The course's main goal is to provide students with an overview on insolvency law. At the end of the semester, students should be able to understand what mechanisms can be used to prevent insolvency and how to deal with insolvency proceedings, both in theory and in practice.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

João Pedro Pinto-Ferreira


Weekly - 2

Total - 24

Teaching language



Not Applicable


- Alexandre de Soveral Martins, Um curso de direito da insolvência, 3.ª ed., vol. 1, Coimbra, Almedina, 2021

- Ana Prata, Jorge Morais Carvalho, Rui Simões, Código da Insolvência e da Recuperação de Empresas anotado, Coimbra, Almedina, 2013

- Catarina Serra, Lições de direito da insolvência, 2.ª ed., Coimbra, Almedina, 2021

- Luís Carvalho Fernandes, João Labareda, Código da Insolvência e da Recuperação de Empresas anotado, 3.ª ed., Lisboa, Quid Juris, 2015

- Maria do Rosário Epifânio, Manual de direito da insolvência, 7.ª ed., Coimbra, Almedina, 2019 (reimpressão)

Teaching method

The teaching method combines theoretic presentation with the debate of several questions raised by the teacher and analysis of practical exercises.

Evaluation method

- Exam.

- Continuous evaluation and exam. The final grade will be calculated as follows: 35% for continuous evaluation (participation in class and a group assignment in writing) and 65% for the exam. The final grade can never be lower than the exam's grade.

Subject matter

1. Introduction to insolvency law


2. Pre-insolvency mechanisms

            2.1. Overview

            2.2. Special proceedings for revitalization


3. Insolvency proceedings

            3.1. Procedure leading up to the declaration of insolvency

            3.2. Effects associated to the declaration of insolvency

            3.3. Lodging, verification and ranking of claims

            3.4. Administration and liquidation of the insolvent estate

            3.5. Payment to the creditors

            3.6. Payment plan

            3.7. Conclusion of the proceedings

            3.8. Specific features associated to the insolvency of natural persons