The New World of Insolvency for Small Business

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The Federal Government has announced a suite of changes to Insolvency Law targeted at helping small business recover form the COVID-19 Lockdowns. Here’s the summary:

  • A new Simplified Restructuring process that draws on key features of the US Chapter 11 bankruptcy process allowing small businesses to restructure their debts while remaining in control of their business. An insolvent small business would have 20 days to come up with a restructuring plan, and creditors would have to vote on whether to accept it within 15 days after that. It will be much much cheaper than the current Voluntary Administration process.
  • • A new Simplified Liquidation for small businesses. It will be quicker, easier and cheaper. There will be less investigation, fewer recovery actions, no mandatory meetings and fewer reporting requirements.
  • Temporary protections for small businesses who announce they want to restructure but can’t get immediate access to an insolvency practitioner in the expected rush in January 2021

The specific laws will come in the next few weeks.

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