Tag Archives: restructuring

(UK) Winding Up Petitions – The Hurdle of the Coronavirus Test

The recent case of Re A Company [2021] EWHC 2289 (Ch) outlines how the coronavirus test for winding up petitions will be applied by the Courts. Taking a similar approach, to the cases of Newman v Templar Corp Ltd [2020] EWHC 3740 (Ch) and Re PGH Investments Ltd v Ewing [2021] EWHC 533 (Ch), both … Continue Reading

Settling Tax Debts: How Much Support Will HMRC Provide To Your UK business?

Following the UK business secretary offering assurance that HMRC will take a ‘cautious approach’ to recovering tax debts (see our previous blog), HMRC has now published guidance outlining its approach. This guidance also explains how HMRC might respond where a business has taken advantage of one of the government backed lending schemes (such as a … Continue Reading

New Look and Regis from a UK Insolvency Practitioner’s Perspective

In our second alert in the series we consider the key takeaways for UK insolvency practitioners following the CVA challenges in New Look and Regis.  Our alert considers the following: Nominee’s duties Risks to fees Disclosure requirements Discounts and formulas for calculating landlord claims for voting purposes; and The shape of post-pandemic CVAs To read … Continue Reading

Small suppliers no longer sheltered from the UK “ipso facto” regime

Last year, the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 made a number of changes to the UK insolvency landscape. Amongst the changes, was the addition of the “ipso facto” regime, which prevents suppliers terminating supply contracts as a result of insolvency-related events. Up until 30 June 2021, “small suppliers” were exempt from the regime.  However, … Continue Reading

HMRC Announces “Cautious Approach” to Recovering UK Tax Debts

We highlighted in our previous blog, the pivotal role that HMRC could play in ensuring the survival of UK businesses when all COVID restrictions are lifted and the government’s various temporary support measures come to an end. The Business Secretary, Kwasi Kwarteng, has now assured business that HMRC will take a “cautious approach” to recovering … Continue Reading

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

Both Spain and Italy have introduced recent changes to their insolvency laws. The changes are covered in our global guide and cover: Spain The obligation for a debtor to file for bankruptcy within two months of becoming insolvent is suspended until December 31 2021. Updates to the Modification of the Creditor’s agreement measures. Postponement of … Continue Reading

A New Look for retail company voluntary arrangements (“CVAs”)?

On Monday, Zacaroli J handed down his eagerly anticipated judgment in Lazari Properties (2) Limited (and others) v New Look Retailers Limited (and others). The New Look landlords challenged the New Look CVA and raised a number of arguments which some believed could be the end of CVAs as we know them. In particular, the … Continue Reading

Updated: UK Business Viability Guide – understanding director risks and challenges

With the UK taking positive steps towards re-opening the economy, businesses will start to see the true impact that lockdown restrictions (and the lifting of those restrictions) have on supply and demand. The UK government has continued to support UK businesses including,  most recently, extending the prohibition on winding up petitions and the forfeiture moratorium, … Continue Reading

UK Government Consultation- Restoring Trust in Audit and Corporate Governance- A Directors’ Duties and Insolvency Perspective

The Government has issued a consultation paper  regarding statutory audits and financial reporting. The consultation makes proposals in relation to four areas, namely directors, auditors and audit firms, shareholders and the audit regulator. We have previously summarised the proposals impacting the purpose and scope of an audit. This post will focus upon the matters affecting … Continue Reading

Questions and Answers for UK Corporates about the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act

Following our webinar discussing the impact of the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 for corporates, we have prepared a question and answer sheet addressing questions raised including: Does ipso facto apply to just UK contracts? Can a supplier still exercise set off rights if its customer enters into a moratorium? What should a supplier … Continue Reading

UK Insolvency Law Changes – the “New” Moratorium and Other Stakeholders

As set out in the first blog in this series, the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill (the “Bill”) introduces a new debtor-in-possession moratorium to give companies breathing space in order to try to rescue the company as a going concern. The first blog outlined how the moratorium will work and the second blog focused on … 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

UK Insolvency Law changes – What is the proposed new “moratorium”?

On 20 May 2020, the UK Government introduced the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill (the “Bill”) to the House of Commons. The Bill introduces a new debtor-in-possession moratorium to give companies breathing space in order to try to rescue the company as a going concern. The Bill is currently only in draft form and therefore … 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

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

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

Summary of European Governments’ Financial Support: updated to include the Middle East

On 7 April, we launched our Summary of European Governments Financial Support, to provide a quick and easy guide to what support is available to businesses. Please view our updated version of the guide, with additional content for a number of key Middle East countries. Throughout Europe and the Middle East, governments have sought to … Continue Reading
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