Research Seminars

The SGRI organises a variety of workshops and research seminars with the purpose of analysing new trends and challenges in local, regional and international insolvency law. Likewise, these seminars also serve as a forum to discuss research projects conducted by our faculty. These seminars involve academics, practitioners and students.

Past Events

[Webinar] Insolvency for Micro and Small Businesses - Global and Regional Perspectives

3 March 2021, Wednesday
3.00pm to 4.15pm

Micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) represent the vast majority of businesses in most countries. Despite their economic relevance, most jurisdictions do not provide an attractive insolvency framework for MSMEs. With COVID-19 hitting MSMEs the hardest, many countries are accelerating the process of implementing an efficient insolvency framework for these businesses.

Organised by the Asian Business Law Institute and the Singapore Global Restructuring Initiative, this webinar will provide an overview of the insolvency reforms for MSMEs happening in various countries globally, including Australia, Myanmar and Singapore. It will also analyse the primary policy recommendations suggested by the World Bank and UNCITRAL, as well as the role of lawyers, mediators, financial advisors and insolvency practitioners in the resolution of a situation of financial distress of MSMEs.

[Webinar] The Asian Business Law Institute/III Asian Principles of Global Restructuring Project

2 February 2021, Tuesday
1.00pm (GMT) / 9.00pm (Singapore time)


- Justice Kannan Ramesh (High Court, Singapore)

- Dr Aurelio Gurrea-Martínez (Singapore Management University)

- Mr Sushil Nair (Drew & Napier, Singapore)

The webinar was jointly organised by the Singapore Global Restructuring Initiative (SGRI) and the University of Cambridge's Centre for Corporate and Commercial Law (3CL). During the event, Justice Kannan Ramesh presented the Asian Principles on Business Restructuring project conducted by the International Insolvency Institute and the Asian Business Law Institute. Then, the Head of the SGRI, Dr Aurelio Gurrea Martínez, provided an overview of the SGRI and one of the specific research projects conducted by the SGRI (Insolvency Law in Times of COVID-19), with particular focus on how Singapore and other countries in the Asia-Pacific are amending their insolvency frameworks as a response to the COVID-19 crisis. The event concluded with some comments provided by Mr Sushil Nair about the future and challenges of corporate restructuring in Asia, followed by a discussion between the panellists and other academics, judges and practitioners joining the event.

The recording of the event can be found here.

The speech delivered by Justice Kannan Ramesh is available here.