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About the Event


This is a debate event with selected panellists sharing views on the topic of ‘Changing legal framework in the restructuring space; should the UK insolvency system become more aligned to the system in place in the US'? The event will focus on analysis, comparison and impact of the different systems in the UK and the US. The event is an opportunity for attendees to hear influential women in the restructuring sphere debate, in British Parliamentary style, where each debater will give their opposing views and debate the motion before opening up the floor to allow attendees to participate by asking questions, challenging the debaters and expressing their own views and opinions. Thereafter, attendees will take part in the interactive vote to decide the winner!


About the speaker/s

Anna Nolan - Moderator

Anna Nolan is an associate in the Restructuring and Finance practice at Paul Hastings, based in the firm’s London office. Anna has broad experience advising on financial and corporate restructurings (contentious and non-contentious matters) and insolvency matters including transactions with a real estate asset focus. Anna is a member of the Education Committee of 100 Women in Finance and a director of the Turnaround Management Association. Prior to joining Paul Hastings, Anna was an associate in the Special Situations team at another leading US Law firm. Anna holds an undergraduate and a master's degree in law (Hons) from the University of Warsaw and an undergraduate and a master's degree in finance from the Warsaw School of Economics.

Christina Fitzgerald (Against)

Christina deals with all aspects of contentious and non-contentious corporate and personal insolvency, advising insolvency practitioners, accountants, banks, asset based lenders and other commercial organisations. Christina is an experienced litigator and acts for clients in a wide variety of disputes including corporate, shareholder and partnership litigation, complex contractual disputes, fraud and professional negligence. She has been a licensed Insolvency Practitioner since 2003. She is a fellow of R3, an elected member of R3 National Council, the Chair of the R3 London and South East Region and is currently the Deputy Vice President of R3.

Gemma Sage (Favour)

Gemma has been involved in a number of well-known restructurings and formal insolvency procedures and her experience includes domestic and cross-border restructuring matters in a wide range of sectors including retail, healthcare, leisure, real estate, legal professional services and project finance. She is also experienced in advising on out-of-court restructurings, distressed investing, distressed debt trades, formal restructuring and insolvency procedures. She has advised distressed corporates, minority lenders, co-ordinating committees, financial institutions and insolvency practitioners. She is a partner in the Weil restructuring team and her recent mandates involve advising Edcon Group in relation to its restructuring, advising key noteholders on the restructuring of Abengoa’s cross-border facilities and advising Westinghouse Electric Company on aspects of its chapter 11 proceedings and debtor-in-possession financing. In 2018 Gemma was shortlisted for the TMA NextGen Professional of the Year Award, which recognises the achievements of those working in turnaround and restructuring in the UK who demonstrate exceptional performance and career development. She is a member of R3, the Insolvency Lawyers’ Association and the Turnaround Management Association UK


Laura Kimmell (Favour)

Ms. Kimmel is a Director of Houlihan Lokey’s Financial Restructuring Group. Since joining the firm in 2010, Ms. Kimmel has worked on a variety of creditor- and debtor-side engagements across a range of geographies and industries. Her transaction experience includes, inter alia, Pelican Rouge (Autobar), PRISA, Arcapita, BTA Bank, Isolux, Sea Trucks and Fesco.

Prior to joining Houlihan Lokey, Ms. Kimmel spent five years at Barclays Capital in the credit restructuring and advisory group and the sponsor leveraged finance team. There, she worked on a variety of transactions, including the restructuring of Technicolor (Thomson SA) and the leveraged buyouts of Boots by KKR and General Healthcare Group by Apax.

Ms. Kimmel graduated summa cum laude with a BA in Philosophy from Columbia College, Columbia University, and holds a master’s degree in Philosophy from Balliol College, Oxford University.


Federica Pietrogrande (Against)

Federica is a Managing Director of Gordon Brothers, where she focuses on the development of Gordon Brothers’ special situations strategy across Europe.  Before joining Gordon Brothers in 2018, Federica practiced law for 15 years in major international law firms in Italy and in the US, specializing in restructuring and insolvency.  Among other positions, Federica served as Head of Corporate Restructuring and Insolvency in Italy for Bird & Bird. She graduated from La Sapienza University, in Rome in 2003 and in 2010 she obtained an LL.M. in Banking, Corporate and Finance from Fordham University, Law School.  She is a member of the International Insolvency Institute and of INSOL Europe. 


Kat Burke (Favour)

Kat Burke is a corporate restructuring lawyer qualified to practice in England and Wales, New York and California. Ms. Burke has represented debtors, creditors and equity holders in large complex restructurings, with an emphasis on cross-border cases. She is a delegate to the U.N.’s UNCITRAL Working Group V (Insolvency) meetings, where she represents the International Women’s Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC) in drafting international model laws on insolvency.  Prior to her work at Skadden, Ms. Burke served as in-house counsel for a sovereign Native American nation and clerked for the Honourable Judge James M. Peck of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York. Ms. Burke also is a decorated military veteran, having served overseas with the U.S. Army.

Sinjini Saha (Against)

Sinjini Saha is a partner in Milbank LLP’s Financial Restructuring Group. Sinjini has acted on a wide range of large scale, cross border restructuring and special situations transactions. Dual qualified in New York and England – Sinjini has deep experience with fund investors, acting both creditor side and in sponsor held debtor mandates, and brings a very flexible solution-oriented outlook to complex situations. Recent closed transactions in 2019 include creditor side mandates in the restructurings of Abengoa, Nyrstar and Young’s Seafood and various special situations investment mandates. Sinjini graduated as a Harlan Fiske Stone scholar from Columbia Law School in 2008 and has a B.A., LL.B. (with honors) from the National Law School of India University in Bangalore, India.


6pm - 6:30pm: Arrival & welcome drinks

6:30pm - 7:30pm: Debates (speakers details to follow)

7.30pm - 9:30pm: 2nd reception Networking

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