Council Elections & Nominations 2019


This is the time of year when we consider retirements from and elections to our Council.

Reserved Seat Vacancies
Countries with 30 or more members are entitled to a reserved seat on Council and in September this year, vacancies will arise for the following:
  • Austria: Susanne Fruhstorfer will have completed her first 3-year term of office but may stand again for election against other candidates.
  • Denmark: This is a new vacancy on Council as Denmark now has over 30 members.
  • Ireland: Barry Cahir will have completed his first 3-year term of office but may stand again for election against other candidates.
  • Netherlands: A vacancy has arisen since Marcel Groenewegen was appointed last year as Vice President.
  • Romania: Simona Milos will have completed her first 3-year term of office and will not be standing for election again.
  • Sweden: Hans Renman will have completed his first 3-year term of office. However, as qualifying numbers for Sweden have dropped below 30, there is no vacancy on this occasion.
  • Switzerland: A vacancy has arisen since Thomas Bauer will have completed his maximum 2 x 3-year terms of office. 
Therefore members from Austria, Denmark, Ireland, Netherlands, Romania and Switzerland will receive an invitation requesting nominations for candidates from their own country.

Non-Reserved Seat Vacancies
2 x non-reserved seat vacancies on Council (which may be occupied by any country) will become available as David Rubin will have completed his maximum 2 x 3-year terms of office and Alice van der Schee will have completed her first 3-year term of office but may stand again for election against other candidates. In addition, 2 x further non-reserved seat vacancies on Council will become available to allow for  countries with under 30 members who are not yet represented on Council. Please therefore use the attached form to make a nomination.

All nomination forms must be completed and signed by members wishing to stand for election and must then be proposed and seconded by two current INSOL Europe members. The proposer and seconder must complete and sign the same form in the spaces indicated and the form should then be returned to the address below or may be sent by email to carolinetaylor@insol-europe.org, to arrive no later than 21 July 2019. All nominations must be accompanied by a photograph and curriculum vitae of the candidate. The CVs of all nominees will then be circulated to the membership in order to cast their vote. 

If you with to make a nomination but have not received your form, please contact Caroline Taylor.
Council Elections, Changes & Retirements 2018

Executive Officers: At the close of the Athens Congress this month, Radu Lotrean (Romania)  stepped down as President to become Immediate Past President, Alastair Beveridge (UK) became the new President, Piya Mukherjee (Denmark)  became the new Deputy President and Marcel Groenewegen (Netherlands)  was elected by Council as incoming Vice President.

Chris Laughton (UK) remains as Treasurer and Caroline Taylor (UK) as Director of Administration.
 
Council: There were also several changes to the structure of Council. As a reminder, countries with 30 or more members are entitled to a reserved seat on Council and the following situation arose this year:
  • A vacancy became available for Spain and France’s reserved seats as Vicente Estrade and Marc Senechal retired from Council.   
  • Frank Tschentscher came to the end of his first 3 year term of office holding the reserved seat for Germany and agreed to stand for re-election against other nominations.
  • Poland lost their reserved seat on Council as membership numbers fell below 30. 
Therefore, nominations from members in Spain, France and Germany were invited for candidates from their own country. Following the nomination and election process, Adrian Thery was duly elected to the reserved seat for Spain for his first 3 year term of office, Jean Baron to the reserved seat for France for his first 3 year term of office and Frank Tschentscher to the reserved seat for Germany for his second 3 year term of office.

One non-reserved seat vacancy on Council also became available (which may be occupied by any country) as Piya Mukherjee (Denmark) had been appointed as Vice President in the previous year.   2 nominations were received and following the election process, the successful candidate was Laurent Le Pajolec (representing Poland).    
 
Each year, Council may co-opt or re co-opt  a maximum of 8 members to Council and this year the following members were appointed: Michael Veder (Netherlands), as chair of the Academic Forum, Catherine Ottaway (France), as  representative of INSOL International and Constitution specialist, Wolf Waschkuhn (UK), as co-chair of  STF 2025, Steffen Koch (Germany)  as co-chair of the Turnaround Wing and co-chair of STF 2025, Evert Verwey (Netherlands), as co-chair of EECC, Robert van Galen (Netherlands), as EU co-chair and Brexit matters, Alberto Nunez-Lagos as co-chair of the Turnaround Wing  and our newcomer Georges-Louis Harang (France),  as co-chair of the Young Members Group. 
 
Honorary Membership for outstanding meritorious service on behalf of the Association was awarded to Heinz Vallender (Germany), chair of the Judicial Wing, who steps down after 13 years of service and also Alberto Nunez-Lagos (Spain), Past President and co-chair of the Turnaround Wing.
 
Secretariat: Wendy Cooper retired from the Secretariat and was duly thanked for her 11 years of service. Wendy will be missed by all colleagues and members who knew her during her time as INSOL Europe’s Membership and Conference Registrations Co-ordinator and we wish her well for the future. Going forward, recently appointed Event Manager, Harriet Taylor, will take charge of Conference Registrations and Hannah Denney will take charge of Membership, to become Sponsorship & Membership Manager
Council Elections 2017

Changes Elections Results, Changes and Retirements 

Executive Officers: At the close of the Warsaw Congress this month, Steffen Koch (Germany) stepped down as President to become Immediate Past President, Radu Lotrean (Romania) became the new President, Alastair Beveridge (UK)  became the new Deputy President and Piya Mukherjee (Denmark) was elected by Council as incoming Vice President.
 
After many years of excellent service as Council Member, past President, INSOL Europe’s representative on the INSOL International Board and more recently as Treasurer, Jim Luby (Ireland) stepped down from Council and was succeeded as Treasurer by Chris Laughton (UK).
 
