Promoting Fairness in English Insolvency Valuation Cases

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This is the second part of a comprehensive study on fair
measurement of value in English insolvency law. The
author has already demonstrated in a previous article
the importance of posing and responding to questions
about fairness in the insolvency process. That article developed a specific framework to measure whether assets and businesses are fairly valued in insolvency and bankruptcy cases. The proposed communitarian, fairness-oriented framework is based on a modified version of Rawls, Finch and
Radin's concepts of fairness. It evidenced that, when assessed against fairness, none of the valuation techniques currently available to the courts are without limitations. Building on the findings of this previous work, this article investigates whether English case law: (i) achieves a fair valuation of the
debtor's assets and business; and (ii) protects interested parties (mainly creditors and shareholders) who have realistic prospects of receiving a distribution- against unfair harm.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)285-312
Number of pages28
JournalInternational Insolvency Review
Issue number2
Early online date21 Jun 2020
Publication statusPublished - 16 Jul 2020


  • fairness
  • insolvency
  • valuations

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