Bail-In from an Insolvency Law Perspective

36 Pages Posted: 3 May 2017

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Lynette Janssen

Leiden University, Leiden Law School

Date Written: March 31, 2017


The BRRD and the SRM Regulation established a bank resolution framework that interacts with rather than replaces more general rules of national insolvency law. Policy and academic discussions recognise a need for further alignment of national insolvency laws across the EU with the existing bank resolution framework but at the same time doubts exist whether a full-fledged harmonisation of insolvency law is feasible. Using the legal theory of coherence in a legal system, this article analyses to what extent the bail-in rules are already aligned with and how they are embedded into more general areas of Dutch private law, in particular insolvency law. It shows that with regard to specific aspects of the interaction between the bail-in rules and Dutch private law amendment or clarification is needed to avoid uncertainties about the application of bail-in and related safeguards for shareholders and creditors. These observations might be valid for other EU Member States as well.

Keywords: Bank resolution, bail-in, insolvency law, harmonisation

Suggested Citation

Janssen, Lynette, Bail-In from an Insolvency Law Perspective (March 31, 2017). Leiden Law School Research Paper No. 2962403, Available at SSRN: or

Lynette Janssen (Contact Author)

Leiden University, Leiden Law School ( email )


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