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March 2019: Conference News & Updates

Dear Members

Welcome to the March edition. Spring is here at last and I know many of us have had a very warm month which may be the sign of a changing climate or could be that April will be very cold. I think we are best not to make too many predictions as we often get them very wrong, particularly political ones! No comments on Brexit this month as everything is still up in the air.

March has been all about preparations for our Spring Council meeting which was held at my firm’s office in London on 22 March. We only formally meet as a group twice a year so we really aim to get the most out of our time together and discuss a myriad of matters from website update, social media, forthcoming conferences and co-operation with kindred organisations.

One of the key updates relates to the Development Committee, who have identified a number of Country Co-ordinators, who we will be appointing to devise specific plans for individual countries to ensure INSOL Europe is as relevant and helpful for our members as possible. I am also pleased to announce that Alice Van der Schee will become the Chair of the Development Committee, which is composed of Alice and past presidents Alberto Nunez-Lagos and Radu Lotrean. 

Lastly, it is with great sadness that I report the passing of Gabriel Moss QC, a true titan of the insolvency world, who died suddenly on 15 March. Gabriel was an active supporter of INSOL Europe and a speaker at many of our events over the years. A full obituary will be included in the next edition of Eurofenix and our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this difficult time.

Alastair Beveridge
President of INSOL Europe



Alastair Beveridge
President of
INSOL Europe


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EECC Conference Ljubljana, 6-7 June 2019: 3 months to go!

Our 2019 EECC Conference in Ljubljana, Slovenia, is now only 3 months away!

Thanks to our technical co-chairs Edvins Draba (Sorainen, Latvia) and Marko Zaman (Zaman and partners Ltd, Slovenia) the conference programme has now taken shape and the theme will be "Navigating The Journey of Distressed Companies". A few highlights include the opportunity to sample the investors’ experience - when insolvency becomes a calculable and acceptable risk; we will analyse a case on cross-border insolvency in aviation; and we will examine the fine line between access to information and the need for confidentiality in insolvency procedures.

We are pleased to announce that our Keynote Speaker is Prof. Marko Simoneti (Department of Legal and Economic Science of the Faculty of Law, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia) and we look forward to his introductory speech to set the tone for the conference.

We have prepared many surprises and we encourage you to come early and stay late. On 6 June (Thursday) there is a pre-conference networking dinner at the restaurant Gostilna na Gradu in the Castle grounds during which the guests can have a taste of both Slovenia’s culinary and music traditions and on Friday evening there is the Young Members drinks reception.

We hope you will take up the many opportunities to enjoy our conference in Ljubljana and we look forward to seeing you there!

Now only 3 months away!

Download the brochure
for full details

Register your place
here before 19 April
at the early booking fee



Annual Congress Copengagen, Denmark: Registration now open!

We are delighted to announce that registration for our Annual Congress 2019 in Copenhagen (Denmark) is now open!

We will be using the philosophical theme and title “(Un)necessary preventive restructuring frameworks: Where are the limits?” and this is a reference to the proposals which are being implemented by the EU – proposals which are designed to avoid insolvency. The programme will be wide and diverse with many topics covered, which we believe will be very interesting and stimulate discussion and debate.

Registration is now open here and early booking rates apply until the 1st of July.

Copenhagen is located at the most important approach to the Baltic Sea on the eastern side of Denmark and is now connected to Malmo in Sweden by way of the spectacular Oresund Bridge. The bridge is part tunnel and takes trains as well and this innovative approach is certainly something which the Danes are renowned for. 

The venue, The Scandic Copenhagen hotel, is centrally located with scenic views of the Lakes and within walking distance of many of the city’s attractions. Also nearby is the popular Meat-packing District (Kødbyen) where you’ll find many of the city’s chic restaurants and classy underground bars. 

For more information, please contact or download the Congress Brochure. Registration is only possible online.

Richard Turton Award 2019: Win a trip to Copenhagen

The Richard Turton Award provides an educational opportunity for a qualifying participant to attend the INSOL Europe Annual Congress, which this year will be held from 26-29 September in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The award is open to applicants who:

  • Are a national of a developing or emerging nation;
  • Work in or are actively studying insolvency & restructuring law and practice;
  • Students satisfying the nationality requirement, but studying in another country, are also eligible to apply;
  • Are under 35 years of age at the date of the application; and
  • Have sufficient command of spoken English to benefit from the conference technical programme.

