Rise of Pre-Pack as a Restructuring Tool — Global and Regional Perspectives

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This webinar will provide a global view of the rise of pre-pack as a restructuring tool, focusing on India, Singapore, UK and the US.

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This webinar takes place from 7pm to 8:15pm (Singapore time) on Thursday, 9 September 2021.

Members of the Singapore Academy of Law (SAL) who want to take advantage of their SAL credit dollars can sign up at https://www.sal-e.org.sg/webinar-rise-of-pre-packs-as-a-restructuring-tool-global-and-regional-perspectives. Do note SAL's system is unable to cater to promo codes if you hold any.


The use of pre-packs as a restructuring tool has become increasingly popular in recent years. In the United Kingdom, many going concern sales have taken place through pre-packaged administrations. In the United States, pre-packaged reorganisation procedures have allowed many financially distressed firms to quickly emerge from bankruptcy. In 2017, Singapore introduced a pre-packaged scheme that provides companies with an expeditious and efficient restructuring tool, and several companies have successfully conducted debt restructurings through the new pre-pack route. In the past few months, a number jurisdictions around the world have enacted or announced the enactment of pre-packs. Among these jurisdictions, India has recently introduced a pre-packaged insolvency resolution process for micro, small and medium-sized enterprises.

Organized by the Asian Business Law Institute, this webinar will provide a global view of the rise of pre-packs, with particular emphasis on the nature and features of pre-packs in Singapore, India, the US and the UK. Discussions may include:

  • Global overview of pre-packs as a restructuring tool and their similarities and differences around the world
  • In depth analysis of the nature and features of pre-packs in Singapore, India, the US and the UK
  • Successful cases of pre-packs in Singapore and the US
  • Opportunities and risks of pre-packs from the perspective of debtors and creditors
  • Use of pre-packs for large companies and small firms
  • Future of pre-packs in corporate restructurings

When is this webinar scheduled?

This webinar will take place from 7pm to 8:15pm (Singapore time) on Thursday, 9 September 2021.

Please be mindful of the time difference if you are joining from outside of Singapore.

Who will be speaking at this webinar (in alphabetical order)?

Aurelio Gurrea-Martínez (Singapore)

Assistant Professor of Law, Singapore Management University

Aurelio Gurrea-Martínez is an Assistant Professor of Law at Singapore Management University, where he teaches company law, financial and securities regulation, corporate governance, and comparative and international insolvency law. He is also head of the Singapore Global Restructuring Initiative and co-chair of the SMU-3CL Cambridge Roundtable on Corporate Insolvency.

Before joining SMU, he was a Fellow of the Program on Corporate Governance and a Fellow of the Program on International Financial Systems at Harvard Law School. He has taught, studied or conducted research at several institutions in the United States, the United Kingdom, Continental Europe, Asia and Latin America, including the University of Oxford, Harvard Law School, Columbia Law School, Yale Law School and Stanford University.

His research interest lies in the intersection of law and finance, with particular emphasis on corporate governance, capital markets, financial regulation and corporate insolvency law, and how legal and institutional reforms may promote entrepreneurship, innovation, access to finance, and economic growth.

Debby Lim (Singapore)

Director, BlackOak LLC

Debby joined BlackOak LLC in 2020, complementing the firm’s practice with her focus on all areas of contentious insolvency and asset recovery work (including major commercial disputes) and investigations. These often involve complex and multifaceted litigation in the aftermath of cross-border corporate collapses. Debby has recently appeared before the Singapore Court of Appeal (with a full bench of five Judges) in SK Engineering & Construction Co Ltd v Conchubar Aromatics Ltd and another appeal [2017] SGCA 51, Diablo Fortune Inc v Duncan, Cameron Lindsay and another [2018] SGCA 26 and AnAn Group (Singapore) Pte Ltd v VTB Bank (Public Joint Stock Company) [2020] SGCA 33, a trifecta of jurisprudentially significant insolvency-related appeals to confront the Singapore courts.

Her involvement in ground-breaking cases include the first “pre-packaged” scheme of arrangement and the first judicial management involving a foreign-incorporated entity.

Debby has been noted as a leading lawyer in many publications including Chambers Asia, Legal 500 and Who’s Who in Legal Restructuring & Insolvency. Debby is the Immediate Past Chairperson of the International Women's Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation (Singapore Network) and is also a founding member of the Law Society of Singapore’s Women in Practice Task Force. She is a fellow of INSOL International and is one of the first three Singapore-qualified lawyers to have earned this recognition.

Dan T. Moss (Washington, D.C., United States)

Partner, Jones Day

Dan has represented debtors, creditors, trustees, and creditor committees in some of the largest and historic corporate and government reorganizations in the United States. He also has extensive experience counseling clients on fraudulent conveyance, preferential transfer, fiduciary duty, and corporate governance issues.

Dan recently served as co-lead counsel for the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in the Toys "R" Us Property Company I chapter 11 cases and the Peabody Energy chapter 11 cases. Dan played a significant role in the City of Detroit's historic chapter 9 case — from litigating the City's eligibility for chapter 9 to confirmation of its plan for the adjustment of debts. He also represents the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority in connection with its revitalization efforts.

