Speakers include

  • Mihaela Carpus-Carcea, Legislative Officer (DG Justice) at European Commission (Belgium)
  • Timothy Barnes, United States Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Illinois (United States)
  • Reinhard Bork, University of Hamburg (Germany)
  • Geoff O’Dea, Freshfields (United Kingdom)
  • Robert van Galen, NautaDutilh (Netherlands)
  • Francisco Garcimartín Alférez, University of Madrid, Linklaters (Spain)
  • Gijs Makkink, President of the Enterprise Chamber (Ondernemingskamer) of the Appellate Court in Amsterdam (Netherlands)
  • Jennifer Marshall, Allen & Overy, London (United Kingdom)
  • Anne Mennens, Radboud University and ING Wholesale Banking Legal (Netherlands)
  • Jennifer Payne, Oxford University (United Kingdom)
  • Lorenzo Stanghellini, University of Florence (Italy)
  • Richard Snowden, High Court – Chancery Division (United Kingdom)
  • Ignacio Tirado, University of Madrid, The World Bank, IMF (Spain)
  • Nicolaes Tollenaar, RESOR (Netherlands)
  • Frank Verstijlen, University of Groningen (Netherlands)
  • Michael Veder, RESOR and Radboud University (Netherlands)

Timothy A. Barnes

Timothy Barnes

is a United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Northern District of Illinois in Chicago. Judge Barnes presently teaches as an adjunct professor of law at the IIT Chicago-Kent School of Law (international insolvency) and Chicago’s John Marshall Law School (secured transactions). Has has previously taught at the DePaul University College of Law, the University of Dayton School of Law and The Ohio State University. Judge Barnes co-lectures on the topic of English insolvency law for the International Bankruptcy course for St. John’s University School of Law.

Prior to taking the bench, Judge Barnes was a partner in the international law firm of Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle at its New York and London offices, where he practiced corporate restructuring, bankruptcy and insolvency law in large and complex matters. He began his career as a law clerk to Hon. William A. Clark, Chief United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Southern District of Ohio (ret.), and was thereafter an associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom and Latham & Watkins.

Judge Barnes is licensed to practice in Illinois, New York and Ohio, and is a licensed solicitor in England and Wales. He is a Fellow of INSOL International, graduating (with honors) from the Global Insolvency Practice Course in 2011, and serves on several INSOL committees. He is also a member of the International Insolvency Institute and has previously served as co-editor of the American Bankruptcy Institute’s International Insolvency newsletter and chair of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges’ International Judicial Relations Committee. Judge Barnes received his master’s and law degrees from The Ohio State University.

Dr Reinhard Bork

Reinhard Bork

Studied law at the Uni­versity of Mün­ster/Westf., passing state examinations in 1980 and 1982. Law doctorate in 1984 and post-doctoral thesis (Habilitation) in 1988. Professor of Law at University of Bonn in 1989. Since 1990 Professor of Law at University of Hamburg, where he is Director of the Seminar for Civil Procedural Law. He was Dean of the Law Faculty in 1993/1994 and Vice Dean (head of the Examination Office) 2005-2010. Robert S. Campbell Visiting Fellow at Magdalen College Oxford 2010/2011 and 2015/2016. Also served as a judge at the Upper State Court (Court of Appeal) in Hamburg in the Commercial Law Division with jurisdiction including Patents and Intellectual Property Rights (1992-1998). He has published extensively on Civil and Civil Procedural Law (including Arbitration), Insolvency Law and Commercial Law. He has experience as an arbitrator in national and international cases since 1994.

Robert van Galen

Robert van Galen

Robert van Galen is partner at NautaDutilh, Amsterdam. He is the president of INSOLAD, the Dutch association for insolvency law practitioners, and past president of INSOL Europe. He is the president of the Praktizijnssociëteit (‘Practitioners society’), the association in charge of the Amsterdam attorneys' library. He is furthermore a member of the International Insolvency Institute and the International Bar Association, and International Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy. Publications of interest include the report to the Netherlands Association for Comparative and International Insolvency Law "Insolvent Groups of Companies in Cross Border cases and rescue plans" (2012) and "The recast insolvency regulation and groups of companies", ERA Forum (2015).

Francisco Garcimartin

Francisco Garcimartín

Francisco is a Chair Professor of Private International Law at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. He graduated in Law at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (1987) and earned his Ph. D in Law at the aforementioned University (1991). His main fields of expertise are focused on International transactions, cross-border company law, cross-border insolvency, as well as international litigation.
Francisco has represented the Spanish government as national expert in different international organizations, such as UNIDROIT, The Hague Conference or the Council of the European Union. Member of the International Insolvency Institute and INSOL Europe Francisco has been involved in drafting multiple international texts and legislative advices and has published in most leading law journals on different aspects of Private International Law and cross-border transactions.

Gijs Makkink

Gijs Makkink

Gijs Makkink has been a judge in the Amsterdam Court of Appeal since 2006. From 2006 to 2010, he was part of the Court’s Civil Chamber. As of 2010, he has been a judge in the Enterprise Chamber of which he has been President since May 2015. From 1992 until 2006, Gijs Makkink worked as a lawyer in The Hague, specializing in Supreme Court litigation.

