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Thursday, October 19

11:30 a.m - 12:00

Registration Open and Networking Lunch

12:00-12:15 p.m.


Ian Williams

RSM Restructuring Advisory LLP, London

12:15-1:15 p.m.

INSOL International Panel Special Effects: The Theory and Practice of Special Insolvency Regimes

A panel discussion charting the emergence of special insolvency regimes in different jurisdictions and evaluating their effectiveness. Are industry or sector based specialist regimes the way forward?

Richard Heiss, Moderator

KPMG, London

Ron Silverman

Hogan Lovells, New York

Stefan Sax

Clifford Chance, Germany

Michael Murphy

McCann FitzGerald, Dublin

Michael Broeders

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, Amsterdam

1:15-2:15 p.m.

INSOL Europe - EC Directive Proposal on Preventive Restructuring

Nico Toolenaar, Moderator

RESOR - Office of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Reinhard Dammann

Clifford Chance; France

William Day

Arthur Cox; Ireland

Alberto Nuñez-Lagos

Uría Menéndez; Spain

Stephen Taylor

Isonomy; U.K.

2:15-2:45 p.m.

Networking Break

2:45-3:45 p.m.

International Insolvency Institute – Scholar Led Panel on Cross-Border Practice Post-Brexit

Among the many issues that need to be negotiated between England and the EU for the Brexit to happen is the one dealing with restructuring and insolvency law. The U.K. has in recent years — due to its common membership in the European Insolvency Regulation regime — turned into a hotspot for foreign companies (and individuals) wanting to avail themselves of the English legal infrastructure for their recoveries. This scheme of arrangement — the companies’ voluntary arrangement in combination with the U.K.'s enormously efficient court system — has become highly attractive, since the decisions of English courts are generally recognized automatically throughout Europe. Brexit might change this and deprive other countries of what is currently a huge advantage (and source of income). It is also unclear what will happen with all those contracts under which non-U.K. parties have subjected themselves to English law; Brexit’s implications on them are likely to create enormous problems. This panel will discuss these complicated issues and more.

Christoph Paulus, Moderator

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Berlin, Germany

Prof. Edward Janger

Brooklyn School of Law, New York

Monica Marcucci

Banca d’Italia,Rome

Riz Mokal

3/4 South Square, London

Prof. Ignacio Tirado

Autonoma University, Madrid (also consultant World Bank)

3:45-4:45 p.m.

Turnaround Management Association - Distressed Investing in the UK and Europe

This panel will look at the questions surrounding the typical life cycle of distressed investing in Europe. The panelists have a significant amount of experience in all aspects of the process, from choosing investments to structuring and funding to exiting the deal. Their insights, including the good, the bad and the ugly, should prove to be an informative and entertaining tour around a complex issue that nevertheless has a high degree of profit potential for those who get it right!

Christopher Hart, Moderator

BNP Paribas Commercial Finance, French Bank; London

Neil Gostelow

KPMG UK; London

Steven Geerlings

DLA Piper UK LLP, London

Tristan Nagler

AURELIUS Investments Ltd.; London

4:45-5:00 p.m.


5:00-6:30 p.m.

Opening Reception

Friday, October 20

8:30-9:00 a.m.

Breakfast and Registration

9:00-9:30 a.m.

Welcome Remarks

Ian Williams

RSM Restructuring Advisory LLP, London

Ted Gavin, ABI President—Elect

Gavin/Solmonese LLC; Wilmington, Del.

Annerose Tashiro, ABI Vice President—International Affairs

Schultze & Braun, Germany

9:30-10:15 a.m.

