21 Feb 2016

Potential economic gains from reforming insolvency law in Europe

The Potential Economic Gains from Reforming Insolvency Law in Europe report shows that European insolvency law reform could boost GDP output and create jobs across Europe. Insolvency reform is a key plank of the European Commission’s action plan on Capital Markets Union (CMU).

The research, produced in cooperation with Frontier Economics and Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP, shows that improvements in insolvency frameworks across the EU could increase GDP by between €41 and €78 billion (or between 0.3% and 0.55% of EU28 GDP). The research also estimates that total EU employment could increase by between 600,000 and 1.2 million jobs.

The report finds that much of the absolute gains from insolvency reform could flow to Italy, Spain and France. Countries such as Greece, Hungary and Romania stand to gain most in relative terms; adding 2% to long-term GDP if they can bring their insolvency regime up to the European average.

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