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Time Zone: London (BST)

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

08:15 - 09:15

Keynote Address
The Future of Money: Bitcoin and CBDC to NFTs and DeFi – what every insolvency professional needs to know

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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.

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10:25 - 10:45


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.

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11:55 - 12:15


12:15 - 13:15

Who is interested in acquiring or investing in distressed assets in the EMEA 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 there 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?

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13:25 - 13:45


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?

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14:55 - 15:15


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.

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