The future direction of China's cross-border insolvency laws, related issues and potential problems

Parry, R. ORCID: 0000-0001-8285-2191 and Nan, G., 2018. The future direction of China's cross-border insolvency laws, related issues and potential problems. International Insolvency Review, 27 (1), pp. 5-31. ISSN 1180-0518

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The enactment of China's bankruptcy laws in 2006 was a necessary step in the development of its economy. This law represented a significant modernisation of the insolvency framework, supporting the transforming economy, but it was also a law of political expediency, for the enhancement of external relations. One aspect of the enhancement of external relations was the provision of cross-border insolvency rules. However this complex area of law was addressed in only one article, which was only a starting point, leaving many details unaddressed, and further reforms are required. In particular, it is desirable that the law provides a greater level of predictability as to the likely outcomes of cross-border insolvencies, to encourage inward trade and investment, as well as encourage external trade. Both inbound and outbound business dealings are important to China's continued economic development.

It is clear also, however, that insolvency law and practice is still a developing area for China. The establishment of a modern and unified system of insolvency laws was a big step for China, representing a sacrifice of tight controls on insolvencies, but the impact of this law in practice is only recently developing, with a loosening of state controls, after a very slow start. The establishment of a cross-border insolvency framework represents a further challenge; one that is likely to beset with considerable difficulties, as any further development of this law would potentially entail some further loss of control over proceedings, not least in outbound cases, and resistance may be anticipated. In keeping with China’s historical approach to law-making in the area of bankruptcy law, it is likely that the cross-border insolvency framework will develop gradually and with caution. This article assesses the way forward in respect of cross-border insolvency laws, contending that an incremental approach over a period of years, in three broad stages, is required, with more developed and country specific approaches providing a link, or interim stage, between the clarification of the Article 5 and the formal adoption of the UNCITRAL Model Law in China.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: International Insolvency Review
Creators: Parry, R. and Nan, G.
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Date: 2018
Volume: 27
Number: 1
ISSN: 1180-0518
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Law School
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 29 Nov 2017 12:24
Last Modified: 06 Apr 2020 03:00

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