Making Failure Feasible
Making Failure Feasible

Making Failure Feasible

How Bankruptcy Reform Can End Too Big to Fail

Edited by Thomas H. Jackson, Edited by Kenneth E. Scott, Edited by John Taylor


312 Pages, 5.5 x 8.5

Formats: Hardcover, ebook: PDF, Mobipocket, ebook: EPUB

Hardcover, $14.95 (US $14.95) (CA $17.99)

Publication Date: October 2015

ISBN 9780817918842


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In 2012, building off work first published in 2010, the Resolution Project proposed that a new Chapter 14 be added to the Bankruptcy Code, exclusively designed to deal with the reorganization or liquidation of the nation's large financial institutions. In Making Failure Feasible, the contributors expand on their proposal to improve the prospect that our largest financial institutionsâ€â€particularly with prebankruptcy planningâ€â€could be successfully reorganized or liquidated pursuant to the rule of law and, in doing so, both make resolution planning pursuant to Title I of Dodd-Frank more fruitful and make reliance on administrative proceedings pursuant to Title II of Dodd-Frank largely unnecessary. This book highlights the problems of dealing with large financial institutions in distress, and Chapter 14's responses to those twin issues. The contributors first outline the basic features of Chapter 14 and point to their continuation as well as additional features to ensure the quick resolution of large financial institutions that would not depend on government discretion and would mesh with emerging ideas about cross-border resolution. The remaining chapters provide the context for reform and show how Chapter 14, as envisioned in this book, would be a substantial advance on administrative-focused resolution procedures.

Author Biography

Thomas H. Jackson is a distinguished university professor and president emeritus from the University of Rochester. Formerly a professor at Stanford and Harvard Law Schools and dean at the University of Virginia School of Law, he is currently a member of the Resolution Project at the Hoover Institution's Working Group on Economic Policy. Kenneth E. Scott, a Hoover Institution senior research fellow and the Ralph M. Parsons Professor Emeritus of Law and Business at Stanford Law School, chairs the Resolution Project at the Hoover Working Group on Economic Policy and is a leading scholar in the fields of corporate finance reform and corporate governance who has written extensively on federal banking regulation. John B. Taylor is the George P. Shultz Senior Fellow in Economics at the Hoover Institution, chairs the Hoover Working Group on Economic Policy, and is the Mary and Robert Raymond Professor of Economics at Stanford University.