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The best Insolvencies are constructive

The latest Government statistics on corporate insolvency are available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/insolvency-statistics-october-to-december-2015--2 Mercer & Hole’s experience of formal insolvency appointments mirrors the downward trend in the Government figures, but the detail of our work is revealing. We have four of...

Date: 4th February, 2016   |   Author: Chris Laughton   |   Comments: 0


Chris Laughton will be presenting at R3 and LexisNexis webinar

Chris Laughton, Restructuring & Insolvency Partner will be presenting at the R3 and LexisNexis Restructuring and Insolvency webinar on 9 February covering ‘Reform of EU insolvency regulation and case law update’. The leading panel of experts, consisting of Simeon Gilchrist, Chris Laughton and Chris Mallon, discuss the issues...

Date: 29th January, 2016   |   Author: Natalie Taylor   |   Comments: 0


Chris Laughton addresses a European audience

Chris Laughton, Restructuring & Insolvency Partner discusses Insolvency Practitioners’ fees in England and Wales in Eurofenix, INSOL Europe’s quarterly journal. The fees regime for Insolvency Practitioners (IPs) in England and Wales changed with effect from 1 October 2015 as a result of the Insolvency (Amendment) Rules 2015. The...

Date: 28th January, 2016   |   Author: Natalie Taylor   |   Comments: 0


Mercer & Hole safeguard 53 jobs as Safesec Ltd goes into Administration

Mercer & Hole Chartered Accountants’ Restructuring & Insolvency team saved a significant number of people from facing a bleak Christmas, when they protected their employment immediately before Christmas by rescuing a business. Ailing railway security firm, Safesec Ltd, instructed Mercer & Hole’s Restructuring &...

Date: 22nd January, 2016   |   Author: Natalie Taylor   |   Comments: 0


Henry Page features in Recovery magazine - Are investment banks special?

Our Restructuring & Insolvency Director, Henry Page has written the attached article ‘Are investment banks special?’ which appears in the Winter edition of Recovery magazine. Whereas special administrations were introduced under the Investment Bank Special Administrations Regulations 2011, their relevance extends beyond investment...

Date: 18th January, 2016   |   Author: Natalie Taylor   |   Comments: 0


Solvent liquidations new tax rules

The Government has issued draft legislation for inclusion in the Finance Bill 2016 covering distributions to shareholders in a winding up - Members’ Voluntary Liquidation (MVL). The proposed new rules Where the following three conditions are met, distributions to individuals from the liquidation of a company in respect of share capital may...

Date: 12th January, 2016   |   Author: Steve Smith   |   Comments: 0


Technology Company Rescue

Rescue is the appropriate solution for viable businesses in financial distress. For Mercer & Hole’s restructuring team this is more than a belief – it’s what we do. With many owner managed businesses struggling to obtain additional bank finance to boost their liquidity, what options are there for companies that are exhausting...

Date: 19th November, 2015   |   Author: Chris Laughton   |   Comments: 0


Administration to dissolution: what does para 84 mean?

Administrators frequently use paragraph 84, Schedule B1, Insolvency Act 1986 to bring to an end an administration when they have no assets left, but can this be a risky course of action? Section 1032, Companies Act 2006, appears to strive to ensure that restoration of a dissolved company causes the dissolution to have had no effect: s1032(1)...

Date: 16th November, 2015   |   Author: Chris Laughton   |   Comments: 0


Around the insolvency world

Thoughts after a conference call amongst hww international cooperation partners* Formal insolvency is out of fashion in Western Europe as a result of low interest rates, banks’ reluctance to precipitate formal procedures and few assets remaining in the insolvencies that do happen. Regionally there are certain industries producing more...

Date: 4th November, 2015   |   Author: Chris Laughton   |   Comments: 0


Chris Laughton receives Top Insolvency Practitioner Award

Congratulations to Chris Laughton, Restructuring & Insolvency Partner at Mercer & Hole who has been awarded Top Insolvency Practitioner by Manolete Partners PLC. The awards ceremony took place to celebrate Manolete’s 100th insolvency litigation case. The award was given to Chris Laughton to celebrate one of the most successful cases...

Date: 1st October, 2015   |   Author: Natalie Taylor   |   Comments: 1


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