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    03.07.14 Brooklyn Journal of Corporate, Financial & Commercial Law Annual Symposium: Choice of Law in Cross-Border Bankruptcy Cases (CLE program)
    International Insolvency Institute

    Friday, March 7
    9:00 am to 5:00 pm

    Subotnick Center
    10th Floor
    250 Joralemon St.

    Online registration is now closed, but space is still available for CLE and non-CLE walk-in registration tomorrow morning. You will need to complete a short form so please try to come a few minutes early. For CLE registration, you may pay by check or credit card. If you have any questions about walk-in CLE registration, someone will be on hand to help you during check-in at the event.

    For general information, please contact

    View the program's agenda and panelists.

    Co-Sponsored by the International Insolvency Institute and Brooklyn Law School's Center for the Study of Business Law and Regulation

    As the world becomes ever more interconnected, insolvency and business restructurings have become global phenomena. Unfortunately, territorial differences often combine with complex corporate structures to frustrate the coordinated global administration of a bankruptcy case. Clear and predictable choice of law rules can ease the administration of cross-border bankruptcy cases and facilitate cooperation among courts, especially where important local policy choices are embedded in domestic commercial law. 

    Existing international instruments, such as the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) Model Law, the EU Insolvency Regulation, and the UNCITRAL Legislative Guide, seek to administer a firm’s bankruptcy across national boundaries through a procedurally coordinated case based at the debtor’s center of main interest (COMI). This procedural centralization does not, however, determine which legal questions will be determined by choice of forum, and when and whether a forum court may apply foreign law. The current state of the law is uncertain: The Model Law is silent on this question; the Legislative Guide take an approach that gives fairly broad application to the bankruptcy law of the debtor’s COMI; while the EU has proposed changes to the EU Regulation to permit a forum court to apply foreign priorities under certain circumstances. 

    Through presentations by a distinguished international faculty - all closely involved in the evolving practice and law reform efforts - the conference will explore how and whether harmonized choice of law rules might facilitate coordination and cooperation in cross-border bankruptcy cases. 

    This program is free for those who do not want CLE credit. All attendees, however, must RSVP.

    CLE Credit

    This course provides 7.5 CLE credits in the State of New York. The credits are transitional and non-transitional and the category is Areas of Professional Practice. 

    Cost for CLE Credit:

    $75 ($10 per CLE credit) for Brooklyn Law School graduates who hold a current BLS Alumni Association Membership Card. If you would like to join, you can do so here or call (718) 780-7966(718) 780-7966 for more information.

    $300 ($40 per CLE credit) for all others.

    Brooklyn Law School may offer financial assistance to participants who meet certain qualifications. Our financial aid policy is available at

    A full refund will be made for cancellations up to 24 hours before the start of the program. No refunds will be issued less than 24 hours before the program begins. 

    For more information on registering for CLE credits for this event, please contact Matilda Garrido, CLE Administrator at

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