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Restructuring & Insolvency Conference

Join us for this virtual event, held over two mornings. It aims to help you understand how the restructuring and insolvency profession has evolved over time and more importantly what’s in store for the profession in the future, as well as what can be done to establish and maintain your competitive edge.

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2023 programme

Please note that the programme is subject to change.

Tuesday 27 June

Becky Dacre, Chair, ICAEW Restructuring and Insolvency Advisory Committee and Restructuring Partner, Mazars
Keynote: Creating a world where people feel good, do good and live better
Natalie Campbell is an award-winning social entrepreneur and broadcaster. She has been called one of Management Today’s 35 Women under 35. With a personal mission to create a world where people can do good and live better, her career is defined by her ability to always see possibility and to change the unchangeable.
The case of CargoLogicAir Limited and the impact of sanctions imposed on its Russian owner
CargoLogicAir Ltd was the UK’s only all-cargo main deck freight airline. A unique British business, performing a valuable commercial service to British customers trading overseas. David Buchler and Joanne Milner were appointed Joint Administrators in November 2022. Hear how their appointment has been affected by the sanctions notwithstanding obtaining a licence from OFSI.
Are recent SME restructuring plans paving the way for a more cost-efficient process?
With the courts appearing to be moving towards a pragmatic, commercially driven/results orientated approach to permitting the use of Restructuring Plans how will this approach benefit those in the small and mid-market?
UK Government Investments Special Situations Group – working with the private sector
Supporting nationally important businesses, UKGI cannot do this in isolation and needs the help of the restructuring and insolvency profession. Hannah Gray, Director at UKGI Special Situations Group and Cassie Williams, Director at BDO UK LLP explain how the public and private sectors work together in a complex political environment to support nationally important businesses facing critical issues.
Chair’s close of day one

Wednesday 28 June 

Tom Ahmad, Vice-Chair, ICAEW Restructuring and Insolvency Advisory Committee and Director, Bailey Ahmad Business Recovery
Keynote: Cyber-attack and ransom demand
You’ve just received a call from IT support to say that overnight your firm has had a cyber-attack with the perpetrators demanding $15m in bitcoin in the next 6 hours or your entire client data will be released to the dark web. How are you going to respond? Hear of real-life examples and unique insights into response strategies as well as key legal and regulatory requirements
Insights from the Insolvency Service
Dean Beale, Inspector General and Chief Executive of the Insolvency Service will discuss the latest strategic, policy and regulatory issues facing the profession.
Navigating economic turbulence
As UK and global economies face continued volatility what are the immediate challenges facing households and businesses and what do our economic prospects look like as we start to head towards a general election.
The case of FTX Digital Markets Limited
With similarities to the Lehman case, the infancy of crypto and associated regulation, as well as the somewhat opaque trading environment has added to the complexity of this case. With many issues still to be resolved, not least the ownership rights to the digital assets, PwC’s focus is on whether the FTX platform can be resuscitated for the benefit of all stakeholders.
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.

Suren Thiru Director, Economies, ICAEW

With a wide-ranging background in economics, Suren oversees ICAEW’s economic thought leadership work and is a regular commentator on the UK economy featuring regularly on television and radio and in the national press. Suren also directs ICAEW’s policy work on trade, technology and financial services.

Bethan Griffiths Senior Associate, Cyber & Tech Insurance, RPC

Bethan advises insurance companies and their insureds on all aspects of cyber incident management including pre breach preparation, cyber breach response and post breach commercial and data litigation. Having completed a 7 month secondment at a market leading cyber/tech insurer she has a unique insight into what clients require and delivers commercially focussed advice on breach response strategy and legal/regulatory requirements


The standard of this conference was very good - it was professional, the subjects were delivered in a succinct and clear manner, and the guest speakers were simply excellent. The two mornings challenged behaviours and thought and left me wanting to tell others about what I had learned.

Previous attendee ICAEW's Restructuring & Insolvency Conference 2022

A thought provoking and excellent course. A very good range of subjects, with some standout case studies and key legal developments.

Previous attendee ICAEW's Restructuring & Insolvency Conference 2022

An extremely insightful and topical event!

Previous attendee ICAEW's Restructuring & Insolvency Conference 2022

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