Thursday, 07 November 2019, Painters' Hall, London

Increasing leverage in restructuring

GRR in association with IWIRC London (International Women in Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation) are proud to announce the inaugural GRR Live – IWIRC London Women in Restructuring event. Designed with and for industry experts, this event will bring together the many stakeholders from the international insolvency and restructuring circuit including lawyers, insolvency practitioners, restructuring and turnaround advisers, bankers, investors, consultants and judges, for networking and interactive panels to connect, inform, inspire and showcase restructuring’s finest female talent.

Attendees will be provided with a unique opportunity to connect and learn from like-minded individuals through different panel formats and purpose built networking sessions.

The event will close with a drink’s reception and an all-conference dinner. The latest GRR’s Women in Restructuring survey will be released during the dinner to celebrate some of the greatest achievements of the past few years.

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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 Restructuring and Insolvency Group. Her practice focuses on business reorganizations and debtor and creditors’ rights.

Debra has been ranked by The Best Lawyers in America 2011-2017 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 2006-2017 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.


8.45: Registration and networking breakfast sponsored by TMF Group

9.55: Chairs' opening remarks

Debra A. Dandeneau, Baker & McKenzie
Mia Drennan, GLAS

10.00: Keynote address

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.

11.15: Coffee break sponsored by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

11.45: The art of 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?

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

13.15: Networking Lunch sponsored by South Square  

14.15: Speed Networking

15.00: Effectively leveraging 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;

15.45: Coffee break sponsored by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

16.15: Women in negotiation – surviving the nightmare

In a session that will use the audience’s own responses to a series of questions and scenarios, our panel of experts will offer their help so you can learn to negotiate more effectively. The session promises to include rich war stories, life-lessons, and tips on how to survive in what’s still a male dominated world whilst remaining true to your values.

17.00: Chairs’ closing remarks

Debra A. Dandeneau, Baker & McKenzie
Mia Drennan, GLAS 

17.10 onwards: Drinks reception sponsored by Kirkland & Ellis

18.30: All delegates are invited to attend an all-conference dinner 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.