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ABIs Fourth International Insolvency Symposium Features International Real Estate Insolvency Professionals and Financial Fraud Experts

Contact: John Hartgen


July 16, 2008, Alexandria, Va. The American Bankruptcy Institute will hold its Fourth Annual International Insolvency Symposium on Oct. 31, 2008, at the Hilton Frankfurt in Frankfurt, Germany. Top presenters from both sides of the Atlantic will handle various international insolvency topics. The Symposium chair is ABI Board Member Ian G. Williams of Geldards LLP (Nottingham, U.K.).

Sessions at the Symposium include:

Dr. Steffen Koch of Wienberg Wilhelm (Hamburg, Germany) will moderate the 'America Now!' session with panelists John DiDonato of Huron Consulting Group (New York), David A. Murdoch of K&L Gates (Pittsburgh) and James H.M. Sprayregen of Goldman Sachs (New York) discussing developments in U.S. insolvency law and practice, financial trends and developments in restructuring and turnarounds.

The 'Real Estate - The Rise and the Fall' session, to be moderated by Johannes Conradi of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (Hamburg, Germany), will include panelists Dr. Juan Ferré of Pluta, Alemania (Barcelona, Spain), Achim Langrehr of Ernst & Young (Berlin) and Marc Puntus of Miller Buckfire & Co. LLC (New York).

Moderator Tammo Andersch of KPMG (Frankfurt) will be joined by panelists Ronald DeKoven of 3/4 South Square (London), Peter H. Hoegen of Allen & Overy (Frankfurt) and Ulrich Wlecke of AlixPartners (Dusseldorf, Germany) for 'The Wandering Creditor - Controlling the Process' session.

Lionel Van Tonderof PricewaterhouseCoopers (Frankfurt) will moderate the 'Fraud and Business Risk or Silent Killer' session with panelists Dr. Klaus U. Eyber of Kaye Scholer (Frankfurt), Klaus Saffenreuther of Linklaters (Frankfurt) and Henning Störmer of PricewaterhouseCoopers (Munich).

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