The National Law Center for Inter-American Free Trade in conjunction with the International Insolvency Institute and the Organization for the Harmonization of Business Law in Africa (OHADA) organized a 2 day secured transactions coordination conference aimed at advancing coordination in global secured lending reform. Hosted by the University of Pennsylvania Law School, the conference was held on February 9-10, 2017, and brought together several secured transactions, insolvency, and commercial law experts from around the world to discuss the necessity of improved international and regional cooperation in secured credit and insolvency reform.
Strong support for the conference was received from the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) and the International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (UNIDROIT), as well as other multilateral institutions like the World Bank Group, Organization of American States, and the Asian Development Bank. The conference featured 8 panels comprised of a diverse range of experts, from scholars to commercial law practitioners and reformers, with NatLaw's own Dr. Marek Dubovec serving as Co-Chair of the conference alongside Professor Chuck Mooney of the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Over 70 experts were in attendance, including; Sir Roy Goode QC (delivered the keynote address), Emeritus Professor of Law at Oxford University and Founder of the Centre for Commercial Law Studies at Queen Mary University of London, Dr. Boris Kozolchyk, Evo DeConcini Professor of Law at the University of Arizona and Founder and Executive Director of the National Law Center for Inter-American Free Trade, José Angelo Estrella Faria, UNIDROIT Secretary General, Louise Gullifer, Professor of Commercial Law at the University of Oxford, Alejandro Alvarez de la Campa, IFC Finance & Markets Global Practice Manager for Sub-Saharan Africa, Richard Kohn, Co-General Counsel of the Commercial Finance Association, and Boubacar Sidiki Diarrah, OHADA Director of Legal Affairs. NatLaw's Chile Liaison, Lic. Rodrigo Novoa, and Supervising Research Attorney, Adalberto Elias, also attended. Widely ackowledged to be successful and deeply enlightening, the attendees voiced support for future installments of the conference. See below for photos from the event.