Tag Archives: insolvency

Potential Impact on the French Legal System of the Draft EU Directive to Harmonise Insolvency Laws

On 7 December 2022, the European Commission unveiled a draft directive (2022/0408 (COD)) (the “Directive”) proposing to harmonise certain aspects of insolvency laws across the European Union[1]. This blog specifically discusses the impact of the draft Directive on French law. For a more detailed and general analysis of the draft Directive, see our alert. The … 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

The Register of Overseas Entities From a Restructuring and Insolvency Perspective

The requirement for overseas entities to register or be registered on the UK Register of Overseas Entities (ROE) at Companies House could impact certain transactions that insolvency practitioners (IPs) and lenders are involved with.  Our latest quick guide highlights some of those areas and flags points for IPs and lenders to consider when dealing with … Continue Reading

Important Questions Answered As the UK Court Rules for the First Time on Issues Affecting Failed Energy Supply Companies

Devinder Singh, a restructuring and insolvency partner in SPB’s Birmingham office, acted for one of ten applicants in an application for directions made in the High Court by a number of officeholders following the collapse of several energy supply companies (“ESC”). The application sought directions on a number of key issues affecting the energy industry … Continue Reading

To Complete or not to Complete – “Early” Completion of Company Voluntary Arrangements (UK)

Can a Company Voluntary Arrangement (“CVA”) complete, but still remain in place and bind creditors? The simple answer is yes; but it does require (a) the terms of the CVA to be carefully drafted to allow notice of completion to be filed before the end of the CVA term; (b) compliance with the terms of … Continue Reading

Germany’s Insolvency Code Amended In Light of Current Economic Crisis

The Law on the Temporary Adaption of Restructuring and Insolvency Law Provisions to Mitigate the Consequences of the Crisis (SanInsKG) was published in the German Federal Gazette (Bundesanzeiger) today (8 November 2022) and will become effective in German law tomorrow (9 November 2022), following a very quick legislative process. Purpose of the SanInsKG SanInsKG is … Continue Reading

Statutory Declarations when Appointing UK Administrators – what happens if the remote-swear guidance is not followed?

We look once again at the recent case of Re Active Wear Limited (in administration) (our other blog on another aspect of this case can be found here). As part of the changes introduced in light of Covid-19, the Temporary Insolvency Practice Direction (MIPD) was introduced, to enable statutory declarations on notices of intention to … Continue Reading

Re Active Wear – A Reversal on a Sole Director’s Ability to Appoint Administrators?

In the recent case of Re Active Wear Limited (in administration), the High Court ruled that the purported out-of-court administration appointment by a sole director of a company with unmodified model articles, was valid notwithstanding the earlier High Court decision in Re Fore Fitness Investments Holdings Ltd [2022] EWHC 191 (Ch). We have set out … Continue Reading

Door Closes On UK Rent Arrears Scheme

Brought in with the intention of protecting viable businesses from eviction or other enforcement measures in relation to rental arrears accrued as a result of COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, the arbitration scheme (the “Scheme”) provided for under the Commercial Rents (Coronavirus) Act 2022 (the “Act”) has now ended. Its expiry sees the lifting of all remaining … Continue Reading

Energy Prices Decrease as Interest Rates Increase – where does this leave UK Businesses?

Following the UK government announcing that UK businesses will benefit from a reduction in energy costs to help combat rising energy costs, details of the proposed scheme have now been released. Under the scheme, a discount will be automatically applied to the bills of those businesses that are eligible to receive it, namely businesses that … Continue Reading

(UK) Insolvency litigation and funding—can the court limit relief to the amount required to place the company ‘on the cusp’ of solvency?

In PGD (in liquidation) Manolete Partners plc v Hope Mr Justice Zacaroli considered whether it was possible and/or appropriate to limit the quantum of relief granted in insolvency litigation to the amount required to pay the liquidation debts, costs and expenses where the claim had been assigned to a third-party litigation funder. Zacaroli J held … Continue Reading

Recent data reveals how much it might cost to enter a moratorium

Although there have not been many moratoriums since they were introduced, there have been a few, and according to data collected for this recent interim report, the costs of appointing a monitor and entering into a moratorium appear to be fairly reasonable.  This will provide comfort to both corporates and practitioners who (understandably) might be … Continue Reading

(UK) To Whom Should Insolvency Claims Be Assigned? 

It is often the case, that insolvency claims are pursued against former directors of the insolvent company or persons connected to them.  It is also often the case, that such claims are assigned to a litigation funding company given lack of funds in the insolvent estate to pursue them.  This is what happened in Lock … 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

Smile Telecoms – Second Restructuring Plan Sanctioned

Smile Telecoms Holdings Limited (“Smile”), a Mauritian company, has recently had its second restructuring plan sanctioned by the High Court in England.  The case contains some important markers for those involved in restructuring plans, particularly those plans which involve international elements or which seek to prevent out-of-the-money creditors from voting on the plan. Background Smile’s … Continue Reading

Keeping the (light) Bulb on special energy administrations – an update on the Bulb special administration

In our previous blogs, we discussed the announcement that Bulb Energy Ltd (“Bulb“) was placed into special administration and considered the reasons why special administration (as opposed to ordinary administration) was deemed necessary in Bulb’s case, as well as providing an overview of how special administration differs from ordinary administration (and the supplier of last … Continue Reading

Failure to file a HR1 form (even if inadvertent) could result in an administrator facing criminal prosecution

Employment law and insolvency law can sometimes have a strained relationship, particularly when laws safeguarding employee rights find themselves in conflict with an insolvency practitioner’s duty to act in the interests of all the creditors (as opposed to any one group). But the case of Palmer vs Northern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court should be heeded by … Continue Reading
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