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1st European Congress on Personal Insolvency. Program

1st European Congress on Personal Insolvency. 17th and 18th November 2021



  • LEGAL PANELS - 8th floor ICAB / ZOOM

Wednesday, 17th NOVEMBER 2021

9:30 am Opening Remarks

  • Mª Eugènia Gay, President of the Barcelona Bar Association 
  • Victoria Ortega, President of the Spanish National Bar Council

Welcome words 

  • Nadia Calviño, First Vice-President of the Government of Spain and Minister for the Economy and Digital Transformation
  • Didier Reynders, European Commissioner for Justice

10:00-11:00 am First Legal Panel: Learning from comparative law for personal insolvency, with special focus in housing

  • Hosts: Benigno Villarejo, President of the Gijón Bar Association 
  • Moderator: Stefan Felix Van Hemmen, Economics Associate Professor at the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona 


  • Iain Ramsay, Emeritus Professor of Law at Kent Law School 
  • Johanna Niemi, Lawyers, Professor of Procedural Law
  • Stefania Pacchi, Full Professor of Commercial Law at the University of Siena and Emeritus Chairman at Instituto Iberoamericano de Derecho Concursal

10:00-11:00 am First socioeconomic Panel: The social costs of personal insolvency

  • Hosts: Carles Mccragh, President of the Girona Bar Association 
  • Moderator: Francina Alsina, President of the Catalan Table of entities of the Third Social Sector 


  • Marcel Warnaar, Senior wetenschappelijk medewerker del Nationaal Instituut voor Budgetvoorlichting (NIBUD). Senior Scientific Assistant
  • Isabel Giménez García, Judge
  • Emily Grantz, Judge

11:20 am-12:10 pm 2nd Legal Panel: Challenges and proposals on restructuring plans

  • Hosts: Bernardo Lacarra Albizu, Decano del Colegio de Lawyers de Estella-Lizarra
  • Moderator: Gregorio de la Morena, Lawyer and Bankruptcy Receiver


  • Esperanza Gallego, Full Professor of Commercial Law, Universidad de Alicante
  • Francisco J. Garcimartín Alférez, Chair Professor of Private International Law, Universidad Autónoma of Madrid
  • Amanda Cohen Benchetrit, Commercial magistrate advisor to the Secretary of State for Justice

11:15 am-12:15 pm 2nd Socioeconomic Panel: Impact of personal insolvency on emotional health

  • Hosts: Guillermo Mattioli, President of the Association of Psychologists of Catalonia
  • Moderator: Natalia Peiro, Secretary-General of Cáritas Spain


  • Guillem López Casasnovas, Professor of Economics, Universitat Pompeu Fabra 
  • Verónica Ollé Sesé, Undersecretary of State for Inclusion
  • Amèlia de Juan, Cáritas coordinator social worker

12:30-13:30 pm 3rd Legal PanelChallenges and proposals on the treatment of public credit in the Personal Insolvency

  • Hosts: Ignasi Puig, President of the Terrassa Bar Association
  • Moderator: José María Puelles, Lawyer- Bankruptcy Receiver


  • Enrique Sanjuan, Judge of the Málaga Provincial Court 
  • Michele Monteleone, President of the Benevento Tribunal Civil Section (Italy)
  • Arantzazu Ortiz, Judge of the Palma de Mallorca Provincial Court

12:25-1:20 pm 3rd Socioeconomic Panel: The importance of financial training in solving insolvency. Personal insolvency and viability plans; delinquency and effect on the insolvency of SMEs

  • Hosts: Eduardo Miguel Molina Rodríguez, President of the Comission for the Registry of Judicial and Forensic Auditors
  • Moderator: Patricia Suárez, President of Financial Users Association (ASUFIN)


  • Antoni Cañete, President of PIMEC (Catalan SMEs)
  • Pedro Martín, Co-President of the restructuring Section of the Madrid Bar Association. 
  • Peter Tutton, Head of Policy at Step Change

3:30-3:20 pm 4th Legal PanelThe transposition of the Restructuring Directive. Analysis of our neighbouring countries. Analysis of Challenges and proposals on the state of insolvency proceeding without bankruptcy assets 

  • Hosts: Lourdes Carballo, President of the Vigo Bar Association 
  • Moderator: Auxiliadora Borja, President of the Valencia Bar Association


  • Nuria Fachal, Judge at the Commercial Court in A Coruña
  • John Tribe, Senior Lecturer in Law at University of Liverpool 
  • Ignacio Tirado, Secretary-General of UNIDROIT

3:30-4:30 pm 4th Socioeconomic Panel: Early warning mechanisms and personal insolvency 

  • Hosts: Antoni Abad, President of CECOT 
  • Moderator: Raúl Lorente, Economist, Coordinator of the Insolvency and Restructuration Committee of the Association of Chartered Accountants of Catalonia.


