Harmonisation of Transactions Avoidance Laws

This book focuses on the harmonisation of transactions avoidance laws in the EU. Based on national reports and input from 25 jurisdictions and employing a principle-based approach, it proposes a new Model Law which, in nine sections, provides for legal certainty as to which transactions should (or should not) be challengeable in all Member States under the same conditions.
Reinhard Bork, Michael Veder
book | published | 1st edition
February 2022 | xviii + 1314 pp.



ISBN 9781839701825



ISBN 9781839702464

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Nearly all national insolvency laws contain rules which provide for the avoidance or nullification of legal acts which have been performed prior to the opening of insolvency proceedings. However, these transactions avoidance laws are quite diverse, not only in intensity but also in detail. This hampers cross-border business, insolvency proceedings, and restructuring significantly. It is for this reason that the European Commission strives for the harmonisation of this legal field in the EU. This book is the result of an intensive research project that digs deep into this matter, comprising national reports and input from 25 jurisdictions and analysing the relevant topics from a principle-based perspective. The authors elaborate on the principles supporting and shaping transactions avoidance law, identifying the topics to be addressed from a principle-based perspective, and weighing and balancing the relevant principles to find adequate solutions for every single topic. The final result is a Model Law, comprising nine sections, which the authors recommend implementing into all national insolvency laws of the EU Member States in order to provide for legal certainty as to which transactions should (or should not) be challengeable in all Member States under the same conditions.

PROF. DR. REINHARD BORK is Professor of Law and Chair for Civil Procedure and General Procedure Law at the University of Hamburg, Germany, Professor of International Insolvency Law at Radboud University, Nijmegen, the Netherlands, and Senior Research Fellow at Harris Manchester College, Oxford, UK.

PROF. DR. MICHAEL VEDER is Professor of Insolvency Law at the Radboud Business Law Institute, Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands. He is also an Adviser at RESOR N.V.

With a foreword by Ignacio Tirado and the cooperation of Matthew Chippin, Norbert Csizmazia, Andrea Csőke, Reinhard Dammann, Miodrag Dordevic, Jasnica Garašić, Francisco Garcimartín, Tuomas Hupli, Anto Kasak, Hristina Kirilova, Christian Koller, Andrie Kypridemou, Line Langkjaer, Pier Mario Lupinu, Irene Lynch Fannon, Renato Mangano, Gerard McCormack, Flavius-Iancu Motu, Marek Porzycki, Stathis Potamitis, André Prüm, Anna Rachwał, Hans Renman, Tomáš Richter, Ben Schuijling, Catarina Serra, Ieva Strunkiene and Melissa Vanmeenen.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents and Preliminary Pages (p. 0)


Introduction (p. 1)

Chapter 1. The Project (p. 11)

Chapter 2. Principles (p. 25)

Chapter 3. Topics to be Addressed (p. 87)

Chapter 4. Rules and Recommendations (p. 139)


Template for Impact Assessments (p. 287)

Austria (p. 291)

Bulgaria (p. 301)

Croatia (p. 311)

Cyprus (p. 325)

Czech Republic (p. 333)

Denmark (p. 337)

Estonia (p. 345)

Finland (p. 367)

France (p. 381)

Germany (p. 393)

Greece (p. 399)

Hungary (p. 407)

Ireland (p. 417)

Italy (p. 421)

Lithuania (p. 425)

The Netherlands (p. 431)

Poland (p. 437)

Portugal (p. 451)

Romania (p. 459)

Slovenia (p. 475)

Spain (p. 479)

Sweden (p. 487)

United Kingdom (p. 501)


Questionnaire (p. 505)

Austria (p. 529)

Bulgaria (p. 569)

Croatia (p. 605)

Cyprus (p. 645)

Czech Republic (p. 679)

Denmark (p. 703)

Estonia (p. 731)

Finland (p. 777)

France (p. 809)

Germany (p. 835)

Greece (p. 861)

Hungary (p. 889)

Ireland (p. 913)

Italy (p. 953)

Lithuania (p. 983)

Luxembourg (p. 1021)

The Netherlands (p. 1043)

Poland (p. 1079)

Portugal (p. 1129)

Romania (p. 1165)

Slovenia (p. 1209)

Spain (p. 1231)

Sweden (p. 1257)

United Kingdom (p. 1283)