- give foreign insolvency representatives direct access to British courts, enable them to apply to commence insolvency proceedings and to participate in British insolvency proceedings;
- set out the effects of recognising foreign proceedings and the relief available to a foreign representative;
- give foreign creditors the same rights regarding commencement of, and participation in, British insolvency proceedings as domestic creditors;
- protect the interests of local creditors, the debtor and other affected persons;
- facilitate the coordination of concurrent British and foreign insolvency proceedings;
- expressly authorise British courts and insolvency officeholders to seek assistance from foreign courts and representatives."
The Insolvency Service is seeking views on a number of areas. These include:
"1) In general, do the Cross-Border Insolvency Regulations 2006 (“CBIR”) work satisfactorily and, if not, what changes would you suggest?
2) What use have you made of the CBIR? (Please give examples)
3) Are there any reasons why the CBIR may not be being used more widely?
4) Are you aware of any specific improvements in the conduct of cross-border cases which have been made possible by the CBIR, or its counterpart in a foreign state, which were not achievable under the law as previously in force? (If so, please give examples)
5) Are overseas cases being properly recognised in the UK?
6) Are UK insolvencies being properly recognised in other jurisdictions that have adopted the UNCITRAL Model Law?
7) Are there any tensions between the CBIR and other provisions available in cross-border cases, such as the EC Regulation on Insolvency Proceedings or section 426 of the Insolvency Act 1986?
8) Have the Regulations had any impact on “forum” shopping?"