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It was a painful outcome for the administrator of ARY Digital UK Limited (“ARY”) when he was found in breach of duty and liable to pay £743,750. The case of Brewer and another (as joint liquidators of ARY Digital UK Ltd) v Iqbal [2019] EWHC 182 (Ch) reminds office holders of the importance of understanding what assets they are selling, ensuring that correct marketing processes are employed and obtaining proper valuations. It also highlights the…
Background BHS agreed a CVA with its creditors in March 2016. As with so many large, high-profile CVAs the key issues for BHS were the rental burdens arising out of their store network- they are known as “landlord CVAs”. The CVA followed a now common format where landlords were placed into different categories according to the viability (or otherwise) of the specific premises , the top category benefitting from the least interference with lower categories…
Administrators are statutorily entitled to require a receiver to vacate office (paragraph 41 Schedule B1 Insolvency Act 1986 (“Schedule B1”)). In Promontoria (Chestnut) Ltd v Craig and another [2017] EWHC 2405 (Ch) they did just that, taking steps to remove existing receivers not long after their appointment, claiming the action to be in the interests of all the creditors. On the facts, that decision was not only unreasonable but costs were also awarded personally against…
VE Vegas Investors IV LLC and others vs Shinners and others [2018] EWHC 186 Ch Background The applicants were creditors of VE Interactive Limited (In administration) (“VE”). VE encountered financial difficulties and its directors sought insolvency advice from insolvency practitioners at Smith and Williamson (“S&W”) and appointed them to advise on and effect a pre-pack sale of VE’s business and assets. S&W experienced difficulties in obtaining financial information and clarity over the extent of the…
In the recent case of Cherkasov & others v Olegovich [2017] EWHC 756 (Ch) the English courts considered the public policy exception set out in Article 6 Cross Border Insolvency Regulations 2006 (CBIR) and whether security for costs could be ordered against the official receiver of a Russian company (who had obtained recognition in England under CIBR) when he applied for an order for the production of evidence by some of the former managers of…
 The English courts have recently wrestled with the Cross Border Insolvency Regulations 2006 (“CBIR”) in a case about the lifting of the automatic stay on proceedings against Korean company STX Offshore & Shipbuilding Co Ltd In the present case (Re International Bank of Azerbaijan OJSC) the English High Court found itself dealing with the application of Azerbaijan’s largest bank for an order recognising restructuring proceedings in Azerbaijan as main proceedings under the CBIR…
Managing residential tenanted property can be a challenge for receivers. In many cases, it is necessary for them to act as “accidental landlords” to maximise the potential realisations to the appointing lender. These lenders have lent money to companies or individuals who invest in residential blocks and collect rents from their tenants. When the borrowers default, the lenders appoint receivers to collect the rents and ultimately sell the blocks of flats. It sounds straightforward but dealing…
In the recent case of Gillan v HEC Enterprises Ltd (in administration) and Ors [2016] EWHC 3179 (Ch), the High Court considered (1) in what circumstances administrators can recover costs and expenses incurred in dealing with trust property and (2) how the administrators’ costs in applying for a Berkeley Applegate order and other litigation were to be dealt with.…
The English Court has agreed to lift the automatic stay on proceedings under the Cross Border Insolvency Regulations 2006 (“CBIR”) against STX Offshore & Shipbuilding Co Ltd (“STX”) which had entered into rehabilitation proceedings in Korea. Facts STX had guaranteed to Ronelp Marine Limited and others (“Claimants”) the performance of a subsidiary (Dallan) in relation to the construction of five ships that Dallan had contracted to build. The contracts were governed by English law.  Dallan entered…