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Australia's Insolvency and Bankruptcy Law Reform

19 May 2016 | Australia, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney
Legal Briefings – By Paul Apathy, Andrew Rich and Siba Diqer

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On 29 April 2016, the Australian Federal Government (Government) announced three major insolvency law reform proposals in its much-anticipated Improving Bankruptcy and Insolvency Laws Proposal Paper (Proposal). 

The links set out below contain more information on various aspects of the proposed reform:

Stakeholders should study the Proposal carefully as the changes will have far reaching consequences, but be aware of the short timeframe, with submissions due by Friday, 27 May 2016. 

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Australia's Insolvency and Bankruptcy Law Reform - Paul Apathy
On 29 April 2016, the Australian Federal Government announced three major insolvency law reform proposals in its much-anticipated Improving Bankruptcy and Insolvency Laws Proposal Paper.

Partner Paul Apáthy explains in more detail each of the proposed reforms being:

  1. safe harbour - introducing a ‘safe harbour’ for directors from personal liability for insolvent trading if they satisfy certain requirements;
  2. ipso facto clauses - making ipso facto clauses, which allow contracts to be terminated solely due to an insolvency event, unenforceable if a company is undertaking a restructure; and
  3. bankruptcy period - reducing the current default period for personal bankruptcy from three years to one year.

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