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Restructuring & Insolvency Conference

29 and 30 June 2021

This year, the conference celebrates its 10th anniversary and following on from the success of previous conferences, it’ll be delivered over two mornings in a virtual format.

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At a time when the UK and the Rest of the World is taking tentative steps out of government restrictions, attention is turning to business rescue and recovery. The way we work and the cities where we work will change forever.

The conference covers not only government support and post COVID financial distress, but the abuse of government support and how data intelligence can recover hidden assets.

The event will provide supporting content and opportunities for networking with your peers with the assistance of an iPad magician.


Sessions will cover a range of thought-leadership, policy and sectoral issues to keep you at the top of your game.


Post COVID what does the future hold for UK cities.


Government and post COVID corporate financial distress

Hannah Gray of UK Government Investments will talk about major corporate failures and their economic shock impact.


Future insolvency landscape

Dean Beale, CEO, Insolvency Service will discuss their five-year strategy including the future of regulation.

The programme

Tuesday 29 June

Chairman’s welcome
Greg Palfrey, Chair, ICAEW Restructuring and Insolvency Advisory Group and National Head of Restructuring and Recovery Services, Smith & Williamson.
The future of cities
COVID-19 has attacked the very essence of what cities are about - bringing people together. In this session, Paul Swinney, Director of Policy and Research, will discuss whether the pandemic and remote working will spell the end for cities.
The UK's efficient and effective insolvency regime – a success story
The UK's efficient and effective insolvency regime – a success story Mark Ford (Restructuring Partner, Smith & Williamson) was appointed one of three Special Administrators to Reyker Securities Plc in October 2019. Using a little used restructuring process, the Special Administration, nearly £1 Billion of Client Assets have been reconciled and returned to some 11,000 clients via an unprecedented five nominated brokers as set out in their Distribution Plan. Mark will also be joined by Phil Hemming (Senior Manager, Restructuring and Recovery Services, Smith & Williamson LLP), they will speak about coping with COVID, developing new software and using the Special Administration Regime to deliver as tailored an outcome for clients as possible.
Bounce Back Loan and Furlough Scheme – uses and abuses
Simeon Gilchrist, Restructuring and Insolvency Partner at Edwin Coe will outline the powers available to Liquidators and HMRC to clawback sums paid to businesses since March 2020 in connection with wrongly claimed furlough payments, and for the abuse of the Bounce Back Loan Scheme abuse. In addition, Simeon will cover what advice accountants can give businesses to avoid any future claims.
Government and post COVID corporate financial distress
Hannah Gray and Andy Butterworth from UKGI will speak about the role their team has played in Government’s response to potential corporate financial distress as a result of COVID and Brexit. They will also look at the potential challenges that may arise over the next 12 months and the role that they will play in responding to them.
Chairman’s close of day one
Networking rooms with a twist
Noel Qualter, Member of the Inner Magic Circle with Gold Star.
End of day one

Wednesday 30 June

Chairman’s welcome
Becky Dacre, Vice-Chair ICAEW Restructuring and Insolvency Advisory Group and restructuring partner, Mazars.
The future insolvency landscape
Dean Beale, Inspector General and Chief Executive at The Insolvency Service will cover the Insolvency Service’s strategy for the next five years including the future of the official receiver function and the regulatory landscape including the personal insolvency regime.
The UK Restructuring Plan - Super Scheme or Super CVA?
The UK Restructuring Plan is gaining momentum with a number of court sanctioned plans but now some plans are looking to compromise landlord claims which have been fiercely contested. Join David Ampaw (Partner, Distressed Debt, Restructuring & Special Situations), Rowan Aspinwall (Legal Director at DLA Piper) and Matt Smith (Senior Managing Director, Teneo) who will take a further look into this.
Investing in the casual dining sector during a global pandemic
In July 2020 the private equity firm Epiris LLP purchased The Big Table Group ( Bella Italia, Las Iguanas, Café Rouge, The Mulberry ). Along with David Baxendale of PwC, Ian Wood of Epiris will reflect on the last 12 months and what lies ahead for the casual dining sector.
Open-source intelligence, digital footprints and assisting investigations
With more and more individuals and businesses embracing the Internet and making it part of their lives, digital footprints are being left online making it even easier for someone to trace and monitor their existence. Dr Stephen Hill, Director of Data Intelligence will advise those who want to use the Internet more effectively and safely allowing them the freedom of conducting searches (due diligence, asset tracing) but without the risk of exposure.
Chairman’s close of day two
End of conference

