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Research Handbook on Secured Financing in Commercial Transactions

Research Handbook on Secured Financing in Commercial Transactions

Research Handbooks in Financial Law series

Edited by Frederique Dahan

This cutting-edge Handbook presents an overview of research and thinking in the field of secured financing, examining international standards and best practices of secured transactions law reform and its economic impact. Expert contributors explore the breadth and depth of the subject matter across diverse sectors, and illustrate the choices and trade-offs that policy makers face via a number of illuminating case studies. The result is a unique and wide-ranging examination of transactions reform across the world.

Chapter 1: How do creditor rights matter for debt finance? A review of empirical evidence

John Armour, Antonia Menezes, Mahesh Uttamchandani and Kristin van Zwieten

Subjects: development studies, development economics, economics and finance, development economics, financial economics and regulation, law - academic, finance and banking law


The chapter reviews evidence from a new generation of empirical studies, largely focusing on within-country effects, that seek to measure the impact of reforms to creditor rights on access to credit, both on the recovery of debt and rescue of businesses (ex post), but also on the level of credit made available to business and the terms (ex ante). The studies show that effective reform of creditor rights is associated with a lower cost of credit, increased access to credit, improved creditor recovery, and strengthened job preservation. A country’s creditor rights regime plays an important role in mitigating investor risk, which in turn contributes to the improved access and cost of credit and increased financial stability in a country.