Given the nature of recent world events, choosing what jurisdiction in which to begin cross border insolvencies can seem like a guessing game.
Our Shifting Sands report, a joint project between Grant Thornton and South Square, explores the changing dynamics of international jurisdictions in insolvency proceedings.
This report follows the Discord To Harmony paper we produced in 2015. At that time, the report highlighted the growing prominence of offshore jurisdictions in international insolvencies and the move towards greater harmonisation.
Much has changed since then. The past five years has seen a series of unprecedented shocks:
- the decision on Brexit
- the election of the Trump administration and the events surrounding his departure
- the ongoing COVID-19 situation and its impact on the global economy
For the report, we surveyed 150 lawyers and market participants in more than 25 on and offshore jurisdictions. Their views paint a picture of a changing cross-border insolvency landscape, and this was all before the full ramifications of COVID-19 were known to us.