Challenges for the banking sector in the near future: real estate matters, NPLs, consumers’ litigation: a great quandary?


20 - 22 April 2017

The world economy is a top concern for bankers, with high debt, interest rate uncertainty and emerging market slowdowns reported as being the most worrisome of all external risks. The banking industry is feeling a lot of pressure in today’s changing market and it is facing significant challenges ranging from technology risk and criminality to tightening regulatory requirements and political interference from mass consumer litigations to non-performing loans (NPLs) and eventually the introduction of machines instead of human beings as part of the entire banking process. The aim of this seminar is to explore the nature of some of those challenges and generate further awareness on short-term issues with a particular focus on the enforcement and recovery of NPLs. To broaden its scope, this seminar will also explore the issues commonly associated with NPLs in particular litigation, tax, real estate and the like. Outstanding external speakers have been secured and prominent AIJA speakers are on board as well!

On a social side, be aware that the quality of parmesan food will fortify the already convivial atmosphere on “home hospitality” evening, organized for Saturday bythe Italian colleagues. Last but not least, a celebration of music! On Friday evening we will be going for dinner at the Regio Theater. And much, much more…

Looking forward to seeing you in Parma!

AIJA Commissions

  • Banking, Finance and Capital Markets
  • Litigation
  • Real Estate

Full programme

Thursday 20 April 2017

18:30 » 19:30
Registration at the Maria Luigia Palace 
19:30 » 21:30
Welcome Cocktail at Hotel  Maria Luigia Palace

Friday 21 April 2017

08:00 » 09:00
Registration at the Circolo di lettura
09:00 » 09:30

Welcome Adresses
David Frølich, President of AIJA
Michele Vaira, AIGA President

09:30 » 10:45
General introduction to NPLS the current scenario internationally 
Moderator: Giuseppe Cristiano, De Berti – Jacchia, Italy 
Enrico Poggi,  Credit Agricole (Cariparma), (Italy)
Richard Samuel, 3 Hare Court, UK
Jordi Bermúdez Gutiérrez, Roca Junyent, (Spain)
10:45 » 11:15
Coffee Break
10:45 » 12:45
NPLS operations from A to Z (Cross-border and multi-jurisdiction deals)
Moderator: Cecilia Peregrina, Altenburger, (Switzerland) 
Luca Olivieri, Deloitte, (UK)
Luca Vicarioli, VFGS, (Italy)
Pablo Vinageras, Garrigues, (Spain) 
Alexander Linnikov, Ph.D., Linnikov & Partners, Professor of the Financial University under the Government of the Russian Federation, (Russia), Honorary Advocate of the Moscow Regional Chamber of Advocates
13:00 » 14:30
14:30 » 15:30

The future challenges for the Swiss banking business in light both of the recent financial regulations and also Brexit, with England as the possible new main competitor
Moderator: Daniele Bracchi, Agnoli Giuggioli, (Italy)
Fausto Marcantoni, Banca Sempione, (Switzerland)
Prof. Dr. Martin Janssen, ECOFIN Group, (Switzerland)
Bethan Waters, Farrers, (UK)
Luca Re Cecconi, Rothschild Private Wealth, (Switzerland)

15:45 » 17:00
Transactions involving distressed properties 
Moderator: Martin Foerster, GRAF & PITKOWITZ, (Austria)
Dorothee Atwell, LL.M. (SMU), Universal-Investment-Gesellschaft mbH, (Germany)
Tomasz Kalicki, Domański Zakrzewski Palinka sp. k., (Poland)
Steven Callens, Simont Braun, (Belgium)
Josef Caleff, Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd, (Switzerland)
17:00 » 18:00
Issues connected with realizing mortgages
Moderator: Serena Corongiu (Italy)
Lukas Bopp, Kellerhals Carrard, (Switzerland)
David Ormsby, Mason Hayes & Curran, (Ireland)
Egbert Walinga, Edens Walinga (The Netherlands)
Dinner at Gran Caffè del Teatro

Saturday 22 April 2017

07:00 » 08:00
Running for Human Rights
08:30 » 09:00
Registration at Circolo di Lettura
09:00 » 10:15
Seminar NPLS, mortgages and insolvency
Moderator: Slavomir Cauder, Giese, (Slovakia) 
 Christine Dempe, Brödermann Jahn, (Germany) 
Stephanie Reed Traband, LKLSG, (USA)
Louis Verstraeten, Atrea, (Belgium) 
10:15 » 10:30
Coffee Break
10:30 » 11:30
Litigating NPLS and other hot problems 
Moderator: Ned Beale, Trowers (UK)
Maria Gritsenko, (UK) 
Damien Devot, Meyer Fabre, (France) 
Dr. Michael Walbert (Austria)
11:30 » 12:30
Other issues in banking litigations (round table)
Moderator: Federico Busatta, Gianni Origoni Grippo, (Italy) 
Aurélie Conrad Hari, Bar & Karr, (Switzerland) 
Marc Jones, Stewarts, (UK) 
Pierre-Yves Samson, Soffal, (France)
12:30 » 14:00
End of the seminar and lunch 
15:30 » 17:30
Optional afternoon social program
20:00 » 23:00
Home Hospitality



Practical information

Not included in the registration fee and is at the participant’s expense.

We recommend the following hotel (s):


Viale Mentana 140, 43121 Parma

Tel +39 0521 281032 - Fax +39 0521 231126 -

Special rates have been fixed 80 Euro for single and 100 Euro for double occupancy, incl. breakfast and if applicable, Wi-Fi and additional taxes. The final date until when special rates are applicable is 15th March.

Hotel Torino Borgo Angelo Mazza, 7 - 43121 Parma

Tel. +390521281046 · Fax +390521230725



The seminar will be held in English.

 Dress code

Business (working sessions) and smart casual (evening program).

Organising Committee

Daniele Alberto BRACCHI
Agnoli e Giuggioli - studio legale (ITALY)


Studio Legale De Berti Jacchia Franchini Forlani (ITALY)

Pitkowitz Foerster Rechtsanwälte GmbH (AUSTRIA)

Giuseppe SCOTTI
Macchi di Cellere Gangemi (ITALY)