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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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Knowledge Building

Understand what’s in store for the restructuring and insolvency profession in the future, and what can be done to establish and maintain your competitive edge.



Hear about the latest insights into matters affecting the restructuring and insolvency profession



First class speakers providing both thought-leadership and highly informative sector specific insights



Hear from the award-winning social entrepreneur and broadcaster Natalie Campbell


Economic insights

What do our economic prospects look like as we start to head towards a general election



Encouraging restructuring and insolvency professionals to think differently

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. Buchler Phillips partners Jo Milner and David Buchler were appointed Joint Administrators in November 2022Hear how the interaction between the insolvency and sanctions regimes has evolved during what has been an interesting but also challenging appointment. David and Jo will be joined by Natalie Peacock and Chris Parker, DLA Piper.
Restructuring Plans and the squeezed middle - two years on where are we now?
In this session David Ampaw and Philip Povey, DLA Piper discuss the progress of the Part 26 A Restructuring Plan since its introduction into the UK restructuring toolbox. David and Rowan will examine the utility of this new tool through the lens of its application in the middle market and the opportunities and challenges it presents.
UK Government Investments Special Situations Group – working with the restructuring and insolvency profession
Supporting Government’s response to nationally important businesses facing critical issues, UK Government Investments often work closely with private sector advisory practices. Jonathan Ingram, Executive Director, UKGI Special Situations Group and Cassie Williams, Director, BDO LLP explain how Government and the profession can work together in a complex political environment and the importance and benefits of UKGI’s secondment programme.
Chair’s close of day one

Wednesday 28 June 

Tom Ahmad, Vice-Chair, ICAEW Restructuring and Insolvency Advisory Committee and Director, BABR
Keynote: Dealing with the curse of the digital age – Fighting back against cyber-attacks and ransom demands
Overnight your firm has had a cyber-attack. Your operating systems are fully encrypted and the perpetrators are demanding $15m in bitcoin in the next two days or your entire client data will be released to the dark web. How do you respond? Experts from RPC’s cyber insurance team will discuss how you can manage and help reduce the risks presented by a cyber-attack. Hear real-life examples and unique insights into response strategies.
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? Suren Thiru, ICAEW Director, Economies explores what do our economic prospects look like as we start to head towards a general election.
Crypto distress, insolvencies and lessons learned
The infancy of crypto and associated regulation, lack of robust internal controls and governance as well as the opaque trading environment has added significant complexity to many crypto insolvencies. In the case of FTX, the issues to be resolved are governing law, the property rights in relation to digital assets not easily attributable to legal entities, the rights of customers and the commercial and practical ability to resuscitate the exchange. PwC’s Ed Macnamara and Jason Gunter discuss the lessons learned from this process and how to apply them to future crypto insolvencies in a fluid regulatory environment.
Chair’s close of day two

Our speakers

Natalie Campbell
Natalie Campbell MBE Co-CEO Belu Water

Natalie Campbell is an award-winning social entrepreneur and broadcaster. She is the Co-CEO of Belu Water (an ethical water brand), the former Director of Insight and Innovation at The Royal Foundation, and she founded a global social innovation agency A Very Good Company (AVGC). She is a proud disruptor of ‘business as usual’ and challenges clients to put purpose, sustainability, and inclusion at the heart of their work.

Dean Beale
Dean Beale Inspector General and Chief Executive, The Insolvency Service

Dean has worked in insolvency for over 25 years in a variety of roles. He has been an Official Receiver, acting as a trustee in bankruptcy and liquidator, and has undertaken many insolvency-related investigations. In addition to his public sector experience, Dean has also spent time in the private sector as a forensic accountant investigating fraud and managing commercial disputes.

Speaker: Bethan Griffiths
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.

Speaker: Suren Thiru
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.

Jo Milner
Jo Milner Partner, Buchler Phillips

Jo re-joined Buchler Phillips in April 2021 after a break of 25 years, having spent her formative years with the practice in 1991-1995. Since then, she spent 8 years as a Partner in leading independent firms, as well as gaining valuable Senior level experience with Smith & Williamson and PwC. An Insolvency Appointment taker since 2004, she is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales and a Licensed Insolvency Practitioner.

David Butchler
David Buchler Chairman, Buchler Phillips

David Buchler is a Chartered Accountant and Insolvency Practitioner, with some 40 years of experience in the field of Insolvency and Corporate Turnaround. He was a Partner at Arthur Andersen prior to becoming a Founding Partner of Buchler Phillips, one of the UK’s leading financial recovery and restructuring specialists, which was acquired in 1999 by the world’s leading risk mitigation firm, Kroll Inc.