Keynote Address

Sir Ivan Rogers

former Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom to the European Union

Sir Ivan Rogers career in the U.K. civil service previously included work for British politicians Kenneth Clarke and Sir Leon Brittan, and he was chosen in 2003 to be Principal Private Secretary to then Prime Minister Tony Blair. From November 2013 to January 2017, Rogers took on the role of the U.K.’s Representative to the European Union in Brussels. Following the Brexit referendum in June 2016, Rogers resigned his position in January of this year to permit a smooth handover to his successor who would conduct the Brexit negotiations. His experience of the inner workings of the EU give him a unique insight into how the Brexit negotiations may play out and, coupled with his work in the Treasury and the City, he will be able to give our audience an intellectual view of how the land lies.

10:15-11:30 a.m.

“America Now” Panel

Jay Goffman, Moderator

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, New York

William Brandt

Development Specialists, Inc., New York

Hon. Robert D. Drain

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (S.D.N.Y.)

Al Togut

Togut, Segal & Segal LLP; New York

11:30 a.m.–Noon

Coffee Break

Noon-1:15 p.m.

Finance in the Brave New World – A Post Trump/Evaluation of Trends, Options and Opportunities for Distressed Financings

Jamie O'Connell, Moderator

JT Partners, New York

Patrick Armstrong

Goldman Sachs, New York

Van Durrer

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, Los Angeles

Eric Hoffman

Centerbridge, New York

Matt Ross

KKR, New York

Nicholas Tally

Wilmington Trust, Minneapolis, MN

1:15-2:30 p.m.

Networking Lunch

2:30-3:30 p.m.

US/Ireland Restructurings – a Friendly Affair?

Hon. Mr. Justice Brian McGovern, Moderator

High Court, Dublin

Henry Baer

Finn Dixon Herling, New York

Tony O’Grady

Matheson, Dublin

Kieran Wallace

KPMG, Dublin

3:30-4:00 p.m.

Afternoon Tea

4:00-5:00 p.m.

Offshore Spotlight – Latest Developments in Law and Finance in the Offshore Jurisdictions

Jeremy Wessels, Moderator

Mourant Ozannes; Guernsey, England

Peter Hayden

Mourant Ozannes, Grand Cayman

Keiran Hutchison

Ernst & Young Ltd.; Cayman Islands

Adam Paul

Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Chicago

Jamie Toynton

Grant Thornton International Ltd.; Channel Islands

5:00-5:15 p.m.

Closing Remarks

Ian Williams

RSM Restructuring Advisory LLP, London, England

5:15-7:00 p.m.





Registration Rates Early
(postmarked by 9/15/17)
(after 9/15/17)

ABI Member
New ABI Member*

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

Programme Chair

Ian G. Williams

RSM Restructuring; London, England

Conference Information


The Westin Dublin is a luxury 5 star accommodation located in the enviable location on on the doorstep of Trinity College Dublin and Grafton Street. The historic building dates back to the 1800s but has recently been refurbished to have a contemporary, chic & sophisticated feel. ABI has arranged a special conference rate of €325 for a classic queen room and €345 for a classic double room. In order to be eligible for the group rate, reservations may be made only 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 18, 2017, 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

Approval for approximately 9.25 hours of CLE credit are pending in states calculating CLE on a 60-minute hour, and 11 hours of CLE credit are pending in 50-minute-hour states. Credit hours granted are subject to approval from each state. NY MCLE: This traditional program has been approved in accordance with the requirements of the CLE Board for a maximum of 11 credit hours. 11 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 For more information regarding administrative policies such as complaint and refund, please contact the American Bankruptcy Institute at (703) 739-0800. 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. 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, 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 September 18, 2017. No refunds will be granted after September 18, but substitutions will be allowed. After September 18, 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.

Main Sponsors


Skadden   Mourant Ozannes   Skadden

Standard Sponsors


Development Specialists, Inc.   Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP  

Hogan Lovells NYC   PJT Partners

RSM Restructuring


Supporting Sponsors


Anchor Rechtsanwälte  Gavin Solmonese   Schultze & Braun   Wimnington Trust

Media Sponsor


Global Turnaround

Special Thanks


We extend our special thanks to Gavin/Solmonese LLC for the daily eNewsletter and Wilmington Trust for the tote bags.