Singapore was the location for this year’s annual conference of INSOL International, held between the 13th and 15th March 2011 and attracting a record attendance of nearly 600 delegates from all over the world. BTG Global Network was proud to be one of the four Main Sponsors, as was network member, BMC Group and also our Australian associates, PPB Advisory. It must be unique for one professional network to take three of the four main sponsorship positions at such a prestigious event, reflecting our very strong influence on thought leadership within the international insolvency and restructuring profession.
Held against the background of the unfolding natural disasters in Japan, there was a surreal atmosphere in which this terrible tragedy went almost un-mentioned, at least by Singaporean and other Asian delegates. This may have been the result of the profound shock felt by so many at the awesome power of nature to humble the human race, or maybe it reflected the stoicism and strength of character for which Asia is rightly famous.
There were 18 delegates from BTG GN members and another 11 from network associates, meaning that we provided 5% of the audience for the conference. We were delighted to host Sponsors Tables at both the opening Welcome Dinner and the farewell Gala Dinner, which provided some quality networking time for the BTG GN family.
BTG GN Chairman, Nick Hood was a speaker at a well attended and lively session on the topic of differences between restructuring systems around the world (“They Do it Differently There – Restructuring, Legislative Incentives and Disincentives”). He shared the platform with Melissa Knoll from our US joint venture, BTG Mesirow Financial Consulting, Michael Quinlan from Australian law firm Allens Arthur Robinson and The Hon. Justice Mr Geoffrey Morawetz from the Ontario Superior Court of Justice.
BTG GN is a strong supporter of INSOL International, which with over 10,000 individual members and 41 member associations is the only truly worldwide representative for the insolvency and restructuring professions. The network has sponsored every INSOL Conference since 2003.
For those wanting to know more about the conference or about INSOL International, please visit www.insol.org. The papers from the technical programme will be available shortly via their website - http://www.insol.org/page/154/insol-singapore. The necessary username and password can be obtained by emailing Jo Hancock.
Julie is a law graduate who qualified with Price Waterhouse in 1994. Julie joined Smith & Williamson in 1997 and became a partner in 2001. With Mike Stevenson, Julie set up Middleton Partners offices in Salisbury and Southampton, both of which are now part of Begbies Traynor.
Julie is a member of the Insolvency Practitioners Association and is a Fellow of The Association of Business Recovery Professionals. Julie deals with all aspects of Corporate Recovery and turnaround work and takes all form of personal insolvency appointments.