The COVID-19 Crisis: How Deep, How Long, and Its Impact on Bankruptcy Filings
Sponsored by Dentons Durham Jones & Pinegar
Since March 2002, the U.S. economy has been in a recession brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. While the Great Recession of 2008 caused a jump in business and consumer bankruptcy filings, the COVID Recession has not yet resulted in any such increase. Indeed, consumer bankruptcy filings since March 2020 have seen a historic decline. This panel explores the economic differences between the Great Recession and the COVID Recession, and attempt to explain their inconsistent effects on bankruptcy filings. It will also consider why a bankruptcy wave has been slow to form under the COVID Recession, what events will eventually trigger a wave, and what the impact of the Great Recession suggests about the size, shape and timing of the coming wave of bankruptcy filings.