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Title: Towards Legal Certainty: European Cross-Border Insolvency Law and Multinational Corporate Groups
Authors: Almaskari, Bader Juma
Supervisors: Andreadakis, Stellios
Sancho Villa, Diana
Award date: 4-Jan-2017
Presented at: University of Leicester
Abstract: The proliferation of multinational company groups in global trade brings new challenges to cross-border insolvency and subjects creditors to an excessive amount of legal uncertainty, which may put them at a disadvantage. This Thesis examines the extent to which European insolvency regulations, namely, the European Insolvency Regulation 2000 (EIR 2000) and the Recast European Insolvency Regulation 2015 (New Recast EIR 2015) enhance legal certainty and reduce the opportunity for abusive forum shopping, to the benefit of creditors in cross-border insolvency cases of multinational company groups. This Thesis provides an original approach to analysing this problem by first examining the issue from a company law perspective and a conflict of laws perspective. The Thesis then critically examines the EIR 2000 and demonstrates that the notion of the Centre of Main Interest (COMI) on its own is not capable of providing a satisfactory solution to the problem of the lack of legal certainty, especially as the regulation and the jurisprudence of the courts do not greatly help in adding more certainty to the meaning of the COMI. This is followed by examining proposals for enhancing legal certainty outside the EIR 2000, before critically examining the New Recast EIR 2015 by analysing the new provisions on secondary proceedings, the clarifications of the notion of the COMI, and the new chapter on groups. The Thesis concludes by acknowledging that the New Recast EIR 2015 has filled many of the gaps of the EIR 2000 and contributed to enhancing legal certainty in the cross-border insolvency of Multinational Corporate Groups (MCGs) for the benefit of creditors, but there is still room for improvement, especially as many of the tools found in the New Recast EIR 2015 are voluntary in nature. The concluding chapter ends by identifying new areas of potential research in this field.
Type: Thesis
Level: Doctoral
Qualification: PhD
Rights: Copyright © the author. All rights reserved.
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