Corporate Restructuring and Insolvency

There are a number of reasons a business undertakes a restructuring process – whether to protect personal assets or to salvage a business under financial distress. The below options are available to companies depending on the level distress and the circumstances:

a debt for equity swap (where financial creditors receive equity in the restricted vehicle in return for reducing or cancelling their debt claims against the company);

a transfer of the company’s viable assets or business(es) into a newly formed company (in return for reducing or cancelling their debt claims against the company, creditors may exchange debt in the company for either debt, equity or debt and equity in the newly formed company);

a scheme of arrangement under the Insolvency Act (a statutory mechanism for dividing or demerging businesses or assets held within or owned by a single legal entity, so that after the transaction they are held by two or more legal entities);

a rescue buyout (where a private equity fund provides the finance for a management buyout of a distressed business).

Our Corporate Team work closely with our Debt and Insolvency Team to provide our clients with specialist advice on the restructuring process and expertly guide them through all the complexities and in doing so, aim to mitigate risks and exposures and ensure the best possible outcome.

Over the past two decades, we have worked with various stakeholders involved in the process, ranging from debtor companies, lenders, investors and insolvency practitioners.

Our specific areas of focus include:

CVAs, administrations, liquidations and receiverships, schemes of arrangement,
Corporate governance and director’s duties
Dealings with employees during the restructuring process (to include advice on redundancy and TUPE process).

What We Do

At MKB Law our profound understanding of the clients’ businesses and our commercial acumen sets us apart from our peers. We pride ourselves on taking an exceptionally personal approach, getting to know you, your business and your commercial objectives to provide a service that is uniquely tailored to your needs. Our team is multi-disciplinary and can co-ordinate various external advisers, such as insolvency practitioner, tax and financial advisor to ensure the project is delivered in the most efficient manner possible.

The following formal insolvency processes are available for UK companies:

  • Company voluntary arrangements
  • Administration
  • Liquidation
  • Administrative receivership
  • Scheme of arrangement
  • Dissolution

It is a commercial decision to decide which outfits are core business and which should be excluded as non-core business. In theory, all core business must be controlled by a holding company in order to avoid leakage of funds from the group and to ensure control remains withing the group.

Gordon McElroy
028 9099 3111

David McAlinden
028 9099 3116

Lynsey Henderson
Associate Director
028 9099 3117

Jose Lazaro
028 9099 3114

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