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In brief

All 27 EU member states must implement the European Restructuring Directive of 20 June 2019 by 17 July 2021. The Directive was in part a reaction to the phenomenon observed with continental European companies in a financial crisis to restructure their debt under an English Scheme of Arrangement. The Scheme of Arrangement, which is not an insolvency process, offers the possibility to implement a debt restructuring on the basis of a majority decision by the creditors. Under these rules, a single “hold-out” creditor is unable to block a reasonable restructuring plan if the majority of creditors approves it.

Many European countries did not offer such a valuable possibility outside of an insolvency. In many cases, insolvencies are value-destructive and lower the prospects of recovery for creditors (especially in cases where nothing more than a debt restructuring is required to prevent the insolvency). For that reason, the Directive made it mandatory for EU member states to offer a “preventive restructuring framework” for companies in a financially distressed situation.

In this newsletter, we provide you with a snapshot on the status of implementation of the EU Restructuring Directive in key European jurisdictions, as well as an overview of the new English Scheme of Arrangement.

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For further information, please reach out to your usual contact at BakerMcKenzie, or the specialists listed in the alert.


Joachim Ponseck has ten years of work experience in restructuring and insolvency law. He started his career in the R&I team of a magic circle law firm where he held the position of counsel before joining Baker McKenzie as a partner in 2021. With a very international focus during his studies and his career, Joachim advises clients worldwide in relation to issues related to German and European insolvency law.


Prof. Dr. Artur M. Swierczok joined Baker McKenzie as Counsel in 2021 and works in the area of Restructuring and Insolvency. Prior to that, he worked for two international law firms in Frankfurt. Artur studied law at the University of Tuebingen, where he also earned his doctor's degree in law. He further received an LL.M. in Corporate Law from University College London (UCL) and a MSt. in Legal Research from the University of Oxford. Artur was admitted to the German bar in 2015. Artur is a Professor for Law at the University of Applied Science IU Internationale Hochschule and has authored numerous publications on restructuring and insolvency law.