Insolvency Forum Shopping, Revisited

Hamburg Law Review 2017, p 38-59

21 Pages Posted: 26 Dec 2017

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Wolf-Georg Ringe

University of Hamburg - Institute of Law & Economics; University of Oxford - Faculty of Law; Stanford University; European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI)

Date Written: December 2017


The phenomenon of forum shopping in insolvency situations has long troubled policy makers and scholars alike. Forum shopping describes the situation where a debtor engages in regulatory arbitrage by modifying certain criteria that allow them to benefit from a different, more favourable insolvency law or jurisdiction. The European Insolvency Regulation, an instrument determining the competent courts and the applicable law in cross-border insolvency proceedings, has long sought to curb such efforts. A major reform adopted in 2015 has the specific objective of further restricting abusive versions of forum shopping, in particular by introducing a ‘suspension period’ for forum shopping activities carried out shortly before the debtor files for insolvency. This article demonstrates that these efforts fail to achieve a satisfactory response to forum shopping. Further, forum shopping with use of an English scheme of arrangement remains entirely outside the Regulation’s scope.

Keywords: forum shopping, regulatory arbitrage, insolvency, scheme of arrangement

JEL Classification: K22

Suggested Citation

Ringe, Wolf-Georg, Insolvency Forum Shopping, Revisited (December 2017). Hamburg Law Review 2017, p 38-59, Available at SSRN:

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