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Part I Corporate Debt Restructuring, 4 The UNCITRAL Model Law on Cross-Border Insolvency

Rodrigo Olivares-Caminal, John Douglas, Randall Guynn, Alan Kornberg, Sarah Paterson, Dalvinder Singh

From: Debt Restructuring (2nd Edition)

Rodrigo Olivares-Caminal, Alan Kornberg, Sarah Paterson, John Douglas, Randall Guynn, Dalvinder Singh

From: Oxford Legal Research Library (http://olrl.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 27 February 2024

This chapter begins by introducing the Model Law on Cross-Border Insolvency (‘the Model Law’), which was adopted by the UN Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) in May 1997 and approved formally in December. Its purpose originally was to provide a template for use by countries seeking to put into place a cross-border insolvency regime, or strengthen one already in existence. This chapter looks at how the US and UK, despite seemingly seeking to adopt the same Model Law, in reality have very different conceptions of how it is to work in practice. The chapter starts with a brief examination of the objectives and scope of the Model Law, before analysing in more detail key aspects of the US and English versions and the reasons why there appears to be a growing divergence in the way in which the Model Law is applied in practice.

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