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November 2018: Conference News & Updates

Dear Members

This year seems to have been one with a fantastic and extended summer for everyone in Europe. Autumn has been a long time coming and it appears for many we will go straight to winter… however, at INSOL Europe nothing stands still.

In line with our objective to expand our membership I recently attended a lunchtime presentation meeting in Prague on 21 November – organised by a former Council member, Ernst Giese, involving a presentation by Nico Tollenaar of Resor NV on the EU Directive on preventive restructuring frameworks. This was the first in a series of country specific events we expect to hold going forward to spread our message more widely and ultimately boost membership for INSOL Europe. If you would like to hold a similar event in your country, please let me or your Council member representative know and we will aim to repeat this or find a relevant topic for you.

Preceding the event in Prague, on 20 November we held the Financiers Group seminar, jointly run with INSOL International for the second time in London. The topic was “Directors – who wants to be one?” and this lived up to its promises to be an interesting and topical panel discussion. There is plenty going on and your input on this and other topics is welcomed.

Alastair Beveridge
President of INSOL Europe





Alastair Beveridge
President of
INSOL Europe


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Annual Congress Videos Published - Watch them here!

A series of short films from the Annual Congress in Athens is now published on our website. 

We thank all our sponsors, speakers and delegates who took part in the filming, which captures some of the highlights of the Congress and gives a real flavour of the event.

Thank you to our Film & Photography sponsor, PROF. DR. PANNEN RECHTSANWÄLTE.

Watch the films here on Technical Sessions, 
Sponsorship and Networking.

Strategic Taskforce 2025: Summary report published

Last year, the Council of INSOL Europe decided to initiate the formulation of our organisation's strategy for the years to come. To this effect, the Strategic Task Force 2025 was established, which comprises eight members of INSOL Europe, mirroring its extensive professional and geographic diversity, led by Messrs Dr. Steffen Koch and Wolf Waschkuhn.

As for any strategy, the starting point is of key importance. The Strategic Task Force developed a questionnaire to elicit the many opinions of the current membership, your motivation and aspirations and how INSOL Europe should be seen in and seen to interact with the outside world.

Download the Summary here

The questionnaire was completed in 2017. The results have been analysed in detail and used in the development of the strategy. A summary of the areas of strategic focus is presented on our website and can be downloaded as a PowerPoint presentation hereFor further information contact the Co-Chairs of the Strategic Task Force 2025, Dr. Steffen Koch and Wolf Waschkuhn.

Richard Turton Award 2018: Winning paper published

Yutong Zhang is the latest winner of the annual Richard Turton Award with his paper on "Blockchain: A Chance for Turnaround Procedure Modernization".

He was presented with his award at the Annual Congress in Athens, which he attended as our guest. Yutong said "I am very grateful for the chance to meet with colleagues and professionals from the industry. I can learn a lot here from experts on the cutting edge of insolvency law and extend my network of contacts." 

Read Richard Yutong's
award-winning paper here.

Wisit our website for further information about the award.

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:

  • 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


Private Equity Awards in France: Perspectives from Europe

INSOL Europe was invited to attend the 17th edition of the Private Equity Exchange & Awards in Paris on 21 November 2018. Our Deputy President Piya Mukherjee spoke on a panel dealing with the restructuring industry, to give her perspectives from Europe.

This year the event was dedicated to 'Entrepreneurship, Venture and Growth Capital', with the conference including 24 roundtables on topics such as Private Equity best strategies: Leader’s secrets; Shopping: Seizing opportunities in a changing world; France: A renewed European pillar; Managing restructuring through skills and teams, Stepping up through digitalization, and LBO limit: Is the sky the limit… In addition to the conferences, one-to-one meetings were organised for networking before the gala dinner.

INSOL Europe members are usually offered a discount to attend this conference so look out for next year's event on our Member Offers page.
INSIDE Story: Examinership in Cyprus - A missed opportunity?

As part of the new insolvency framework enacted in Cyprus in May 2015 following the near collapse of the economy, the concept of Examinership was incorporated into the Cyprus Companies Law Cap 113, a procedure largely based on Irish legislation.
Examinership is a debt restructuring and corporate rescue mechanism for companies which are insolvent or likely to become insolvent but have reasonable prospects of success as a going concern. 

Examinership was intended to bridge the gap for debtor companies which have a genuine opportunity to survive, to provide them with much needed “breathing space” and effectively give them a second chance not previously available to them. Andri Antoniou, director at CRI Group, a firm specialising in all aspects of corporate recovery reconstruction and renewal in Cyprus, enquires how effectively this is working in practiceRead 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 Communicatons Manager, Paul Newson for details.

EECC Conference 2019: Conference theme announced

We are pleased to announce that the title of our EECC Conference 2019, taking place in Ljubljana (Slovenia) from 6-7 June 2019 will be "Navigating The Journey of Distressed Companies". We are currently developing the technical programme and details will be published on our website soon. Meanwhile, please contact EECC Secretary Niculina Somlea for further information. Sponsorship enquires can be made to Sponsorship Manager, Hannah Denney.
Date for your Diary: AIJA & INSOL Europe Joint Conference 2019

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". For further information visit

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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