European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) was established in 1991 to help build a new, post-Cold War era in Central and Eastern Europe. It has since expanded to other transition economies and gained unique international investor expertise in fostering economic change by investing more than €150 billion in a total of over 6000 projects. EBRD promotes democratic rule and market economy, sound commercial laws and strong institutions, all of which are integral to sustainable economic transition. Through Legal Transition Programme in the Office of the General Counsel, the Bank helps to create investor-friendly, transparent and predictable legal environments in the economies where we invest. The EBRD Legal Transition Programme works with reform-oriented governments and specialises in designing technical cooperation programmes to support regulatory reforms to sustainably transform local economies.

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Event Details

Join the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) on 8 September at 15:00 BST for a virtual discussion and launch of our new assessment on the state of business reorganisation frameworks across the regions where the EBRD invests.

The coronavirus pandemic has triggered a serious economic crisis in developed and emerging markets alike and severely impacted businesses across the world. What should governments be doing to help businesses to survive?

Our virtual discussion will explore the impact of the crisis on businesses in financial difficulties and present a new EBRD initiative aimed at helping national authorities identify what can be done to improve their current frameworks and introduce the longer-term reforms needed to help businesses to return to viability.

Please join us for a virtual discussion moderated by Katie Linsell, Reporter at Bloomberg News, and featuring:

  • Francis Malige, EBRD, Head of Financial Institutions
  • Catherine Bridge Zoller, EBRD, Senior Counsel, Legal Transition Team
  • Piya Mukherjee, President of INSOL Europe and partner at Horten law firm, Denmark
  • Professor Rodrigo Olivares-Caminal, Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS) at Queen Mary University of London

The webinar marks the launch of a new project by the EBRD to assess the extensiveness and effectiveness of business reorganisation frameworks across all 38 economies where we invest. For further details, please see

This event is part of a series of webinars hosted by the EBRD's Legal Transition Team. The panel discussions address the business restructuring in the time of COVID-19 and highlight the key areas where support and further reforms are needed. The webinars also explore the regional perspectives on business restructuring tools and the latest international trends in the field.

If you have any queries or would like to submit questions in advance, please contact


Katie Linsell (Credit Reporter at Bloomberg News)

Katie Linsell

Credit Reporter at Bloomberg News

Francis Malige (Managing Director, Financial Institutions at EBRD)

Francis Malige

Managing Director, Financial Institutions at EBRD

Catherine Bridge Zoller (Senior Counsel, Legal Transition Team at EBRD)

Catherine Bridge Zoller

Senior Counsel, Legal Transition Team at EBRD

Piya Mukherjee (President of INSOL Europe)

Piya Mukherjee

President of INSOL Europe

Rodrigo Olivares-Caminal (Professor, Banking and Finance Law at Queen Mary University of London)

Rodrigo Olivares-Caminal

Professor, Banking and Finance Law at Queen Mary University of London

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