Offshore Bankruptcies

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Andrew Dawson

University of Miami - School of Law

Date Written: December 23, 2009


This article reports the results of an empirical analysis of the impact of Chapter 15 of the Bankruptcy Code, which was enacted in 2005 to replace the former Section 304. I examine all Section 304 motions filed in the three years before the change in law and all Chapter 15 filings following in the three years afterwards, analyzing the number of petitions originating from haven jurisdictions. These data indicate that, while the change in law itself did not produce any detectable change in practice, the subsequent interpretation of Chapter 15 in the high-profile case of an offshore Bear Stearns hedge fund did make an impact: after that decision, the number of petitions seeking cooperation with havens dramatically dropped off. From this finding, I concluded that Chapter 15 is promoting cooperation but in a fact-sensitive way that can prevent forum shopping.

Suggested Citation

Dawson, Andrew, Offshore Bankruptcies (December 23, 2009). Nebraska Law Review, Vol. 88, p. 317, 2009, Available at SSRN:

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University of Miami - School of Law ( email )

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