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1 INSOL Europe The professional association for European restructuring and insolvency specialists Become a member

2 the creation of a network of specialists Our story In 1980 a French association headed by Yannick Pavec organised a conference in Vienna with speakers from at least six other European countries and it proved a great success. Sir Kenneth Cork, who had just completed his term in office as Lord Mayor of London organised a meeting in London the following year. He also arranged for the incorporation of Association Européenne des Practiciens des Procédures Collectives (AEPPC) in France and formed the first Council with many of those who had been in Vienna. During 1982 British practitioners celebrated the 21st birthday of their Association, the IPA, with a conference in Cape Cod, USA, inviting North American practitioners and as a result, Richard Turton (UK) and Ian Strang (Canada) founded INSOL International. AEPPC joined INSOL International in 1984 as a member association. Developments in France in the late 1990s made AEPPC an antiquated term and the name of the organisation was changed at the Paris Council Meeting in April The new name was debated and INSOL Europe was voted in. Since then INSOL Europe has undergone great changes with a combination of globalisation, the development of the insolvency professions in both Western and Eastern Europe, the continually increasing emphasis on effective reorganisation of ailing businesses, and the development of global models such as the European Insolvency Regulation and the UNCITRAL Model Law on Cross Border Insolvency. INSOL Europe has risen to these challenges and continues to grow and thrive. We look forward to welcoming you as a member. 2

3 The goals and strategies of INSOL Europe are to: lead the study and evaluation of insolvency, bankruptcy and business recovery law and practice in Europe; disseminate technical and topical information on insolvency, bankruptcy and business recovery matters; publish Eurofenix for members; maintain the INSOL Europe website for members and others; hold international and regional congresses throughout Europe; facilitate networking between members and exchange of professional experience; discuss and negotiate with relevant officials of European national and international bodies in regard to any matter which may concern members; make submissions and contribute to the work of European and other International official bodies who are affected by the insolvency process, or who have a role to play in the saving of businesses and jobs; co-operate with INSOL International and its member organisations and other international associations in connection with any insolvency study or project; and assist in the education and training of members, their team and others. 3

4 we now have the largest and the most multidisciplinary membership ever Our members INSOL Europe has over 1,200 members consisting of qualified lawyers, accountants and insolvency practitioners together with lenders, regulators, members of the judiciary, credit managers, credit insurers and students studying the insolvency discipline. INSOL Europe is a member of INSOL International ( the global insolvency and turnaround association with over 9,000 members. Members of INSOL Europe come from 48 countries: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Cayman Islands, Channel Islands, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Kosovo, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, the United Kingdom and the United States of America. Eurofenix INSOL Europe publishes its journal Eurofenix four times a year in English and French. It features current events concerning the profession in Europe; news and appointments; high quality technical articles written by leading practitioners and academics; news concerning law reform throughout Europe; the efforts that emerging market countries are making to introduce insolvency legislation and practice; and issues related to the European Insolvency Regulation and jurisprudence. Case Register The European Insolvency Regulation Case Register website ( is a valuable tool designed by INSOL Europe members currently containing approximately 300 abstracts and judgments, from throughout the EU, that refer to the EC Regulation on Insolvency Proceedings (No 1346/2000). 4

5 Benefits of joining INSOL Europe Complimentary copies of the INSOL Europe Technical Series publications including The Insolvency Law of Central & Eastern Europe and The European Communication & Cooperation Guidelines for Cross-Border Insolvency. Free copy of our quarterly journal Eurofenix which currently runs to 48 pages per edition. Excellent advertising rates for you and your business in Eurofenix. Discounted rate for all INSOL Europe conferences and seminars. Discounted members' rates available for INSOL International conferences. As a member Association of INSOL International, our members receive copies of their quarterly newsletter, INSOL World, together with their annual Membership Directory and technical releases. Opportunities to join INSOL Europe working groups and to write articles featured in our e-newsletter and on our website. Weekly s with top insolvency news items featuring stories from over fifty news sources across Europe. Monthly e-newsletters with all the latest INSOL Europe membership news and special offers. Privileged access to our website via a password protected Members Area" which includes : Glossaries of Terms relevant to insolvency laws of most European countries. Material from the Accession Countries and Eastern Europe Committee. The current edition of Eurofenix in English and French. INSOL Europe s financial statements. Forthcoming papers by the Academic Forum. Our Council have direct contact with the EU. The principal goal of INSOL Europe's Academic Forum is to study insolvency matters emanating from EC regulations and to promote the further development of insolvency law as an academic discipline throughout Europe. Access to Practical Law Company s Cross-Border Restructuring and Insolvency Guide. 5

