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Examination and Prosecution Risks Will Increase for Australian Directors and Third Parties Amid the Economic Uncertainty

For the past year, many Australian businesses, ranging from very significant publicly listed corporations, to much smaller family businesses, have benefited from public and private relief measures intended to soften the impact of COVID-19. Although those measures were introduced as a direct result of pandemic-related concerns, the economic reality in many sectors was already uncertain … Continue Reading

Pensions Schemes Act – Why should UK insolvency practitioners be concerned?

The Pensions Schemes Act received Royal Assent yesterday (11 February). For those involved in restructuring it is important to be aware that the Act introduces new offences, carrying hefty fines and the possibility of imprisonment that apply to “any person”.  Given the wide scope of the drafting the new offences could capture directors, insolvency practitioners, … Continue Reading

Have UK Insolvency Practitioners Lost the Protection of Release Clauses?

In the third (and final) of our blog series on recent CVA cases, in Rhino Enterprises Properties Ltd & Anor [2020] EWHC 2370 (Ch), the High Court gave permission for misfeasance proceedings to be brought against two former joint administrators. This was despite an approved Company Voluntary Arrangement (“CVA”) containing a clause releasing the joint … Continue Reading

Further suspension of UK wrongful trading laws introduced

On 26 November 2020, The Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 (Coronavirus) (Suspension of Liability for Wrongful Trading and Extension of the Relevant Period) Regulations 2020 (the “Regulations”) came into force. The Regulations have exactly the same impact as the suspension of liability for wrongful trading that was brought into force by the Corporate Insolvency … Continue Reading

Quick Guide to Directors’ Duties across Europe

Different countries frame the exact description of the role of directors of a company in different terms. One feature is common to all – the obligation not to continue trading if a company is insolvent. Again, the detailed implications of doing so vary from one jurisdiction to another. We have produced a consolidated guide to … Continue Reading

Preparing for the “New” Normal: Key Points for Australian Businesses to Consider

Our quick guide, “Preparing for the “New Normal” – Key Points for Australian Businesses to Consider” focuses on key issues for Australian businesses to consider in determining their viability as Australia continues to “unlock”.  This guide considers a range of issues, including: Cash flow and financing Supply and demand Employee considerations Operational costs Directors’ duties … Continue Reading

UPDATED: Quick Guide to Directors’ Duties across Europe

Different countries frame the exact description of the role of directors of a company in different terms. One feature is common to all – the obligation not to continue trading if a company is insolvent. Again, the detailed implications of doing so vary from one jurisdiction to another. We have updated our consolidated guide to … Continue Reading

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

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

Quick Guide to Directors’ Duties across Europe

Different countries frame the exact description of the role of directors of a company in different terms. One feature is common to all – the obligation not to continue trading if a company is insolvent. Again, the detailed implications of doing so vary from one jurisdiction to another. We have produced a consolidated guide setting … Continue Reading

Directors’ Duties – A Guide for Italian Businesses

This quick guide summarises the duties that directors of Italian 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 mitigate … Continue Reading

COVID-19 Poses Acute Boardroom Dilemmas

COVID-19 poses many acute dilemmas for boardrooms. Directors and executives need to make highly sensitive decisions to navigate through the COVID-19 crisis. Decisions taken now could come under scrutiny and potentially give rise to future litigation and regulatory intervention, so directors should be mindful of their duties and consider how their decisions may look in … Continue Reading

When is a decision to declare an interim dividend a decision?

It is often common practice for small businesses to structure payments to a director (who is also a shareholder) through a combination of dividend payments and salary, in order to minimize PAYE liabilities and reduce tax.  Consequently, rather than be paid a salary, a director is “remunerated” by dividend payments.  This works when the company … Continue Reading

Government proposes legislation to enhance UK insolvency regime

On 26 August, the Government announced that it will be making changes to UK insolvency legislation. The changes are intended to support distressed companies and address issues highlighted by major company failures and include: the ability for all companies to apply for a moratorium a new insolvency process – the “restructuring plan”, enabling companies to cram … Continue Reading

Taking advice from professionals is not a “get out of jail free” card for directors in the event of insolvency

Directors of a company in financial distress will often turn to their professional advisors to assist in making decisions about the company’s future; whether that be their lawyers, accountants, bank, tax advisors or insolvency professionals. It is often a period of high pressure, where the right or wrong decision may have far-reaching consequences for an … Continue Reading
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