Debra A. Dandeneau

Baker McKenzie

Debra A. Dandeneau is chair of Baker McKenzie's Global Restructuring and Insolvency Group and chair of its North America Banking & Finance Group. Her practice focuses on business reorganizations and debtor and creditors’ rights.

Debra has been ranked by The Best Lawyers in America 2011-2019 in the practice areas of Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, and Litigation-Bankruptcy. She has also been recognized by Legal 500 US for Municipal Bankruptcy and Super Lawyers 2006-2019 for Bankruptcy. Super Lawyers has also named Debra among the 2017 Top Women for Bankruptcy Business in New York.

Debra has dealt with a variety of entities experiencing financial distress, across a range of industries. Over the course of her career, her work has included representations in the real estate, manufacturing, power generation, healthcare, municipal, retail, and service sectors.

Mia Drennan


Mia Drennan is the founder of GLAS and their Co-Chair and President. Mia is responsible for executing theri strategic plan to be a global player delivering loan and trustee services from an international platform.

Mia is seasoned banking professional by background with over twenty years’ experience in the Capital Markets with specific experience working on a variety of debt instruments within Corporate Trust and Agency.

Prior to starting GLAS Mia built the trustee business at The Bank of New York Mellon and was a pioneer in the structured finance market place. Mia has also held high profile positions at Citibank, Simmons & Simmons LLP and KPMG.

Keynote Speaker

Yael Selfin

Chief Economist, KPMG

Yael is Chief Economist at KPMG in the UK and a Fellow at the National Institute of Economic and Social Research.

She has been advising clients on the global economic outlook and its impact on their strategy for over 20 years. Her experience spans private sector clients across a wide range of industries and geographies, as well as public sector bodies.

Her research looks at the impact major changes, including new technologies and Brexit, could have on the economy as well as on individual businesses. Her work at the National Institute of Economic and Social Research looks at ways to lift growth across UK regions.

Yael is a regular commentator on economic issues in the media. She won City A.M. Analyst of the Year award in 2016 for the research she published on the outlook for interest rates, global trade and equity markets, and was named one of City A.M. Power 100 Women.

She is a member of the Bretton Woods Committee.  


Carrianne Basler


Mary Grace Diehl

Judge, US Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Georgia

Aisling Dwyer

Maples Group

Mandip Englund

Reed Smith

Sheena Frazer

Mayer Brown

Helena Giles

TMF Group

Rosalind Goode

Avison Young

Kellie Gread


M. Natasha Labovitz

Debevoise & Plimpton

Joy McAdam

Independent Restructuring Specialist

Karen McMaster


Catherine Newman QC

Maitland Chambers

Elaine Nolan

Kirkland & Ellis

Liz Osborne

Akin Gump Struass Hauer & Feld

Lisa Rickelton

FTI Consulting

Susannah Rose

OakNorth Bank

Rachel Seeley

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Clare Tanner

K&L Gates

Priyanka Usmani

Baker McKenzie


08.45: Registration and networking breakfast sponsored by TMF Group

09.55: Chairs' opening remarks

Debra A. Dandeneau, Baker McKenzie
Mia Drennan, GLAS

10.00: Keynote address

Yael Selfin, Chief Economist, KPMG

10.30: Increasing leverage in restructurings: jurisdiction, valuation and disputes

  • Gaining leverage through forum selection: tried-and-tested tactics and how these are evolving e.g. In light of new restructuring procedures and Brexit;
  • Leverage through valuation techniques and the growing importance of valuation in the current market - is Europe heading towards US-style valuation disputes?
  • Getting an edge from dispute resolution techniques: top tips for gaining leverage in litigation / ADR procedures.

Aisling Dwyer, Maples Group
Kellie Gread, PwC
Clare Tanner, K&L Gates
Priyanka Usmani, Baker McKenzie

11.15: Coffee break sponsored by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

11.45: Increasing leverage: covenant-lite situations and loopholes in documentation 

  • How to encourage people to buy into traditional loans in the covenant-lite era?
  • What are the loopholes in cov-lite documentation? How can lenders protect themselves from being ‘J Crewed’?
  • What is the impact of credit default swaps (CDS)? Why have they become an active tool for credit trading?
  • How can CDS affect leverage or shape a wider transaction?
  • How can lenders take advantage of document loopholes?

Mandip Englund, Reed Smith
Karen McMaster, Milbank
Liz Osborne, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld
Rachel Seeley, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

12.30: Professional networking: what is the recipe for success?

Debra A. Dandeneau, Baker McKenzie
Sheena Frazer, Mayer Brown
Lisa Rickelton, FTI Consulting 

13.15: Networking lunch sponsored by South Square  

14.15: Speed Networking

15.00: Increasing leverage through the different parties involved

  • How can you make the best use of service providers and trustees?
  • How are pensions, landlords, credit insurers, suppliers and regulators influencing modern restructurings?
  • What other forms of leverage are available?
  • Using these different forms of leverage to obtain an advantage;

Carrianne Basler, AlixPartners
Mia Drennan, GLAS 
Helena Giles, TMF Group
M. Natasha Labovitz, Debevoise & Plimpton
Elaine Nolan, Kirkland & Ellis 

15.45: Coffee break sponsored by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

16.15: Women in negotiation – how to be a winner

Bringing together a panel of highly respected senior women with a wealth of experience, our panel of experts will offer up advice to help you negotiate more effectively. This informative, interactive and entertaining session will use the audience’s own responses to a series of questions and scenarios and promises to include rich war stories, life-lessons, and tips on how to survive and thrive in what’s still a male dominated world while remaining true to your values.

Mary Grace Diehl, Judge, US Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Georgia
Rosalind Goode, Avison Young
Joy McAdam, Independent Restructuring Specialist
Catherine Newman QC, Maitland Chambers
Susannah Rose, OakNorth Bank

17.00: Chairs’ closing remarks

Debra A. Dandeneau, Baker McKenzie
Mia Drennan, GLAS 

17.10: All delegates are invited to attend a drinks reception kindly hosted by Kirkland and Ellis

18.30 onwards: All delegates are invited to attend an all-conference dinner kindly hosted by Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld


Painters' Hall, 9 Little Trinity Ln, London, EC4V 2AD

Ticket prices

Private Practitioner
Type Price Expires
Super Early  £300  27 Sep 2019
Early £400  25 Oct 2019 
Standard £500  7 Nov 2019


Type Price
Standard £0


IWIRC members receive a discounted rate, contact to receive this.