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Restructuring & Insolvency Conference

This year's virtual conference brought together an exciting programme with expert guest speakers, giving restructuring and insolvency professionals the latest insight, knowledge and thought leadership, with a focus on AI, ethics, the future of CVAs and more.

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Highlights

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Deepfakes and AI

The synthetic media revolution and technology is changing geopolitics.

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Impact

Practical impact of the National Security and Investment Act on insolvent and distressed deals

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Integrity

Building integrity in professional practice

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Film

ICAEW’s latest educational drama film, All Too Familiar

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Interaction

Interactive sessions, including Q&As, polls

2022 programme

Day 1

Welcome
Becky Dacre, Chair, ICAEW Restructuring and Insolvency Advisory Committee and Restructuring Partner, Mazars
Deepfakes and The Age of AI
Artificial Intelligence is moving from science fiction into practical reality — transforming the way we live and work. It is even changing the way we think. In Deepfakes and Age of AI, Nina Schick delves into how AI-created 'synthetic media' is leading to a paradigm-change in the future of human communication, commerce and society. Nina Schick, author and expert in synthetic media, deepfakes, disinformation, cybersecurity and the geopolitics of technology
The impact of the National Security and Investment Act on insolvent and distressed deals
The National Security and Investment Act 2021 creates a new screening regime for transactions which might raise national security concerns in the UK. It came into effect on 4 January 2022, with retrospective effect from 12 November 2020, and is much wider in scope than its title might first suggest. The need for prior Government approval of transactions, and the potential for delays are now being taken into account as part of the insolvency process and any negotiations of proposed transactions. Abigail will look at the practical impact of the Act for insolvency practitioners and their advisers six months into the new regime, and discuss what questions still remain unanswered. Abigail Hadfield, Partner, TLT Restructuring and Insolvency
Break
Corbin & King successful use of Monitor process
Benji Dymant and Rob Harding recently acted as monitors of the Corbin & King restaurant group, which includes the iconic Wolseley and Delaunay restaurants. This was a ground-breaking appointment where Benji and Rob were able to support the Group with the monitor process being utilised to facilitate the solvent re-finance of the Group’s secured debt facilities. This approach preserved the value in the underlying trading businesses and associated jobs - in the face of enforcement action from the secured creditor (who was also the majority shareholder) - who demanded repayment of their debt in full within 24 hours. Benji Dymant, Director, Financial Advisory, Teneo
The future of CVAs and restructuring plans
Elaine Nolan, restructuring partner at Kirkland & Ellis International LLP, and Co-Editor of recently published Company Voluntary Arrangements: Law & Practice, will outline current market developments on CVAs and Restructuring Plans. The session will focus on several leading cases and their practical application for restructuring cases, including for SMEs. Elaine Nolan, Partner, Restructuring, Kirkland & Ellis
Chair’s close of day one

Day 2

Welcome
Tom Ahmad, Vice-Chair, ICAEW Restructuring and Insolvency Advisory Committee and Director, Bailey Ahmad Business Recovery
How do we build integrity and avoid moral bankruptcy in our professional practice?
Based on 20 years’ experience working with professional services firms and their corporate clients, Roger will guide us through an interactive session in which we will explore how great businesses do the right thing in the right way. Professor Roger Steare, corporate philosopher and expert advisor on leadership, culture, and ethics
Panel session: Critical success factors – what do we need to do now to secure an exciting, relevant and robust future for our profession?
Chair: Bob Pinder, Director, ICAEW | Matt Smith, Senior Managing Director, Teneo | Becky Dacre, Restructuring Partner, Mazars | Tom Ahmad, Director, Bailey Ahmad Business Recovery
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Is trust enough? AML and professional scepticism
ICAEW’s latest educational drama film, All Too Familiar, examines the role of professional scepticism in the fight against economic crime. Produced in collaboration with HMRC, the film looks at a real-life scenario of how firms and individuals may inadvertently become ‘professional enablers’ for criminals involved in everything from financial fraud to modern slavery and terrorism. Michelle Giddings, Head of AML, ICAEW will explore the themes and red flags within the film.
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Chair’s close of day two

Our speakers

Tom Ahmad
Tom Ahmad Director, Bailey Ahmad Business Recovery. Vice-Chair of the ICAEW’s Restructuring and Insolvency Advisory Group

Tom is a chartered accountant, licensed insolvency practitioner and in 2007 co-founded Bailey Ahmad Business Recovery - who provide solutions for businesses and individuals in financial difficulty, as well as coordinating the structured closure and distribution of assets of successful companies that have come to the end of their life. Tom is also the current ICAEW Croydon District Society President.

