Event Information 231770

Thursday, October 22

7:00 p.m.

Cocktail-Reception with the Spanish Chapter of the Turnaround Management Association (TMA)


Location: ​​Hotel Palace (Plaza de las Cortes 7). Just crossing the main street (Paseo del Prado) in front of the Ritz. 3 minutes by walk (Itinerary from Ritz to Palace )

Friday, October 23

8:00-9:00 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

Sponsored by Gavin/Solmonese LLC

9:00-9:30 a.m.


Ian G. Williams

Baker Tilly Restructuring & Recovery LLP; London, England

Samuel J. Gerdano, Executive Director

American Bankruptcy Institute; Virginia, USA

9:30-10:15 a.m.

Keynote by John Bruton

Former Irish Prime Minister, who helped transform the Irish economy into the "Celtic Tiger," when it became, for a period of 12 years, one of the fastest growing economies in the world.

10:20-11:20 a.m.

America Now!

A panel of eminent professionals will discuss current trends in U.S. insolvencies and restructurings, explore current legislation, comment on developments in the financial sector for distressed lending, and highlight any emerging trends. In a break with tradition, the panel will also look at the interaction between the US and Europe in restructurings.

Kevyn D. Orr, Moderator

Jones Day; Washington, D.C., USA

Alastair Beveridge

AlixPartners; London, United Kingdom

Wouter Jongepier

BOEKEL; Amsterdam, Netherlands

Gaurav Malhotra

Ernst & Young; Illinois, USA

11:20-11:45 a.m.

Coffee Break

Sponsored by Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers

11:45 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

What’s Wrong with U.S. Chapter 11? A Guide for European Practitioners

Albert Togut, Moderator

Togut, Segal & Segal LLP; New York, USA

William A. Brandt, Jr.

Development Specialists, Inc.; New York

Hon. Shelley C. Chapman

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (S.D.N.Y.); New York, USA

Damian S. Schaible

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP; New York

Lisa M. Schweitzer

Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton LLP; New York

1:05-2:20 p.m.

Networking Luncheon

Sponsored by Jones Day

2:30-3:30 p.m.

Current Restructuring Issues in Southern Europe

John Willcock, Moderator

Global Turnaround; London, United Kingdom

Francisco Garcia-Ginovart

Houlihan Lokey; Madrid, Spain

Juan Ibinarriaga

Bank of America Merrill Lynch; Madrid, Spain

Ana López

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; Madrid, Spain

3:30-4:00 p.m.

Afternoon Tea

Sponsored by FTI Consulting, Inc.

4:00-5:15 p.m.

Eurozone Update 2015

Jeremy Wessels, Moderator

Mourant Ozannes; Guernsey, United Kingdom

George B. Bazinas

Bazinas Law Firm; Athens, Greece

Luis Martín Bernardo

Abencys; Madrid, Spain

Dr. H. Philipp Esser

Schultze & Braun; Achern, Germany

Tony O'Grady

Matheson; Dublin, Ireland

Prof. Ignacio Tirado

Universidad Autónoma de Madrid; Madrid

5:15-6:45 p.m.

Cocktails & Canapés


Programme Chair

Ian G. Williams

Baker Tilly Restructuring & Recovery LLP; London, England

Symposium Information


Madrid is a captivating city, and the Hotel Ritz Madrid puts you right in the center of it all. This elegant hotel is conveniently situated among the beautiful Retiro Park, the elegant Teatro de la Zarzuela and Madrid’s most important museums. ABI has arranged a special conference rate of €250 for a Classic Room from October 22-24, 2015. In order to be eligible for the group rate, reservations may only be made once you have registered with ABI. Upon payment of the conference registration fees, you will receive hotel reservation information with your conference confirmation. Make your reservations by September 21, 2015, to reserve the special rate.
Rooms are held on a first-come, first-served basis. ABI cannot guarantee any rooms after the specially rated ABI block is filled.

Continuing Education Credit

5 hours of general CLE credit are pending in states calculating CLE on a 60-minute hour, and 6 hours of general CLE are pending in 50-minute-hour states. Credit hours granted are subject to approval from each state. California MCLE: ABI certifies that this activity has been approved for MCLE credit in the amount of 5 hours of general CLE. NY MCLE: This transitional and non-transitional program has been approved in accordance with the requirements of the CLE Board for a maximum of 6 credit hours, which can be applied toward professional practice. 6 hours of CPE credit are also available.


*ABI offers intermediate-level courses, which assume that attendees will have at least some detailed knowledge in insolvency matters (pursuant to the “Statement on Standards for CPE Programs” established by AICPA and NASBA). ABI is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE sponsors. State boards of accountancy have the final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be addressed to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors, 150 Fourth Ave. North, Suite 700, Nashville, TN, 37219-2417, or www.nasba.org. For more information regarding administrative policies such as complaint and refund, please contact the American Bankruptcy Institute at (703) 739-0800.

Financial Hardship Statement

ABI acknowledges that in some instances there will be persons who need to attend an educational seminar for CLE credit who are not able to pay full registration fees. ABI will handle such instances on a case-by-case basis and will work with the individual on alternative solutions. All applications for financial assistance must be submitted by September 4, 2015. For persons who cannot meet the full registration rate, ABI will offer a reduced rate based on what the individual can reasonably afford to cover the cost of meals and materials. For persons unable to pay a reduced rate, ABI may allow the individual to work at the registration area for a few hours during attendee check-in, or assist in conference set-up. ABI also has reduced rates for government employees, professors, law clerks and students. Financial assistance is available for this program. For more information or to request an application, please contact the American Bankruptcy Institute at (703) 739-0800 or send an e-mail to [email protected].

Cancellation Policy

All fees, except a $75 handling fee, will be refunded if written notice of cancellation is received by October 2, 2015. No refunds will be granted after October 2, but substitutions will be allowed. After October 2, upon written request, a coupon for 20% off the registration fee (not including optional events) will be issued, which can be used (by the canceling registrant only) for any ABI educational program up to one year after this conference, or for this same conference next year.

Standard Sponsors

anchor Rechtsanwälte

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Gavin/Solmonese LLC

Mourant Ozannes


Supporting Sponsors


FTI Consulting, Inc.



Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers

Event Sponsors

Media Partner

Global Turunaroud

Special Thanks

We extend our special thanks to Conway MacKenzie for the education materials on USB drives, Thomson Reuters for providing the printed educational materials and Wilmington Trust for the tote bags.



Registration Rates Early
(postmarked by 9/25/15)
(after 9/25/15)

ABI Member
New ABI Member*
University of Madrid Student Rate**

*Includes a one-year ABI International membership for first-time members outside of North America only.

**To obtain the University of Madrid Student Rate, please contact Elizabeth Carden at [email protected].