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Now that the UK is in lockdown, what do the new measures mean for UK businesses?

This note explains which businesses must close and considers how the restrictions on movement of people impact on essential businesses. For insolvency practitioners, the decision to close non-essential businesses will impact on what options are available if a business is in distress and has to go into an insolvency process. It will also impact on … Continue Reading

The impact of the announcement that the UK is now locked down on businesses and insolvency appointments

The Prime Minister announced tonight that all shops selling non-essential goods in the UK are to close immediately and except in specific circumstance people will not be allowed to leave their homes – all social gatherings and social events are to stop.  This measure will be reviewed in three weeks. The important questions that these … Continue Reading

Unprecedented economic intervention announced by the Chancellor to help UK businesses – the latest support announced

We are in unprecedented times but the announcement this evening by the UK Chancellor included unprecedented financial support aimed at easing cash flow, supporting jobs and providing further support to UK businesses. The two key announcements were that (1) the UK Government will pay 80% of employees wages; and (2) the Coronavirus Business Interruption loan … Continue Reading

Germany suspends the obligation for companies to file for insolvency

The German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection is preparing new legislation suspending the obligation to file for insolvency in order to protect companies that encounter financial difficulties due to the coronavirus crisis (see here). According to section 15a(1) of the German Insolvency Code (Insolenzordnung), managing directors or management board members of legal entities … Continue Reading

How do you know if your business is an essential service?

Globally, most nations affected by Covid-19 have restrictions in place that significantly impact business operations.  In some cases requiring businesses to temporarily shut the doors whilst balancing that against the need to maintain essential services.   But how can a business identify whether it is an essential service?  This note explores that question.… Continue Reading

Directors’ Duties and Covid-19 – a view from the UK

Given the current pressure all businesses face dealing with the effect of Covid-19, it is important that directors understand what their duties are in respect of insolvent companies or companies that are at risk of heading towards insolvency. In this blog we briefly remind directors what their duties are, the potential claims that could be … Continue Reading

More detail about the financial support available to UK businesses

The UK Chancellor confirmed additional financial support would be provided to UK businesses. Our blog yesterday set out an overview of the support available. This alert provides further details about that package of measures. Details about the Coronavirus Business Interruption Scheme, can be found here and we are working with our clients to arrange support … Continue Reading

Managing business risk as the UK announces it is moving into the delay phase

Yesterday, following a meeting of the Cobra committee the Government announced that the UK has moved into the “delay” phase of its plan aimed at tackling the coronavirus outbreak. For businesses the main impact will be operational given that anyone who shows certain symptoms has been advised to self-isolate for 7 days, regardless of whether … Continue Reading

Proposed changes to pension law that will challenge restructuring

The Pension Schemes Bill 2019 is causing a marked degree of consternation in the restructuring community. The proposed legislation introduces new offences that can be prosecuted in the criminal courts and further moral hazard powers that are likely to significantly reduce the directors’ and insolvency practitioners’ ability to provide commercial and creative solutions to creditors … Continue Reading

Hong Kong’s economic outlook remains positive despite challenges

Hong Kong’s well-established financial market, low taxation incentives, and laissez-faire policies have consistently earned the city the title of the World’s Freest Economy and the third easiest place to do business in. Yet, the city’s on-going social movements seem to be having an influence on its financials. Hong Kong reported a GDP contraction of 2.9% … Continue Reading

New Year, New Resolutions and New Name

Happy New year to all of our blog readers! With the start of a new decade, we are giving our restructuring and insolvency blog a fresh new look and name: Restructuring GlobalView. Restructuring GlobalView will provide readers with unique perspectives on restructuring and insolvency issues from around the globe, offering practical views from the global … Continue Reading

Clean Air: is your business ready?

There in an increasing focus on emissions and pollution through various regulations and initiatives. You may have seen coverage of, or taken part in activities for “Clean Air Day” on 20 June 2019, a campaign to grow awareness about air pollution. Clean Air legislation has of course been around for a number of decades, with … Continue Reading

Back to the future? The return of Crown preference

The proposal to reinstate Crown preference in insolvency has met resistance from all angles; the insolvency profession, turnaround experts, accountants, lawyers and funders. But despite HMRC’s bold statement in its consultation paper that the re-introduction of Crown preference will have little impact on funders, it is clear following a discussion with lenders that it may … Continue Reading

Relief from forfeiture – in the balance

The demise of high street retail and the insolvency of household names, including Woolworths, BHS, and more recently Debenhams and Monsoon has been a real headache for property owners. The moratorium created by administration ties the hands of landlords, preventing them from forfeiting leases without first having obtained the consent of the administrator or the … Continue Reading
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