The successful applicant will be asked to write a paper of 3,000 words on a subject of insolvency and turnaround to be agreed with the panel. This paper will then be published in summary in one or more of the Member Associations' journals and on their websites.

For full details including the closing date for entries, visit our website here.

Special Offers for Members of INSOL Europe

We have arranged many special offers for our members, including exclusive discounts on publications and events as well as special rates for advertising in Eurofenix, our quarterly journal. These are often time limited and updated regularly on the Members Offers section of the website.

Offers are changed regularly and currently include:

  • 10% discount off the delegate rate for the International Insolvency Forum 2019 in St. Petersburg, Russia
  • 20% discount off selected titles from Oxford University Press
  • 10% discount off an individual subscription to Global Restructuring Review
  • A discounted 'Pro' profile on SpeakerHub
Read more


INSIDE Story: Pre-insolvency in Portugal - A new legal framework

In Portugal, through Law no. 8/2018, a new pre-insolvency instrument has entered into force: the regime of out-of-court corporate restructuring (in Portuguese, the “Regime Extrajudicial de Recuperação de Empresas” or simply the “RERE”). The RERE is an out-of-court recovery instrument which aims at achieving a voluntary, confidential and free content restructuring agreement through negotiations engaged by the debtor with all or only some of its creditors.

Debtors who may resort to RERE are those in a state of near insolvency or with mere economic and financial difficulties (such as serious difficulty in complying with payment obligations due to lack of liquidity or access to credit), but capable of financially recovering. Exceptionally, during the first eighteen months after the text enters into force, a debtor in a situation of insolvency may resort to RERE as long as it has not yet been declared insolvent by a Court. 

Nuno Gundar da Cruz and Catarina Martins Morão detail the use and implementation of the new RERE procedure in our latest INSIDE Story. Read the full Inside Story and other articles here.

If you would like the opportunity to have your Inside Story published in a future edition, please email Communications Manager, Paul Newson for details.

Dates for your Diary: Forthcoming events

International Insolvency Forum, St. Petersburg - 10% Discount for Members

The III International Insolvency Forum, due to take place as part of the IX St. Petersburg International Legal Forum, once again promises to serve as an unrivalled platform bringing together insolvency professionals from around the world. They will include executive government officials, lawmakers, judges, court-appointed receivers, attorneys, academics, entrepreneurs, and envoys from numerous international institutions involved in matters of insolvency.

INSOL Europe members can receive 10% discount with the code: INSOLEurope2019.

View the terms, find out more or register here.


Registration is now open for our joint one-day seminar with INSOL International in Stockholm (Sweden) on 22 May 2019. Register by 5 April for early booking rates.
The programme includes sessions on:
  • the implementation of the EU Directive and the practical challenges faced in Nordic countries;
  • restructuring in the region, focusing on the ongoing Componenta Group restructuring in Finland and Sweden;
  • the impact of Brexit; and
  • board directors’ liabilities. 
The seminar will culminate with cocktails and dinner at Villa Källhagen, with stunning views of the Djurgårdsbrunn canal and the Nordic Museum.
For more details or to register your place, visit INSOL International's website.


Registration is now open for our insolvency seminar 'Make twilight a new dawn: defensive and offensive strategies in insolvency matters' held in cooperation with AIJA, from 13-15 June in Mallorca. We therefore invite all members under the age of 45 (or thereabouts) to join us and find out the latest on insolvency matters. Feel free to pass this invitation on to your younger colleagues if you are not able to attend yourself!

Cross-border restructuring: at a crossroads in the wake of Brexit?
This conference is an analysis of the “cutting edge” of the international restructuring sphere. The incredibly fast-paced and dynamic qualities of the sector mean we must adapt and change with it. 
Again and again this conference has proved that it is ahead of the curve, anticipating the upcoming trends in the market and providing detailed insight into them. This year will be no different. If you want to stay ahead of the game, attendance is a must.

The programme will include:

  • Detailed cross-border case studies of two of the most important cross-border cases of recent years, Agrokor and Steinhoff, from some of the key players in both.
  • A panel session on the NPL landscape, the new tools to weather it and the new players entering the market.
  • A panel session on the different approaches being taken in the UK and Europe in regard to pre-insolvency procedures and the potential for this to be a new battle ground.
  • An international line up of speakers to be announced!

Visit the R3 website for further information or to register your place.



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INSOL Europe, PO Box 7149, Clifton, Nottingham. NG11 6WD. Tel: +44 115 8780584
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