In this brief essay, to be included in a book celebrating the work of Jay Westbrook, I begin by surveying Jay’s wide-ranging contributions to bankruptcy scholarship. Jay’s functional analysis has had a profound effect on scholars’ understanding of key issues in domestic bankruptcy law, and Jay has been the leading scholarly figure on cross-border insolvency. After surveying Jay’s influence, I turn to the topic at hand: a proposed reform that would facilitate the use of bankruptcy to resolve the financial distress of large financial institutions. Jay has been a strong critic of this legislation, arguing that financial institutions need to be resolved by regulators and an administrative process, not bankruptcy. As an advocate of bankruptcy-for-banks, I ask Jay if he might reconsider his opposition if the legislation were amended to respond to several of his primary concerns.
Skeel, David A. Jr., "Bankruptcy for Banks: A Tribute (and Little Plea) to Jay Westbrook" (2018). Faculty Scholarship at Penn Law. 2011.
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