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2014 Academic Forum and Annual Conference

24/03/14

Insolvency lawyers from all four limbs of the profession descended in record numbers upon Oxford for the ILA's annual Academic Forum on the Friday 21st March and Annual Conference on Saturday, 22nd March 2014.

Chaired respectively by Professor Sarah Worthington QC and Lady Justice Elizabeth Gloster DBE, eminent judges, professors and academics, Queens Counsel, a junior barrister, solicitors, an investment fund MD, an economist, a turnaround specialist, insolvency practitioners and a D Phil student took the floor over the two days to provide a varied and brilliant programme of hot insolvency and restructuring law topics.  Speakers brought views from at least four different European jurisdictions, and the delegates boasted an even wider geographical spread.

Delegates were inspired with talk of EU harmonisation, restructuring innovations, pre-packs, cross border schemes, international freezing orders, bank insolvency and the SAR, as well as papers on waterfalls and black holes, insolvency set-off, and a comparison of private and public re-ordering mechanisms and a changing creditor landscape.

The ILA's role as a forum for insolvency and restructuring law discussion, vigorous debate and creative innovation among the profession is very much alive and kicking.

Pictures from the Academic Forum can be seen here and from the main Conference here.

A more detailed round up of the weekends events will follow shortly.