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Harper Macleod sponsors prestigious International Insolvency Conference as it comes to Edinburgh

Harper Macleod is delighted to support the prestigious International Association of Insolvency Regulators' (IAIR) 2013 Conference and AGM, which takes place in Edinburgh from 23-26 of September.

This is the 19th Annual Conference of the IAIR, an international body that brings together the collective experiences and expertise of government insolvency regulators from jurisdictions around the world.

Harper Macleod is sponsoring the formal conference dinner, which will see Chief Executive Martin Darroch welcome more than 50 delegates from around the world to the Royal Yacht Britannia on Tuesday, 24 September.

Meanwhile Partner James Lloyd, head of the Insolvency, will take his place alongside other global insolvency experts at one of the conference sessions at the George Hotel.

Lloyd, an accredited insolvency specialist with more than 20 years experience advising on corporate and personal insolvency issues, will join World Bank senior counsel Dr Irit Ronen-Mevorach and US Attorney James Spraygen, President of INSOL on the conference's first panel session, which will address cross-border insolvency issues.

Lloyd has been lead adviser to the Accountant in Bankruptcy (AiB) since 2005 and has unrivalled experience in the area of personal bankruptcy in Scotland, with experience of recovering assets in jurisdictions including England, Ireland, France, Spain, USA, Canada, Australia and Morocco.

This year's conference, entitled "Managing an Insolvency Regime in a Difficult Financial Climate", will provide essential information for international regulatory bodies facing the challenges of providing an insolvency regime in the current economic situation.

Fergus Ewing MSP, the Minister for Enterprise, Energy and Tourism who will open the conference on behalf of the Scottish Government, will host a drinks reception in The Great Hall of Edinburgh Castle on Monday, 23 September.

Mr Ewing said: "I am delighted that Scotland, and in particular the wonderful city of Edinburgh, is the host nation for the 19th annual IAIR conference. The broad range of issues that will be discussed and the similarity of the challenges we face globally, highlights the value of this event.

"I am sure that the delegates will learn a lot about Scotland and our insolvency laws during their visit. I am very proud of the reputation we have as a forward thinking nation making real improvements to the lives of the people who live and work in Scotland."

Rosemary Winter-Scott, Chair of IAIR and Chief Executive of the Accountant in Bankruptcy commented: "We aim to ensure a warm Scottish welcome awaits these influential insolvency leaders from the twenty-three member countries represented and the World Bank, European Bank of Reconstruction and Development and INSOL International.

"The IAIR conference provides a unique opportunity to share experience and knowledge in relation to the strategic issues facing our administrations. It will also provide us with an opportunity to update the delegates on the Bankruptcy reforms the Scottish Government has recently introduced to Parliament which aim to provide a fairer, more balanced system for all parties involved in debt".