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(UK) The Court Considers the Question of Whether Secured Creditor Consent is Required to an Administration Extension Again. “Too Good” to be True?

No, it isn’t.  We now have two cases where the Court has confirmed that insolvency practitioners do not need the consent of paid secured creditors when extending an administration under para. 78 of Schedule B1 of the Insolvency Act 1986 (the “Act”). In Boughey & Anor v Toogood International Transport and Agricultural Services Ltd [2024] … Continue Reading

Quick Guide to Administration (UK)

For those unfamilar with the various insolvency processes it is not always easy to differentiate between them. In our latest insight we have produced a quick guide to administration that explains the procedure, benefits and effect of administration on third parties, including employees, suppliers and landlords. Our quick guide also explains the administrator’s role and … Continue Reading

Changes to the UK Water Special Administration Regime – Do Pension Trustees of Water Industry Schemes Need to Care?

Changes are afoot to the statutory regime governing special administrations for regulated water companies (the SAR) following the publication of a suite of new legislation. Impact of the changes on pension trustees Further details of the changes are set out below, but perhaps the most significant change for creditors generally, and pension trustees in particular, … Continue Reading

(UK) Director Administration Appointments: Does the Company Really Need a Moratorium?

With increased public awareness that a notice of intention to appoint administrators (NOI) has been filed, we are finding that third parties – usually the company’s creditors, suppliers and employees – are disrupting the administration process in a way that can cause significant risks to a company’s ability to continue trading, the overall value of … Continue Reading

Decision of the German Court Causes Waves For Investors but is Welcomed by Creditors of Insolvent Companies

In September 2023, the insolvency administrator of the insolvent Wirecard AG began reclaiming dividend distributions for 2017 and 2018 from shareholders. This is following a judgment of the Federal Court of Justice (BGH) in March 2023 (BGH judgment of March 30, 2023 – IX ZR 121/22). In that judgment the BGH ruled that in the … Continue Reading

A Stellar Result for the Sellers of Comet Group Plc – UK Court of Appeal Unanimously Overturns £115m Preference Judgment

The Court of Appeal has unanimously overturned an unlawful preference ruling from the High Court, finding instead that the repayment of inter-company debt did not amount to a preference because, at the time the operative decision to make the repayment occurred, there was no desire to prefer. The case involved the repayment, by Comet Group … Continue Reading

(UK) Have You Got Consent? Dealing with Administration Extensions

Although an initial administration extension can be dealt with by consent, if that consent is not valid the extension will also be invalid.  This leaves administrators in a difficult position because they will not be in office unless the court remedies the position.  Obtaining consent might seem straightforward but obtaining the consent of secured creditors … Continue Reading

Can UK Administrators Apply For Conditional Discharge of Liability?

The court has recently confirmed that it does have jurisdiction to grant administrators a conditional discharge of liability but decided not to do so in the case of Re Central Properties Holdings Ltd (in administration) [2023].  In this blog we consider why the court refused to make that order and whether there are any circumstances … Continue Reading

(Australia) Post Administration R&D Tax Offsets Deemed Personal Property in Account

Companies entering external administration often have outstanding tax filings. The external controllers appointed conduct initial and ongoing reviews as to those filings. Then, in time, they either bring the filings up to date or engage the tax office in order to revisit historical filings. Aside from being legally required to address a company’s filings, external … Continue Reading

(UK) 2023: The Year of the Restructuring Plan?

It is difficult to predict what 2023 might hold for businesses in the UK.  Given the difficult economic environment, many will already be facing a challenging start to the year.  Although the challenges of the pandemic (such as lock downs) have gone, others have materialised. Energy price hikes and inflation rises continue to make trading conditions tough. At some point in 2023 affected businesses may have to restructure, and others may need to enter a formal process. … Continue Reading

How Should UK Officeholders Deal with Notices Where the Rules Require Information that is Irrelevant?

In the case of Caversham Finance Limited (in administration) [2022] EWHC 789, the court considered whether errors in a notice to creditors seeking consent to extend an administration made the extension invalid. This case is important as it shows the court’s approach to omission of prescribed information in notices to creditors. The information that was … Continue Reading

Evaluating the Evaluation Process for UK Connected Party Sales – One Year On

It has almost been 12 months since the Administration (Restrictions on Disposal etc to Connected Persons) Regulations 2021 came into force on 30 April 2021. The regulations require an administrator to obtain creditor approval or a report from an independent evaluator in advance of completing a “substantial disposal” of the company’s property to a connected … Continue Reading

Australian High Court Upholds Examination Rights of Eligible Applicants

The Australian High Court has handed down judgment in a long-running dispute concerning former ASX listed Arrium Limited.  The decision will be welcomed by individuals (particularly shareholders) and litigation funders, who may be seeking to conduct investigations into potential claims against a company in external administration, counterparties to that entity, its former or current advisors … Continue Reading

(UK) Keeping the (light) Bulb on special energy administrations – what will happen next to Bulb ?

We discussed the announcement that Bulb Energy Ltd (“Bulb”) was due to be placed into special administration in our previous blog outlining how the rules for energy supply companies work, the supplier of last resort (“SoLR”) regime and what energy supply company special administration entails. In this blog we look at why it was necessary … Continue Reading

What do UK administrators need to know about connected party sales?

Three weeks after the introduction of the mandatory requirement to obtain an evaluator’s report or seek creditor approval before completing a substantial disposal of a company’s business or assets to a connected person, we have updated our Q&A to include new answers in light of the Insolvency Service’s guidance and following discussions with our clients.  … Continue Reading

Pre-Pack Sales to Connected Parties – FAQs (UK)

From 30 April 2021, an administrator will be unable to complete a sale of a substantial part of a company’s property to a connected person without either the approval of creditors or an an independent written option. Our new alert considers the impact of the new regulations in practice, which apply to both pre-packs and … Continue Reading

Pre-Pack Administrations: How Do Administrators Evaluate the Evaluator? (UK)

With fairly swift measure the UK House of Commons approved the ‘pre-pack regulations’ confirming that, with effect from 30 April 2021, before a pre-pack sale can complete creditor approval or an independent written report from an evaluator will be required. The detail about, the now mandatory referral process, can be found in our previous blogs. … Continue Reading

How does an English administrator obtain recognition of their appointment in an EU member state?

Since 31 December 2020 insolvency proceedings opened in England will no longer benefit from automatic recognition in an EU member state.  Instead an application will need to be made for recognition in the relevant member state where there are cross border assets or an establishment. Our quick guide gives an overview of the recognition procedure … Continue Reading
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