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Walking the Tightrope of Wrongful Trading: Temporary “Suspension” of Liability in the UK Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill

On 20 May 2020, the UK Government introduced the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill (the “Bill”)  to the House of Commons. The aim of the Bill was temporarily to amend corporate insolvency laws to give companies the best possible chance of weathering the storm of the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the significant measures can be … Continue Reading

UPDATED Global Insolvency Report: Impact of Covid-19 on Insolvency Laws

As different countries respond in different ways to meet the challenges placed on businesses and the economy.  Our guide sets out how different jurisdictions are changing their Insolvency Laws to help alleviate additional pressures placed on businesses as a consequence of cash flow pressures caused by COVID-19. We have updated our guide to include further changes … Continue Reading

UPDATED: How to Access European and Middle Eastern Governments’ Financial Support Packages

We have updated our European & Middle Eastern Government Financial Support guide, which sets out what financial support businesses in different jurisdictions could access to help manage financial distress caused by Covid-19.  We have updated this with new details for the Czech Republic, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Poland, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia and France. To access the … Continue Reading

Webinar Recording: COVID-19 Relief Funding & Reopening America – What Is Really Happening in Congress and What Are the Risks and Rewards of Resurrecting the US Economy?

On Thursday, May 21, 2020, the American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) hosted a webinar, featuring a distinguished panel of professionals, including former Speaker of the US House of Representatives John Boehner, as well as the current senior US Senator from West Virginia, Joe Manchin, who shared their thoughts on how best to safely and gradually re-open … Continue Reading

Covid-19: CBILS and CLBILS – How Many More Hurdles for UK Private Equity?

On Tuesday, the Government announced new statistics showing that as at 10 May over £14 billion in loans and guarantees have been approved across the new Bounce Back Loan scheme, the Coronavirus Business Interruption Scheme (CBILS) and the Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CLBILS). This significant amount of Government support to British business, revealed … Continue Reading

UPDATED: How to Access European and Middle Eastern Governments’ Financial Support Packages

We have updated our European Government Financial Support guide, which sets out what financial support businesses in different jurisdictions could access to help manage financial distress caused by Covid-19.  We have updated this with new details for the Czech Republic, EU, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, UK and UEA. To access the updated guide – click … Continue Reading

UK FAQs: Furloughing and Administration – Key Considerations for Administrators

It is not entirely clear how the UK Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme operates in line with current UK insolvency legislation, although it is clear that administrators can use the scheme and furlough employees. We have produced an alert that answers some of the key questions for administrators looking at whether employees should be furloughed or … Continue Reading

Quick Guide and On-Line Tool: Unlocking UK Businesses

Organisations need to understand how they can prepare ahead of the UK government preparing to bring the country out of lockdown, while not necessarily knowing the timescales or details of how restrictions will be lifted, or in what order. We have prepared a  quick guide  to help UK businesses start to think about some of … Continue Reading

Is Presenting A Winding Up Petition Too Much Of A Risk (UK)?

Further to our blog about measures announced by the Government to protect commercial tenants from “aggressive” rent collection strategies, the Government subsequently confirmed that the restrictions will apply (unless extended) from: 27 April 2020 to 30 June 2020 for presentation of winding-up petitions; and 1 March 2020 to 30 June 2020 for statutory demands. However, … Continue Reading

COVID-19 Emergency Bankruptcy Reform – A Call For Action!

Virtually every business—regardless of its size, nature (manufacturing, service, professional, tech) or particular industry—is currently suffering significant distress as a result of the unprecedented shutdown of huge portions of the U.S. (and global) economy.  It is therefore clear that the number of businesses (and individuals) who will seek bankruptcy protection in the coming months will … Continue Reading

UK Business Extremes of Covid-19

The coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic and the measures introduced by the UK government to halt the spread of the contagion have inflicted an unprecedented shock to the UK labour market. Social distancing and lockdown measures have resulted in many non-essential stores having to close temporarily and/or stop trading to minimise gatherings and the spread of the virus. The … Continue Reading

Bouncebackability – UK Government Unveils Latest Coronavirus Loan Scheme Variant For Smaller Businesses

In a statement to the House of Commons on 27 April 2020, the UK Chancellor of the Exchequer announced another loan scheme designed to support business to ‘bridge’ the economic disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. Sitting alongside the CCFF, CLBILS and CBIL, the new scheme is targeted at the very smallest businesses that have … Continue Reading

UK Government proposes measures to curb “aggressive” rent collection strategies

At the end of March, the Government introduced measures providing a moratorium on evictions for commercial tenants for non-payment of rent until 30 June 2020. Although landlords were unable to evict tenants, there was no automatic rent holiday and tenants still remained liable to pay rent, which prompted many commercial discussions between landlords and tenants … Continue Reading

Directors’ Duties – a Guide for Polish Businesses

This quick guide summarises the duties that directors of  Polish companies are subject to and how those duties change when the company is insolvent or at risk of being insolvent. It also gives an overview of the personal risk to directors when the company is in financial difficulty and suggests some practical tips to help … Continue Reading

Financial Assistance to US Business Enterprises, States and Municipalities

This alert on the Federal Reserve’s new $2.3tr lending program deserves special attention as this program will be of interest to every business operating in the U.S as well as to States, municipalities and potentially other public entities. It reports on guidance issued by the Federal Reserve on a new $2.3tr lending program (the first … Continue Reading

How could COVID-19 contaminate the financing arrangements of Australian businesses?

Australian businesses are facing unprecedented challenges as the consequences of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic unfold. At this difficult time, it is critical to take measures to ensure that your business has sufficient working capital for at least three to six months and the risk of being required to repay or restructure your existing … Continue Reading

What do the statistics say about the impact of Covid-19 on UK businesses?

As the UK enters its fourth week in lockdown, the financial impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) has begun to materialise for many businesses. To support individuals and businesses moving forward and to assist them in producing contingency plans, the Office for National Statistics, one of UK’s largest independent producer of official statistics, has provided a … Continue Reading
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