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Programme

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Time Zone: London (BST)

The Europe, Africa, Middle East Programme will start at 09:00 BST time

08:00 - 08:15
Julie Hertzberg
08:15 - 09:15

Keynote address

09:15 - 10:15

Aviation sector in distress – Cross-border challenges and solutions

COVID-19 has caused an enormous downturn in airline passenger demand and revenues leaving airlines struggling to cover high fixed costs, such as aircraft lease rents. This session will explore the particular challenges faced by airlines and those who service them, including as lessors, airports, maintenance providers and manufacturers, as well as the role of governments and regulators.  The panel will also consider the restructuring tools that have been deployed in this archetypal cross-border industry and expected future developments.

Richard CooperGinger HughesCraig MontgomeryLeah Ryan
10:15 - 10:25
Sonal SejpalHarriet Territt
10:25 - 10:45

Break

10:45 - 11:45

Not just Brexit – New 2021 dilemmas in Cross-border recognition

2021 will present multiple recognition dilemmas for restructuring practitioners. Brexit has profound consequences for recognition across borders, but that’s just one piece. Larger than ever global restructurings, due to bigger deals and more complex financing and supply chains, will require an increased number of jurisdictions to be involved in each restructuring. The potential for restructuring regimes being incompatible with each other and the intended restructuring is ever increasing. A panel of eminent judges will discuss these issues and more.

Hon. Justice Vinodh CoomaraswamyHon. Judge Martin GlennHon. Justice Brigitte MarkovicHon. Justice Nick Segal
11:45 - 11:55
Sonal SejpalHarriet Territt
11:55 - 12:15

Break

12:15 - 13:15

Who is interested in acquiring or investing in distressed assets in our markets?

In this era of government bail-outs and economic disarray, what investment funds exist in various markets in the region to take advantage of the opportunities? Is their interest or a trend that is expected to continue? Has government support crowded out the private sector? Which sectors / opportunities are such funds focusing their sights on in EMEA for the next 12 – 24 months? What is their modus operandi in acquiring a stake in distressed assets? Do their strategies vary in different markets?

Ahmad AlananiShaun CollyerSalil ShahGalia VelimukhametovaAndrew Wilkinson
13:15 - 13:25
Sonal SejpalHarriet Territt
13:25 - 13:45

Break

13:45 - 14:45

When the well runs dry – A look at directors and officers duties and liabilities in COVID

Have the duties and liabilities of officers and directors changed or been suspended as a result of the pandemic, or have they remained the same? How has the proliferation of pandemic-related governmental assistance and moratoria affected the exercise of these duties in different regions of the world? What will the impact be of the expiration of such governmental measures? When suspensions of directors’ duties and moratoria are lifted will creditors aggressively pursue enforcement actions or seek to force the sale of businesses affected by the pandemic, and what dilemmas and liability risks will be posed for company directors and officers by the need to respond to such creditor actions?

Patrick AngDon BernsteinSusanne FruhstorferMohsin MeghjiMark Phillips QC
14:45 - 14:55
Sonal SejpalHarriet Territt
14:55 - 15:15

Break

15:15 - 16:15

Overcoming pandemic roadblocks and creating the new normal

This session will explore how insolvency practitioners in Africa, Europe and the Middle East are addressing novel issues arising off the back of the COVID 19 pandemic in their daily practice.

Siviwe Dongwana CA(SA)Rebecca JarvisNicola ReaderKolja Von Bismark
16:15 - 16:25
Sonal SejpalHarriet Territt
16:25 - 16:30

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