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23 JAN 2012

Guest Post: Dr Paul Omar - IEAF Winter 2011/2012 Newsletter

I am grateful to Sussex Law School's Dr Paul Omar for the following post: 


First Quarter 2012 (January-March)

A – New Year’s Greetings

The Committee would like to extend their best wishes to all colleagues and friends on the occasion of the 2012 New Year.

B – Upcoming Events

1. Joint Insolvency Conference 2012 (Nottingham, 28-29 June 2012) – Reminder: Call for Papers

The June 2012 conference, organised jointly with the Nottingham Law School, will have as its theme: “Too Big to Fail? Large National and International Failures under the Spotlight”. The intention is that this conference charts the major developments in insolvency in recent years, particularly in light of the ongoing financial crisis, with respect to the insolvency of major components of business and financial environments. These will include financial and insurance institutions, large conglomerates and groups of companies as well as sovereign bankruptcy and the insolvency of state-run bodies. Topics that will fall within the overall theme will include the regulation of insolvency procedures and practices involving large bodies and institutions, the special challenges of designing insolvency systems and procedures to cater for large-scale enterprises, the role of regulatory and other oversight bodies in the maintenance and supervision of insolvency processes as well as any related issues involving participants interested in the process. 

A registration brochure has now been issued and is available to view at: <http://www.insol-europe.org/download/file_/6363>.

Registration may be made via the on-line facility at: <http://www.insol-europe.org/events/nottingham-2012-registration>.

A draft agenda is also available to view at: <http://www.insol-europe.org/download/file_/6393>.

There are a few slots remaining for speakers. Expressions of interest in delivering papers on the conference themes and related topics should be communicated as soon as possible to: Paul Omar, Secretary, Academic Forum, by e-mail: <paulo@sussex.ac.uk> or Professor David Burdette, Conference Organiser, by e-mail: <david.burdette@ntu.ac.uk>. The organisers will communicate with selected speakers as soon as they can.

2. Annual Conference 2012 – Reminder Call for Papers

The Academic Forum of INSOL Europe will be hosting its annual conference in Brussels on Wednesday 10–Thursday 11 October 2012. Expressions of interest in delivering papers on the following themes are invited:

(a) “Treatment of Creditors” (including secured creditors’ issues, ranking of creditors and employees);

(b) “Post-Commencement Financing”;

(c) “Informal Workouts and Non-Insolvency Procedures” (including corporate restructuring through e.g. schemes of arrangement and hybrid procedures inviting a redefinition of what is insolvency);

(d) “Arbitration and Lis Pendens”; and

(e) “Ordre Public Claims in Insolvency”.

Expressions of interest in delivering papers on these themes and any other suitably related subject should be communicated by 14 February 2012 to Paul Omar, Secretary, Academic Forum by e-mail: <paulo@sussex.ac.uk>. The organisers will communicate in late February 2012 those papers that have been selected for inclusion within the conference.

Five Travel Grants sponsored by Edwin Coe LLP are available to enable attendance and delivery of papers at this conference. Further information is available in the News Section of the Academic Forum website. The deadline for applications will also be 14 February 2012.

C – Upcoming Events (Cognate Organisations)

INSOL International Academics Group (Miami, 19-20 May 2012)

The 14th meeting of the INSOL International Academcis Group is being organised to coincide with the 2012 INSOL International regional conference in Miami. The academics will meet on the weekend ahead of the main conference, on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 May, 2012. A call for papers has been issued for the following themes:

The tension between integrity of process and maximization of value in asset realisations  (e.g. “stalking horse” arrangements; pre-packaged administrations);

The revision of the European Insolvency Regulation;

Special focus on Latin-American insolvency issues;

“Chapter 11 – Magnificent Obsession or Fatal Attraction?”;

Consumer bankruptcy, (including reflections on the 2nd edition of the INSOL Consumer Debt Report, and on the problems relating to repayment plans); and

Insolvency issues encountered in developing jurisdictions. Problems experienced by SME’s. The role of the international organizations (ADB; EBRD, OHADA, etc.).

Intending participants are also welcome to submit proposals for papers which they would be prepared to present, if the topic is adopted. All proposals should be sent to Professor ian Fletcher, the Chair of the Group at: <i.f.fletcher@ucl.ac.uk> with the subject header in the e-mail noting: “Miami Conference 2012”. 

D - Book Projects/Conference Reports

Professor Rebecca Parry of Nottingham Trent University has completed the editing of the conference collection for Milan 2011 and the text has now appeared. Professor Parry will also be editing the Venice booklet, while Paul Omar will be editing the Jersey booklet. Both are anticipated to be available in time for the Nottingham Conference.

Information about the series, including the latest Milan booklet, may be viewed at: <http://www.insol-europe.org/publications/technical-series-publications>.

E – Newsletter Appeal for Information

If recipients of this newsletter wish to advertise conferences, workshops or other insolvency-connected events as well as note research projects and possible collaborations, either in future editions of the newsletter or on the INSOL Europe Academic Forum website or Facebook page, please contact the Secretary at: <paulo@sussex.ac.uk>, or <khaemwaset@yahoo.co.uk>."

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