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Insolvency legislation

Tinkering would seem to describe the current legislative approach to insolvency – rarely a good model for effectiveness and efficiency. Separate corporate and individual insolvency licensing is an astonishingly wasteful and regulatory introduction in the Deregulation Bill, The crass removal in the Small Business Enterprise and Employment...


Date: 9th February, 2015
Author: Chris Laughton

Current insolvency trends

The numbers of corporate insolvencies are falling.  At the time of writing my current estimate for 2014 is 33,000 corporate insolvencies which is about 75% of the peak reached in 2009. Interest rates are not now expected to rise until 2016 and UK GDP growth is not expected to fall dramatically.  Neither economic factor is therefore...


Date: 5th February, 2015
Author: Chris Laughton

Insolvency exemption to the Jackson Reforms ending?

If the insolvency exemption to the Jackson Reforms comes to an end in April 2015 as the Government has indicated, creditors will lose out because the threshold for economically viable litigation of insolvency claims will rise.  There will be less litigation, less settlement and fewer claims, especially in no or low asset estates.  It will...


Date: 2nd February, 2015
Author: Chris Laughton

Restructuring and Insolvency in 2015

I expect a busy year for Mercer & Hole’s Restructuring and Insolvency team, with different and interesting assignments, solving problems and delivering solutions by doing what we  do best.  I would not be in this job if I did not thrive on such challenges and I am confident that enough people value my particular skills and...


Date: 29th January, 2015
Author: Chris Laughton

Personal Insolvency Update - Debt threshold for bankruptcy to increase to £5,000

With effect from 1 October 2015 the debt threshold for a creditor issued bankruptcy petition will increase from £750 to £5,000. The Government's reason behind this large increase is to ensure that bankruptcy, with its serious implications, is reserved for those with sizeable personal debts and is only used if other conventional...


Date: 23rd January, 2015
Author: Steve Smith

Chris Laughton’s predictions for corporate insolvency in 2015

Chris Laughton, Restructuring and Insolvency Partner shares his thoughts and predictions for corporate insolvency in 2015 with Lexis Nexis. To read the full article click here....


Date: 6th January, 2015
Author: Chris Laughton

Restructuring & Insolvency in Europe – Mis-selling

The mis-selling of complex financial products such as payment protection insurance (PPI) policies and interest rate hedging products or swaps (IRHP) is not just a UK phenomenon. Preferential shares in Spain and worthless bonds in Italy are at the heart of similar scandals now being worked through by financial regulators. These are consumer...


Date: 5th November, 2014
Author: Chris Laughton

Restructuring & Insolvency in Europe – Pre-packs

Pre-packs are a contentious rescue tool in the UK and the Netherlands due to the inherent conflict between the transparency sought by many stakeholders and the loss of value triggered by the opening of a formal insolvency procedure. There is also conflict between the officeholder’s duty to act in the best interests of creditors and the...


Date: 29th October, 2014
Author: Chris Laughton

Restructuring & Insolvency in Europe – Turkey

Turkey and Istanbul are both highly connected, as you might expect with their being on ancient trade routes and on Europe’s border with Asia. Turkish Airlines flies to more capital cities than any other airline (its London Gatwick – Istanbul service was certainly comfortable and efficient); and, despite heavy traffic and busy streets,...


Date: 22nd October, 2014
Author: Chris Laughton

Restructuring & Insolvency in Europe

A new European approach to insolvency was the theme of INSOL Europe’s 2014 annual congress in Istanbul This is the first of a series of posts inspired by the conference presentations. The new approach celebrates what Europe’s insolvency regimes have in common, not least the European Insolvency Regulation, including the majority of...


Date: 15th October, 2014
Author: Chris Laughton

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