Leaping Forward to 1997: Bankruptcy Law Reform in Hong Kong

International Insolvency Review, Vol. 6, No. 3, p. 183, 1997

28 Pages Posted: 6 Feb 2010 Last revised: 15 Feb 2010

Charles D. Booth

Institute of Asian-Pacific Business Law, William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawaii at Manoa; University of Hawaii - William S. Richardson School of Law

Date Written: 1997

Abstract

As part of the effort to reform Hong Kong’s laws in light of China’s resumption of sovereignty on 1 July 1997, dramatic changes have recently been made to Hong Kong bankruptcy law. The Hong Kong Bankruptcy (Amendment) Ordinance 1996 was enacted in December 1996, less than seven months before Hong Kong became a Special Administrative Region of China. This Ordinance makes the first comprehensive changes to Hong Kong bankruptcy law in over a century and will affect the insolvency of both individual debtors and partnerships. The new Ordinance is expected to come into operation later in 1997 after the new Bankruptcy Rules are drafted. This article presents an overview of the important changes to Hong Kong bankruptcy law made by the Ordinance. It also discusses some of the trends and policy changes that emerged during the reform process and highlights the strengths and weaknesses of the new legislation.

Suggested Citation

Booth, Charles D., Leaping Forward to 1997: Bankruptcy Law Reform in Hong Kong (1997). International Insolvency Review, Vol. 6, No. 3, p. 183, 1997. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1548071

Charles D. Booth (Contact Author)

Institute of Asian-Pacific Business Law, William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawaii at Manoa ( email )

University of Hawai'i at Manoa
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Honolulu, HI 96822-2328
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University of Hawaii - William S. Richardson School of Law ( email )

2515 Dole Street
Honolulu, HI 96822-2350
United States

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