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HMRC Crown preference restored from 1 December 2020 – impact on lenders and UK corporates
Squire Patton Boggs
  • United Kingdom
  • 31 July 2020

The Finance Act 2020 recently received royal assent, confirming the anticipated but opposed intention to restore Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) as a secondary preferential creditor on insolvency. From 1 December 2020 HMRC's claim will sit ahead of floating charge holders and unsecured creditors, reducing the monies available for distribution to both when a corporate files for insolvency. But what does this mean for secured lenders and corporates?

Segregated portfolio companies
  • Cayman Islands
  • 24 July 2020

May 2020 marked the 22nd anniversary of the Cayman Islands segregated portfolio company (SPC). This article reflects on the first two decades of the SPC – in particular, the principles established by the courts concerning insolvent SPCs. These cases have posed some interesting and novel questions for the Cayman courts to resolve and the decisions have fleshed out the statutory provisions as regards the status, duties and powers of office holders appointed in connection with SPCs.

New insolvency practice direction – providing some much-needed clarity on UK winding-up petitions
Squire Patton Boggs
  • United Kingdom
  • 24 July 2020

The Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 recently came into force. Alongside this act, a new insolvency practice direction (IPD) came into force and provides additional information on winding-up petitions and the 'coronavirus test'. This article examines a few of the key changes contained in the IPD.

Insolvency and restructuring from a COVID-19 perspective
AG Erotocritou LLC
  • Cyprus
  • 24 July 2020

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the government introduced a series of humanitarian and financial measures, with the latter covering insolvency and restructuring matters. Although the measures could provide much-needed breathing space for companies, they might not solve problems that existed prior to the crisis.

IP licences and insolvency
Taylor Wessing
  • United Kingdom
  • 17 July 2020

As the impact of COVID-19 is felt throughout the economy, even those companies able to weather the storm are likely to feel the effects of corporate insolvency as collaborators, customers and suppliers find themselves in financial difficulty. This article focuses on the impact of insolvency on IP licences from the perspective of both licensors and licensees. It also contains top tips for mitigating the risks.

DIP financing – the Singaporean way
Oon & Bazul LLP
  • Singapore
  • 17 July 2020

In 2016 the Ministry of Law unveiled plans to strengthen Singapore as an international centre for debt restructuring. Pursuant to these plans, numerous complex legislative changes were introduced to Singapore's debt restructuring and insolvency laws. This article focuses on Singapore's experience of transplanting the US Chapter 11 debtor-in-possession financing provisions into the 2017 amendments to the Companies Act.

Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act – what's changed?
Taylor Wessing
  • United Kingdom
  • 10 July 2020

After the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill was published on 20 May 2020, it raced through the House of Commons and the House of Lords, coming into force in under six weeks as the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020, with some of the temporary measures taking effect from 1 March 2020. Although the new tools are entirely untested, the sooner they become an integrated part of the UK restructuring landscape, the better.

Temporary measures to mitigate impact of COVID-19 pandemic on SMEs
Oon & Bazul LLP
  • Singapore
  • 10 July 2020

In these unprecedented times, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and their owners require swift and cost-effective methods to sustainably manage and restructure their debt burdens, so that they can focus on transforming their businesses to meet the challenges of the post-COVID-19 economy. This article examines the legislative action taken by the government thus far, with a specific focus on its impact on SMEs.

COVID-19: a shield against winding-up petitions?
Taylor Wessing
  • United Kingdom
  • 26 June 2020

The Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill was recently laid before Parliament. The bill contemplates a temporary ban on statutory demands presented from 1 March 2020 as a ground for presenting a winding-up petition and on winding-up petitions presented from 27 April 2020 unless the petitioning creditor has reasonable grounds for believing that COVID-19 has not had a financial effect on the debtor company or that it would have been insolvent even if COVID-19 had not had a financial effect on it.

Use of cash collateral to pay prepetition debt not prohibited by Jevic
Jones Day
  • USA
  • 26 June 2020

The ability of a bankruptcy trustee or a Chapter 11 debtor in possession to use cash collateral during the course of a bankruptcy case may be vital to the debtor's prospects for a successful reorganisation. However, because of the unique nature of cash collateral, the Bankruptcy Code sets out special rules that apply to the non-consensual use of such collateral to protect the interests of the secured creditor involved.

Dutch scheme of arrangement: new pre-insolvency restructuring instrument
AKD
  • Netherlands
  • 19 June 2020

The House of Representatives recently voted in favour of the Court Approval of a Private Composition (Prevention of Insolvency) Act (WHOA). Inspired by the UK scheme of arrangement and US Chapter 11 proceedings, the WHOA will introduce to the Netherlands a legal framework that enables debtors to restructure their debts outside formal insolvency proceedings by means of a court-approved restructuring plan.

Moratoria during COVID-19 pandemic – an overview
Pestalozzi Attorneys at Law
  • Switzerland
  • 19 June 2020

Originally, unlike in other jurisdictions, the purpose of a moratorium in Switzerland was not necessarily to continue doing business, but rather to find a better way to liquidate a company; however, this has changed as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. There is now another type of moratorium under Swiss law (although probably only until 20 October 2020), which is intended to promote restructuring.

Company administration regime
Ogier
  • Guernsey
  • 19 June 2020

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.

Government measures to assist companies during COVID-19 pandemic – interview
ALTIUS
  • Belgium
  • 12 June 2020

Due to the lockdown measures and other restrictions imposed by the government to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, many companies are dealing with revenue losses while having the same level of (fixed) costs. In this video, Bart Heynickx, counsel at ALTIUS, discusses various insolvency issues that are arising in Belgium as a result of COVID-19.

COVID-19 Weekly Report (1-7 June 2020)
International Law Office
  • International
  • 08 June 2020

The impact of COVID-19 is being felt in almost every work area across the globe. In order to keep readers abreast of this evolving situation, ILO's COVID-19 Weekly Report provides insight into the major legal developments of the past seven days, as well as a round-up of our panel of experienced international legal commentators' legislative and regulatory guidance.

COVID-19: restructuring and corporate recovery measures
Ogier
  • Jersey
  • 05 June 2020

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.

Significant insolvency reform for United Kingdom: Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill
Taylor Wessing
  • United Kingdom
  • 05 June 2020

The much-anticipated Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill was published on 20 May 2020. The proposed legislation is split into two broad categories: temporary provisions brought about as a result of COVID-19 and permanent provisions which will result in fundamental changes to UK insolvency law. The proposals, both temporary and permanent, reflect a shift towards a more debtor-friendly regime.

COVID-19 Weekly Report (25-31 May 2020)
International Law Office
  • International
  • 01 June 2020

The impact of COVID-19 is being felt in almost every work area across the globe. In order to keep readers abreast of this evolving situation, ILO's COVID-19 Weekly Report provides insight into the major legal developments of the past seven days, as well as a round-up of our panel of experienced international legal commentators' legislative and regulatory guidance.

COVID-19 Weekly Report (18-24 May 2020)
International Law Office
  • International
  • 25 May 2020

The impact of COVID-19 is being felt in almost every work area across the globe. In order to keep readers abreast of this evolving situation, ILO's COVID-19 Weekly Report provides insight into the major legal developments of the past seven days, as well as a round-up of our panel of experienced international legal commentators' legislative and regulatory guidance.

COVID-19 restructuring and corporate recovery measures
Ogier
  • Guernsey
  • 22 May 2020

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.

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