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Consideration, Characterisation, Evaluation: Transactions at an Undervalue After Phillips v Brewin

Riz Mokal

University College London (UCL) - Faculty of Laws; South Square Chambers

Look Chan Ho

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

This paper takes the opportunity presented by the House of Lords' decision in Phillips v Brewin to examine the law governing the reversal of transactions at an undervalue entered into by a company which then becomes insolvent. The paper discusses the sequence in which issues related to ascertaining whether a transaction had been at an undervalue are to be approached, the proposition that contracts somehow "linked" with each other can be taken together as constituting a single "transaction" , and the prior question about when such contracts should be considered "linked" in the first place. Finally, the paper detects something of a tendency in the case law to use the notion of a transaction at an undervalue to brush aside inconveniences arising from the peculiarities in the way certain cases have been pleaded. Notably, it suggests that Phillips v Brewin might not have involved any transaction at an undervalue at all.

This is a somewhat updated version of the published article.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 15

Keywords: English law, corporate insolvency, bankruptcy, fraudulent preference law

JEL Classification: K19, K22, K49

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Date posted: April 1, 2002  

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Mokal, Riz and Ho, Look Chan, Consideration, Characterisation, Evaluation: Transactions at an Undervalue After Phillips v Brewin. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=303899 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.303899

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Look Chan Ho
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP ( email )
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United Kingdom
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+44 20 7108 2089 (Fax)
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