Jennifer Marshall

Jennifer Marshall

Jennifer specialises in a wide range of work in commercial, banking, restructuring and insolvency law. She advises generally on issues arising in taking and enforcing of security, structuring transactions to mitigate against the effects of insolvency and cross-border restructuring transactions. She advised a large number of counterparties of Lehman Brothers including parties in the UK client money directions application (which went to the Supreme Court) and the Waterfall Application (regarding the application of the surplus funds of the UK estate). She is currently advising the lenders and the receivers in relation to the OW Bunker group which collapsed in November 2014. This involves insolvency proceedings in a large number of different jurisdictions across the world.
A significant part of Jennifer’s practice is the drafting of opinions required by regulators under European legislation concerning the potential impact of the insolvency or resolution of financial institution counterparties. She is general editor of the Sweet & Maxwell publication, European Cross-Border Insolvency.

anne-mennens

Anne Mennens

Anne Mennens is a PhD candidate and lecturer at Radboud University (Business & Law Research Centre). Her research focuses on the Dutch pre-insolvency plan procedure. She has actively joined discussions and published about both the Dutch and the European legislative proposals. Anne works as a paralegal at ING Wholesale Banking Legal.

Jennifer Payne

Jennifer Payne

Jennifer Payne is Professor of Corporate Finance Law at the University of Oxford where she teaches courses on company law, corporate finance law, corporate insolvency law and principles of financial regulation. She writes widely in the field of corporate law in leading journals and edited collections. Her recent publications include Principles of Financial Regulation (OUP, 2016) (with John Armour, Dan Awrey, Paul Davies, Luca Enriques, Jeff Gordon and Colin Mayer); The Oxford Handbook of Financial Regulation (OUP, 2015, with Niamh Moloney and Eilis Ferran); Corporate Finance Law: Principles and Policy (Hart Publishing, 2011, 2nd edition 2015, with Louise Gullifer); and Schemes of Arrangement: Theory, Structure and Operation (CUP, 2014). She is a contributor to Palmer's Company Law, a founder editor of the Journal of Corporate Law Studies and a founder editor of the Oxford Business Law Blog. She has been a Visiting Professor at a number of leading international institutions, including Melbourne Law School, the National University of Singapore and the University of Auckland. She was elected to membership of the International Insolvency Institute in 2016. Jennifer is currently a member of the European Security and Markets Authority (ESMA)’s Securities and Markets Stakeholders Group. She is also a member of the Consultative Working Group of ESMA's Corporate Finance Standing Committee.

Lorenzo Stanghellini

Lorenzo Stanghellini

Lorenzo has been a Full Professor of Commercial Law at the Faculty of Law of the University of Florence since 2002. He has been practicing as a lawyer since 1990, and he is the founder of Studio Legale Associato Stanghellini Scarpelli Rubino Ristori, based in Florence (Via Cavour 80). He has recently been invited as International Visiting Professor at Columbia University School of Law (Oct.-Nov. 2016). He is member of the Group of Experts on restructuring and insolvency law, advising the European Commission on a proposal for a Directive on preventive restructuring frameworks and second chance. As a visiting scholar, he has been connected to Universities in the UK (Cambridge 2003-2006 and Oxford 2007-2008) and the USA (Columbia University 1997, University of California at Berkeley 2001, Stanford University 2009).

He is the coordinator of the EU- funded research project on “Contractualised distress resolution in the shadow of the law: Effective judicial review and oversight of insolvency and pre-insolvency proceedings” at the University of Florence, which also involves the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, the University College of London and the Consejo General del Poder Judicial. From 2000 to 2004, he has co-drafted the delegated law that led to the 2006 comprehensive reform of Italian insolvency law. In 2005-2006, he participated to the Ministerial Commission appointed to implement such delegated. He was also a member of a team set up by the Bank of Italy to review the classification of the Italian Republic in the "2008 Doing Business" report. In 2015 he contributed to drafting the articles reforming the Italian Bankruptcy Act enacted under the Law Decree No. 83/2015, of June 27, 2015.

He is a member of the Associazione Disiano Preite for the study of business law, and of the group at the Bank of Italy in charge of co-leading (with the World Bank) the Thematic Working Group on “Law and the Economy – Insolvency and creditor/debtor regimes” established in the context of the Global Forum on Law, Justice and Development.

Mr Justice Snowden

Richard Snowden

Mr. Justice Snowden was called to the Bar in England and Wales in 1986. He was appointed Junior Counsel to the Crown (A Panel) in 1999 and served as a member of the Insolvency Rules Committee between 2002 and 2012.
He took silk in 2003, was appointed a Recorder of the Crown Court in 2006 and was authorised to sit as a Deputy High Court Judge in 2008.He was appointed as a High Court Judge in April 2015. Mr. Justice Snowden is a Bencher of Lincoln’s Inn and one of the editors of Lightman and Moss on the Law of Administrators and Receivers of Companies.