David Ampaw
David Ampaw Partner, DLA Piper UK LLP

David is a partner and key member of the London and International Restructuring practice of DLA Piper. He has 20+ years’ experience in non-contentious restructuring, insolvency and special situations assignments acting for corporates, clearing banks, international and investment banks, debt and hedge funds. He has advised in relation to a number of domestic and cross-border workouts and assignments taking in, in the last 12 months alone, schemes and restructuring plans in Spain, Italy, the Netherlands and, the topic of today, the UK by way of the Part 26A Restructuring Plan.

Speaker: Cassie Williams
Cassie Williams Director, BDO UK LLP

As a qualified accountant (FCCA) and restructuring professional (JIEB) Cassie has a broad range of experience across multiple sectors, including natural resources, energy and public sector, with experience of working at pace with government in relation to complex critical national infrastructure and distressed financial support measures, as part of the special situations team at UK Government Investments.

Speaker: Jason Gunter
Jason Gunter Director, PwC

Jason has 15 years experience in advising creditors, companies and regulators in navigating restructuring and insolvency situations. He has significant experience in financial services, banking and asset wealth management restructuring, resolution, wind down, non core carve out and insolvency. Jason is currently working on the provisional liquidation of FTX in the Bahamas. Jason’s wider restructuring advisory experience includes McColls, AS Adventure, Interserve, Thomas Cook plc, Ambatovy, Stemcor, OW Bunker and Lehman.

Speaker: Phillip Povey
Philip Povey Senior Associate, DLA Piper LLP UK

Philip Povey is a senior associate in the Special Situations and Financial Restructuring practice at DLA Piper and based in the firm’s London office. His practice focuses on complex cross-border corporate and financial restructurings, special situations and formal insolvency procedures. Philip has considerable experience advising in connection with cram-down processes (including schemes of arrangement, restructuring plans and CVAs), restructurings of public bond debt, work-out negotiations, liability management transactions and formal insolvency / enforcement.

Speaker Natalie Peacock
Natalie Peacock Associate, DLA Piper UK LLP

Natalie Peacock is a restructuring and insolvency lawyer in DLA Piper’s Restructuring and Insolvency team and is a specialist in distressed aviation matters. She has experience of a wide range of contentious and non-contentious matters, including formal insolvency matters, financial restructuring, asset-based lending and domestic and cross jurisdictional turnaround matters. Natalie’s practice spans a number of sectors, including aviation, retail, industrial, construction and consumer credit.

Speaker: Richard Breavington
Richard Breavington Lead of Cyber & Tech Insurance team, RPC

Richard is a Partner at RPC and leads the Cyber & Tech Insurance team. He has been dealing with cyber breach incidents since RPC's work in this area began. The team have worked on many hundreds of breaches since then. He has advised on a full range of breach situations at senior levels of a range of insured and other corporate clients.

Speaker: Jonathan Ingram
Jonathan Ingram Executive Director, UK Government Investments

Jonathan joined UKGI in early 2018 and is part of the 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 and where there is a strategic case for Government intervention. Jonathan has over 20 years’ experience of providing restructuring and insolvency advice to key Government stakeholders in complex distressed situations. A lawyer by background, Jonathan has worked in both national and international law firms.

Speaker: Edward Macnamara
Edward Macnamara Partner, Head of Restructuring, Pwc

Ed is a restructuring partner with over 25 years’ experience and with significant expertise in financial services. He is one of the Lehman administrators, is heavily involved in the insolvency of FTX, led aspects of restructuring work for Co-op Bank at the time of its capital shortfall, is dealing with the run-off and residual issues of UKAR (Bradford & Bingley and Northern Rock) and has worked across central and eastern Europe, Africa and the Caribbean region on various restructurings in financial services.

Speaker: Chris Parker
Chris Parker Partner, DLA Piper UK LLP

Chris Parker is a Partner at DLA Piper, and co-chair of the Global Restructuring Practice. His desk focuses particularly on formal insolvency processes in a global context, often in relation to the financial services sector. Chris leads the contentious restructuring group in London, working on international fraud and asset recovery, investigations, and litigation in relation to various financial structures.

Conference Chairs

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.

Tom Ahmad
Tom Ahmad Director, BABR. 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.


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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