On demand

Business Interruption claims for restructuring and recovery professionals
Marsh R&R
On demand
Current issues for IPs
Manolete Partners PLC
On demand
Guidance for insolvency practitioners on dealing with FCA-regulated entities
On demand
The current insolvency and insurance markets
Insolvency Risk Services
On demand

On demand

Guidance for insolvency practitioners on dealing with FCA-regulated entities. 


Our speakers

David Ampaw
David Ampaw Partner, DLA Piper

David has extensive experience in non-contentious restructuring, insolvency and special situations assignments acting for corporates, clearing banks, international and investment banks, debt and hedge funds and co-leads the firms European Special Situations Group. He has been involved in a number of Restructuring Plan arrangements including most recently for Smile Telecom the African telecoms operator.

Rowan Aspinwall
Rowan Aspinwall Legal Director, DLA Piper

Rowan's practice is in domestic and cross-border corporate restructuring and insolvency, acting for a variety of funds, clearing banks, insolvency practitioners, corporates and property advisors. He specialises in distressed real estate situations and work-outs and has particular expertise advising on company voluntary arrangements. He has worked on a number of high profile CVA mandates.

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David Baxendale Partner, PwC

David is a partner in PwC's mid market restructuring team, focusing on working with businesses in some form of distress in London and the South-East. He works with mid market businesses and their stakeholders, focusing on business viability and identifying options to turnaround, restructure and/or generate cash.

Dean Beale
Dean Beale Chief Executive Officer, The Insolvency Service

Dean has worked in the insolvency field for over 20 years. He has been an Official Receiver, acting as a trustee in bankruptcy and liquidator, and has undertaken many insolvency-related investigations. Dean has also spent time in the private sector as a forensic accountant investigating fraud and managing commercial disputes. Before being CEO for the Insolvency Service, he was Director of Strategy and Change, overseeing policy development, sector regulation and leading the department’s transformation programme.

Andy Butterworth
Andrew Butterworth Special Situations Group, UK Government Investments

Andy is part of UKGI's Special Situations team, which focuses on sectors and corporates where there is a risk of economic shock impact to major employment or assets of national interest. Andy is a FCA and prior to joining UKGI was an M&A Director at Deloitte specialising in advising on non-standard and accelerated M&A transactions, many of which involved advising companies, investors and lenders on maximising value in constrained, challenging or time-critical situations.

Rebecca Dacre
Becky Dacre Vice-chair, ICAEW Restructuring and Insolvency Advisory Group

Rebecca is a Partner at Mazars, a licensed insolvency practitioner (FABRP) and chartered accountant (FCA) with over 16 years’ experience. She helps business owners and directors navigate the difficult times that their business encounters. Her secondment to a bank and subsequent project work for the Banking Consulting team here at Mazars means that Rebecca can speak the banks’ language and has a depth of understanding of how they operate with distressed customers.

Mark Ford
Mark Ford Partner, Restructuring and recovery, Smith and Williamson

Mark has more than 23 years of restructuring experience and has been a licensed insolvency experience for more than 12 years and takes appointments as administrator, liquidator and receiver. He has considerable experience in the hotel and property sectors and particularly enjoys the rare opportunity to trade business to improve stakeholder outcomes.

