The Persistent and Pernicious Abuse of Insolvency Law: What’s Next after Virgin Atlantic?

Image by skeeze Dr. Eugenio Vaccari, Lecturer in Law, University of Essex England is no stranger to strategic or – at times – abusive use of insolvency provisions. In the early 2000s, a mechanism frequently used by debtors to retain the control of distressed companies at the expense of their creditors was pre-packaged administration. Following … Continue reading The Persistent and Pernicious Abuse of Insolvency Law: What’s Next after Virgin Atlantic?

The Crown Preference is Law (Again): Spinning the Clock Back to Early-2000s?

Image by Steve Buissinne Dr. Eugenio Vaccari, Lecturer in Law, University of Essex The Pari Passu Principle In corporate insolvency procedures, not all creditors are alike. This is despite the pari passu principle. The pari passu principle is often said to be a fundamental rule of any corporate insolvency law system. It holds that, when … Continue reading The Crown Preference is Law (Again): Spinning the Clock Back to Early-2000s?

The New Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 – An Extraordinary Act for Extraordinary Times? A Quick Look at the Act’s Time-Restricted Measures

Image by Elliot Alderson Dr. Eugenio Vaccari, Lecturer in Law, University of Essex I. The Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 On 25 June 2020, the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 (‘the Act’) completed its progress in the Parliament and received Royal Assent. The Act has unanimously been hailed by the insolvency community as … Continue reading The New Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 – An Extraordinary Act for Extraordinary Times? A Quick Look at the Act’s Time-Restricted Measures

The New Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 – An Extraordinary Act for Extraordinary Times? A Quick Look at the Act’s Long-Term Statutory Reforms

Image by Markus Winkler Dr. Eugenio Vaccari, Lecturer in Law, University of Essex I. The Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 On 25 June 2020, the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 (‘the Act’) completed its progress in the Parliament and received Royal Assent. The Act has unanimously been hailed by the insolvency community as … Continue reading The New Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 – An Extraordinary Act for Extraordinary Times? A Quick Look at the Act’s Long-Term Statutory Reforms

The Restrictive Approach to Legal Representation in Arbitration Proceedings and its Unintended Consequences in Nigeria

Arbitration by Nick Youngson CC BY-SA 3.0 Alpha Stock Images Fikayo Taiwo, PhD candidate at the University of Essex, published in the Journal of International Arbitration an article titled 'The Restrictive Approach to Legal Representation in Arbitration Proceedings and Its Unintended Consequences in Nigeria'. The issue of legal representation in arbitration proceedings accounts for one of the sub-factors … Continue reading The Restrictive Approach to Legal Representation in Arbitration Proceedings and its Unintended Consequences in Nigeria

Whose Autonomy is it Anyway? Freedom of Contract, the Right to Work and the General Principles of EU Law

Dr Niall O’Connor, Lecturer in Law at the University of Essex, has authored an article exploring the significance, in the employment context, of freedom of contract as a fundamental right in article 16 of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights (the Charter). For the first half of its existence, few could have foreseen that article … Continue reading Whose Autonomy is it Anyway? Freedom of Contract, the Right to Work and the General Principles of EU Law

Cross-Border Mergers in the EU: Shareholders’ Derivative Suits Against Corporate Directors

Dr Georgios Zouridakis, Lecturer in Law at the University of Essex, has published a new chapter in the edited collection Cross-Border Mergers: EU Perspectives and National Experiences (Springer 2019). Dr Zouridakis' study shows that shareholders championing corporate interests may face several obstacles following cross-border mergers within the EU, depending on whether the suit is temporally … Continue reading Cross-Border Mergers in the EU: Shareholders’ Derivative Suits Against Corporate Directors

Research Updates on Corporate Governance, Corporate Responsibility and Corporate Regulation

Dr. Onyeka Osuji, Reader in Law, has been busy this year publishing and presenting his research at an international conference. Here are a few updates on his recent activities: Corporate Governance Publications Edited book: F Ngwu, O Osuji, C Ogbechie and D Williamson (eds), Enhancing Board Effectiveness: Institutional, Regulatory and Functional Perspectives for Developing and Emerging … Continue reading Research Updates on Corporate Governance, Corporate Responsibility and Corporate Regulation

Workshop on ‘Brexit: Regulatory Challenges for Business Law’

10 May 2019 10.00am - 5.00pm University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, CO4 3SQ The UK’s withdrawal from the EU will result in far-reaching, significant consequences for the regulatory spheres of both the UK and the remaining Member States. Even after the completion of the withdrawal process, EU laws will still impact businesses operating in … Continue reading Workshop on ‘Brexit: Regulatory Challenges for Business Law’