The Italian Insolvency Law Reform

34 Pages Posted: 11 Dec 2019 Last revised: 14 Apr 2020

Date Written: November 23, 2019


The Italian insolvency and pre-insolvency frameworks have been reformed recently (2019). This paper recalls the intense period of reforms in Italian insolvency law, started in 2005 and culminated with the new ‘Code of enterprise crisis and of insolvency’. The Code introduces new rules for court-confirmed debt restructuring agreements (similar to schemes of arrangement) and judicial composition with creditors, as well as with regard to new rules for insolvency of groups, international jurisdiction and directors’ liability. The paper addresses these novelties pointing out some unresolved issues. Finally, the paper touches upon the compatibility of the new law with the Directive on restructuring and insolvency.

Keywords: insolvency, pre-insolvency, judicial composition with creditors, schemes of arrangement, restructuring, Italy

JEL Classification: G33, K19, K22

Suggested Citation

Zorzi, Andrea, The Italian Insolvency Law Reform (November 23, 2019). Available at SSRN: or

Andrea Zorzi (Contact Author)

University of Florence ( email )

Via delle Pandette, 9
Florence, 50127

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