Future Thought Leaders Essay Competition

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We at ThoughtLeaders4 are serious about providing opportunities to up-and-coming practitioners specialising in Asset Recovery, Fraud, Insolvency and Enforcement. We strongly believe that the next generation of practitioners should be writing, speaking and attending events in order to build networks and further their careers.

With this in mind, we are proud to present our Future ThoughtLeaders Essay Competition.

Assessed by an illustriously experienced, senior and broad ranging panel of practitioners this is your chance to stick your head above the parapet and mark yourself as the one-to-watch. With the opportunity to attend and present your essay at our Global FIRE Starters Summit: Dublin as well as attend our FIRE International: Vilamoura event in Portugal we look forward to your submissions and to welcoming to the FIRE Starters community.  

The Topic:

The crossover between fraud and insolvency in my jurisdiction.

We are delighted to invite submissions for papers that discuss the part insolvency processes play in tackling fraud claims in your jurisdiction. We encourage applicants to discuss new legislative changes, how their own toolkit for dealing with fraud claims may have changed, and responded to contemporary global challenges, and cite specific examples and case law.

For example, applicants may, if they are from the UK…look at cross-border insolvency in the current post-Brexit landscape, discussing the impact of the Insolvency Rules 2016, as well as the swift legislative action we have seen with the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act (CIGA 2020). Any updates to bankruptcy, the receivership process and liquidation processes, etc… and maybe even some crystal-ball gazing is also welcome…

This is a short paper, and we invite you to be creative, opinionated, and tease out the crossovers between fraud, insolvency, asset recovery and economic change.

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Illustrious Judging Panel

Kevin Hellard
Kevin Hellard Practice Leader, Insolvency & Asset Recovery
Grant Thornton
Fiona Simpson
Fiona Simpson Partner
Kingsley Napley (UK)
Marcia Shekerdemian QC
Marcia Shekerdemian QC Barrister
Wilberforce Chambers
Danny Quah
Danny Quah Director
TSMP Law Corporation (Singapore)
Yan Kalish
Yan Kalish Counsel
Rybalkin Gortsunyan Partners (Russia)
Mark Emery
Mark Emery Associate Director
DQ Advocates
Dr. Jennifer White
Dr. Jennifer White Assistant Manager
Grant Thornton

The Prizes:


Top 3

All Entrants

Who can enter?

Must be a FIRE Starter (2-15 years qualified)

How to submit?

In 3 Easy Steps

Go to our website
Fill in the form with your details
3 Attach your essay and submit


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