The Use of Noncourt-Based Corporate Rescue: Does the Australian Voluntary Administration Procedure Provide a Model for China?

Jenny Fu, Roman Tomasic

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Abstract

In the recent international history of insolvency law reform, the reform of corporate rescue and restructuring has been an ongoing project. In China, the enactment of the Enterprise Bankruptcy Law 2006 saw the introduction of a bankruptcy reorganisation procedure that incorporates the debtor-in-possession model found in Chapter 11 of the US Bankruptcy Code. However, the Chinese corporate rescue procedure has been significantly underused due in part to various drawbacks associated with this court-based and highly politicalised process. This paper explores the possibility of reforming China's current corporate rescue regime by drawing upon the Australian voluntary administration procedure. Found in Part 5.3A of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth), this procedure was designed to provide a relatively swift, inexpensive and flexible corporate rescue mechanism for companies in financial distress. It comprises a noncourt based mechanism under the control of one or more professionally qualified private administrators. It is interesting to note that the UK also moved away from exclusive reliance upon court-based administration procedures following the passage of the Enterprise Act 2002. This moved the UK closer to the Australian practitioner-dominated approach to corporate rescue. This paper argues that the addition of a voluntary administration-style procedure to China's current corporate rescue regime may be needed as China develops its market economy based on the rule of law.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)153-175
Number of pages23
JournalInternational Insolvency Review
Volume26
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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