Thursday, January 28, 2021
International Announcement
Press Release-IWIRC and III Host Women at the Forefront of International Insolvency Symposium

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Click here to view the agenda and register for the Symposium.

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 
our field."

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 
in Europe
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,, 434-939-6002.
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, 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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