Marie Meling completed her Master’s degree in Law at the University of Oslo in 2008. She worked as a commercial lawyer in Norway and Germany from 2008 until 2016, and has a wide transaction experience within the shipping and offshore business covering debt and equity financing and M&A, as well as contract negotiations.
Marie Meling gives lectures in Marine Insurance and has previously teached the course "Dynamisk tingsrett" which covers third party conflicts in property, moveables etc. for 3rd year students.
PhD thesis: "Restructuring of businesses", The background for the project can be outlined as follows:
In Norway, the restructurings of companies or groups of companies are usually done as out-of-court-restructurings or, if we use the World Bank’s expression, “in the shadow of the law”. The Norwegian Bankruptcy Code (Nw. konkursloven) of 1984 does not provide the required flexibility for a restructuring to succeed. Company groups within the shipping- and offshore sector are usually also having assets and activities outside of Norway, and the lack of legal tools to deal with this international aspect in a proper manner further complicates many of the restructurings. The message, both in the preparatory documents, in the later revision rounds for the Bankruptcy Code and in the many (non-binding) international guidelines applicable to restructurings, is, however, that more restructurings should be brought “out of the shadow” and “into the light of the law”.
The main research question for her project is therefore how changes to the current regulation in the Bankruptcy Code and other relevant legislation can foster such a development in Norway. At the same time, the project will analyse whether such a shift from purely consensus based solutions to more court led and forced solutions will actually be beneficial to the involved stakeholders. The project thus has a clear connection to legislative politics.
The project follows the international debate and development of (new) rules in foreign and international law, especially within the EU.