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Company Law and Corporate Insolvency: IALS Library Guides

A guide to library holdings on company law and corporate insolvency

Company law and corporate insolvency

Guide last updated by Katherine Read, November 2023

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This guide aims to give a brief introduction to the Library's holdings on Company law and Corporate Insolvency. Please consult the Library Catalogue for complete information on current titles and locations. If you require further assistance please contact us.

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Introduction to the Library Catalogue

This Subject Guide only lists a selection of Library resources on Company law and Corporate Insolvency.  To find additional resources you will need to search the Library Catalogue, which covers the complete holdings of the Library. It is possible to search for books, journals and series of law reports by author, title or keyword. Please note it is not possible to search for individual chapters, journal articles or legislation (e.g. individual Acts or SIs).

IALS Library is mainly open access and readers are able to browse the shelves in the main collection. There are two main exceptions to this:

  • Older items (marked RES or Depository on the catalogue record) are kept in the closed basement.
  • Key texts for LLM students are often kept in the Short Loan collection.

Please request these at the Library Enquiry Desk.

For more information on understanding the catalogue record and further guidance on the location of materials please refer to our guide Classmarks and the Location of Resources in the Library.


The Library classifies textbooks either by jurisdiction (GO13, GA2 etc.) or according to subject area, examples of which include Comparative Law (SB), Public International Law (SG) and Private International Law/ Conflict of Laws (SH). All classmark sections have a FOL section for oversize volumes, which is located on the same floor of the Library.

When you are searching the Library Catalogue for books, please note that only the current edition is held on the open shelves or in the Short Loan collection. IALS has a rich collection of previous editions held in the closed basement and these will display a Depository number on the catalogue. Please request previous editions from the Enquiry Desk. 

Common law books on Company Law are shelved at SJ100

Common law books on Insolvency Law are  shelved at SJ350

Comparative law books on Company  Law and Corporate Insolvency are shelved at SB40

European Union books on  Company  Law and Corporate Insolvency are shelved at GO1.A1.D.2

The following list represents a selection of textbooks on Company law and Corporate Insolvency. Please check the catalogue records for further information and location. Titles marked as e-books may also be available in print. Access from home requires your IALS library barcode and your  family name.  E books with 'open access' status on the catalogue are available to all users of this guide. 

Andenas, M.      European comparative company law  2009 CUP (e-book)          

Boyle, A.J. & Bird, J.   Boyle and Bird's company law. 9th ed. 2014

Bruce, M.    Rights and duties of directors 13th ed. 2016                           

Dabbah, M. & Lasok, P. Merger control worldwide. 2nd ed. 2012 CUP  (e-book)

Davies, P.L.   Gower's principles of modern company law. 11th ed. 2021

Dignam, A. & Lowry, J.   Company law. 12th ed. 2022

Dine, J.    Companies, international trade & human rights.   2005

Ferran, E.   Principles of corporate finance law  3rd  ed. 2023 OUP  

Finch, V.      Corporate insolvency law : perspectives and principles 3rd ed.  2017 S & M  (e-book)

Fletcher, I.F.   Law of insolvency. 5th ed. 2017 S & M  (e-book)

Gerner-Beuerle, C. and Schillig, M.  Comparative company law   OUP  2019 (e-book)

Goode, R.M. & McKendrick, E     Goode and McKendrick on commercial law  6th ed. 2020

Goode, R.M.  & Gullifer, L.     Goode and Gullifer on legal problems of credit and security 7th ed. 2023 (e-book)

Goode, R.M. & Gullifer, L.       Principles of corporate insolvency law   5th ed. 2018 S & M   (e-book)

Goode, R.M       Transnational commercial law: text cases and materials 2nd ed. 2015 OUP (e-book)

Heidemann, M    Transnational commercial law 2019

Kraakman, H.     The anatomy of corporate law: a comparative and functional approach    3rd ed.  2017 OUP   (e-book)

Lightman, G. & Moss, G.    The law of administrators and receivers of companies. 6th ed. 2017 S & M (e-book)

