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Over the past 15 months, policymakers around the globe have scrambled to intervene in response to an anticipated wave of business bankruptcies flowing from COVID-19 trading disruption. A range of policies have been experimented with, including the modification of pre-pandemic enforcement rights, the extensionof bail-outs, and the introduction of new bankruptcy processes. Have these policies achieved their stated goals? In what ways might these policy interventions permanently modify pre-pandemic commercial law, and are these changes for the better?

In this online event, three speakers will reflect on these questions from a French perspective, offering their reflections on the French policy response to COVID-19 related insolvency. The speakers are: 

The event will be chaired by Prof. Geneviève Helleringer (University of Oxford; Essec Business School). 
The event is the third in a series considering the policy response to COVID-19 business distress in a number of jurisdictions. The series is part of a wider project (led by Kristin van ZwietenHorst Eidenmüller and Oren Sussman), COVID-19, public policy and commercial law, that is funded by Oxford University’s COVID-19Research Response Fund. Kristin van Zwieten will offer an introduction to the project at the start of this event.

The event will take place on Wednesday 1 September 2021 (5pm-6.30pm London time / 6pm-7.30pm Paris time). The event is open to the public and there is no registration fee, but places are limited. Register here.

A recording of the first event in this series, on the policy response in Germany, is available here. The second, on the policy response in the UK, is available here.

Covid 19 the View from France