Freedom of Establishment and Private International Law for Corporations

Hardcover | May 19, 2012

byPaschalis Paschalidis

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Freedom of establishment is one of the four fundamental freedoms of the European Union. The principle is that natural persons who are European Union Citizens, and legal entities formed in accordance with the law of a Member State and having its registered office, central administration orprincipal place of business within the EU, may take up economic activity in any Member State in a stable and continuous form regardless of nationality or mode of incorporation. This book examines the way in which EU law has influenced how national courts in Europe assert jurisdiction in cross-bordercorporate disputes and insolvencies, and the mechanism which allows them to decide which national law should apply to the substance of the dispute. The book also considers the potential for EU Member States to compete for devising national corporate and insolvency legislation that will attractincorporations or insolvencies.Central to the book is the concept of national choice of law. In considering the impact of freedom of establishment on private international law for corporations, the book uniquely analyses both corporate and insolvency law together, presenting the topic in the broadest possible sense.Importantly, the doctrine of abuse in corporate and insolvency law is covered, raising the question of 'forum shopping' and regulatory competition which underpins the intersection between freedom of establishment and private international law. Through examination of the most recent and leadingjudgments of the European Court of Justice in Centros and Cadbury Schweppes, the book derives certain conclusions as to the operation of the doctrine of abuse and the limits thereof in the context of freedom of establishment. Being the first in the field to examine the leading ECJ cases of Inspire Art, Sevic and Cartesio regarding the real seat doctrine, the book makes the judgment that there is no incompatibility as such between the doctrine and the freedom of establishment.Ultimately, the book analyses to what extent diversity in the corporate and insolvency laws of the Member States should be preserved, so as to encourage competition between jurisdictions in Europe.

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Freedom of establishment is one of the four fundamental freedoms of the European Union. The principle is that natural persons who are European Union Citizens, and legal entities formed in accordance with the law of a Member State and having its registered office, central administration orprincipal place of business within the EU, may t...

Dr. Paschalis Paschalidis is an Associate with Shearman and Sterling LLP in Paris.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.1 inPublished:May 19, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019969804X

ISBN - 13:9780199698042

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Table of Contents

Part I Private international law for corporations1. National choice of law for corporations2. The incorporation and real seat theories in contextPart II Freedom of establishment and private international law for corporations3. The normative content of freedom of establishment4. Letterbox companies and the doctrine of abuse5. Regulatory competition for incorporationsPart III Freedom of establishment and private international law for insolvency6. The scheme of insolvency proceedings in the European Union7. The COMI and forum shopping8. Regulatory competition for insolvency9. Reflections on the intersection of freedom of establishment with private international law for corporations