With the influx of insolvency cases expected on a global basis in coming months as government support measures are wound back, now is an opportune time for businesses to consider the extent of their potential exposure if a subsidiary liquidates. In particular, can losses be isolated within a liquidating subsidiary, or will there be a contagion effect, so that a parent entity may be held liable for the outstanding debts of the subsidiary?
Brexit—the UK’s exit from the European Union—became fully effective at the turn of the year with the expiry of the implementation period on 31 December 2020.
Prior to 1 January 2021, recognition and enforcement of restructuring and insolvency procedures and judgments between the UK and EU member states was subject to common EU regulations which had direct effect and broadly offered automatic recognition. Those common regulations no longer apply to the UK.
Notwithstanding the loss of these regulations, there remains an effective legal framework for recognition of inbound proceedings and judgments from EU member states to the UK, including the … Continue Reading
Spanish gaming company Codere proposed an English scheme of arrangement to restructure over €800 million in existing note debt. As a part of the scheme, Codere agreed to pay fees and provide benefits to an ad hoc sub-committee of noteholders that were not available to all noteholders. The High Court held that those fees and benefits were not so material as to fracture the single voting class of noteholders. Re Codere Finance 2 (UK) Limited)  EWHC 2441 (Ch) and  EWHC 2683 (Ch).
The court also considered Codere’s incorporation of a new English subsidiary and the assumption by … Continue Reading
Our global bankruptcy financial restructuring and insolvency team has released its quarterly International Restructuring Newswire.
Our team has published five articles examining new developments and a number of the tools available for financial restructurings in the United Kingdom, Germany, the Netherlands and Canada.
- Lighting up the CIGA!
- The Netherlands – Wet Homologatie Onderhands Akkoord
- Preventive Restructuring Framework – A new era for restructurings in Germany
- Authority to bar a creditor from voting and litigation funding as interim financing: The Supreme Court of Canada’s ruling in Bluberi
- Tax – Do not overlook this critical component in an international restructuring solution
On 24 September 2020, the Australian Government announced the introduction of two new restructuring and insolvency processes for small businesses (having liabilities of less than AU$1 million). It is proposed that these measures will be introduced from 1 January 2021 with a view to reducing the cost, time and complexity burden imposed on small businesses by the existing insolvency processes. The Australian Government has described the changes as “the most significant changes to the Australian insolvency framework in almost 30 years.”
The changes represent the latest in a series of measures introduced in Australia this year in response to the … Continue Reading
On 30 July 2020 Singapore’s new “omnibus” Insolvency, Restructuring and Dissolution Act 2018 (the Insolvency Act) came into effect. This marks the third phase in recent years to strengthen Singapore’s restructuring and insolvency laws.
The Insolvency Act consolidates the laws on insolvency, bankruptcy, restructuring and dissolution into a single enactment and introduces a number of changes to the restructuring and insolvency framework in Singapore including: (i) the introduction of a new licencing and regulatory regime for insolvency practitioners (liquidators, judicial managers and receivers); and (ii) enhancing the judicial management provisions to allow for a company to place itself into … Continue Reading
A package of five legislative reforms — Commonwealth Registers Bill 2019, Treasury Laws Amendment (Registries Modernisation and Other Measures) Bill 2019, Business Names Registration (Fees) Amendment (Registries Modernisation) Bill 2019, Corporations (Fees) Amendment (Registries Modernisation) Bill 2019, and National Consumer Credit Protection (Fees) Amendment (Registries Modernisation) Bill 2019 — received royal assent on 23 June 2020.
These amendments introduce significant changes to the management of Australian business information by Commonwealth bodies, and improve regulation of company directors through the introduction of Director Identification Numbers.
A New register
The Commonwealth Registers Act 2020 (Cth) combines the Australian … Continue Reading
In the article, “Will the real zombie please stand up? The opportunity for directors to take control,” Scott Atkins and Dr Kai Luck continue their analysis of the risk that global fiscal stimulus and support measures in response to COVID-19 will be used by some entities to continue trade even when they have no realistic prospect of long-term profitability.
There are personal liability laws for directors that should now provide directors with an incentive to seek assistance from expert restructuring advisers to assess a company’s viability and, if its downturn is endemic, to look to formal insolvency options.
Directors who … Continue Reading
Our video, Use of schemes as UK debt restructuring tools, provides insight into the circumstances in which schemes can be used in restructuring transactions where there are minority hold-out creditors and it is not possible to reach unanimous (or near-unanimous) approval thresholds for desired amendments to the finance documents and/or the capital structure.… Continue Reading
In this article, Scott Atkins and Dr Kai Luck consider how the extraordinary government fiscal and stimulus measures introduced in response to COVID-19 may provide an incentive for so-called zombie companies—those that were facing endemic operational and liquidity issues pre-crisis and that have no realistic prospect of successful trade in the long-term—to continue on for the next 6 to 12 months, preventing the recycling of important capital needed to reinvest in the innovative new business ventures that will drive economic recovery and eventual growth.… Continue Reading