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Harneys’ Highlights at the INSOL 2017 Tenth World Quadrennial Congress

Harneys sent a strong contingent from our Hong Kong and Cayman Islands offices to Sydney, Australia for INSOL 2017, held in Darling Harbour from 19 to 22 March 2017.

INSOL is a chance to catch up with colleagues from around the globe, share ideas (sometimes over a drink or two), and learn about trends and new developments in the world of restructuring and insolvency.  Here are some of the highlights from INSOL 2017 according to the Harneys team!

The people

INSOL is an incredible opportunity to mix with fellow professionals from every corner of the planet: new connections were made, and old friendships were renewed. 

The offshore day

The Sunday before the official opening of the conference entailed a full day of panel discussions on topical issues in the offshore world, including Universalism (it’s not dead!) and the practical issues involved in restructuring offshore entities with onshore PRC operations. Very relevant and very interesting.   

TOPOIL Case Study

It’s not all fun and games: we had to do some thinking as well. The set-up for the case study was a slick movie featuring a combination of actors and practitioners and a company in a lot of deep (much of it self-inflicted) trouble. Following the movie, we attended break-out panel discussions looking how to solve the ever increasing problems caused by a (fictitious) explosion of an oil-rig in Nigeria. Our very own Ian Mann then joined the other panel leaders on stage in the main auditorium to wrap up the case.

The judges

One of the privileges of a conference like this is the opportunity to hear judges from various jurisdictions, both retired and sitting, give their views on the same issues we face every day on behalf of our clients. They did not disappoint with their experience and insight, and the discussion was fascinating.   

The lively debate

Anyone who attended the “Hitch Hiker’s Guide to Forum Shopping” panel discussion was glad they did. The panel was drawn from competing jurisdictions around the world and the debate, whilst polite, was forceful.  Some questions from the audience at the end of the session also added some spice. Singapore vs. the World?  Maybe…

The hospitality

Thank you to all of our Sydney based hosts who put on some amazing functions for us: you know who you are! We will not forget all the amazing views of the Harbour Bridge, the Opera House, and of course, a very friendly (and permanently hungry) Koala at one event we attended.

The Harneys Fun Run

Complete self-promotion we know, but really the venue was the star. A Monday morning 5km jog around Mrs Macquarie’s chair and the waterfront was the perfect start to a long day. Thanks to everyone who sacrificed a sleep-in to join us.

Moreton Bay Bugs 

Missing you already.    

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