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Pensions and insolvency risk - the Purple Book revisited

We looked at The Purple Book, the Pensions Regulator's ("TPR") and the Pension Protection Fund's ("PPF") view of pensions and insolvency risk, in an earlier post. Further analysis reveals a strikingly high risk of insolvency for the sponsors of a number of schemes. Of the defined benefit schemes examined by TPR and the PPF at 31 March 2006, the 82...


Date: 26th January, 2007
Author: Chris Laughton

Insolvency litigation funding for $173m claim

Insolvency litigation funding is a maturing industry, certainly if you believe the press reports about Insolvency Management Ltd funding a $173m claim by the liquidator against the auditors of Stone & Rolls. The details and merits of the claim need not concern us. What is important is that an "after-the-event" insurer will provide cover...


Date: 23rd January, 2007
Author: Chris Laughton

Insolvency risk - the PPF’s “Purple Book”

The Pensions Regulator ("TPR") and the Pension Protection Fund ("PPF") issued The Purple Book in November 2006, revealing, in addition to much wider pension risk issues, the PPF's perspective of insolvency risk, largely on the basis of Dun & Bradstreet's methodology and data. Key relevant messages include: insolvency risk is...


Date: 19th January, 2007
Author: Chris Laughton

Navigating the Common Law Approach to Cross-Border Insolvency

Conflict of Laws .Net reports here that Look Chan Ho of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has posted Navigating the Common Law Approach to Cross-Border Insolvency on SSRN. Just when legislations are being put in place around the world to cope with cross-border insolvency (such as the implementation of the UNCITRAL Model Law on Cross-Border...


Date: 15th January, 2007
Author: Chris Laughton

Retail insolvencies start the year

With both Greeting Card Group and Music Zone going into administration this week (reported in Financial Director), are we seeing a retail-led continuation of the last quarter's surge in UK corporate insolvency rates? It's hardly surprising to see retail administrations at this time of year - over-leveraged and under-performing retailers...


Date: 5th January, 2007
Author: Chris Laughton

Corporate insolvency rates to grow worldwide

In November 2006 Euler Hermes, the credit insurer, reported: Economic outlook: global insolvency to increase in 2007 The forecast suggests a peak growth rate of 10% for the USA, as highlighted by Bob Eisenbach at In The (Red), and a global average increase in business insolvency rates of 3%. The UK forecast is also 3%, but with this week's figures...


Date: 3rd January, 2007
Author: Chris Laughton

Rising UK Corporate Insolvency Rate

Experian report a surge in formal insolvencies in the UK in Q4 2006 (see their statistics here: "Corporate failures storm to highest level for more than a decade")....


Date: 2nd January, 2007
Author: Chris Laughton


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Date: 2nd January, 2007
Author: Chris Laughton

Make More Comments!

Mike Sansone at ConverStations: Business Blogs as Conversation Stations recommends commenting on blogs you read. To me, that's what business blogging is all about. Otherwise the blog can become a monologue - a challenging form for most authors to make interesting! ...


Date: 31st December, 2006
Author: Chris Laughton

Uncertainty in the UNCITRAL Model Law and the European Insolvency Regulation?

Although he describes Judge Drain's decision in In re SPhinX Ltd as pragmatic and commercial, Chris Mallon of Weil, Gotshal & Manges uses the case in an article entitled: Bankruptcy Blunder to illustrate his view that the uncertainty inherent in the Model Law makes credit-risk assessment very difficult and encourages forum shopping (and he...


Date: 29th December, 2006
Author: Chris Laughton

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