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February 2019: Conference News & Updates

Dear Members

Welcome to February - in Roman times this was the month for the purification festival Februa - nowadays I think January is the more normal time for post-Christmas measures!

I was fortunate to have been invited to and attended the Annual Meeting of the Swiss Association for Insolvency Law (SchKG-Verienigung Association LP) in Bern this month. It was a great opportunity to talk about INSOL Europe, our objectives and why we are relevant for those who specialise in insolvency and restructuring. Switzerland is a country with very significant cross border trade and other links and I believe our INSOL Europe community could be extremely helpful for this Swiss organisation. I would welcome the opportunity to do similar events in other countries to help spread the message and encourage new members to join.  This is something which I know is supported by our current vice and deputy presidents - so please, as you think about your own country and challenges, ask yourself what do you need from your leadership team - feel free to ask - we will do what we can to support you.

Looking forward, next month is the half year Council meeting which is being held at my offices in London – I hope to have a good turnout and good discussion on our current and future plans.

As I write this I am enjoying some beautiful Italian winter weather, highly recommended, and so arrivederci until next time.

Alastair Beveridge
President of INSOL Europe



Alastair Beveridge
President of
INSOL Europe


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EECC Conference 2019: Register your place!

We are pleased to announce that registration is now open for our EECC Conference, taking place in Ljubljana (Slovenia), a land of legends and myths, from 6-7 June 2019. 

The conference programme is now taking shape thanks to our technical co-chairs Edvins Draba (Sorainen, Latvia) and Marko Zaman (Zaman and partners Ltd, Slovenia) and the main theme will be "Navigating The Journey of Distressed Companies".

A few highlights include the opportunity to sample a bit of the investors’ experience - when insolvency becomes a calculable and acceptable risk, to analyse a case on cross-border insolvency in aviation and we will walk together a fine line between access to information and the need for confidentiality in insolvency procedures.

We encourage you to come early and stay late. On the 6th of 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 and networking. We look forward to seeing you!

Over half of the delegate
places are now reserved!

Download the brochure
or register your place here.

Academic Forum Conference 2019: Call for Papers

The Academic Forum has issued a Call for Papers for the Copenhagen 2019 Conference taking place from Wednesday 25 September to Thursday 26 September 2019. The overall conference theme will be “Harmonisation of insolvency and restructuring laws in the EU”. The theme encompasses issues relevant to the three pillars of the new EU insolvency and restructuring directive: (1) preventive restructuring frameworks, (ii) second chance, and (iii) efficiency of restructuring, insolvency and discharge procedures.

Proposals for the delivery of papers are now invited that challenge existing approaches, stimulate debate and ask profound questions. Younger Academics are, of course, also invited to submit papers and may also choose to present their research in the conference session dedicated to the Young Academics’ Network in Insolvency Law (YANIL).



Expressions of interest in delivering papers within the conference theme should be communicated by 15 March 2019 by email to Anthon Verweij, IEAF Secretary. For further information on the conference themes and topics as well as on the travel grants available for early scholars, please visit the Academic Forum website.

Joint One-Day Seminar in Stockholm (Sweden), 22 May 2019

Registration is now open for our joint one-day seminar with INSOL International in Stockholm (Sweden) on 22 May 2019. As the largest city and Capital of Sweden, Stockholm is comprised of 14 islands and more than 50 bridges across the Baltic Sea archipelago. Enjoy the cobblestone streets of the old Town, waterways and parks of the city area, or its wide range of shopping centres, museums and restaurants; Stockholm has something to offer whatever your tastes.

For more details or to
register your place, visit
INSOL International's website.

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.

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
  • Practical Law - access to Global Guides
Read more


INSIDE Story: New rules for Cross-Border Recognition in Switzerland

When Switzerland enacted its new code on private international law in 1989, containing a section on the recognition of foreign insolvency proceedings, Switzerland was one of the first countries to abandon the predominant principle of territoriality.

More than thirty years later, with other legislative models in force, such as the EU-Directive, or the UNCITRAL Model Law, it was time to modernize Swiss international Insolvency Law and to abandon some obstacles hindering the recognition of foreign insolvency proceeding in practice. 

Yet, the new law that came into force on 1 January 2019 is not revolutionary... Professor Dr Daniel Staehelin and Dr Lukas Bopp of Kellerhals Carrard, Basel, Switzerland, take up the storyRead 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.

INSOL International to launch new Foundation Certificate

INSOL International is in the process of launching its new Foundation Certificate in International Insolvency Law, which commences on 1 September 2019. Enrolments on the course open on 1 March 2019.     

This course has been designed as an entry level course for persons who have no or very little experience in the field of international insolvency law, especially for persons in emerging markets and developing economies who may not have access to a similar course in their own jurisdictions.

While the course fee for both designated and non-designated countries has already been set very low for a course of this nature, please note that INSOL International members qualify for a 25% discount on the course fee. INSOL Europe members are also therefore eligible for this discount.

Full details regarding the course, the entry criteria and the course fee can be found in the course brochure.

If you have any questions regarding the content or presentation of the course, please do not hesitate to contact the Course Leader, David Burdette at

Dates for you Diary: Registration Opening Soon!
AIJA (International Association of Young Lawyers) and INSOL Europe's Young Members Group are holding a Joint Insolvency Conference in Mallorca (Spain) from 13-15 June 2019. The theme of the Conference will be "Make twilight a new dawn: defensive and offensive strategies in insolvency matters". 
If you would like to participate, be a speaker or panelist, or sponsor this event, visit our website for more information.
Registration will be opening soon for our next Annual Congress in the very modern city of Copenhagen (Denmark) from 26-29 September 2019. As Clemens Fritzen of Netbid (Germany), our Congress Main Sponsor says: “For an international company, it is more of a must than anything else to be a participant at this Congress.”
Visit our website for more information or download the Congress flyer.


We welcome feedback, news and story ideas for future newsletters. 

Please send your suggestions to Paul Newson, Communications Manager,

INSOL Europe, P O Box 7149, Clifton, Nottingham. NG11 6WD. Tel/Fax : +44 115 8780584
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