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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 5: Levelling the legal playing field: What the law can and can’t do to improve women’s access to secured finance

Clare Manuel

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


In general, it is harder for businesswomen to access finance, and in particular secured finance, than it is for businessmen. The problem is especially acute in developing countries, where women entrepreneurs can have a key role in lifting themselves and their families out of poverty. This chapter: provides an overview of what we know about women’s access to secured finance internationally; considers how the formal law can help or hinder women’s access to secured finance, focusing on family law, land titling law, and secured transactions law; looks at how contrasting family law regimes impact on women’s ability to access credit on the ground in Morocco and the Kyrgyz Republic – countries with very different economies, cultural contexts and legal systems; and ends with some suggestions for policy- and law-makers aiming to improve access to secured finance for women.

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