2015 Beijing Insolvency & Restructuring Symposium

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2015 Beijing Insolvency & Restructuring Symposium

October 19-20, 2015 Ritz-Carlton, Beijing

The American Bankruptcy Institute and New York University are pleased to host the 2015 Beijing Insolvency & Restructuring Symposium! The symposium features some of the world's top professionals in restructuring speaking on the industry's hottest topics.
The educational program has been developed to provide attendees with an interactive learning experience led by a faculty of prominent practitioners and commentators, as well as leading judges. Earn up to 8.25/10 hours of CLE/ CPE hours of credit.

Event Co-Sponsors

New York University - School of Law


Event Information 227494

Monday, October 19, 2015

8:00 a.m.

Registration Opens

8:00 a.m.

Welcome Breakfast

9:00-9:15 a.m.


9:15-9:45 a.m.

Keynote Speaker

Xiqing Gao

Professor of Tsinghua University Law School; former Vice Chairman and President of China Investment Corporation

Professor Li Shuguang

Dean of Graduate School of China University of Political Science and Law Director of Bankruptcy Law & Restructuring Research Center, China University of Political Science and Law

9:45-10:00 a.m.

Networking Coffee Break

10:00-10:55 a.m.

Overview of PRC Restructuring Law

The fundamentals of PRC restructuring law and practice will be addressed. The discussion will highlight significant elements of PRC restructuring law and provide insight into the roles of the various parties in interest in PRC restructurings.

Xiaowei Ye, Moderator

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius; Beijing

Charles Booth

Professor, William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawai’i at Manoa & Special Counsel, Sheppard Mullin; Hawaii, USA

Professor Li Shuguang

Dean of Graduate School of China University of Political Science and Law Director of Bankruptcy Law & Restructuring Research Center, China University of Political Science and Law

Hon. Zhang Yongjian

Second Civil Division, the People’s Supreme Court of China; Beijing

11:00-12:00 p.m.

Cross-Border Restructurings Involving China

As commercial transactions with China expand exponentially, so will restructurings having cross-border implications. Significant recent multi-national restructurings will be addressed, as will the important issues raised by those restructurings.

Patrick Cowley, Moderator

KPMG; Hong Kong

Jeffrey D. Prol

Lowenstein Sandler LLP; New York, USA

Eliot Simpson

Appleby; Hong Kong

12:00-1:30 p.m.


Sponsored by Lowenstein Sandler LLP

1:45-2:55 p.m.

Important Current Issues in PRC Restructurings

Key current topics in PRC restructurings will be explored. What are the trends and what are the hot issues? This discussion is a must-see for those encountering PRC restructurings.

Liang Xu, Moderator

Hogan Lovells; Beijing

Jiang Liu

China Cinda Asset Management Co., Ltd; Beijing

Alex R. Rovira

Sidley Austin LLP; Hong Kong

Su Xiaoyong

Senior Manager,  China Huarong Asset Management Corporation Legal Department

3:00-4:00 p.m.

Restructuring Issues in Key Industries: Property, Solar, Coal and Steel

Certain industries in China have begun to experience more restructurings. What issues are important in those restructurings and how are those restructurings being accomplished?

Shaun Langhorne, Moderator

Hogan Lovells Lee & Lee; Singapore

Han Chuanhua

Beijing Zhongzi Law Firm; Beijing

Marcus Paciocco

FTI Consulting; Shanghai

D. Farrington Yates

Dentons; New York, USA

4:00-4:15 p.m.

Networking Refreshment Break

4:15-5:15 p.m.

Financing Chinese Companies - PRC, Hong Kong and Elsewhere: Current Issues and Trends

Financing is the life-blood of companies and is especially critical in restructurings. How is financing accomplished in these situations? What is possible and practical in the context of debt and equity financing of Chinese companies?

Andrew Koo, Moderator

Ernst & Young; Shanghai

Lisa M. Poulin

Deloitte CRG; Virginia, USA

Alec P. Tracy

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP; Hong Kong

5:30-7:00 p.m.

IWIRC Cocktail Reception

7:00-10:00 p.m.

Banquet Dinner

Sponsored by FTI Consulting

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

8:15-9:15 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

9:00-9:15 a.m.

Morning Announcements and Remarks

9:15-10:15 a.m.

PRC Restructuring: Case Studies

Significant PRC Restructurings will be examined. What worked and what did not? Lessons learned will be explored.

Ian Mann, Moderator

Harneys; Hong Kong

Richard S. Klein

Jefferies LLC; New York, USA

Xu Meizheng

Integrity Financial Consulting

Tiffany Wong

KPMG; Hong Kong

10:15-10:45 a.m.

Coffee Break

10:45-11:45 a.m.

Outbound Activity: Chinese Participation in Western Restructurings and Insolvencies

Increasingly, China-based entities are undertaking commercial, transactional and financing activities outside of China, including in the restructuring context. What issues are important in these matters? Which industries and areas will see more activity? How are these transactions being done? This panel will address these issues.