Professor Ignacio Tirado

Ignacio Tirado

Professor Ignacio Tirado teaches corporate, securities, banking and insolvency law at the Universidad Autónoma of Madrid (Spain). He holds a Ph. D. from the University of Bologna, a Ph. D. from the Universidad Autónoma of Madrid, and an LLM from the University of London. He is currently a visiting scholar at the Bank of Japan and a tenured visiting Professor of the University of Rome La Sapienza. He has been visiting scholar at the University of British Columbia, the China University of Law and Political Science, the University of Hong Kong, the Humboldt University of Berlin or the Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez of Santiago de Chile, to mention only some.

Ignacio is Senior Legal Consultant at the World Bank (first at the Legal Vice-Presidency, now at the Financial Sector Practice). He is a member of the Insolvency and Creditors´ Rights Regimes World Bank Task Force since 2010. Since 2013, Ignacio is a Consultant on insolvency-related matters to the IMF´s Legal Department. Since 2016, Ignacio also works as Consultant for the Private Sector Development Initiative of the Asian Development Bank. Also a qualified lawyer, Ignacio was Of Counsel of the Business Restructuring and Insolvency Practice of Hogan Lovells, LLP (Madrid Office), until he joined the World Bank.

Ignacio has represented the World Bank in UNCITRAL´s Working Group V (insolvency) and Spain and the International Insolvency Institute in Working Group VI (secured transactions). He is a Director of the International Insolvency Institute, an International Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy and a founding member and the representative at the Academic Board of the European Banking Institute.

Nico Tollenaar

Nicolaes Tollenaar

Nicolaes is specialised in corporate and bankruptcy law, and both advises and litigates on a variety of matters in this area. He has a special focus on cross-border matters. Nicolaes represents banks, multinational corporations, foreign office holders, investors and other stakeholders in formal and informal restructurings.


  • Recent matters include:
  • acting for a Dutch company listed on the London Stock Exchange and Warsaw Stock Exchange on the restructuring of certain bond series with a par value of approximately EUR 200 million through a formal insolvency process;
  • advising the sponsor on a sponsor-led EUR 2 billion cross-border debt restructuring of a Spanish real estate company;
  • advising a majority mezzanine lender on a EUR 160 million cross-border debt restructuring involving a debt-for equity swap;


Nicolaes is a member of various professional organisations including the Corporate Litigation Association (Vereniging van Corporate Litigation), INSOLAD, the Dutch Association of Insolvency Lawyers, and INSOL Europe. He is a Fellow of INSOL International and completed the Global Insolvency Practice Course of INSOL International in 2009/2010 with honours. He is regularly invited to lecture and speak on the subject of insolvency law.

Frank Verstijlen

Frank Verstijlen

Frank Verstijlen studied both Dutch and tax law at the University of Tilburg (the Netherlands). In 1998, he obtained his doctorate with a thesis containing the results of a comparative law research on the tasks, powers and liability of the bankruptcy trustee. He has worked at the University of Tilburg as assistant professor and associate professor until 2001, when he was appointed professor of private law at the University of Groningen (the Netherlands). He is chairman of the board of editors of the Dutch Journal of Insolvency Law (tijdschrift voor insolventierecht), editor of the loose-leaf commentary of the Dutch bankruptcy act and Tekst & Commentaar Insolventierecht (Text & Comments Insolvency law), and annotator for the Dutch Jurisprudence. Furthermore, he regularly acts as deputy judge at the Court of Arnhem-Leeuwarden. From 1997 to 2005, he worked as a lawyer in Amsterdam and Rotterdam. @frankverstijlen

Michael Veder

Michael Veder

Michael Veder is professor of insolvency law at the Business & Law Research Centre of Radboud University Nijmegen, Visiting Professor at Nottingham Law School and adviser at the Amsterdam based law firm RESOR. Michael is admitted to the bar in the Netherlands. He specialises in (international) insolvency law and secured transactions. He holds a doctorate in law from Radboud University. He is a member of the European Commission Group of Experts on Restructuring and Insolvency Law, which assisted the Commission in the preparation of the proposal for a directive on minimum standards for a harmonised restructuring and insolvency framework in the EU that was launched on 22 November 2016. He was a member of the European Commission Expert Group on cross-border insolvency, which advised the Commission on the revision of the Insolvency Regulation, and national expert and reporter for the Netherlands for the External Evaluation of the EC Insolvency Regulation. Michael was secretary of the Government Committee on Insolvency Law (Commissie Insolventierecht) that advised the Dutch government on the reform of insolvency law. He is fellow of the Dutch Insolvency Practitioners Association (Vereniging Insolventierecht Advocaten (INSOLAD)), chair of the Netherlands Association of Comparative and International Insolvency Law, member of INSOL Europe, for which he is a member of its Council and chair of its Academic Forum, and member of INSOL International, for which he is a member of its Academics’ Steering Committee. He regularly publishes and lectures on matters of property law, secured transactions, insolvency law and private international law. He is member of the core committee and faculty of the Global Insolvency Practice Course for the Fellowship of INSOL International. Michael advises the International Monetary Fund on insolvency and restructuring issues.