Becky Dacre
Becky Dacre Partner, Mazars. Chair of ICAEW’s Restructuring & Insolvency Advisory Group

Becky is a licensed insolvency practitioner and chartered accountant with over 20 years of experience of advising businesses in the Midlands and London. She helps owner-managed businesses and medium-sized companies across a wide range of sectors, with a particular specialism in healthcare providers, retail, automotive/aerospace, engineering and construction-related trades. Becky regularly advises on solvent restructuring and group rationalisation.

Benji Dymant
Benji Dymant Director, Teneo

Benji is a Director with Teneo in London, having joined Teneo as part of its purchase of Deloitte’s UK Restructuring business. Benji has 13 years restructuring experience focussing on contingency planning, options analysis & insolvency implementation. Prior to joining Deloitte Benji spent 15 months in Santander’s restructuring team, over the course of 2017 and 2018 leading bank side on the restructuring’ of Gaucho, Vital Ingredient and Interserve amongst many other clients.

Michelle Giddings
Michelle Giddings Head of AML, ICAEW

Michelle is ICAEW’s Head of AML with operational responsibility for the AML supervision of ICAEW’s 11,000 AML-supervised firms. She is co-Chair of the Accountancy AML Supervisors Group and was Chair of the AML Supervisors’ Forum in 2021. Michelle qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2005, completing her training contract at a Big Four firm and working within audit for Professional Services firms. In 2009, Michelle joined ICAEW’s Quality Assurance Department as a Senior Manager, leading monitoring reviews to larger, higher-risk firms and managing a team of reviewers conducting monitoring reviews across the country. She was on the technical team for All Too Familiar and participated in the panel session at the film launch.

Abigail Hadfield
Abigail Hadfield Partner, TLT Restructuring and Insolvency

Abigail is a specialist in corporate restructuring and insolvency and has worked on a number of high-profile and complex assignments, many with an international element. She has over 20 years experience in acting for insolvency officeholders in relation to their appointments and the trading and disposal of businesses and assets. Abigail also advises a wide range of secured lenders on all aspects of security and enforcement strategy, as well as financial restructurings, and portfolio acquisitions and disposals.

Elaine Nolan
Elaine Nolan Partner, Restructuring, Kirkland & Ellis

Elaine is a restructuring partner in the London office of Kirkland & Ellis International LLP. Elaine advises strategic investors, sponsors, insolvency practitioners, turnaround managers, directors, debtors and creditors in all forms of national and international financial restructurings and insolvencies. She has been named as “Corporate Restructuring Lawyer of the Year” at the Turnaround, Restructuring & Insolvency Awards 2020 and listed as a leading individual in The Legal 500 UK (2022).

Bob Pinder
Bob Pinder Director, ICAEW

Bob is a director at ICAEW, the largest insolvency regulator in the UK. He is the driving force behind ICAEW’s insolvency regulatory strategy and responsible for the team that regulates over 800 insolvency practitioners. Bob is also responsible for Practice Assurance, a scheme of general practice review of ICAEW’s 12,000 firms in public practice as well as ICAEW’s role as a Designated Professional Body licensing 2,000 firms for non-mainstream investment business work. Bob has spent his career in risk management specialising in regulation and investigation initially with the Lloyds Banking Group and then with ICAEW where, prior to his current role, he was Head of Investigation.

Nina Schick
Nina Schick Author and consultant

Nina is an author, advisor and keynote speaker, specialising in how technology is transforming politics and society in the 21st century. She is an expert in synthetic media, deepfakes, disinformation, cybersecurity and the geopolitics of technology. Nina helps organisations and businesses understand and navigate the geopolitical risks and opportunities posed by the exponential technological changes of our age. Her debut book, Deepfakes was released in 2020, and has been translated into five languages, including Japanese, German and Mandarin.

Matt Smith
Matt Smith Senior Managing Director, Teneo

Matt is a Senior Managing Director with Teneo in London, having joined Teneo as part of its purchase of Deloitte’s UK Restructuring business. Matt has 25 years experience working with stakeholders and management of corporates suffering from under-performance or financial distress. 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.

Roger Steare
Roger Steare Corporate philosopher and expert advisor on leadership, culture and ethics

Roger has been a Senior Advisor on People & Culture, Leadership & Learning, Organisational Development, Ethics, Diversity & Inclusion for over 20 years. Over this period he has developed a robust, engaging professional practice based on a deep understanding of what motivates and inspires us to do great work. Drawing on peer-reviewed research in anthropology, moral philosophy, psychology, sociology and systems theory, he has developed an approach that can transform people, teams and organisations within just a few weeks.

Testimonials

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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