  • Juana Pulgar, Commercial Law Professor, Universidad Complutense de Madrid
  • Rodrigo Cabedo Gregori, Economist-Auditor 
  • Morten Møller, Secretary-General of the Early warning Europe Network

4:35-5:25 pm 5th Legal Panel: Challenges and proposals on the special procedure for micro-SMEs

  • Hosts: Eugenio Ribón Seisdedos, council member of the Madrid Bar Association
  • Moderator: Yvonne Pavía, Council Member and Treasurer of ICAB Governing Board Miguel 


  • Ana Belén Campuzano, Professor of Commercial Law at Universidad San Pablo CEU
  • Béatrice Dunogué-Gaffié, President of the European Insolvency Practitioners

4:35-5:25 pm 5th Socioeconomic Panel: Entrepreneurs and Personal Insolvency

  • Hosts: Carles Mundó, Lawyer, Former Minister of Justice of the Catalan Government
  • Moderator: Noemí de Córdoba, Technical Secretary of the RAJ Committee (Judicial and forensic Auditors Register) and of the SMAS (Auditors Mediation Service) from the Spanish Institute of Chartered Accountants (ICJCE)


  • Celia Ferrero, Vice President of the Association of Self-Employed Workers
  • Salla Saastamoinen, Director for civil and commercial justice, DG Justice and Consumers
  • Frank M. Fossen, professor of Economy and Entrepreneurship in University of Nevada

5:55 – 6:20 pm Keynote Speaker. Second chance as an effective mechanisme for personal insolvency

  • Jason Kilborn. Professor of Law, University of Illinois Chicago  

6:30 - 6:50 pm Presentation of the Personal Insolvency and the first statistic report.

7.00 – 7:20 pm Keynote Speaker. The verification of good faith as a requirement to obtain the exoneration. 

  • Ignacio Sancho, Judge of the Supreme Court

7.30 – 7:50 p.m. ICAB Award of Personal Insolvency European Congress in recognition of their contribution in promoting the second chance mechanism

Welcome by Mª Eugènia Gay, President of the Barcelona Bar Association (ICAB) 

Glossy of the winners by Jesús Sánchez, Vice President of the Barcelona Bar Association (ICAB)


  • Carles R. Puigcerver. Delegate Inspector Inspection Service of the CGPJ
  • Miguel Ángel Chamorro. Judge of the Barcelona Court of First Instance Nº. 50
  • Ángel Serrano. notary public
  • Josep Medina Padial. President ICAVOR 2012-2019
  • Carles Mundó i Blanch. Former Minister of Justice of the Catalan Government del 2016-2017
  • Abel Pié Lacueva. President ICA Manresa 2009-2021

Thursday, 18th NOVEMBER 2021

9:30-10:30 am 6th Legal Panel: Challenges and proposals on the role of the insolvency administrator in personal insolvency

  • Presenter: Marta Martínez i Gellida, President of the Tortosa Bar Association
  • Moderator:  Pau Ballvé Reyes, Lawyer and president of the Bankruptcy Law Section of the ICAB


  • Marta Cervera, Magistrate of the Barcelona Provincial Court 
  • Juan Carlos Robles, President of the Forensic Economist Registry (REFOR)
  • Diego Comendador, president of ASPAC (Professional Association of Bankruptcy Receivers)

9:30-10:30 am 6th Socioeconomic Panel: Collaboration circuits between institutions for the treatment of personal insolvency (Presentation of the working and dissemination model of the Aliança-Sindicatura de Greuges)

  • Hosts: Conchita Peña, President of the Catalan Association of Social Work
  • Moderator: Leire Zugazua, Vitoria-Gasteiz Ombudsman 


  • Isabel Marqués Amat, Municipal Ombudsman of Terrassa
  • Joan Ramón Casals, General Director of Law and Legal Entities Generalitat 
  • Miguel Ángel Salazar García, Economist, Auditor and Lawyer

10:45-11:45 am 7th Legal PanelChallenges and proposals on a payment plan as a mechanism for solving insolvency

  • Hosts: Ángel de Miguel, Vice-president of the Talavera de la Reina Bar Association
  • Moderator: M. Elisa Escolà Besora. Lawyer. 


