Regional news: Japan

Dissolved BVI companies restored after “catastrophic” mistake

Two BVI companies that were part of Tokyo-headquartered alternative investor Pacific Alliance Group and were erroneously liquidated and dissolved following a “massive breakdown” of communications will be restored to the islands’ company register.

19 March 2021

Hong Kong court blocks Spanish cosmetics maker’s winding-up petition

A Spanish cosmetics manufacturer has been prevented from bringing a winding-up petition against a Chinese partner company, after a Hong Kong court found there was evidence of a “genuine and serious” cross-claim following separate arbitration awards last year.

16 March 2021

Global menswear retailer seeks light touch restructuring in Bermuda

Hong Kong-listed premium menswear retailer Trinity has applied to appoint light touch joint provisional liquidators in Bermuda, three months after Standard Chartered Bank filed winding up petitions against it.

10 March 2021

Takata trustee avoids service under the Hague Convention

The trustee of a compensation trust set up as part of Takata’s Chapter 11 plan has been allowed to serve an adversary proceeding on a Japanese insurance company’s US counsel, after a Delaware court found the costs of complying with the Hague Convention for service overseas would reduce funds available to victims of its faulty airbags.

25 February 2021

Community roundup: Hires at Jeantet, White & Case and GÖRG

Updated: European firm Jeantet has established a restructuring practice with a four-lawyer team from France's Fidal in Paris; while White & Case has hired from Clifford Chance in Japan and GÖRG from Anchor Rechtsanwälte in Germany.

11 January 2021

Takata class action settlement approved in Canada

More than two years after Japanese auto parts company Takata exited bankruptcy in the US and Japan, car manufacturers that used its faulty air bags have reached a settlement with class action plaintiffs in Canada.

04 January 2021

Dean & DeLuca brings avoidance claim against former Japanese JV partner

A Delaware-registered arm of bankrupt Thai-owned upmarket grocer Dean & DeLuca has filed an adversary claim in New York against its former Japanese joint venture partner and an affiliate, arguing they took advantage of the grocer’s insolvency to buy shares at a steep discount.

04 December 2020

Airline roundup: LCWP acting for lessors in contentious AirAsiaX restructuring

Kuala Lumpur-based Lim Chee Wee Partnership is acting for leasing company BOC Aviation in its efforts to derail Malaysian airline AirAsia X's scheme of arrangement – while Indonesia’s Lion Air is facing a bankruptcy application and Japan’s ANA Holdings has announced a number of cost-cutting measures.

27 October 2020

BVI court blocks receivers from replacing Japanese company’s directors

The receivers of a BVI investment company have been prevented from replacing the directors of its Japanese subsidiary, after a local court found a Singaporean investor could not apply on their behalf.

14 October 2020

ABLI/INSOL International: What can Singapore (and the rest of Asia) learn from Japan?

Lawyers from Japan and Singapore discussed how debtors are benefiting from new out-of-court and cross-border processes in their respective jurisdictions and predicted that these debtor-friendly tools will be put through their paces amid a covid-19 restructuring surge.

20 May 2020

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