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2017 Programme

14.00: Welcome coffee and registration

14.30: Chairs' welcome

Rebecca Jarvis, Linklaters
Adam Plainer, Weil, Gotshal & Manges

14.35: Session one - Roundtable Discussion: How to increase your leverage in a restructuring

Finding leverage in a restructuring is an art: knowing when to move, and where (and how hard) to apply pressure. Sometimes the answer is structural, sometimes it is financial, sometimes it's completely novel. But whichever, mastering the art requires a working knowledge of an ever changing legal landscape.

In this session, leading names from across the restructuring market will use real life examples to discuss the art of leverage, and along with the essential question: would those techniques still bear fruit today?

Questions they're expected to discuss include:

  • Are blocking positions becoming easier to knock down?
  • Is having an economic interest enough to vote in a scheme?
  • Can you still trade when in receipt of information during a restructuring?
  • Is the UK still the pick of the bunch, or have other jurisdictions caught up?
  • Have funds left it too late to take advantage of distressed assets in Europe? What happens to those deals in the wake of pre-insolvency reforms?

Rebecca Jarvis, Linklaters
Adam Plainer, Weil, Gotshal & Manges

Mark Arnold QC, South Square
David Burlison, Managing Director, Restructuring Team, Lazard
John Davison, CEO, Pillarstone
Yushan Ng, Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft

15.40: Coffee break

16.05: Session two - GRR Live Question Time

A unique session of free-flowing discussion, in the style of Question Time. Audience members will submit questions in advance, which will be discussed by a leading panel, and the audience alike. The session therefore offers an excellent opportunity to obtain opinions on a question that's been vexing you, or to benchmark your own approach to a particularly thorny problem against that of others. Some of the topics will tie in with the roundtable session; others will not. Questions will be distributed to the audience in advance.

Rebecca Jarvis, Linklaters
Adam Plainer, Weil, Gotshal & Manges

David Ereira, Paul Hastings
Simon Granger, FTI Consulting
Joanne Holland, Senior Vice President, McKinsey
Felicity Toube QC, South Square 

17.15: Closing speech

The Rt. Hon. Lord Justice David Richards  
"Cooperation and communication between courts"

17.45: Chairs' closing remarks

Rebecca Jarvis, Linklaters
Adam Plainer, Weil, Gotshal & Manges

17.50 onwards: All delegates are invited to attend a drinks reception kindly hosted by Weil, Gotshal & Manges

London, United Kingdom


  • "I thoroughly enjoyed the Question Time session"

  • "The quality of discussion, topic choice and freshness of material was great!"