‘Minting Capital: The Role of the Corporation’ by Katharina Pistor (Columbia)

The youtube channel of the European Corporate Governance Institute has an interesting video of a discussion on “Minting Capital: The Role of the Corporation”. Professor Katharina Pistor of Columbia University discusses how corporate law can be used to generate wealth for the persons using this “legal code’ and how this can be seen as a legal subsidy.

This presentation develops the topics which Professor Pistor touched upon in her Heremans Lectures as Global Law Professor at the KU Leuven in 2016. She is working on an upcoming book on these topics

Uncitral Working Group V: Insolvency Law

At its fifty-first session (10-19 May 2017), Uncitral Working Group V has agreed to a draft model law on the recognition and enforcement of insolvency-related judgments (which can be consulted here) and to draft legislative provisions to facilitate the cross-border insolvency of multinational enterprise groups (which can be consulted here).

New German rules on Group Insolvency


Last week, the German Bundestag voted the Gesetz zur Erleichterung der Bewältigung von Konzerninsolvenzen. The purpose of this law is to bridge the gap between the economic unity of enterprise groups and their legal plurality, and as such to overcome the persistent entity-centrism of insolvency law. To do so, the law provides for the possibility of territorial concentration of insolvency proceedings, the possibility to appoint the same insolvency practitioner in multiple insolvency proceedings, and the possibility of a group coordination procedure. Similar rules can already be found in the recast Insolvency Regulation. This is not a coincidence as the main source of inspiration for the European rules … was the original German legislative proposal on group insolvency (which dates from 2013-2014). It can only be hoped that other legislators will soon follow the European and German example.

Een persmededeling van professor en parlementslid Heribert Hirte vat het belang van de wet als volgt samen:

Mit diesem Gesetz sind wir endlich im 21. Jahrhundert angekommen. Bisher wurde der Konzern im Insolvenzrecht eher stiefmütterlich behandelt, was auch dazu geführt hat, dass das Bild vom Unternehmen beim Bürger noch immer geprägt ist von der einzelnen Gesellschaft, meistens der GmbH oder der Aktiengesellschaft. Die wirtschaftliche Realität ist aber eine völlig andere. Unternehmensgruppen, teilweise bestehend aus mehreren Hundert einzelnen Gesellschaften, bestimmen das Geschehen. Das gilt nicht nur für die bekannten multinationalen Konzerne, sondern auch für viele Mittelständler und sogar Handwerker

Uncitral Working Group on Insolvency Law

The fiftieth session of Working Group V (Insolvency Law) will take place in Vienna from Monday 12 to Friday 16 December 2016. The delegates will discuss draft legislative provisions regarding the cross-border insolvency of multinational enterprise groups and the recognition and enforcement of insolvency-related judgments. For more information, see here.

Is het bestuur of de commissaris van de moedervennootschap aansprakelijk in het geval van een éénhoofdige dochtervennootschap?

Rechtbank van Koophandel te Antwerpen (afd. Turnhout) 8 november 2016

Een moedervennootschap bezit alle aandelen in een NV. Indien deze situatie van éénhoofdigheid langer dan een jaar duurt wordt de moedervennootschap onbeperkt aansprakelijk voor de dochtervennootschap (art. 646 W.Venn. – zie eerder arrest). Dit veroorzaakt een aanzienlijke verhoging van de schulden van de moedervennootschap (en bijgevolg een toename van de passiva in de faillissementsboedel indien de moedervennootschap failliet zou gaan). Leidt deze situatie tot de aansprakelijkheid van de bestuurders of de commissaris van de moedervennootschap? Deze vraag was aan de orde in een recent vonnis van de rechtbank van Koophandel te Antwerpen (afdeling Turnhout) van 8 november 2016 (A/14/03347 – inzake faillissement Waegener Group NV). Continue reading “Is het bestuur of de commissaris van de moedervennootschap aansprakelijk in het geval van een éénhoofdige dochtervennootschap?”

Supply Chain Liability: a Primer

A post by guest blogger Penelope Bergkamp

Supply chain liability is the liability of a company for a harm caused by its business partners. Until recently, this was merely an academic theory. It no longer is: we are beginning to see court cases on supply chain liability, and more such claims will likely be filed. Continue reading “Supply Chain Liability: a Primer”

Everybody loses … except the lawyers

Settlement in the bankruptcy liquidation of Nortel


This week it was reported that a settlement has been reached in the bankruptcy liquidation of Nortel Networks Corp (read here). The Nortel group once was one of the world’s leading providers of telecommunications network solutions.

The insolvency of the Nortel Group was a dream for scholars of international insolvency law. Continue reading “Everybody loses … except the lawyers”