Mallin, C.     Corporate governance  5th ed. 2016

Maynard, T      Mergers and acquisitions:: cases, materials and problems  5th ed. 2021  Aspen (e-book)

Mayson, S.    Mayson, French & Ryan on company law 38th ed. 2023

Micheler, E. Company law : a real entity theory 2021  OUP (e-book)

Panayi, C.     European Union corporate tax law   2nd ed. 2021 CUP (e-book)

Reisberg, A. & Donovan, A.  Pettet, Lowry & Reisberg's company law.  5th ed. 2018 Pearson (e-book)

Sealy, L.S.    Commercial law text, cases and materials 6th ed. 2020

Sealy, L.& Milman, D.    Annotated guide to the insolvency legislation  25th ed. 2022  S & M (e-book)

Sjåfjell, B and Bruner, C. The Cambridge handbook of corporate law, corporate governance and sustainability  CUP 2020 (e-book)

Southern, D.   Taxation of loan relationships and derivative contracts 10th ed. 2017

Wells, H.  Research handbook on  the history of corporate and company law   Elgar  2018  (e-book)

Witting, C. Liability of  corporate groups and networks   CUP 2018 (e-book)

Worthington, S.    Sealy and Worthington’s text, cases and materials in company law. 12th ed. 2022



IALS Library holds a wide selection of current serial titles on company law and corporate insolvency from many different jurisdictions. These are located on all floors of the Library. Some titles are only in printed volumes while others are available in both formats. For more detailed help, please refer to the guide on Finding journal articles. The following titles focus particularly on company law and corporate insolvency but there may be relevant articles in less specialised journals.

American bankruptcy institute law review  E-Journal

American bankruptcy law journal  E-Journal

Australian corporations and securities reports

British company cases   E-Journal

Butterworths company law cases

Canadian business law journal

Commercial laws of Europe

Company and securities law journal

Company lawyer  E-Journal

Corporate rescue and insolvency

Delaware journal of corporate law  E-Journal

European business organisation law review

Giurisprudenza commerciale

International company and commercial law review  E-Journal

Journal of corporate law studies

Journal of law and commerce  Open Access 

Lloyd's maritime and commercial law quarterly E-Journal

Reports of commercial cases   

Revue trimestrielle de droit commercial et de droit économique  E-Journal

Rivista del diritto commerciale

University of Pennsylvania journal of international law  Open Access 

Zeitschrift für Unternehmens- und Gesellschaftsrecht E-Journal

Legislation and law reports

If you are interested in legislation or cases concerning company law and corporate insolvency issues in specific countries you will need to consult the legislation or law reports for that jurisdiction.

Consult the Library Catalogue to find the general classmark for the country you require. Consult consolidations of legislation, digests or indexes to trace particular acts or cases.

Academic users may also use databases like Lexis/Westlaw to find UK, US, EU or international decisions. For further information please refer to Law Databases or ask at the Library Enquiry Desk.

You may also find it useful to refer to our guides on finding Legislation and Cases or check to see if we have a Jurisdiction Research Guide for the country you are interested in.

Free internet sources

Eagle-i is an internet portal maintained and updated by IALS library staff. It allows you to search for quality web resources on company law and corporate insolvency.

A valuable free source is BAILII, the British and Irish Legal information Institute which is based and maintained at IALS. It provides free access to full text UK judgments and legislation on a wide range of subjects including company law and corporate insolvency and also links to other free World Law databases. Jurisdictions covered in these resources include Commonwealth countries eg. AustLII  (Australia) and CanLII (Canada), France, Germany, Italy, the USA and South Africa.

The following represent a sample of the available quality individual web resources on company law and corporate insolvency.

Corporate law governance: A blog maintained by Robert Goddard (Aston Law School). Focuses on UK law but features from other jurisdictions may be included.

European Corporate Governance Institute: Website of the European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI), a not for profit, membership organisation based in Belgium. The ECGI promotes good practice in corporate governance and conducts and commissions research into corporate governance issues.

The Institute of International Commercial Law, established in 1991, is maintained by Pace Law School in the USA. The CISG database provides access to a wide selection of resources concerning the UN Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods.