24-25 October 2018, Sydney

25 years of National Conference

Celebrating its 25th year, ARITA's National Conference will continue to bring together the who’s who of Australia’s restructuring, insolvency and turnaround profession to discuss issues of national and international importance.

Taking place at the Hyatt Regency Sydney on 24-25 October, the two-day conference program features high-profile keynote addresses and expert speakers covering the most relevant topics for your practice. Our interactive program will once again combine technical sessions with tailored masterclass presentations and case studies.

Keynotes & highlights

Ten years ago, the collapse of Lehman Brothers, which led to the largest bankruptcy filing in U.S. history with over $600 billion in assets, symbolised the power of the global financial crisis. Former United States Bankruptcy Judge the Honorable James M. Peck will reflect on the Lehman Brothers experience 10 years on and consider where we are now, particularly given the scrutiny of our financial institutions by the Royal Commission.

Other highlight sessions include: a panel of senior IPs and Lawyers debating whether time's up on hourly billing; a review of the last 18 months' of law reform, recent case reports and a selection of thought-provoking case studies, and what you need to know about cryptocurrencies and other 'hidden' funds.

Trust is critical for our profession. But who and how we trust is shifting, dramatically and quickly, and we're moving to an age of 'distributed trust' where reputation has never mattered more. International change expert and renowned speaker Holly Ransom, CEO of Emergent, will help us understand how to remain effective in this new trust landscape and be aware of trust's role in human relationships, innovation and society. 

View the full conference program

Masterclass sessions are also available to book online. Please choose from A1, B1 or C1 on Day one and then A2, B2 or C2 on Day two during booking.

Conference Dinner & Welcome Reception

Our popular Conference Dinner takes place in the Grand Ballroom of the Hyatt Regency Sydney, following Day 1 of the Conference. This year the Dinner will be black tie, to celebrate the 25th anniversary in style.

For the first time, ARITA is offering you the opportunity to attend the Conference OR Dinner, or both. If you just wish to attend the Dinner, you can purchase an individual ticket or Table of 10 without attending the Conference. And vice versa. Please add your chosen options to your itinerary before proceeding to checkout.

Pre-dinner drinks will be served from 6.30 pm on Wednesday 24 October followed by a three-course dinner, all taking place with stunning waterfront views of Sydney's iconic Darling Harbour through the floor to ceiling windows.

We kick off the event with the networking Welcome Reception on Tuesday 23 October from 6.30 pm, with drinks and canapes at Hacienda Sydney, a vista bar inspired by the grand plantation architecture of Cuba, mixed with the modern vintage hotels of 1950s Miami. Hacienda has arguably one of Sydney's most iconic views of the Harbour Bridge, making it the perfect location for guests to catch up with colleagues and meet new contacts informally before the conference.

Our National Conference 2018 venues

Rates to attend

 (All prices include GST)  Members & Subscribers  Non-members  
 Conference early bird $2,250  $2,900
 Conference regular ticket rate  $2,650  $3,250
 Table of 10* $2,490 
 Dinner ticket $249 
 Dinner Guest / Partner  $249
 Welcome Reception Guest / Partner  $149

*Please email guest names, companies & dietary requirements to events@arita.com.au by 17 October 2018.


Please note: The week of the conference is a busy time in Sydney with the Invictus Games running from 20 – 27 October. As a result, ARITA’s original room allocation at the Hyatt Regency has sold quickly and is now unfortunately full.

We have now secured discounted room rates at The Grace Hotel, 77 York St - just 5 minutes walk from the Conference venue. Superior King Rooms are available to book on 23-25 October at $335 incl. GST per night. A full buffet breakfast may be added for the discounted price of $20 per day. If you wish to book either side of these dates, please contact the reservations team directly on (02) 9272 6888. Otherwise, please use the ARITA discount code ARI231018 via the link below:

Book your accommodation at The Grace Hotel

Comparable rates are currently available at the following neighbouring hotels, all of which are within 10 minutes’ walk of the Conference venue. Please contact the hotels directly to check availability and rates:

Seasons Harbour Plaza, 252 Sussex St - 02 9336 5111
Mantra on Kent, 433 Kent St - 02 9284 2300
Adina, 55 Shelley St - 02 9249 7000
The Park Royal Darling Harbour, 150 Day St – 02 9261 1188

Cancellations and substitutions

By registering you agree to be bound by our terms and conditions. Please also see our events terms and conditions

Thank you to our sponsors

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National Conference 2018

24/10/2018 - 25/10/2018
An informal networking opportunity with delegates,  speakers and sponsors, the welcome reception is included in your conference ticket. If not attending, please remove from your itinerary.
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
23/10/2018 6:30 PM

If you would like to bring your partner or a guest to the Welcome Reception please select this option.
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
23/10/2018 6:30 PM

1.45 - 2.45 pm with Kim Arnold, Policy & Education Director, ARITA
24/10/2018 - 24/10/2017

1.45 - 2.45 pm with Darren Hopkins, Partner, McGrathNicol

1.45 - 2.45 pm with Anthony Elkerton, Principal, DW Advisory & Paul Weston, Partner, Pitcher Partners

Add to your itinerary to attend the two-day Conference (single day options not available)
24/10/2018 9:00 AM - 25/10/2018 5:00 PM
24/10/2018 9:00 AM

Add to your itinerary to attend the Dinner
6:30 PM - 11:00 PM
24/10/2018 6:30 PM

If you would like to bring your partner or a guest to the Dinner other than your colleagues please select this option.
6:30 PM - 11:00 PM
24/10/2018 6:30 PM

Add to your itinerary to book a Table of 10 at the Dinner. Email guest names & dietaries to events@arita.com.au by 17 October 2018.
6:30 PM - 11:00 PM
24/10/2018 6:30 PM

1.15 - 2.15 pm with Michelle Dean, Corrs Chambers Westgarth; Melissa Jeremiah, Maddocks; Orla McCoy, Clayton Utz, moderated by Natasha McHattan, ARITA Legal Director.

1.15 - 2.15 pm with Paul Shaw, National Manager - Regulation & Enforcement, AFSA & Thea Eszenyi, Senior Executive Leader, Insolvency Practitioners Team, ASIC

1.15 - 2.15 pm. To be announced.