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(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

Cryptocurrency Brings Disruption to Bankruptcy Courts—What Parties Can Expect and the Open Issues Still To Be Resolved (Part Two)

In this second part of our blog exploring the various issues courts need to address in applying the Bankruptcy Code to cryptocurrency, we expand upon our roadmap.  In part one, we addressed whether cryptocurrency constitutes property of the estate, the impacts of cryptocurrency’s fluctuating valuation, issues of perfection, and the effects of cryptocurrency on debtor-in-possession … Continue Reading

Cryptocurrency Brings Disruption to Bankruptcy Courts—What Parties Can Expect and the Open Issues Still To Be Resolved (Part One)

Many authorities and commentators have considered cryptocurrencies, and the blockchains that undergird them, as a potentially disruptive force in the financial industry.  Now, that disruption has made its way to a different side of finance—bankruptcy, and during the past year, the United States bankruptcy courts have had to confront many unexpected challenges involved in dealing … 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

Are UK Interest Rate Rises Squeezing Working Capital?

In its battle to control and reduce the rate of inflation, the Bank of England has increased interest rates for a 13th consecutive time. Already at its highest level for nearly 15 years, rising interest rates are continuing to apply pressure on finances both at home and in businesses. Despite the Bank’s efforts, although slightly … 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

Can UK Administrators Apply For Conditional Discharge of Liability?

The court has recently confirmed that it does have jurisdiction to grant administrators a conditional discharge of liability but decided not to do so in the case of Re Central Properties Holdings Ltd (in administration) [2023].  In this blog we consider why the court refused to make that order and whether there are any circumstances … Continue Reading

(Australia) Debt Ceilings Apply Outside of the US

The uncertainty in markets continues as a result of a number of issues, including monetary policy, supply chain challenges, labour market constraints, increased creditor activities and a balance sheet reckoning post-COVID-19 where government support propped up unworthy businesses. That potentially debilitating economic cocktail is compounded by the fact that all entities have a debt ceiling, … Continue Reading

(Australia) Post Administration R&D Tax Offsets Deemed Personal Property in Account

Companies entering external administration often have outstanding tax filings. The external controllers appointed conduct initial and ongoing reviews as to those filings. Then, in time, they either bring the filings up to date or engage the tax office in order to revisit historical filings. Aside from being legally required to address a company’s filings, external … Continue Reading

(UK) Pensions – A Pot to Play for?

The recent case of Re Lloyds British Testing Ltd [2023] is a reminder not to forget that in the right circumstances a director’s occupational pension pot might be a valuable source of funds that an Insolvency Practitioner (IP) can access to recover an unpaid debt due from a former director. Background In this case, an … Continue Reading

(UK) Avanti: The Evolution of a Spectrum – from Fixed to Floating Charge, who Needs Control?

In a decision likely to be welcomed by both debtors and lenders, the High Court has held that a charge granted by Avanti Communications Limited (“Avanti”) was properly characterised as a fixed charge (rather than a floating charge) notwithstanding that the chargor retained an element of control over the charged assets. A key plank of … Continue Reading

Latest Market Guidance on the National Security and Investment Act 2021 (“NSIA”) is not particularly comforting to UK restructuring professionals

The NSIA is aimed at safeguarding national security and only applies to certain transactions occurring within certain sectors where national security might be threatened.  There are 17 sectors in total, including energy, transport, and communications.   Depending on the transaction, the NSIA may require a purchaser to notify the Secretary of State of an acquisition to … Continue Reading

(UK) The Gloves are off for HMRC: What did we learn from the Great Annual Savings Sanction Hearing?

Yesterday saw the end of a three-day sanction hearing for the restructuring plan (the “Plan”) of the Great Annual Savings (GAS) company, with Justice Adam Johnson reserving his judgment and importantly, his decision on whether to exercise cross-class-cram-down to sanction the Plan for a later date. As we discussed in our recent blog, the Plan … Continue Reading

“It’s the principle of the thing”: HMRC fights back against UK Restructuring Plans

‘If, at first, you don’t succeed, then try and try again’ is a fitting description for HMRC’s recent approach to restructuring plans, with its opposition of plans proposed by The Great Annual Savings Company (GAS) and Nasmyth Group Limited (Naysmyth). The GAS sanction hearing (which is due to take place this week) will be the … Continue Reading

Australia’s External Administrators Are Afforded Significant Latitude

External administrators in Australia are faced with immediate challenges from the date of their appointment. Those challenges often come in the form of uncertainty around contractual positions, conflicting interests between key stakeholders and the administrators’ rights and obligations. Fortunately, the Insolvency Practice Schedule, which now forms a critical part of Australia’s Corporations Act, gives administrators … Continue Reading

Highland Capital Fails Bid to Recuse Presiding Judge (US)

In January, we wrote about Highland Capital Management, L.P. and the reorganized debtor’s filing of a petition for a writ of certiorari, by which the reorganized debtor asked the Supreme Court to consider whether section 524(e) of the Bankruptcy Code prohibits non-debtor exculpations.  Now for something completely different.  Earlier this month, the Bankruptcy Court for the … Continue Reading
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