upon Russia and Ukraine ( He advised the Yeltsin government on legal restructuring and co-authored Collier Labor Law and the Bankruptcy Code.

Mr. Conn practiced international corporate law and litigation as an equity partner with the international law firm Latham & Watkins. He founded the firm’s Moscow office in 1992, served as President of the Moscow based Foreign Bar Association and lived in Moscow during 1992-1995 and 2003 -2007.

In 2010, Mr. Conn ran for the Deputy Presidency of the World Chess Federation on an international ticket headed by the Twelfth World Champion Anatoly Karpov with the support of the Thirteenth World Champion Garry Kasparov and is an avid chess player. He is fluent in Russian and Spanish.

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Towards a Sovereign Debt Restructuring Framework

Paper Conference paper | | Apr 2015

Initiatives to improve sovereign debt restructuring (“SDR”) began long before recent Argentine bond decisions but were redoubled in the aftermath of these rulings. At first glance, these cases identify problematic contract language that could be rectified by re-drafting critical boilerplate provisions such as the pari passu and collective action clauses (“CAC”).