Can a Chapter 15 order discharge US law governed debt for the purposes of the rule in Gibbs? The Rare Earth and Modern Land decisions

On 6 June 2022, Mr Justice Harris sanctioned a Hong Kong scheme of arrangement for Rare Earth Magnesium Technology Group (the Company) in re Rare Earth Magnesium Technology Limited [2022] HKFCI 1686 (Rare Earth). In some obiter remarks made in the course of that decision, Harris J suggested that a common restructuring practice might not … Read more

Launch of leading Australian book on schemes of arrangement

After almost 9 years in the making, the much anticipated 4th edition of Schemes, Takeovers and Himalayan Peaks: The Use of Schemes of Arrangement has finally been released in conjunction with the Ross Parsons Centre of Commercial, Corporate and Taxation Law at the University of Sydney. The 4th edition covers developments since 2013 and around 800 new … Read more

UK schemes and restructuring plans for businesses in Asia Pacific

An effective restructuring process will need to apply in all relevant jurisdictions where creditors may seek to enforce their debts against the company. There are often choices for the best implementation mechanism for a cross-border restructuring, which will need to take into account the global footprint and capital structure of each business. Frequently a bespoke … Read more

TMA submissions on Australian creditors’ scheme of arrangement consultation

Herbert Smith Freehills’ restructuring, turnaround and insolvency team has supported the Turnaround Management Association of Australia (the TMA) in considering and preparing the TMA’s submissions in response to the Australian Government’s consultation paper Helping Companies Restructure By Improving Schemes of Arrangement (the Consultation Paper). On 2 August 2021, the Treasury released a consultation paper seeking … Read more

How are creditors’ schemes of arrangement actually used in Australia?

In light of the Australian Government’s recent consultation paper on improving creditors’ schemes of arrangement, we have assessed how creditors’ schemes of arrangement have actually been used in the Australian market since the global financial crisis in 2008. We set out the summary of this assessment, and some key observations below. We think this data … Read more

Treasury consults on Australian creditors’ schemes of arrangement reforms

The Treasury has released a consultation paper on changes to improve creditors’ schemes of arrangement in Australia (the Consultation Paper).[1] The main proposal in the Consultation Paper is the consideration of a broad automatic moratorium, available to companies proposing a creditors’ scheme of arrangement. In addition, the Consultation Paper briefly touches on a number of … Read more