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Reflections on English law schemes of arrangement in distress and proposals for reform

Paterson, Sarah (2018) Reflections on English law schemes of arrangement in distress and proposals for reform. European Company and Financial Law Review, 15 (3). pp. 472-502. ISSN 1613-2548

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The English scheme of arrangement process has, in many ways, proved a reliable friend to distressed companies and their majority finance creditors in the decade following the financial crisis. However, experience of using the scheme process to achieve a debt restructuring has highlighted a number of areas where it could be improved for the present, or to make it more adaptable in the future. This article was written at a time when the Insolvency Service had launched a review of the corporate insolvency framework in the UK (and published many of the responses which it has received to the consultation), and the European Commission had published a proposal for a new Directive setting minimum harmonisation standards for restructuring law. Both the consultation and the proposal have significant implications for the reform agenda, and the Government has published its response to the UK consultation just as this article is going to press. This paper focuses on the introduction of a preliminary moratorium as a gateway to restructuring efforts, the crucial question of how to value the enterprise if a cram down mechanism is introduced and the role of the insolvency practitioner in the scheme context.

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Additional Information: © 2018 Walter de Gruyter GmbH, Berlin/Boston
Divisions: Law
Subjects: K Law > KD England and Wales
Date Deposited: 18 Dec 2018 15:56
Last Modified: 13 Jun 2024 04:42

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