January 28, 2021, Stanardsville, VA -The International Women's Insolvency & Restructuring
Confederation (IWIRC) and the International Insolvency Institute (III) have joined together to host
and sponsor, Women at the Forefront of International Insolvency Symposium. A first of its kind, the
Symposium will feature 35 women who are experts in insolvency law from 20 different countries.
Judges, academics, attorneys and financial advisors have come together for this unique and engaging
program. The program is open to all those interested in the topics being presented.
The Symposium will consist of 6 substantive panels during the week of March 1- March 5. In honor of
International Women's Day, the Symposium culminates with a very special leadership panel featuring
seven women who are current or immediate past chairs of leading insolvency organizations. IWIRC and
III are pleased to provide a platform for these women to share their knowledge and experiences. The
panelists include Leyza Blanco, IWIRC Chair, Sequor Law ; Debra Grassgreen
III President, Pachulski, Stang, Ziehl & Jones LLP; Julie Hertzberg, INSOL International President,
Alvarez & Marsal ; Hon. Barbara Houser, ABI President
U.S. Bankruptcy Court; Hon. Laurel Isicoff, NCBJ Immediate Past Chair, U.S. Bankruptcy Court;
Melissa Kibler, American College of Bankruptcy President, Mackinac Partners,LLC and Piya Mukherjee,
INSOL Europe Immediate Past President, Horten.
This program highlights the depth and breadth of the knowledge of women in the insolvency industry.
Per Debra Grassgreen, III President, "The International Insolvency Institute is pleased to
cosponsor this Symposium with IWIRC. The Symposium promises to provide valuable insights into
pressing issues from the unique perspective of leading women Judges, Academics and Practitioners in
The panel topics include:
When in Rome: A Comparative Look at Fiduciaries Around the Globe
What Colour is Your (Rescue Financing) Parachute?: Examining the Hues in SE Asia
Contentious Insolvency and Cross-Border Enforcement Actions Analysis of New Insolvency Legislation
Follow the Money: Bankruptcy as a Tool to Fight Fraud and Recover Assets
Judicial Women Around the World Discuss the Current Status of Litigation in Courts
International Women's Day: Leadership Panel
All proceeds of the $50 admission fee (complimentary for judges, academics and press) will be
donated on behalf of IWIRC and III to a global organization that focuses on improving the lives of
women around the world.
“The opportunity to partner with III and Debra Grassgreen to provide top notch international
programming led by a panel of women dovetails directly to IWIRC’s core mission, to connect and
promote women worldwide," Leyza Blanco, IWIRC Chair commented, "The opportunity to make a donation
to a similarly driven global organization benefitting women is icing on the cake and reflects our
collective understanding that with great power comes great responsibility.”
For more information on the event, please visit this link or contact Shari Bedker,
IWIRC is committed to the connection, promotion and success of women in insolvency and
restructuring worldwide. For more than 25 years, across the board room, courtroom and the
continents, our diverse relationships make IWIRC the premier organization for women in the
restructuring and insolvency professions.
IWIRC networks are located in Asia, Europe, North America and South America. We welcome development
of new networks in these or new regions. Be Inspired. Be Informed. Be Connected. For more
information, please contact Administrative Director, Shari Bedker, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit
A non-profit, limited membership organization
An invitation only membership of the most senior, experienced and respected practitioners,
academics, judges and financial industry professionals in the world
Dedicated to improving international cooperation in the insolvency field Focused on promoting
greater international cooperation and coordination through improvements in the law and in legal
procedures Continually studying, analyzing and providing solutions to problems in cross-border
insolvencies and reorganizations
Awarded special consultative status to United Nations Agencies
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