  • Raul García, Magistrate of the Commercial Court n. 7 of Barcelona
  • Fernando Santiso Vázquez, Court Clerk of Justice at the Commercial Court no. 1 from La Coruña
  • Jesús Quijano González, Full Professor of Commercial Law, Universidad de Valladolid

10:45-11:45 am 7th Socioeconomic Panel: Acompañamiento a situaciones de insolvencia personal

  • Hosts: Ángel José Cervantes, President of the Toledo Bar Association
  • Moderator: Rogeli Montoliu, President of the Vic Bar Association 


  • David Casellas, President of the Manresa Bar Association
  • Rosa Maria Juny, Manager of Fundació Pimec (Catalan’s small and medium-sized enterprises)
  • Juan Manuel Rivera, Social Worker, Head of Primary Care of Basic Social Services

12:00-13:00 pm 8th Legal Panel: Challenges and proposals on the extension of the exemption

  • Hosts: Jesús Sánchez García. Vice-President of the Barcelona Bar Association

Moderator: Flor Carrasco, Vice-President of the Málaga Bar Association


  • Francesc Xavier Rafí, Lawyer of the Administration of Justice, Commercial Court n. 9 Barcelona
  • Matilde Cuena, Full Professor in Civil Law, Universidad Complutense de Madrid. 
  • Catarina Serra, Counsellor-Judge at the Portugal Supreme Court 

12:00h-13:00h 8th Socioeconomic Panel: Good practices in the Bar Associations on personal insolvency


    • Borja Pardo Ibáñez. Lawyer


    • José Antonio Perales, Technical General Secretary of Spanish National Bar Council


    • Vicente Pascual, President of the Elche Bar Association
    • Yvonne Pavia, Council Member and Treasurer of the Barcelona Bar Association
    • Mireia Labarías, 3rd Council Member of the Terrassa Bar Association
    • Antonio García, Council Member of the Murcia Bar Association
    • Luis Fernández, President of the Insolvency Law Committee of the Alicante Bar Association
    • Luis Miguel Fernández, Vice-president of the Group of Lawyers Specialized in Commercial Law at the Granada Bar Association

    13:15h Conclusions

    13:45 Closing Remarks

    13:45 Closing Remarks

    • Lourdes Ciuró, Minister of Justice of the Generalitat de Catalunya
    • Mª Eugènia Gay, President of the Barcelona Bar Association (ICAB)
    • Jesús Sánchez, Vice President of the Barcelona Bar Association (ICAB)
    • Yvonne Pavia, Council Member and Treasurer of ICAB Governing Board


    Workshops on Personal Insolvency dealing with hot topics, in accordance with the current Consolidated Text, taking into account the transitory regime of the Preliminary Draft:

    Wednesday, 17-11-2021

    10:00am-12:15pm Extrajudicial payment agreement workshop

    • Jaime Campà, Lawyer
    • Eduard Borràs, Secretary General of the Official Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Services of Sabadell
    • Federico Adán, Procedural Law Professor, Universidad Rovira i Virgili
    • Ángel Serrano de Nicolás, Notary
    • Rubén Torrico Franco, Bankruptcy Advocat and Mediator

    Wednesday, 17-11-2021

    12:30-2:30 pm Consecutive State of Insolvency workshop 

    • Octavio Gracia. Lawyer and Economist
    • Borja Pardo. Lawyer
    • Berta Pellicer. Judge of the Commercial Court nº 3 in Barcelona

    Wednesday, 17-11-2021

    3:30-5:45 pm Exoneration workshop 

    • Elisa Escolà. Lawyer. Associate Professor, University of Barcelona
    • José María Puelles. Lawyer. Bankruptcy Receiver
    • Miguel Ángel Chamorro González. Magistrate of the Court of First Instance no. 50 of Barcelona

    Thursday, 18-11-2021


    • Jaime Campa. Lawyer
    • Octavio Gracia. Lawyer
    • Gloria Díaz. Abogada
    • Borja Pardo. Lawyer
    • Elisa Escolà. Abogada. Associate Professor, University of Barcelona
    • José Maria Puelles. Lawyer. Bankruptcy Receiver
    • Joan Alegre. Lawyer
    • Dolors Teulé. Lawyer
    • Elvira Castañón García Alix. Lawyer


    • Carla Fàbrega, Law graduate
    • Cristina Bañuelos, Lawyer
    • Cristina Barba, Lawyer
    • Cristina Martínez; Lawyer
    • Enrique Suarez, Economist and Lawyer
    • Gerard Salcedo, Lawyer
    • Ivan Enrich, Economist
    • Joan Alegre, Lawyer
    • Marta Perez , Lawyer
    • Nerea del Río, Law graduate





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