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Bankruptcy reform: evidence from a survey among judges and receivers

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  • Nico Dewaelheyns
  • Cynthia Van Hulle

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Because of low success rates, several European countries have recently reformed their US Chapter 11-type bankruptcy procedures or are planning future reforms. Using unique data from a survey among judges and insolvency practitioners (receivers), we explore the ex ante expectations of the impact of the 2009 adjustments to the Belgian reorganization procedure, including cost reductions, improvement of the procedure's reputation, encouraging informal reorganizations and appointing a mediator. The general assessment is moderately positive, although judges are significantly more optimistic than receivers. In addition, we find that the respondents' expectations are related to their views on the current system, perceived causes of failure and regional characteristics. We conclude by formulating policy recommendations.

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  • Nico Dewaelheyns & Cynthia Van Hulle, 2010. "Bankruptcy reform: evidence from a survey among judges and receivers," Applied Economics Letters, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 17(14), pages 1367-1371.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:apeclt:v:17:y:2010:i:14:p:1367-1371
    DOI: 10.1080/13504850902967498
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    1. Novak, Branko & Sajter, Domagoj, 2007. "Causes Of Bankruptcy In Europe And Croatia," MPRA Paper 5833, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 01 Sep 2007.
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    1. Aysun Uluc, 2011. "An Alternative Method for Measuring Financial Frictions," The B.E. Journal of Macroeconomics, De Gruyter, vol. 11(1), pages 1-31, April.
    2. Bart Leyman, 2012. "The uneasy case for rehabilitating small firms under the 1997-reorganization law in Belgium: evidence from reorganization plans," European Journal of Law and Economics, Springer, vol. 34(3), pages 533-560, December.
    3. Leyman, Bart & Schoors, Koen J.L. & Coussement, Peter, 2011. "Does court-supervised reorganization work? Evidence from post-confirmation firm failure," International Review of Law and Economics, Elsevier, vol. 31(3), pages 149-168, September.
    4. World Bank & International Finance Corporation, "undated". "Doing Business in the East African Community 2011," World Bank Other Operational Studies 27390, The World Bank.

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