Schemes of Arrangement

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English schemes of arrangement: some practical advice for proponents

Van Gansewinkel Groep BV, Re [2015] EWHC 2151 (Ch) - In what appears to be a growing trend, the High Court in England has sanctioned another scheme of arrangement involving non-English companies. Last week’s judgment...more

The UK continues its objective stance on rescue procedures

The High Court has considered whether a winding-up petition is permitted where the Petitioner has a collateral purpose for bringing the petition. The collateral purpose, also referred to as an ulterior motive, would result in...more

Schemes Of Arrangement And Why Loan Note Investors Should Be Wary Of Governing Law Amendment Mechanisms

In the matter of DTEK Finance B.V. [2015] EWHC 1164 (Ch), 28 April 2015, a change in the governing law of loan notes from New York law to English law was sufficient to found jurisdiction for the English court to sanction a...more

Schemes: Recognition or Parallel Schemes of Arrangement

In response to the turbulent economic times seen of late, there has been a significant growth in the use of schemes of arrangement to compromise creditors’ claims where the company in question is facing financial...more

Amendments to Cypriot Companies Legislation Introduce Examinership

The near collapse of the Cypriot economy has brought about a new generation of legislation which has inter-alia introduced amendments (the Amendments) into Cypriot companies legislation (Cap 113). The Amendments...more

Schemes of Arrangement for Distressed Shipping Companies – a viable (and cheaper) alternative to chapter 11?

While it is clear that chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code can be an effective tool of reorganisation for distressed foreign shipping companies that are locked in an adversarial dispute with their creditors, should an...more

Dutch company, New York law – an English scheme of arrangement?

DTEK Finance B.V., Re [2015] EWHC 1164 (Ch) - Following upon the November judgment in Re APCOA Parking Holdings GmbH, last week Mrs. Justice Rose sanctioned a scheme of arrangement between DTEK Finance B.V. (“DTEK“), a...more

Who needs New York law when you can have an English scheme of arrangement instead?

DTEK Finance B.V., Re [2015] EWHC 1164 (Ch) - Following upon the November judgment in Re APCOA Parking Holdings GmbH, last week Mrs Justice Rose sanctioned a scheme of arrangement between the Dutch company DTEK Finance...more

DTEK Scheme sanctioned on the basis of a change of governing law of New York law bonds

On 27 April 2015, the English High Court sanctioned a scheme of arrangement (the “Scheme”) for the US$200 million 9.5% senior notes due 2015 (the “2015 Notes”) issued by DTEK Finance B.V. (the “Issuer”), a Dutch finance...more

The DTEK Scheme: A New Way to Restructure US Law Bonds?

Double First: A Ukrainian group of companies breaks ground — first by changing the governing law of its high yield bonds from US to English law and then by being the first Ukrainian-based group to restructure via an English...more

Combating pension scams

For some time now, the issue of transfer requests and pension scams (often referred to as pension liberation) has been a difficult one for trustees of occupational pension schemes. On the one hand, members may have rights to...more

The Flawed Headcount Requirement on Schemes of Arrangement

A failed takeover of a Hong Kong-listed company has highlighted a weakness in English company law. On 16 June, a proposed take private by way of scheme of arrangement lapsed when the resolution to approve the scheme...more

Are Fairness Opinions Admissible on a Plan of Arrangement Hearing?

Differing viewpoints have recently arisen in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice (Commercial List) as to whether fairness opinions are admissible during court approval of plans of arrangement. In Champion Iron Mines Limited...more

A Second Opinion on Fairness Opinions in Commercial Arrangements - Champion Iron Called Into Question by Bear Lake and Royal...

Decisions on corporate plans of arrangement tend to be of two varieties. Most are fairly straightforward decisions, where the applicant proves that it complied with the interim order already issued by the court, shows that a...more

Orion and London & Overseas Announce Plan to Propose Amending Scheme that Will Include a Bar Date

On January 20, 2014, the scheme administrators (the “Scheme Administrators”) for two insolvent London Market Insurers, The Orion Insurance Company PLC (“Orion” ) and The London and Overseas Insurance Company Limited (“L&O”)...more

"English Schemes of Arrangement Expand to Continental Europe and Beyond"

A scheme of arrangement is a tool of English corporate law that has been used in M&A and restructurings for decades. A company implementing a scheme has complete freedom to choose with which groups of shareholders and...more

The effect of English schemes of arrangement in Germany

English law schemes of arrangement have become an increasingly debated topic in German law following some prominent cases in recent years. As far as Germany is concerned, the key question is whether schemes of arrangement...more

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