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Insolvency Laws of Germany

ISBN: 978-1-57823-041-9
Author: Dr. Hans-Jochem Luer
Page Count: 95
Published: August 2000
Media Desc: 1 Softcover Volume. Index.
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About the Book:
This handy reference guide is designed to present the law of German insolvency in a practical, non-technical manner that is easily accessible to lawyers and non-lawyers alike. The Insolvency Laws of Germany describes the nation's forms of business entities and types of obligations that will usually be at issue in insolvency proceedings. Sections begin with an identification of the specific bankruptcy laws in force (including laws dealing with reorganization as well as liquidation).
Coverage includes:

    * Non-judicial workout procedures
    * Creation and enforcement of unsecured and secured debt in each of the countries
    * Protection of secured interests and legal distinctions between local and foreign creditors
    * Detailed analysis of operation of the bankruptcy system in the subject countries
    * Standards that must be met to start a proceeding
    * How claims are asserted
    * The operation of any discharge provisions
    * The automatic stay in the international stage
    * Conflicting rights to assets
    * Ability to assert avoidance powers extra-territorially
    * Issues raised in Sovereign Insolvencies

Table of Contents


    A. Public Attitude

    1.   Traditional Understanding
    2.   Main Points of Criticism
    3.   Inception of Reform

    B. General Overview

    1.   Legislative History of the New Insolvency Act
    2.   Main Objectives of the German Insolvency Act
    3.   Major Changes of German Insolvency law

    C. Applicable Statutes


    A. Business Entities Subject to Insolvency Proceedings

    1.   Forms of Business Entities
    2.   Eligibility for Insolvency Relief

    B. Obligations

    1.   Unsecured Obligations
    2.   Secured Obligations


    A. Definition of Insolvency

    B. Obligations of the Enterprise in Financial Distress

    1.   Duty to Initiate Insolvency Proceedings
    2.   Liability for Failing to Initiate Insolvency Proceedings
    3.   Disclosure Obligations

    C. Potential Liabilities of Directors, Management or Shareholders

    1.   Transactions Within a Business Group and Payments to Creditors
    2.   Self-Dealing and Fraudulent Conveyances
    3.   Personal Liability for Tax, Employee and Other Claims

    D. Liabilities Imposed on Creditors

    E. Unitary Proceedings



    A. General Observations

    B. Commencement of Insolvency Proceedings

    1.   Presentation of Petition
    2.   Statutory Grounds
    3.   Preliminary Measures for the Protection of the Estate
    4.   Subsequent Stages in the Proceedings

    C. Effect of Commencement of Insolvency Proceedings

    1.   General Provisions
    2.   Adoption and Performance of Contracts

    D. Administration of the Proceedings

    1.   The Court
    2.   The Insolvency Administrator
    3.   Secured Creditors
    4.   Unsecured Creditors
    5.   The Creditors' Meetings
    6.   The Creditors' Committee
    7.   Employees of the Debtor
    8.   Financing
    9.   Self-Administration

    E. The Estate

    1.   General Provisions
    2.   Assets of Affiliated Entities
    3.   Contract Rights

    F. Augmentation of the Estate - Avoiding Powers

    1.   General Requirements
    2.   Preferences
    3.   Fraudulent Conveyances
    4.   Effect of Avoidance

    G. Recognition of Claims and Distribution of Property

    1.   Filing of Claims
    2.   Schedule of Claims
    3.   Equal Treatment of Claims
    4.   Preferential Claims
    5.   Submission to Domestic Jurisdiction

    H. Discontinuance

    I. Termination of Liquidation Proceedings and Its Effect

    1.   General Provisions
    2.   Discharge


    A. General Observations

    B. Commencing Reorganisation

    C. Effect of Commencement of Reorganisation

    1.   General Effects
    2.   The Position of Employees

    D. Administration of the Proceedings

    E. The Estate

    F. Augmentation of the Estate

    G. The Insolvency P!an

    1.   Drawing Up the Insolvency Plan
    2.   Approval and Confirmation of the Insolvency Plan
    3.   Effect of the Plan
    4.   Implementation and Supervision of the Insolvency Plan

    H. Disposal and Distribution of Property in a Reorganistion Case

    I. Failure of Reorganisation

    J. Termination of Reorganisation and Its Effect


    A. Recognition of Foreign Insolvency Proceedings

    1.   Fundamental Principles
    2.   Recognition
    3.   Discharge Granted by a Foreign Court
    4.   Effect of Foreign Proceedings on Domestic Proceedings

    B. Ability of Foreign Estate Representatives to Sue or Assert Control Over Assets of the Estate

    C. Enforcement of Foreign Judgments and Court Orders Generally

    D. Extraterritorial Effect of Domestic Insolvency Proceedings

    1.   International Jurisdiction of German Courts
    2.   Principle of Universality

    E. The European Union Convention on Insolvency Proceedings

    1.   Scope of Application
    2.   International Jurisdiction
    3.   The General Conflict Rule Under the Convention
    4.   Recognition of Insolvency Proceedings
    5.   Secondary Proceedings
    6.   Co-ordination Between Main and Insolvency Proceedings

Author Detail

About the Author:
Dr. Hans-Jochem Luer, Senior Partner, Heuking Kuhn Luer Heussen, Cologne. Dr. Luer is a acknowledged authority on German insolvency law and is the author of numerous publications. Dr. Luer is a Member of International Bar Association; Federation of Insurance and Corporate Council (USA); Deutscher Anwaltsverein (Chairman of the Insolvency Committee); Deutscher Juristentag.

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