The Insolvency Regulation (case-law)

Enefi – article 4 Regulation 1346/2000


In its recent Enefi judgment (C‑212/15, read here, no English translation available yet) the Court of Justice interpreted article 4 of Regulation 1346/2000. The judgment illustrates the shifting boundaries of the framework underlying the Insolvency Regulation.

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Sovereign Debt Restructuring and International Law

The Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for International, European and Regulatory Procedural Law organises a series of lectures on sovereign debt (see here). In the absence of an international legal framework, the process of sovereign debt structuring remains fragmented and uncertain. This is best illustrated by the decade and a half of litigation that followed Argentina’s sovereign bond default in 2001 (read here).

The first two lectures (“The Law and Economics of Sovereign Debt and Default” and “Sovereign Debt Restructuring and International Law”) can be found here.

The High Court of England and Wales approves Nortel’s global settlement

In a previous post (Everybody loses … except the lawyers) the settlement in the bankruptcy liquidation of Nortel Networks Corp was announced. Last week, the High Court of Justice approved this settlement. The judgment can be read here.

De nieuwe kleren van de keizer


In een vonnis van 31 oktober 2016 heeft de rechtbank van koophandel te Antwerpen de homologatie van het reorganisatieplan van de NV Corsan geweigerd. In een aantal vonnissen van dezelfde datum werd eveneens de homologatie van de reorganisatieplannen van met de NV Corsan verbonden (project)vennootschappen geweigerd. Over de achtergrond van deze zaken is voldoende verslag gedaan in de (financiële) pers. De NV Corsan had zich toegelegd op de productie van films, o.a. het historische epos Emperor, gebruik makend van de fiscaal gunstige tax shelter-regeling. Een dispuut over de toepassing van deze regeling lag mede aan de grondslag van de financiële problemen van de schuldenaar. Continue reading “De nieuwe kleren van de keizer”

Values in bankruptcy law

“Suppose that a bankruptcy judge has two options in a bankruptcy proceeding of a factory. First, the judge could reorganize the factory, resulting in a $1,000,000 payment to creditors and keeping the factory largely intact. Second, the judge could liquidate the factory, resulting in a $1,500,000 payment to creditors and the loss of 1,000 jobs as the factory is shuttered. What should the bankruptcy judge choose?”

With this deliberately provocative question Zachary Liscow rekindles the debate about the fundamental values of bankruptcy law in a recent article published in the Columbia Law Review (read here). Continue reading “Values in bankruptcy law”

Debt: use it wisely

 “L’homme moderne est dans bien des cas plus enclin à la dépense que ne l’étaient ses ancêtres”  (F. H. Speth, La divisibilité du patrimoine et l’entreprise d’une personne, Parijs, L.G.D.J., 1958, 10)

Our society is credit driven. Consumers and companies borrow against future earnings to finance actual spending. Banks borrow for a living. The Government borrows to pay for social peace, pushing the bill towards future generations. Money for nothing only exists in pop songs. Credit eventually has to be paid by somebody, be it the debtor or society as a whole.

The International Monetary Fund recently publised a report on the proliferation of private sector debt. Continue reading “Debt: use it wisely”

The Insolvency Regulation (case-law)

SCI Senior Home – article 5 Regulation 1346/2000

In its judgment of today (read here), the Court of Justice interpreted article 5 of Regulation 1346/2000. Pursuant to this article, the opening of insolvency proceedings shall not affect the rights in rem of creditors or third parties in respect of tangible or intangible, moveable or immoveable assets – both specific assets and collections of indefinite assets as a whole which change from time to time – belonging to the debtor which are situated within the territory of another Member State at the time of the opening of proceedings.  Continue reading “The Insolvency Regulation (case-law)”