Conference coverage

Latin Lawyer-GRR Live, New York: Implications of unequal access to restructuring

Any Latin American debtor with a view to the “long game” knows that a Chapter 15 filing is the best way to achieve legal certainty - but a disparity in access to restructuring between big and small debtors has led to a decline in use of the instrument, according to speakers at the Latin Lawyer-GRR Live Restructuring Symposium in New York.

28 June 2017

European Academy of Law, Trier: The good, the bad and the COMI

“But where is the debtor’s centre of main interests (COMI) really located?” At a recent event in Germany, a British barrister ran through the recast European Insolvency Regulation’s new provisions that codify established case law on good and bad forum shopping, and fill an erstwhile statutory silence.

27 June 2017

III, London: Is common law incompatible with a universalist approach?

Is judicial law-making fit for purpose in an age where courts are required to tackle the collapses of global businesses, the president of the UK Supreme Court, Lord David Neuberger, asked in his keynote speech at the International Insolvency Institute’s (III) annual conference in London.

21 June 2017

AIRA Dallas: Opportunity and risk in fossil fuel and green energy restructurings

The glut in US oil and gas bankruptcies has underlined the role of bankruptcy courts as avenues for innovative solutions, according to speakers at the recent Association of Insolvency & Restructuring Advisors conference in Dallas – though a recent court filing by a green energy firm poses a risk for a burgeoning industry.

20 June 2017

American College of Bankruptcy, Washington, DC: Recent developments in Chapter 15

Cross-border bankruptcy practice is increasing, observes Robert Millner, senior counsel at Dentons in Chicago, as he explores a recent session on Chapter 15 at the American College of Bankruptcy’s Annual Meeting.

19 June 2017

Latin Lawyer-GRR Live New York: Taking on Brazil’s bankruptcy reform

The flaws in Brazil’s bankruptcy framework go to the heart of the country’s legal culture but incremental change can be achieved through law reforms, according to a panel at the Latin Lawyer-GRR Live conference in New York this week.

09 June 2017

IBA Copenhagen: Difficulties with the new directive

With flaws ranging from a failure to define key terms to unusable technical innovations, the proposed EU harmonisation directive has a long way to go, according to a panel at an International Bar Association conference in Copenhagen in May.

05 June 2017

GRR Live London: the English scheme - repair or replace?

English schemes of arrangement must adapt to avoid being left behind in a post-Brexit world, according to a panellist in a question-and-answer session at last week's GRR Live in London, who suggested that schemes have been "stretched to the limits of their tolerance" and must be replaced altogether.

31 May 2017

GRR Live London: Lord Justice David Richards on court-to-court communication

There needs to be some "clarity of thinking" as to what communications between courts in insolvency proceedings will achieve, Lord Justice David Richards said in the keynote speech at the Second Annual GRR Live London.

26 May 2017

2nd Annual GRR Live London in pictures

The 2nd Annual GRR Live London took place on 25 May at the offices of Weil Gotshal & Manges. Click on the headline for photos from the event.

26 May 2017

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