Malhar S. Pagay

Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP; Los Angeles, USA

Howard Zhang

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP; Beijing

Roy G. Zou

Hogan Lovells International; Beijing, China

12:00-1:30 p.m.

Luncheon with Panel: The Future

Sponsored by KPMG


What does the future hold for Chinese restructurings? What will the next 24 months see? What are the trends and direction for the longer term? The future of Chinese restructurings, both domestic and cross-border, will be explored.

Andrew McGinty, Moderator

Hogan Lovells; Shanghai

Brent C. Carlson

AlixPartners LLP; California, USA

Weimin Chen

Houlihan Lokey; Beijing/Hong Kong


Program Chair

Ronald J. Silverman

Hogan Lovells US LLP; New York

Conference Information


The event will be held at the Ritz-Carlton, Beijing located at 83A Jian Guo Road, China Central Place, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100025, China. For a map and directions, please visit the hotel website: www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/Beijing/Information/Directions/Default.htm

Hotel Accommodations:

Embark on a world adventure in the heart of the thriving commercial Chaoyang District at The Ritz-Carlton, Beijing. It is a five-star international hotel and is one of the premier City Centre hotels. ABI has arranged a special conference rate of CNY 1,600/single and CNY 1,700 Double per (approx. $260/$275 USD) per night. Make your reservations by October 9, 2015, to secure this special 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. ABI cannot guarantee anyone a room after the October 9 cut-off or after the specially rated ABI block has been filled.

Airport Information

Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK) is the main international airport serving Beijing.

Important Travel Information

Please review the following important travel information prior to your departure here: ABI Beijing Travel Information. This includes the following:

  1. What to Pack
  2. Tipping
  3. Currency/Banking Information
  4. Security/Cybersecurity
  5. Air Quality
  6. Chinese Etiquette

Continuing Education Credit

8.25 hours of general CLE credit are pending in states calculating CLE on a 60-minute hour, and 10 hours of general CLE credit 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 8.25 hours. NY MCLE: This transitional and non-transitional program has been approved in accordance with the requirements of the CLE Board for a maximum of 10 hours of credit, which can be applied toward professional practice. 10 hours of CPE credit are also available.

*ABI offers intermediate-level courses, which assume that attendees have some knowledge of 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 complaints and refunds, please contact the American Bankruptcy Institute at (703) 739-0800.

Travel Services

For assistance with Airport Transfers and Excursions (site seeing, shopping, etc.), please contact MJ Wang with WCT Events at [email protected].com. http://www.wctevents.com/

Passport and Visa Requirements

You will need a valid passport and visa for visiting China. You may apply for a Category F (Business) Visa at the Chinese Embassy, or at the nearest consulate general. It may take a few days or weeks to get your visa. For detailed information, please contact your local Embassy or Consulate. Your passport must not expire within 6 months and must have at least 2 blank visa pages. If you do not have the proper blank visa pages in your passport, you must first amend your passport to have pages added. If your passport will expires within 6 months, you should apply for a renewal immediately, as Chinese government regulations stipulate that visas may only be granted to applicants whose passports are valid for at least six months after their planned departure from China.

For your Visa application, our event will be held at the Ritz-Carlton, Beijing hotel. The address is 83A Jian Guo Road, China Central Place, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100025, China.

Visa Expediters

If you don't have time to apply for a Visa in person, there are expediters who can speed up the process of your application. Rates vary but are typically around $100. http://chinavisas.abriggs.com/visas/c/china_visa.php

Business Invitation

If your firm has an office in China, please obtain a letter of business invitation internally. If your firm does not have a China office, please send an e-mail to Elizabeth Carden at [email protected]. You will need to provide the scanned copy of the first page of the passport as well as the following information in the email in order to receive the invitation letter:

  1. Full name
  2. Nationality
  3. Gender
  4. Date of Birth
  5. Passport ID Number
  6. Date of Issue for Passport
  7. Date of Expiration for Passport
  8. Purpose of the Visit
  9. Date of Arrival and Departure
  10. Who will bear the cost of the Applicant's Accommodations in China
  11. Places to Visit outside of Beijing
  12. Relationship of Applicant to Inviter

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 June 1, 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 September 28, 2015. No refunds will be granted after September 28, but substitutions will be allowed. After September 28, 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. Please let us know if you need anything else.

Major Sponsors







Standard Sponsor

BMC Group

Jefferies LLC

Special Thanks

We extend our special thanks to Conway MacKenzie/Variant Capital Advisors, LLC for the educational materials on thumb drives.


2015 Symposium Rates

Registration Rates Early
(postmarked by September 18)

(after September 18)

ABI Member $895 $945
New ABI Member* $990 $1,040

*Includes a one-year ABI International membership for first-time members outside of North America only- a $95 value.



Optional Events Attendee Guest

Banquet Dinner FREE $150.00