Directors' duties

Plea change rejected ahead of Arrium directors claims

Three international banks have been stopped from altering their pleas against former directors of the long-collapsed Australian miner Arrium, ahead of a 10-week trial of three different proceedings brought against them by liquidators, lenders and investors.

17 December 2020

UAE construction firm Arabtec to enter insolvent liquidation

Shareholders of the Middle East's largest contractor, Arabtec, have announced it will file for liquidation “at the earliest opportunity”, despite a small group among them making a last-ditch restructuring proposal on Monday.

01 December 2020

ADGM: A commercially fair and efficient Middle Eastern regime

Alexander Wood, a partner at Shearman & Sterling in London whose firm advised on the establishment of the Abu Dhabi Global Market’s legal and regulatory framework, discusses why parties to regional restructurings and insolvencies should now consider the ADGM regime.

23 October 2020

Community roundup: new recruits at Gordon Brothers, EY and Kirkland & Ellis

Gordon Brothers and EY have hired in Australia, Kirkland & Ellis and Thornton Grout Finnigan have recruited in Hong Kong and Toronto, and Quantuma and Freeths continue to expand in the UK.

20 July 2020

Pensions Protection Fund appoints FRP to investigate Laura Ashley administration

Updated: The UK’s Pension Protection Fund has appointed additional administrators from FRP Advisory to investigate the actions of British fashion chain Laura Ashley in the run up to its insolvency filing.

13 July 2020

Ogier promotes one in Guernsey, hires two in London

Offshore firm Ogier has promoted Bryan de Verneuil-Smith in its Guernsey dispute resolution team and hired Jeremy Snead and Anna Snead from Appleby in the Cayman Islands.

03 July 2020

The UK’s Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill is law

The Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill has received Royal Assent and is now law, after the UK parliament approved a slew of changes tabled by its upper house this week.

26 June 2020

UK Bill leaves upper house with new powers for pensions and financial creditors’ priority scaled back

An end to super-priority for financial creditors’ accelerated debts, new powers for the Pension Protection Fund, and more time for the government to regulate pre-packs: the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Bill has had the scrutiny of the UK parliament’s upper house, but as before, only the government’s tabled amendments were accepted.

24 June 2020

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