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Aggregate’s UK Restructuring Plan Sanction Hearing: Adler in Action

On 7th February 2024, Mr Justice Richards heard closing submissions in the English High Court for a contested sanction hearing for Aggregate Group’s Part 26A restructuring plan. This hearing presented one of the first opportunities to analyse how the Adler decision will affect restructuring plans going forward. Aggregate are a German real estate group whose … 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

Sri Lanka’s Restructuring Plan Is Here to Stay (US)

In March 2022, the International Monetary Fund (the “IMF”) assessed Sri Lanka’s public debt to be unsustainable after the country entered the pandemic with thin reserve buffers, high debt levels, and no fiscal space. The IMF’s determination prompted Sri Lanka to begin restructuring its debt the following month. As part of that process, Sri Lanka … Continue Reading

(UK) Timing, disclosure and fairness: lessons from the Adler judgment

On 23 January 2024, the Court of Appeal handed down its much anticipated judgment[1] on the appeal of the Adler restructuring plan pursuant to Part 26A of the Companies Act 2006 (“RP”), which was sanctioned by the High Court on 12 April 2023[2], with judgment setting out the reasoning for that decision handed down on … Continue Reading

Czech Republic’s New Act on Preventive Restructuring: Game-Changer in Creditor-Debtor Relationships

On 23 September 2023, the new Act on Preventive Restructuring (284/2003 Coll.) entered into effect in the Czech Republic (the “Czech Preventive Restructuring Act”), incorporating the EU Directive 2019/1023 on preventive restructuring frameworks in the Czech legal environment.  This legislation has been designed to enable debtors in financial difficulties to continue business by changing the … Continue Reading

Prepared Liquidation – Pre-Pack Sales Under Polish Bankruptcy Law

Amid the current market uncertainties, distressed asset sales are likely to rise. International investors are looking for efficient solutions, preferably ones that reflect solutions in their home jurisdictions. One popular mechanism is the use of pre-pack sales.  A pre-pack sale manages the adverse impact of insolvency proceedings on the distressed company’s business, while reducing the … 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

Routes to Reorganisation: A Comparative Study of the Insolvency Procedures Available in the UAE, KSA, US and England and Wales

Our recent insight provides a comparative summary of the insolvency procedures that are available in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), England and Wales, and the US. It compares which debtor-in-possession, office-holder and terminal procedures are available in each of those jurisdictions, as well as considering the extent to which the … Continue Reading

(UK) ‘Substitution First, Standing Later’ – The Risk of Supporting Creditors

The case of Liberty Commodities Ltd v Citibank NA London & Ors [2023] EWHC 2020 (Ch) provides a helpful reminder of the principles that the court will adopt when dealing with a winding up petition – particularly where there are supporting creditors. Even when the company and petitioning creditor have reached agreement in respect of the petition debt … Continue Reading

(UK) HMRC and Restructuring Plans: The Next Chapter

A thorny question facing a company when considering a Restructuring Plan is how to deal with HMRC particularly following HMRC’s opposition to recent plans. Creditors now have some assistance in these deliberations thanks to guidance published by HMRC setting out how they will approach discussions with companies considering a Restructuring Plan. The guidance reflects the … Continue Reading

Are UK Administrators Criminally Liable For Failing to File a HR1?

The answer to that question and with a huge sigh of relief is thankfully not, following the Supreme Court finding that an administrator of a company appointed under the Insolvency Act 1986 (“IA 1986”) is not an “officer” of the company within the meaning of section 194(3) of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) … 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

Germany leads the way with proposed legislation regulating crypto-assets safekeeping that will provide insolvency protection

The European Markets in Crypto-Assets Regulation (Regulation (EU) 2023/1114 – MiCA), which entered into force on 29 June 2023, is a significant new regulation that will impact the treatment of cryptocurrencies and digital assets. MiCA requires the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) to develop a series of regulatory technical standards (RTS) and implement technical … Continue Reading

Are UK Restructuring Plans Still too Expensive?

As far as they go, restructuring plans have worked well since they were first introduced 3 years ago.  This is reflected in the most recent review of CIGA published by the Insolvency Service which reflects favourably on this new insolvency measure. However, there are still some barriers to its use. Not unsurprisingly costs are quoted … Continue Reading

Expected Changes to the UK Corporate Moratorium

The three year review of CIGA (the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act) published by the Insolvency Service suggests that we might see changes to the corporate moratorium process – will these address concerns about the process and encourage more insolvency practitioners to recommend its use? The moratorium aims to protect companies from enforcement action to … Continue Reading

Are HMRC Critical To UK Restructuring Plans?

It’s now level pegging for HMRC on cram down –  twice it has been crammed down, and twice it has not. In the most recent restructuring plan proposed by Prezzo, the court sanctioned the company’s restructuring plan and crammed down HMRC as both preferential and unsecured creditor.  Unlike Houst’s restructuring plan, where HMRC was also … Continue Reading

(UK) Disclosure and Vote Swamping Revisted – Has the Position Changed following the Mizen CVA Appeal?

In two recent blog posts we discussed the challenge made to the Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA) of Mizen Build/Design Ltd (the “Company”) by Peabody Construction Limited (“Peabody”) and the finding of (i) a material irregularity based on failure to disclose information to creditors in the CVA proposal, and (ii) unfair prejudice based on vote swamping. … Continue Reading
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