16.30 – 16.45
President’s Welcome and Opening Remarks
Christina Fitzgerald, Partner, Edwin Coe LLP and President of R3 will welcome our guests to the 32nd R3 Annual Conference.
Speaker: Christina Fitzgerald, Partner, Edwin Coe LLP and President of R3
16.45 – 17.30
R3 welcomes Faisal Islam to address our audience in relation to current and future economic influences that will affect the insolvency and restructuring community.
Speaker: Faisal Islam, Economics Editor, BBC News
19.00 – 21.00
Welcome and Networking Socials
R3 will welcome guests to participate in either a boat cruise up the River Thames or to join colleagues in a Welcome Reception and Buffet at the Beaumont Estate.
R3 Windsor Boat Cruise
Meet at the hotel reception at 18.15 to walk to the Runnymede Pier (10 minutes). Boat departure is 18.30 and anticipated arrival in Windsor is 20.15.
Welcome Drinks Reception and Buffet
Attendees will be welcomed for drinks from 19.00. Catering is provided from 20.00.
Day Two - Thursday 19 May
09.30 – 09.45
R3 President welcomes guests for an engaging full-day programme, including extending thanks to our main sponsor CAPA.
Speakers: Christina Fitzgerald, Partner Edwin Coe LLP and R3 President
Mike Sheath, Director, CAPA
09.50 – 10.30
All Change - The evolving approach of HMRC to the restructuring and insolvency sector
HMRC is the profession’s biggest stakeholder as a creditor (and in many other ways) and in this session we are giving HMRC an opportunity to present to us and update us on how HMRC itself is evolving and responding to the many challenges we now face as a society, and in particular in the restructuring and insolvency community. We will discuss a range of topics including HMRC’s approach to restructuring products as well as mainstream insolvency but against the backdrop of huge Covid driven lending (including abuse) and taking account of the impact of secondary preferential status. What do they expect of us as restructuring and insolvency specialists? We will also hear about new HMRC projects and improvements in the way HMRC intends to interact with our profession.
Speakers: Marcus Rea, Senior Managing Director, Teneo
Lee Bruce, Insolvency Customer Service Manager, HMRC
David Pearson, Enforcement & Insolvency Services Newcastle - Senior Operational Lead, HMRC
Charles Turner, Partner, Begbies Traynor Group (Chair)
10.40 – 11.25
Insights from the Judiciary
An opportunity to hear the judiciary’s perspective on how the court process has been changed by the pandemic and the impact on the conduct of litigation in the future, as well as other current issues and trends.
Speakers: Chief ICC Judge Briggs
Raquel Agnello QC, Erskine Chambers
Charlotte Cooke, Barrister, South Square
Chair: Roger Laville, Barrister, Five Paper
11.30 – 12.15
Networking and morning coffee
12.15 – 13.00
The future of our profession: lessons from restructuring in the education sector
The session will explore how learnings from the complex and stakeholder-rich education sector can be applied to develop opportunities in practice more generally.
Speakers: Neil Smyth, Partner, Mills & Reeve
Matthew Tait, Partner, BDO
Tim Betts, Partner, BDO
13.00 – 14.00
Lunch and Networking
14.00 – 14.10
Welcome to R3's Vice President
Nicky Fisher, R3 Vice President opens the afternoon proceedings, alongside one of R3’s Key Sponsor Partner Marsh.
Speakers: Nicky Fisher, Herron Fisher and R3 Vice President
Dominic Baker, Managing Director, Marsh
14.15 – 14.30
Keynote address – INSOL International
The R3 Conference welcomes Scott Atkins, recently arriving from Australia, who will provide an update on INSOL International, the challenges his members are facing internationally as member countries come out of the pandemic and how INSOL is collaborating with R3 for the benefit of all of our members.
Speakers: Scott Atkins, President, INSOL International and Chair, Norton Rose Fulbright
Nicky Fisher, Herron Fisher and R3 Vice President
14.30 – 15.30
Restructuring Plans for the Mid-Market
A panel discussion on Restructuring Plans in the mid-market and review of Amicus and other case studies where they have been effective tools for rescuing businesses. A frank and open consideration of the challenges of the restructuring plan, tools available to make these more broadly accessible to the mid-market and consideration on how best to utilise this new tool.
Speakers: Matt Meehan, Head of Europe, Partner, Sandton Capital
Steve Cottee, Partner, Pinsent Masons
Clare Boardman, Senior Managing Director, Teneo
Chair: Kirsty Low, Associate Director, RSM UK Restructuring Advisory
15.30 – 15.55
Networking and afternoon tea
16.00 – 16.30
R3 Restructuring Faculty
Established to provide a deep insight into the world of restructuring, the faculty chair will be joined by a panel to discuss some of the current pressing themes in the restructuring market, many of which will be of interest to those whose primary focus is more at the insolvency end of the spectrum.
