International cooperation

Most insolvency procedures involve a collective legal approach. Consequentially, in many jurisdictions the courts will recognise the insolvency procedures of other countries - and indeed will assist their officials (known as liquidators, trustees, administrators, receivers or by other titles) in their jobs as administrators of specific insolvent estates.

Our insolvency team has a wealth of experience in engaging the courts of the UK and other jurisdictions in cooperative efforts, and we have been involved in some of the leading international cases in the field of insolvency.

We are very well used to acting for administrators of all types from the UK, US and other countries. In some cases this is in the context advising on their appointments and in the enforcement of their rights on behalf of the creditors involved.

Recent work

  • Advising the London branch of the State Bank of India on its duties (and clarifying the law) in the first case to come before the English courts under the 2006 Cross-Border Insolvency Regulations.
  • Acting in England for the Australian liquidator of an unauthorized investment scheme, to obtain evidence from an online gambling organization based in the UK.
  • Assisting the Hong Kong liquidator on English aspects of the territory's largest corporate collapse, Akai Holdings Ltd.
  • Assisting a Swedish trustee in bankruptcy to obtain an ancillary bankruptcy in England for the insolvent estate of a deceased person.

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