Council: There were also several changes to the structure of Council. As a reminder, countries with 30 or more members are entitled to a reserved seat on Council and the following situation arose this year:
  • A vacancy became available for the UK  reserved seat following the appointment of Alastair Beveridge  as Vice President last year. 
  • In addition, the reserved seat for Italy became available when Antonio Tullio stepped down following his first  3 year term of office.
 
Therefore, nominations from members in the UK and Italy were invited for candidates from their own country. Following the nomination and election process, Frances Coulson was duly elected to the UK reserved seat and Giorgio Corno to the reserved seat for Italy, both having received the highest number of votes.

One non-reserved seat vacancy on Council also became available (which may be occupied by any country) as Martine Gerber (Luxembourg)  completed her maximum of 2 x  3 year terms of office. 4 nominations were eventually received and following a vote amongst the membership, the successful candidate was Rita Gismondi (Italy).  
 
Each year, Council may co-opt or re co-opt  a maximum of 8 members to Council and this year the following members were appointed: Sabina Schellenberg (Switzerland), Michael Veder (Netherlands), Catherine Ottaway (France), Ernst Giese (Czech Republic), Robert van Galen (Netherlands) Wolf Waschkuhn (UK), Alberto Nunez-Lagos (Spain)  and Evert Verwey (Netherlands).
 
Following many years of excellent service as Council Member for France,  Past President, co-chair of EECC and in more recent years co-opted member of Council, Marc André (France) stepped down from Council. 

Finally, Honorary Membership for outstanding meritorious service on behalf of the Association was awarded to Robert van Galen (Netherlands).

Members of the new Council at the Annual Congress in Warsaw*



From left to right standing: Robert van Galen (Neths), Caroline Taylor (UK), Marcel Groenewegen (Neths), Pawel Kuglarz (Poland), Frank Tschentscher (Germany), Rita Gismondi (Italy), Steffen Koch (Germany), Chris Laughton (UK), Marc Andre (France), Frances Coulson (UK), Giorgio Cornu (Italy), Alastair Beveridge (UK), Vicente Estrade (Spain), Thomas Bauer (Switzerland).
 
From left to right seated: Alice van der Schee (Neths), Sabina Schellenberg (Switzerland), Hans Renman (Sweden), Simona Milos (Romania), Wolf Waschkuhn (UK), Catherine Ottaway (France), Piya Mukherjee (Denmark), Radu Lotrean (Romania).

*Other members present: Marc Udink (Neths), Neil Cooper (UK), Jim Luby (Ireland),  Susanne Fruhstorfer (Austria) , Alberto Nunez-Lagos (Spain) and Marc Senechal (France).
Council Elections 2016

Changes to the executive officers, council retirements & results of the 2016 council elections

At the close of the Lisbon Congress this month, Alberto Nunez-Lagos (Spain) stepped down as President to become Immediate Past President, Steffen Koch (Germany) became the new President, Radu Lotrean (Romania) became the new Deputy President and Alastair Beveridge (UK) was elected by Council as the incoming Vice President. Jim Luby (Ireland) remained on for a further 1 year as Treasurer. 
 
There were also several changes to the structure of Council. As a reminder, countries with 30 or more members are entitled to a reserved seat on Council and the following situation arose this year.
  • A vacancy became available for the Romanian reserved seat following the appointment of Radu Lotrean as Vice President last year. 
  • Austria, having reached the required number of members was also entitled to a reserved seat on Council. 
  • In addition, the reserved seats for Ireland and Sweden became available when William Day (Ireland) and Niklas Korling (Sweden) completed their second 3 year term in office.  
  • So too did the reserved seats for the Netherlands and Switzerland although both Marcel Groenewegen (Neths) and Thomas Bauer (Switzerland) had only completed one 3 year term in office and agreed to stand again for election for a further 3 years.
Therefore, nominations from members in Romania, Austria, Ireland, The Netherlands, Sweden and Switzerland were invited for candidates from their own country. Following the nomination and election process, Marcel Groenewegen and Thomas Bauer were uncontested and remained on Council for a further 3  years. Candidates Susanne Fruhstorfer (Austria), Barry Cahir (Ireland) and Simona-Maria Milos (Romania) were uncontested and duly elected to Council. However as 2 nominations had been received for Sweden, a vote took place amongst the Swedish membership and Hans Renman was duly elected having received the highest number of votes.

Two non-reserved seat vacancies on Council also became available (which may be occupied by any country) as Rocco Mulder (The Netherlands) and David Rubin (United Kingdom) also completed their first 3 year term in office. Both were eligible to stand again for re-election against other nominations although due to other commitments, Rocco Mulder opted out. 4 nominations were eventually received and following a vote amongst the membership, the two successful candidates were Alice van der Schee (Netherlands) and David Rubin (UK).  
 
Additionally, Carlos Mack (Italy) and Nigel Davies (UK) stepped down as co-opted members of Council and so too did Jim Luby (Ireland) since his appointment as Treasurer in the previous year. On the recommendation of the Executive Board, Ernst Giese (Czech Rep) and Robert Van Galen (Neths) were co-opted to Council for an initial one year term and previously co-opted members, being Marc Andre (France), Chris Laughton (UK), Sabina Schellenberg (Switzerland), Michael Veder (Netherlands) and Catherine Ottaway (France) were also reappointed for a further one year term.

Finally, Honorary Membership for outstanding meritorious service on behalf of the Association was awarded to Catherine Ottaway (France) and David Rubin (UK).
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