Coverage

GRR Live Hong Kong in pictures

18 October 2017

On 17 October, GRR held its first conference in Hong Kong at offices of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, featuring a keynote speech by Hong Kong Companies Court Judge Jonathan Harris.

GRR Live Hong Kong: Judge-made innovations and the trouble with enforcement in China

19 October 2017

A panel at the inaugural GRR Live in Hong Kong considered the future of schemes of arrangement – and the future availability of other restructuring mechanisms in the special administrative region – against practical realities such as the court’s unwillingness to sanction the use of provisional liquidators solely for restructuring purposes.

GRR Live, Hong Kong: Scheme jurisdiction in a multi-jurisdictional context

Mr Justice Jonathan Harris

22 November 2017

The Gibbs rule - that a contractual debt can only be compromised under the law governing it - has received a fair amount of negative press since a Singapore court declined to apply it in Pacific Andes last year. But in his keynote at GRR Live Hong Kong last month, Companies Court judge Jonathan Harris said the rule had been helpful locally in providing a “sufficient connection” for the sanctioning of schemes relating to foreign companies.

GRR Live, Hong Kong: Corporate rescue proposals due in 2018 to be influenced by Australian administration

GRR Live Hong Kong Question Time panel

15 December 2017

Hong Kong’s official receiver, Phyllis McKenna, explained to delegates at GRR Live that long-awaited corporate rescue proposals in the special administrative region won’t be a debtor-in-possession regime like the US, and more recently Singapore – but they are taking inspiration from Australia.

Chairs

Look Chan Ho

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Look specialises in corporate insolvencies, in particular cross-border ones. His practice often involves the structuring of regulatory capital and structured finance products, and Look has extensive experience in financial institutions’ resolution regimes. Look is particularly well known for his high level of legal expertise and frequently advises on transactions involving novel and complex legal issues. 

Ian Mann

Harney Westwood & Riegels

A barrister by training, Ian Mann is a leading offshore litigator, senior tactician and thought leader. He is the long term head of Harneys' Offshore Litigation and Restructuring Department in Hong Kong. Ian lectures regularly to judicial, professional and academic bodies. He is the author of both of the leading offshore textbooks on British Virgin Islands Commercial Law and Bermuda Commercial Law (Sweet & Maxwell Thomson Reuters), and is a contributor to The Offshore Litigation Blog, a Harneys blog that shares news and views about litigation, dispute resolution, restructuring and insolvency offshore.

Keynote

Mr Justice Harris

The High Court, Hong Kong

Speakers

Aisling Dwyer

Maples and Calder

David Kidd

Linklaters

Rosalie Lui

KPMG

Phyllis McKenna

Official Receiver's Office, Hong Kong

Manoj Pillay Sandrasegara

WongPartnership

Anna-Marie Slot

Ashurst

Holly Yuen

Madison Pacific

Programme

14.00: Welcome coffee and registration

14.30: Chairs' opening remarks

Look Chan Ho, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Ian Mann, Harney Westwood & Riegels

14.40: Keynote speech

Mr Justice Harris, The High Court, Hong Kong 

15.10: Session one: The future of Hong Kong Schemes of Arrangement: What do recent cases suggest?

Hong Kong has emerged as Asia's busiest insolvency and restructuring venue, thanks to innovation by lawyers and judges alike. But obstacles remain, and the question is, how much more can lawyers and judges do on their own? Is there a limit to what can be achieved by developing the common law? Is parliamentary intervention going to be required? In this session, leading names will examine the latest cases to decide what the future for Hong Kong schemes holds, in GRR Live's trademark conversational style.

Moderators:
Look Chan Ho, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Ian Mann, Harney Westwood & Riegels

Panel:
David Kidd, Linklaters
Aisling Dwyer, Maples and Calder
Rosalie Lui, KPMG

16.25: Coffee break

16.55: Session two: The GRR Live Question Time

A unique session of free-flowing discussion, in the style of Question Time on the BBC. Audience members will submit questions in advance, which will be discussed by a panel of leading names, with the audience asked to join in after. It offers an excellent chance to check one's own approach against that of peers.

Moderators:
Look Chan Ho, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Ian Mann, Harney Westwood & Riegels

Panel:
Anna-Marie Slot, Ashurst
Holly Yen, Madison Pacific
Phyllis McKenna, Official Receiver's Office, Hong Kong
Manoj Pillay Sandrasegara, WongPartnership

18.10: Chairs' closing remarks

Look Chan Ho, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Ian Mann, Harney Westwood & Riegels

18.20: All delegates are invited to attend a drinks reception kindly hosted by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Venue

11th Floor, Two Exchange Square, Hong Kong

Prices

Private Practitioner
Type Price Until
Super Early £300 08 Sep 2017
Early £450 06 Oct 2017
Standard £600 17 Oct 2017