Cross-border cooperation and communication in large corporate group insolvencies


In insolvencies of large corporate groups, how should assets of the group in multiple countries be dealt with and how can the interests of creditors be fairly dealt with? To what extent can tools like the UNCITRAL Model Law on Cross-Border Insolvency and the American Law Institute’s Guidelines Applicable to Court-to-Court Communications in Cross-Border Cases be of assistance? Can courts in different countries cooperate to render consistent substantive decisions across borders? Panellists will discuss these issues using, as a model, the Nortel Networks Corporation insolvency, which involved the division of more than $7 billion in proceeds of asset sales and culminated in a month-long trial occurring simultaneously before judges in Canada and the United States.


  • John Birch, Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP


  • Associate Judge Roger Bell, Auckland High Court
  • John Birch, Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP
  • Wendy Jacobs, Russells Law
  • Murray Tingey, Murray Tingey Barrister



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