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Recognition of UK Insolvency Proceedings Post-Brexit

10 Oct 2018
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The Impact of a ‘No Deal’ Scenario

By Chris Umfreville, Paul Omar, Heike Lücke, Irene Lynch Fannon, Michael Veder and Laura Carballo Piñeiro.
This paper examines the impact of a ‘no deal’ or ‘hard’ Brexit on the recognition of insolvency proceedings commenced in the UK by the remaining Member States of the European Union (EU) post-Brexit. The paper considers the framework currently implemented by the Recast European Insolvency Regulation and the possible approaches when it will cease to apply to proceedings commenced post-Brexit. The paper identifies that there will be no overarching framework in the event that ‘no deal’ is reached between the UK and the EU for post-Brexit arrangements, resulting in reliance on individual Member States’ domestic laws to determine recognition of insolvency proceedings commenced in the UK.

The paper sets out the contrasting approaches of five of the UK’s key trading partners in the EU: France, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands and Spain. The paper
concludes that UK insolvency proceedings will not be recognised in a consistent manner in these Member States, which will be detrimental to stakeholders in, and ultimately the economies of, the UK and these Member States. In doing so, the paper underlines the importance of an agreement being reached between the UK and the EU on the recognition of cross-border insolvency proceedings for the benefit of all parties. Copyright © 2018 The Authors International Insolvency Review published by INSOL International and John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

Read the full paper:

Umfreville C. Recognition of UK insolvency proceedings post-brexit: The impact of a ‘No deal’ scenario UK insolvency proceedings in a no deal brexit. International insolvency review. 12.2018;27(3):422-444. doi: 10.1002/iir.1325

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