6 members can learn, participate in conferences and network with others INSOL Europe Events Every year we hold many international and regional events where members can learn about industry developments, participate in academic conferences and network with others. Our events include: European Congresses Annual Congresses are held throughout Europe. The first was in London in 1981 and since then the venues have been Paris (France), Den Haag (The Netherlands), Lake Como (Italy), Baden Baden (Germany), Marbella (Spain), Dromoland (Ireland), Knokke-Heist (Belgium), St Helier (Jersey), Vilamoura (Portugal), Nice (France), Prague (Czech Republic), Stratford upon Avon (UK), Telfs (Austria), Florence (Italy), Budapest (Hungary), Toledo (Spain), Oslo (Norway), Munich (Germany), Paris (France), Rome (Italy), Malta, Cork (Ireland), Prague (Czech Republic), Amsterdam (The Netherlands), Bucharest (Romania), Monte Carlo (Monaco), Barcelona (Spain), Stockholm (Sweden), Vienna (Austria), Venice (Italy) and Brussels (Belgium). The Congresses in 2013, 2014 and 2015 will be held in Paris (France), Istanbul (Turkey) and Berlin (Germany) respectively. The Congress is the annual flagship event of the Association and the key papers are published on our website. Bi-Annual Academic Forums take place every six months to tackle relevant themes of interest to the practice and academic communities. The Eastern European Countries Committee Conference tackles insolvency issues particularly pertinent to Eastern European countries. Lenders Group Meetings provide a forum for lenders in which they can meet, develop cross-border support and contacts, co-operate and communicate in both formal insolvencies and informal restructurings. Turnaround Wing Events are targeted at turnaround professionals and stakeholders operating in the restructuring community across Europe and beyond. 6

7 Governance INSOL Europe is governed by the Executive Board who are responsible for the day-to-day management of the Association. Its affairs are administered by a Council which elects the President, Deputy President, Vice President and Treasurer. The Council consists of the officers, a Council member from each country with a number of members as the Council may decide and several other members elected from the membership. Committee Structure The work of INSOL Europe is undertaken by Working Committees, which currently include: Academic Forum Anti-Fraud Forum (new in 2013) Eastern European Countries Committee Judicial Wing Lenders Group Regulators Forum (new in 2013) Turnaround Wing Central Register Congress Technical (for each Congress) Constitution Eurofenix Editorial Board EU Monitoring INSOL International & National Organisations Local Seminars & Joint Courses Membership Structure & Approval PR, Publications & Website Future Plans 7

8 to assist in the education and training of members, their staff and others Research and training projects INSOL Europe undertakes a wide range of projects relating to insolvency law and practice within Europe and across European borders. Current projects include training and workshop assignments for emerging market countries and the monitoring of the EU Insolvency Regulation. Short duration technical courses are also organised by members of the Academic Forum. INSOL Europe is available to identify speakers on insolvency related topics for meetings and conferences. The Technical Committee will, from time to time, identify and initiate studies into insolvency or turnaround matters of interest, legislation or on comparative subjects. INSOL International INSOL Europe encourages greater international cooperation and communication within Europe, and also with the rest of the world through its membership of INSOL International, the global insolvency and turnaround association with over 9,000 members. Members of INSOL Europe are entitled to the full benefits and services provided by INSOL International, including the right to attend INSOL International conferences and to receive INSOL International s newsletter, INSOL World, and publications. In recent years these publications have included Directors in the Twilight Zone, Cross Border Insolvency a Guide to Recognition and Enforcement and The INSOL Principles for Multicreditor Workouts. INSOL Europe members have been involved in a range of INSOL International s activities and have served on INSOL International s Board of Directors. 8

9 INSOL Europe is prepared to give evidence to Governments or Governmental bodies upon request, in regard to members experience with the law and practice in their own countries, in general or concerning foreign or cross-border matters. INSOL Europe members have participated in the United Nations Commission for International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) Working Groups on Cross Border Insolvency Law and the Insolvency Legislative Guide. 9

10 General Sponsors THIERHOFF MÜLLER & PARTNER CONTACT: MICHAEL THIERHOFF T MASTER DISTRESS, TOGETHER. Lawyers, accountants and tax advisors providing comprehensive solutions in restructuring and insolvency situations. In Frankfurt, in Leipzig and wherever you need us.

11 Academic Forum Sponsors WORKING WITH YOU FOR RESTRUCTURING AND INSOLVENCY We are recognised as market leaders in the UK in Restructuring & Insolvency, being at the forefront of legal developments, and have two recognised leaders in the field. We act on the full range of restructuring and insolvency matters, including non-contentious, contentious and board advisory assignments, and are specialists in both corporate and personal insolvency. Where necessary we work closely with our dedicated banking team to ensure a commercial solution is delivered where financial institutions are involved. We pride ourselves on delivering a high quality service, giving high quality accurate, succinct and timely advice and are focused on achieving the best outcome for our clients within commercial parameters. For more information please contact: Dan Sejas, Partner & Head Restructuring and Insolvency T: 44 (0) E:

12 To join us, complete the form and return it to: Caroline Taylor, INSOL Europe PO Box 7149, Clifton, Nottingham NG11 6WD Tel/Fax: +44 (0) Website:

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