In connection with Jones Day's representation of the Chapter 7 Trustee of Anthracite Capital, one of the largest chapter 7 cases ever filed, Dan oversaw all aspects of this engagement, which resulted in a recovery of approximately $47 million for the estate and a release of more than $33 million in secured affiliate claims. He also was a member of the team that represented Chrysler in the sale of its assets to Fiat and the decision to reject certain dealership agreements.

Additionally, Dan devotes time to monitoring various legislative proposals pending in Congress that would amend the Bankruptcy Code and pro bono activities such as the representation of disabled veterans. He is an active member of INSOL International and writes frequently about cross-border restructuring matters.

Dr. Neeti Shikha (New Delhi, India)

Head, Centre for Insolvency and Bankruptcy, Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs  

Dr. Shikha is currently working as Head, Centre for Insolvency and Bankruptcy, Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs, a think tank under India’s Ministry of Corporate Affairs. She holds PhD from National Law University Jodhpur and LLM from University College London, UK. She is recipient of prestigious Hague Scholarship and has pursued course in private international law at the Hague Academy, Netherlands.

She has held academic positions at various law and business schools in India and Singapore including Stansfield College Singapore, National law University, Jodhpur and FORE School of Management, and IMT Ghaziabad. She has given guest talks at the University of Indonesia, National University Singapore, Nanyang Technology University, among others, and has held visiting positions at IIM Rohtak, IIFT Delhi, etc.

Dr. Shikha serves on the Academic Advisory Board of India School of Public policy and on the board of advisors of India’s leading think tank, Centre for Civil Society, New Delhi. She is also a life member, FORE Society, parent body governing FORE School of Management, New Delhi.

She has published widely in leading journals and newspapers, and has authored two leading books Changing Paradigm of Corporate Governance in India and Corporate Governance: Principles and Policies. She has done funded research for Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India and Ministry of Corporate Affairs and has submitted policy inputs to the government on insolvency and bankruptcy laws. Her main area of interest are company laws, insolvency laws, corporate governance and law and policy.

Dr. Shikha champions liberal ideas and pro-market reforms.

Is this webinar accredited for continuing professional development (CPD) points for Singapore-admitted lawyers?

This webinar has been accredited for 1 public CPD point. Attendees who wish to claim CPD points are reminded to provide their AAS numbers or other number issued by the Singapore Institute of Legal Education (SILE) during registration. You are required to strictly follow the attendance policy of SILE before CPD points can be awarded. Please refer to www.sileCPDcentre.sg for more information.

I am qualified in a jurisdiction other than Singapore. Will attending this webinar entitle me to claim relevant CPD-equivalent points in my own jurisdiction?

The answer to this question depends on the rules of the relevant governing body in your jurisdiction. In the past, we have issued letters of attendance accompanied by actual Zoom log-in records to assist non-Singapore-qualified attendees to claim their professional learning points. Therefore, if a letter of attendance and a Zoom record are all you need, we will be able to help. Likewise, we have issued the same set of documents to professionals other than lawyers who may also have such continuing education requirements.

However, if the rules of your jurisdiction require an event to be accredited, we regret that this session will not entitle you to claim points outside of Singapore.

I am a member of the Singapore Academy of Law (SAL), and would like to use my SAL credit dollars to sign for the webinar. How do I do so?

SAL members who want to take advantage of their SAL credit dollars can sign up at https://www.sal-e.org.sg/webinar-rise-of-pre-packs-as-a-restructuring-tool-global-and-regional-perspectives. Do note that if you sign up there, you will receive an invoice generated by SAL. SAL is a GST-registered organisation. ABLI does not charge GST and will absorb GST on its own for registrations via SAL.

If you are from any of ABLI's Founding Partners and would like to enjoy the discount to which you are entitled, you will need to sign up on Eventbrite as SAL's system does not cater specifically to such arrangements.

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To register for this webinar:

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Step 2: Once ABLI is notified of your ticket purchase, we will email you a separate link for you to sign up for the Zoom webinar in advance. This is mandatory as the webinar link sent to you is unique and manual approval of your webinar registration ensures that your attendance can be recorded at the back-end for CPD purposes.

Step 3: After your sign-up is approved by the organiser, simply follow the instructions indicated in the approval email to attend the webinar on 9 September 2021. Please be punctual as the system captures your log-in time, which is especially relevant if you are claiming for CPD points.

Please be mindful of the time difference if you are joining from outside of Singapore.

What if I am unable to attend this webinar after registration? Are the fees paid refundable?

Unfortunately, the payments made are not refundable. If you are unable to attend the webinar, we request that you let us know as soon as possible so that we can let you transfer your slot to your colleague.

I am interested in this webinar but unable to make it for the live session. If I register, will a recording be made available to me?

Yes, a recording of the webinar can be made available upon request via a private link, though it is important to bear in mind that viewing the recording will not entitle you to any public CPD points.

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Launched in January 2016, the Asian Business Law Institute is a permanent institute based in Singapore that initiates, conducts and facilitates research with a view to providing practical guidance in the field of Asian legal development and promoting the convergence of Asian business laws. Its mission is to remove unnecessary or undesirable differences between Asian legal systems that pose obstacles to free and seamless trade.

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