No use lashing out over unpaid debts – cosmetics distribution company avoids winding up order despite failing to establish bona fide defence

In Swiss Cosmeceutics (Asia) Ltd [2019] HKCFI 336, Mr Justice Harris of the Hong Kong Court of First Instance declined to wind up a company despite it failing to establish a bona fide defence on substantial grounds. Mr Justice Harris commented on the difficulties presented by sporadic record keeping, and reiterated the principle that the … Read more

Hong Kong Court spits out ceviche: “objectionable” Peruvian fisheries business Chapter 11 trustee refused common law assistance

In a highly international cross-border restructuring, the High Court of Hong Kong has refused to assist the New York-based Chapter 11 trustee of a Singaporean subsidiary of the Cayman-incorporated Peruvian business China Fishery Group (“CFG”). Significantly, the Court held that there was no way that the Chapter 11 proceedings could be recognised given the applicant … Read more

Foreign companies in Hong Kong: You can’t have your cake and eat it too

Summary In the recent decision of Shandong Chenming Paper Holdings v Arjowiggins HKK 2 Ltd, the High Court of Hong Kong has provided further guidance on the winding up of foreign companies in Hong Kong. Background Shandong Chenming Paper Holding (the “Company“) is a paper conglomerate incorporated in the People’s Republic of CHina with a … Read more

Singapore and Delaware courts adopt Guidelines for Communication and Cooperation between Courts in Cross-Border Insolvency matters

On 1 February 2017, the Supreme Court of Singapore and the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware announced that they will formally implement the Guidelines for Communication and Cooperation between Courts in Cross-border Insolvency Matters ("Guidelines").   The Guidelines function as a framework setting out best practice on how to facilitate the … Read more

Herbert Smith Freehills publishes Guide to Restructuring, Turnaround and Insolvency in Asia Pacific 2016

Herbert Smith Freehills has launched the new Guide to Restructuring, Turnaround and Insolvency in Asia Pacific (Guide). The Guide provides an overview of the laws relating to corporate restructuring, turnaround and insolvency (RTI) in 14 major jurisdictions across the Asia Pacific region. It is aimed at providing an understanding of the legal framework in each … Read more

Recognition of foreign insolvencies at common law: Singapore sets COMI precedent

For the first time, a court has adopted the ‘centre of main interest’ (COMI) as grounds at common law to recognise foreign insolvency proceedings. The decision earlier this year by the High Court of Singapore (the Court) recognised a Japanese bankruptcy trustee appointed to companies incorporated in the British Virgin Islands (BVI): which primarily operated … Read more

Better late than never: amendments to the Companies (Winding Up and Miscellaneous Provisions) Ordinance gazetted

By now, you will all be aware of the recently gazetted the Companies (Winding Up and Miscellaneous Provisions) (Amendment) Ordinance 2016 ("Amendment Ordinance"), heralding as it does a much anticipated refreshment and modernisation of the Companies (Winding Up and Miscellaneous Provisions) Ordinance ("CWUMPO") and the Companies (Winding up) Rules ("CWUR"). Given that the last major … Read more