Speakers: Joe O’Connor, Managing Director, AlixPartners and R3 Council Member
Marc Hecht, Restructuring Counsel, Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett
Alex Czerniewski, Director, AlixPartners
R3 Special Situations M&A Faculty
A panel session hosted by co-chair of the faculty, Matthew Flower from FRP Advisory, who will be joined by a group of advisors and investors in the restructuring M&A market who will be ‘Looking to the Future’ and discussing their views on the key factors that are likely to influence activity levels in the market in the next twelve months.
Speakers: Matthew Flower, Partner, FRP Advisory Trading Limited
Felix Connolly, Investment Director, Endless LLP | Enact SME Fund
Chris Emmott, Investment Director, Hilco Capital
Paul Bagon, Partner, RPC
Ben Hughes, Senior Managing Director, FTI Consulting
17.00 – 17.10
R3’s President offers closing remarks after a full day of networking and content.
Speaker: Christina Fitzgerald, Partner, Edwin Coe LLP, President R3
19.00 - late
Evening Reception and Celebratory Dinner
R3 will welcome all attendees to join us at the R3 Evening Social where we will hear from our charity Aspire (bring your CASH!), enjoy a 3-course Dinner, and be entertained by an R3 represented band – Milly Soo! (featuring Colin Haig, R3 Past-President). Dancing will be encouraged. Dinner will be served from 20.00.
09.30 – 09.40
R3’s Vice President welcomes back colleagues to the last day of the Annual Conference, with an opportunity to hear from Key Sponsor Partner, IRS.
Speaker: Nicky Fisher, Herron Fisher and R3 Vice President
Adam Loveitt, Managing Director, IRS
09.40 – 10.25
Resolving Rent Arrears? The Commercial Rent Arrears Arbitration Scheme
This session will take a deep dive into the Commercial Rent Arrears Arbitration Scheme that was recently announced by the Government. Expert speakers from different parts of the property and insolvency spectrum will look at how the Scheme and the accompanying Code of Practice work, landlords and tenants’ views on whether it will achieve the aim of resolving rent disputes, and tips for those participating in rent arrears arbitrations
Speakers: Melanie Leech, Chief Executive , BPF
Jason Hunter, Partner, Russell Cooke
Ian Corfield, Partner, FRP Advisory
Mike Sheath, Director, CAPA
Chair: David Fendt, Senior Associate, Russell Cooke
Chair: Lee Benmore, Assistant Manager, Mercer & Hole
10.30 – 11.00
Insolvency Service Update
Dean Beale will deliver his thoughts on the future of the profession and in particular the Insolvency Service as we emerge cautiously from the pandemic.
Speakers: Dean Beale, Chief Executive, The Insolvency Service
Caroline Sumner, CEO, R3 (Chair)
11.00 – 11.30
11.30 – 12.00
Giving the profession a voice – R3’s Press, Policy and Public Affairs work
James Jeffreys will give an update on R3’s achievements in 2021 and outline how the Association will promote and defend the insolvency and restructuring profession in 2022. He will cover R3’s response to the Government’s proposals for the future of regulation in the profession, The Economic Crime (Transparency and Enforcement) Bill, as well as our work with the Insolvency Service on Diversity and Inclusion, and the next stage of R3’s Back to Business UK campaign.
Speaker: James Jeffreys, Head of External Affairs, R3
Caroline Sumner, CEO, R3 (Chair)
12.00 – 12.55
How to bring successful claims arising out of insolvent estates and whether to plead fraud
There is an expected rise in both corporate and personal insolvency as a result of the pandemic and its economic consequences. Many consider the pandemic has been a fertile ground for fraud and businesses have received substantial government support. The panel will consider the sorts of claims that are expected to arise from insolvent estates over the next few years, when and where fraud should be alleged, the lessons that can be learnt from cases that IPs have won or lost at trial, the likely approach directors will adopt and how to fund meritorious claims.
Mena Halton, Head of Legal, Manolete Partners
Alex Jay, Partner, Stewarts
Clara Johnson, Barrister, South Square
Emma Thompson, Associate Director, Smith & Williamson
Dominic Dumville, Partner, Mercer & Hole
Chair: Luke Harrison, Partner, Keidan Harrison LLP
Chair: Hemal Mistry, Director, Horsfields
12.55 – 13.15
President's Final Remarks
R3 President, Christina Fitzgerald will close the 32nd R3 Annual Conference by summarising on a great few days of content and networking.
Speaker: Christina Fitzgerald, Partner Edwin Coe LLP and R3 President