The European Court of Justice recently extended the international jurisdiction of the court where the insolvency was opened through so-called 'annex competence' and insolvency-related 'ancillary claims and proceedings'. This decision clarifies that creditors' committee member activities are inseparably linked with insolvency proceedings and their effects. Although the case at hand viewed the creditors' committee as compulsory, the same should also apply to members of a voluntary creditors' committee.
On February 9 2017 the Great Senate of the Federal Fiscal Court published a decision stating that the Restructuring Order was illegal. On June 27 2017 the legislature introduced new legislation which provides that the tax authorities may waive taxes or assess taxes at a lower level. However, the new legislation can be applied only where creditors have waived their claims after February 8 2017.
The Law for the Facilitation and Management of the Insolvencies of Groups of Companies will enter into force in April 2018. The new law places no emphasis on a consolidation of the insolvency estates of certain group companies. Instead, it firmly sticks to the principle of 'one company, one insolvency proceeding'. Consequently, an insolvency of a group of companies will still lead to multiple individual insolvency proceedings.
A German court recently limited the permissible term allowed for bridging finance loans and declared a loan defined as 'bridging finance' to be void for not meeting the permissible term requirements. The court justified its decision by stating that the loan was not aimed solely at bridging a liquidity gap to facilitate the possibility of effectively restructuring the distressed business, but also at ensuring the survival of the business.