ABIs Fifth International Insolvency Symposium Scheduled for October in Paris

ABIs Fifth International Insolvency Symposium Scheduled for October in Paris

Contact: John Hartgen
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July 14, 2009, Alexandria, Va. The American Bankruptcy Institute will hold its Fifth Annual International Insolvency Symposium on Oct. 9, 2009, at the Westin Paris in Paris, France. The program will feature some of the world's top professionals in restructuring speaking on the industry's hottest topics. The Symposium will also offer attendees the opportunity to earn up to 6.0 hours of CLE credit. The keynote speaker for the daylong program will be Sumant Batra, president of INSOL International and author of The Indians.

The conference will begin with an address by ABI President Robert J. Keach of Bernstein Shur (Portland, Maine) titled “The Changing Environment for Corporate Restructuring in the U.S.”

Program topics include:

The 'America Now!' session will look at current trends in U.S. insolvencies and restructurings, including the advent of taxpayer-funded bankruptcies, and explore current legislation and comment on developments in the financial sector for distressed lending.

Experts from key jurisdictions will describe the practices and procedures available to assist distressed companies to reorganize and restructure out of court in the “Out of Court Restructurings in Europe” session.

“The Wilmington Effect—Competition for Cases” session will look at which country's laws and systems will dominate in the arena of international insolvencies.

Techniques that have been deployed in the Lehman, Chrysler, GM, Lyondell and Nortel cases will be scrutinized in the “Lessons to Be Learned from the International Blockbuster Cases?” session.

“Leading and Implementing Financial and Operational Restructurings in Europe” will feature experts in crisis and interim management discussing their experiences from dealing with some of Europe's most complex cases.

Program faculty for the International Insolvency Symposium include Alain Le Berre of Huron Consulting Group (Paris), David Chijner of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson (Paris), Raniero D'Aversa of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP (New York), Patrick Ehret of Shultz & Braun (Achern, Germany), Chuck Evans of PricewaterhouseCoopers (Paris), Enrica Ghia of StudioLegale Ghia (Milan), Steven G. Golick of Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP (Toronto), Robert J. Keach of Bernstein Shur (Portland, Maine), Bankruptcy Judge Burton R. Lifland (S.D.N.Y.; New York), Luc Marty of Mazars (Paris), Alan Mason of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (Paris), Maurice Moses of Ernst & Young (London), Bankruptcy Judge Barry Russell (C.D. Cal.; Los Angeles), Anker Sorensen of Reed Smith (Paris), Sumant Batra of Kesar Dass B. & Associates (New Delhi), Nicholas D. Tally of Wilmington Trust (Minneapolis) and Nicolas Theys of SJ Berwin LLP (Paris).

Main sponsors of the International Insolvency Symposium include Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Huron Consulting. Standard sponsors for the conference include HWW Wienberg Wilhelm, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, Pluta Rechtsanwalts and the Wilmington Trust Company. Global Turnaround is the media partner for the event.

To find out more about ABI’s International Insolvency Symposium, please visit www.abiworld.org/IIS09.



ABI is the largest multi-disciplinary, nonpartisan organization dedicated to research and education on matters related to insolvency. ABI was founded in 1982 to provide Congress and the public with unbiased analysis of bankruptcy issues. The ABI membership includes more than 12,000 attorneys, accountants, bankers, judges, professors, lenders, turnaround specialists and other bankruptcy professionals, providing a forum for the exchange of ideas and information. For additional information on ABI, visit www.abiworld.org. For additional conference information, visit http://www.abiworld.org/conferences.html.