Simeon Gilchrist
Simeon Gilchrist Partner, Restructuring & Insolvency, Edwin Coe

Simeon advises insolvency practitioners, banks, distressed companies and individuals in a wide range of both corporate and personal insolvency matters. His corporate transactional work has an administration bias with the preparation of business sales being a particular specialism. In personal insolvency matters, Simeon has a specialist European Regulation practice, advising individuals, practitioners and creditors on the application of the European Regulation and what is known as COMI shifting or bankruptcy tourism. He also lectures to insolvency practitioners and lawyers both in England and abroad on procedural and substantive elements of insolvency law and practice. Having been a member of R3 for many years he was delighted to be elected to Council and has served as Chair of the Small Practices Group for the last five years.

Hannah Gray
Hannah Gray FCA Special Situations Group, UK Government Investments

Hannah leads the UKGI Special Situations team, which focuses on sectors and corporates where there is the risk of economic shock impact to major employment or assets of national interest. Hannah is a highly experienced advisor, having worked on a wide range of projects covering strategic balance sheet reviews, recapitalisations, debt-for-equity swaps, creditor representation, covenant renegotiations, securitisation advisory, high yield bond issuance, rights offerings, private debt placements and stressed M&A.

Phil Hemming
Phil Hemming Senior Manager, Restructuring and Recovery Services, Smith & Williamson LLP

Phil is a qualified accountant (ACCA) and insolvency practitioner (JIEB) and has over 15 years’ experience in corporate restructuring and insolvency. He regularly advises lenders and directors and enjoys managing more complex restructuring assignments, including accelerated going concern sales and trading businesses whilst in administration, to achieve the best outcome for stakeholders.

Dr Stephen Hill
Dr Stephen Hill BSc (Hons), Managing Director, Hill Bingham

Dr Stephen Hill is the managing director of Hill Bingham Ltd. He is a Certified Fraud Examiner and expert trainer with over 20 years’ experience providing services to the private and public sector in fraud (cyber) risk management, data security/protection and internet investigations & open source intelligence.

Greg Palfrey
Greg Palfrey Chair, ICAEW Restructuring and Insolvency Advisory Group

Greg has been in the restructuring and insolvency field since 1989. He works on advisory assignments, formal and informal corporate insolvencies and turnarounds of all kinds. He advises clients in most industry sectors including healthcare, leisure, retail, manufacturing and financial services and has built up a particular sector specialism in the motor trade. Greg has also worked on highly sensitive cases involving fraud for asset-based lenders banks and other charge holders.

Noel Qualter
Noel Qualter Member of the Inner Magic Circle with Gold Star

Noel is the tech magician. He specialises in combining centuries old sleight of hand with cutting edge technology for virtual events. He’s a Member of The Inner Magic Circle (300 members worldwide), performed in 20 plus countries, 3 x originality award winner and a winner on US TV show - Penn & Teller: Fool Us

Matt Smith
Matt Smith Senior Managing Director, Teneo

Matt’s 30 years’ experience included leading the company-side advisory work for the Virgin Active restructuring plan. His other assignments have included: formal insolvencies, strategic reviews of troubled businesses on behalf of lenders and investors, and working with management teams to refinance, sell, turnaround or exit underperforming businesses.

Paul Swinney
Paul Swinney Director of Policy and Research, Centre for Cities

Paul oversees the Centre's research programme and strategy. He has published on a wide range of subjects relating to city economies, including the development of UK cities over time, the role that city centres play in the national economy and the trading relationships UK cities have with the rest of the world. Paul is a regular regional and national media commentator, including print, radio and TV, and speaks at conferences across the UK on subjects relating to the performance of city economies.

Ian Wood
Ian Wood Partner, Epiris

Ian is a Partner at Epiris, a UK based private equity firm. Most recently he worked on the firm’s investments in The Big Table, TI Media and Club Company. He also worked on investments in Hollywood Bowl, Parkdean, Audiotonix and Elian. Ian sits on the Management, Investment and ESG Committees.


This is a Must Attend for any insolvency practitioner who wishes to understand current trends and to receive practical guidance based on past experience of fellow IPs.

This is on my list to attend every year and will continue to be. It is different to most conferences and is always thought provoking.

In today’s constantly changing world, this conference is an excellent investment in keeping yourself relevant.

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