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Brexit by numbers

What are the implications for the European restructuring profession of the continued uncertainty over the UK’s withdrawal from the EU? The High Court gave its judgment in the Article 50 judicial review proceedings on 3 November 2016. The Court decided the UK Government does not have the power under the Crown’s prerogative to give notice pursuant to … Continue Reading

ECB Launches Public Consultation on Guidance to Banks on Non-Performing Loans

The European Central Bank (ECB) has launched a public consultation on its guidance to banks on handling non-performing loans (NPLs), which is open until 15 November 2016. The ECB has also published the first stocktake of national supervisory practices and legal frameworks concerning NPLs. The draft NPL guidance to banks, which is available on the ECB … Continue Reading

Brexit: Keep Calm and Carry On

As the country recovers from the shock outcome of last Thursday’s Referendum, the question which Restructuring professionals must now consider is “what does Brexit mean for me?”. The truth is that nobody really knows. The Referendum decision is not legally binding on the UK Government and the process of the UK leaving the EU will … Continue Reading

Rescue Culture or Rogues’ Charter – Is Proposal A Step Too Far?

Last week the UK Government issued a consultation document on changing UK insolvency legislation to enable distressed companies to obtain a moratorium for up to three months, with the possibility of an extension, under the supervision of an insolvency practitioner. The moratorium would prevent all creditors, including secured creditors, from taking any enforcement action against such companies without first applying to … Continue Reading

To Brexit or to Bremain? That is the Question on 23 June 2016

A View from Brussels As the 23 June date for the British referendum about its future in the European Union (EU) comes closer, the EU political leadership in Brussels remains uncertain how best to support the ‘Bremain’ forces in order to avoid the embarrassing and damaging departure of one of its largest and strongest members. None … Continue Reading

Promociones Habitat, S.A. agrees to reschedule its debts

Promociones Habitat SA, the Spanish residential homebuilder, has completed a €1.45 billion restructuring which was the first refinancing of an existing composition agreement to use the provisions in a debt/equity swap within Spain’s new company rescue laws. In 2008 Promociones Habitat SA (Habitat)applied for voluntary bankruptcy with accumulated liabilities of 2,840 million euros. Two years later, … Continue Reading

France Publishes Final List of 19 Specialised Insolvency Commercial Courts

The French government has made the assessment that certain small commercial courts were regularly finding themselves confronted with cases of great complexity, only because the company in difficulty had its head office in the jurisdiction of these courts. It therefore announced the establishment of specialised commercial courts (TCS) which will process the most complex insolvency proceedings. … Continue Reading

German Administrator of Maple Bank GmbH seeks Chapter 15 Recognition in US

Maple Bank GmbH (“Maple”) has operated in Frankfurt, Germany since 1994. The bank acted in the business areas of equity and fixed income trading, repos and securities lending, deposits, structured products and institutional sales. Maple has branches in Germany, Netherlands and Canada and subsidiaries in U.S., U.K. and the Cayman islands. It is part of the … Continue Reading

France names 18 Specialised Commercial Courts to deal with Largest Insolvencies

The Macron law of 7 August 2015, named after the current Minister of the Economy, anticipated the establishment of specialised commercial courts which will process the most complex insolvency proceedings. Currently, any of the 134 French commercial courts can be applied to; the choice being mainly the location of the distressed company’s headquarters. This new arrangement aims to improve … Continue Reading

EMIR Mandatory Clearing Will Start On 21 June 2016

The European Union regulation on derivatives, central counterparties and trade repositories (EMIR) introduces new requirements to improve transparency and reduce the risks associated with the derivatives market. EMIR also establishes common organisational, conduct of business and prudential standards for Central Counterparties (CCPs) and trade repositories. In the EU official journal, it was stated on 1 December 2015 that … Continue Reading

Cherry picking from the global insolvency tree, the road to harmonisation

Complex multi-jurisdictional insolvencies are an inevitable consequence of the increasingly global nature of big business. The collapse of the likes of Barings, Enron and most recently Lehmans (the latter involving insolvency proceedings in some 16 jurisdictions) have highlighted the growing need for legislative action to promote cross-border co-operation and protect the interests of international creditors. … Continue Reading

Leave or Remain – What the UK referendum on EU membership means for Restructuring and Insolvency Lawyers

A referendum on whether the UK should remain a member of the EU is scheduled to take place before the end of 2017. John Alderton and Helen Kavanagh were interviewed by Alex Heshmaty for LexisPSL about the possible impact of the referendum on restructuring and insolvency lawyers and their clients in an article entitled Leave … Continue Reading

Bankruptcy in Russia: New Instruments of Protection of Creditors’ Rights

IBA Insolvency Restructuring International in its Vol 9 No of September 2015 published an article Bankruptcy in Russia: new instruments of protection of creditors’ rights  by our two Moscow practitioners Sergey Treshchev and Elena Malevich who analyse opportunities which the creditors have obtained due to the recent amendments in the Russian Insolvency Law. Special rules regulating … Continue Reading

Poland creates a Borrowers’ Support Fund to fill its consumer bankruptcy gap

Poland’s Parliament has enacted a new law creating a Borrowers’ Support Fund to help homeowners with mortgages that are underwater.  Official statistics by mortgage amount show that 24.3% of mortgages, totaling PLN 84.1 billion (approx. USD 22.7 billion) exceed the value of the borrowers’ homes, affecting 236,400 borrowers. This phenomenon has resulted from the large number … Continue Reading

English Court Considers How Much Connection is Sufficient?

The English High Court has again considered whether by itself the choice of English law and court jurisdiction in legal documentation establishes a “sufficient connection” with England to enable a foreign company to avail itself of an English scheme of arrangement. Background It has become increasingly popular for foreign companies to utilise an English scheme … Continue Reading

Walk this way? – The UK’s view of a European Insolvency Framework

In March 2014 the European Commission issued a Recommendation considering a new approach to business failure and insolvency, targeting efficient restructuring of viable enterprises in financial difficulty and a second chance for honest entrepreneurs. The objective of this Recommendation was: “to encourage Member States to put in place a framework that enables the efficient restructuring … Continue Reading

Institutions Failing or Likely to Fail – New EBA Guidelines

The European Banking Association (EBA) issued Guidelines on 26 May 2015 regarding the circumstances under which an institution is considered to be failing or likely to fail according to Article 32(6) of Directive  2014/59/EU.  Such Guidelines take effect on 1 January 2016 and were issued pursuant to Article 32(6), which directed the EBA to issue these … Continue Reading