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The 5th International and Comparative Law Insolvency Symposium

The 5th International and Comparative Law Insolvency Symposium

  • Date 25 - 27 Apr 2024
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The symposium focuses on comparative and cross-border issues in bankruptcy and insolvency law in its broadest sense

Royal Holloway, University of London is pleased to announce the hosting of the 5th International and Comparative Law Insolvency Symposium. The Symposium will be held at Royal Holloway, University of London.

The symposium is organised by Prof. Adrian Walters (IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law), Prof. Christoph Henkel (Drake University Law School), Prof. Laura Napoli Coordes (Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law), Prof. Yseult Marique (University of Essex) and Dr. Eugenio Vaccari (Royal Holloway, University of London).

The symposium will take place on 25-27 April 2024. Delegates and speakers are invited to a formal dinner, which will be held on Thursday 25 April in the Victorian Picture Gallery and which will include a guest lecture by Emer. Prof. Bob Wessels (Universiteit Leiden) (topic: Going Broke in Rembrandt's Days). We are also honoured to announce that the Hon. Mr Justice Antony Zacaroli has agreed to deliver a keynote speech at the symposium on Friday 26 April at 11 am (topic: The Role of the Creditor Majority in Restructuring).

The final programme is available here.

  • How to get to Royal Holloway, University of London: click here for directions
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Attendance to the event is free but registration is compulsory. Registration for this event is now closed as we reached the maximum capacity numbers on most days. If you're interested in attending, please contact one of the organisers, Dr. Eugenio Vaccari, at

Supporting Material for the Conference

  • Thursday 25 April (morning): delegate pack and PPT slides
  • Thursday 25 April (afternoon): delegate pack and PPT slides
  • Keynote Speech by Prof. Emer. Bob Wessels: available here
  • Friday 26 April (morning): delegate pack and PPT slides
  • Friday 26 April (afternoon): delegate pack and PPT slides
  • Saturday 27 April: delegate pack and PPT slides
  • Delegate List - available here


There are several hotels close to the Royal Holloway, University of London campus in Egham. While speakers and delegates are free to arrange their stay at any of these hotels, we are happy to provide a limited number of rooms with ensuite on campus. These rooms are on blocks not shared with students. To check the rooms' availability and rate, please follow this link. Check-out time is 10 am.

Still on campus, it is possible to book a room at a Premier Inn-style hotel called "The Hub". More information is available here. The maximum duration of a stay at The Hub is 14 days, and you're welcome to lodge there before and/or after the end of the conference if you're planning to take some additional days off to visit London and the neighbouring areas (e.g. Virginia Water lake and Leptis Magna ruins, Windsor, Ascot and Hampton Court).

Other venues close to the campus include: Fairmont Windsor Park (c. 10 min walk from campus); Kings Arms (c. 15 min walk from campus); Travelodge Egham (c. 20 min walk from campus); Runnymede on Thames Spa and Hotel (c. 25 min walk from campus); and Great Fosters Alexander Hotel (c. 25 min walk from campus).

Main Sponsors

We are grateful to our sponsors INSOL International, Whiteford LLP, International Insolvency Institute and Edward Elgar Publishing for their material contribution towards the organisation of this event.

Travel Arrangements

The campus map is available here. The symposium will take place in Shilling Building.

If you're travelling by plane, the closest airport is Heathrow. It's a short taxi/Uber ride from the airport to Egham (20 mins, c. £15/20). Alternatively, you can take bus no. 8. It leaves from bus stop 8 at Terminal 5 (NOT Heathrow central bus station), and the fare is £2 (by cash or contactless card, AMEX is NOT accepted). The bus ride from the airport to the campus takes around 40 mins. 

If you're travelling by train, Egham station is connected to several London train stations (Waterloo, Clapham Junction and Vauxhall) with frequent services. The train ride is about 30-40 minutes depending on the station you're travelling from. You cannot use your Oyster card or pay as you go with your contactless card if you're travelling from London to Egham - you need to buy a ticket in advance. It's generally cheaper to book your tube and train ticket in advance on Trainline or similar websites, but you can always buy a ticket on the day of your trip from a ticket machine. From Egham station to the campus is a 20' (uphill) walk. Alternatively, there are taxis in the main parking lot at Egham station. 

If you're travelling by car, please insert "TW20 0EX" on your sat nav and proceed to car park 4. There is no need to register in advance for a parking permit. If you drive an electric car, there are 22kw electric car chargers available at car park 4. The charging points are part of the Mer charging network.

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