Corporate Insolvency and Governance Law 2020: COVID-19 Changes to Insolvency Law Come into Force

Corporate Insolvency and Governance Law 2020: COVID-19 Changes to Insolvency Law Come into Force

Bhumesh Verma 19/10/2020 5
Corporate Insolvency and Governance Law 2020: COVID-19 Changes to Insolvency Law Come into Force

Many businesses are relentlessly fighting the financial crunch resulted from Covid-19 crisis to survive the economic scare. 

The current COVID-19 pandemic has placed a lot of businesses registered in England and Wales into a position where they are now either balance sheet or cash flow insolvency or both. 

The Corporate Insolvency and Governance Law 2020 is the largest change to the UK’s corporate insolvency regime in more than 20 years.

It received royal assent on 25 June 2020 and is now in force. 

The Corporate Insolvency and Governance Law 2020 introduces new corporate restructuring tools and temporary easements to give distressed businesses the breathing space they need to get advice and seek a rescue and help companies through financial hardships and distress.

Companies will have additional tools and breathing space to see them through their current financial difficulties. 

The underlying intent is to abrupt the instigation of insolvency proceedings against companies for defaults committed majorly as a consequence of Covid-19.

This will provide a window for such defaulting companies to retrieve their businesses back on track and to clear all defaults in course of time.

Primarily, the banking sector has welcomed the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Law 2020 as banks and financial institutions are predicting that it would take long time than anticipated for companies to recuperate from the economic blow landed by Covid-19.

One of the main key provisions is the introduction of the new role of a Monitor to oversee the corporate moratorium it introduces – an extendable 20 working day period giving businesses protection from creditor action while they seek professional restructuring advice. 

Changes to company filing and meeting requirements have also been introduced to relieve the burden on businesses during the pandemic and allow them to focus all their efforts on continuing to operate.

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  • Zack Reid

    Businesses are screwed. It's a welcome change that is too late.

  • Martin Gater

    Banks are also in distress !!

  • Adam Whitehead

    We can't save all businesses ! Some will fail other will survive !

  • Rob Armstrong

    The lockdown destroyed the UK economy. Even the new tier restrictions are bad for the hospitality sector.

  • Hugo Dias

    Thanks for the info

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Bhumesh Verma

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Bhumesh is the Managing Partner of Corp Comm Legal, an Indian law firm. He is ranked among the Top 100 Indian corporate lawyers. He is advising domestic and foreign companies on M&A, joint ventures, corporate - commercial issues. Besides, he has written a book on Drafting of Commercial Agreements, has a couple of books in pipeline and trains students and professionals on Drafting Skills and corporate laws. He writes regularly on legal, business & other issues and is a guest faculty lecturer with educational institutes. Bhumesh holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from the University of Delhi and a further qualification in International Law and Legal Studies from College of Law, York.

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