The Grand Court recently considered the statutory moratorium against commencing proceedings against a Cayman company in liquidation. The court held that a plaintiff which launches originating proceedings against a company in liquidation, seeking adverse orders against that company, requires leave of the court to bring the proceedings. It also held that the plaintiffs in this case did not have "a case worth entertaining" in respect of either basis on which they had brought their applications.
A Cayman Islands company may be wound up either voluntarily according to its articles of association or compulsorily by the Grand Court. This article provides an overview of the compulsory process in the Cayman Islands.
It is trite law that where a petition debt is disputed in good faith and on substantial grounds, the Grant Court's ordinary practice is to dismiss or strike out the winding-up petition. However, this principle is more easily applied in theory than in practice, resulting in a remarkable amount of case law. That body of case law has been swelled in 2020 by a number of Grand Court decisions which provide further guidance as to whether a petition debt is to be considered genuinely disputed on substantial grounds.
This article answers FAQs on restructuring and corporate recovery options available in the Cayman Islands, with respect to domestic procedures, cross-border procedures, creditors, avoidance transactions, contributions to liquidation estates and officer liability.
To ensure the orderly and collective resolution of a company's affairs, the Companies Law imposes a moratorium on commencing or proceeding with any suit, action or other proceedings against the company once liquidators are appointed by the court (including on a provisional basis). Once these officeholders are appointed, proceedings can be commenced or proceeded with against the company in question only with the leave of the Grand Court, subject to such terms as the court may impose.
This article answers key questions regarding restructuring and insolvency in Guernsey. In particular, it covers domestic procedures, cross-border procedures, creditors, avoidance transactions and contributions to the liquidation estate and liability of officers.
The Royal Court recently brought an end to an important chapter in a long-running dispute regarding control of the exploration and exploitation of the oil and gas reserves of Georgia. This judgment makes it clear that liquidators can approach the court to approve a significant decision that they have taken to enter into a transaction and that such decision is akin to a Public Trustee v Cooper blessing of a momentous decision in a trusts context.
The Companies Law provides for companies, protected cell companies, incorporated cell companies and cells thereof to be placed into administration and for an administrator to be appointed to manage their affairs while the administration order remains in force. In January 2020 an ordinance was passed, introducing various changes to insolvency law in relation to both administrations and liquidations. This article sets out the changes which affect new administrations.
Many of the key emergency legislative measures put in place to combat the effects of COVID-19 have been aimed at protecting the local economy, with the focus on the prevention of insolvency rather than insolvency itself. These measures include a payroll co-funding scheme, a grant for small businesses and the self-employed and a guarantee scheme, under which the states will work with the high street banks to provide loans to trading businesses with an annual turnover of less than £10 million.
The States of Guernsey recently passed the Companies (Guernsey) Law 2008 (Insolvency) (Amendment) Ordinance 2020, making Guernsey an even more desirable forum for insolvency proceedings. The changes show that Guernsey is prepared to arm insolvency office holders with the necessary tools and powers to tackle, draw in and preserve the assets of an insolvent company for the benefit of creditors.
The financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has put pressure on a wide range of structures and, as a result, lenders, borrowers and other counterparties are looking more closely at the impact of possible insolvency proceedings. As Jersey entities are often used in cross-border finance transactions, it is important to be aware of the differences between Jersey and English insolvency procedures for companies, trusts and limited partnerships.
In the current COVID-19 environment, more businesses will likely become insolvent, some of which will have an interest in Jersey property. Insolvency practitioners appointed outside Jersey in respect of an overseas person or company (or Jersey company subject to English insolvency proceedings) must be recognised in Jersey before they can deal with certain forms of Jersey property. This is because Jersey immoveable property can be transacted only by passing a contract before the Royal Court.
Most employees in the Jersey financial services industry are working from home and there has been no interruption to business continuity for the sector due to the COVID-19 crisis. Further, the Jersey Financial Services Commission has confirmed that while its physical premises are closed, a flexible business continuity strategy is being implemented. This article sets out potential insolvency reforms which may be implemented in the financial services sector with respect to local, regulated and international business.
As a jurisdiction, Jersey is at the heart of cross-border insolvency and restructuring. Inevitably, situations arise where insolvent companies' assets or important evidence are located overseas, or an overseas liquidation regime would be best for creditors. Conversely, there will be situations where a foreign insolvency process requires steps to be taken in Jersey.
The procedure governing the reinstatement of a dissolved Jersey limited company is contained in the Companies (Jersey) Law 1991. Where a company has been dissolved or, most commonly, struck off the register by the registrar of companies after failing to file an annual return, the Royal Court has the power to declare the dissolution void and order the reinstatement of the company.