Annual Survey of International & Comparative Law


This paper gives an overview of current bankruptcy (insolvency) proceedings in Asia. It will explain the existing laws, which are generally old and too outmoded to resolve modem cross-border debtor/creditor disputes. It will explore cultural attitudes which have both inhibited use of the existing laws and prevented meaningful changes to them. It will discuss how the changing structure of the market makes bankruptcy proceedings more common today than in the past, and appears to be leading many countries to revamp their bankruptcy laws. This paper will focus on the bankruptcy laws of eight Asian countries: Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, and Japan.