Not a soft touch – Hong Kong Court’s increased scrutiny of offshore soft-touch provisional liquidations

A recent pair of decisions of the Hong Kong Companies Court (the “Court”) has immense potential significance for debtor companies listed on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong (“HKEx”) and their Hong Kong creditors. Facts Re Lamtex Holdings Ltd [2021] HKCFI 622 and Re Ping An Securities Group (Holdings) Ltd [2021] HKCFI 651 both involved a familiar factual … Read more

Hong Kong to Introduce Corporate Rescue Regime and Insolvency Trading Regime

After abortive attempts in 2000-2001, 2008-2009, and 2014 to introduce a statutory corporate rescue procedure, the Hong Kong Government has recently announced in a paper submitted to the Legislative Council that it will present the Companies (Corporate Rescue) Bill (the “Bill”) to the Legislative Council in early 2021. Once enacted, the Bill will introduce a … Read more


The natural and most appropriate jurisdiction in which to wind up a company is its place of incorporation. The Hong Kong Companies Court, however, routinely deals with winding up petitions against companies which are incorporated outside Hong Kong, but listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (“HKEx”). Given recent economic difficulties, the number of such … Read more

Will you stay no longer? Hong Kong Companies Court considers general stay provisions in recognition orders

When the Hong Kong Court recognises offshore soft-touch provisional liquidation, will there be an automatic stay of proceedings in Hong Kong? Recently, in Re FDG Electric Vehicles Limited [2020] HKCFI 2931, the Companies Court answered “no”. In doing so, the Court revisited the wording of the standard-form recognition order. Soft-touch provisional liquidations A soft-touch provisional … Read more

Good faith in bad times

Can a good faith obligation under PRC law preclude a party from bringing a winding up petition in Hong Kong? A recent Hong Kong Court of First Instance suggests not. In Harbor Prosper (HK) Investments Ltd v. Elegant Profit (Hong Kong) Ltd [2020] HKCFI 2261, the respondent to a winding up petition argued that it … Read more

Hong Kong Court continues to recognise and assist Mainland insolvency proceedings

The recent decision in Re The Liquidator of Shenzhen Everich Supply Chain Co, Ltd (in liquidation in the People’s Republic of China) [2020] HKCFI 965 reaffirms the willingness of the Hong Kong Companies Court (the “Companies Court”) to recognise the winding-up of a company in Mainland China and thereby grant recognition and assistance to liquidators … Read more

Hong Kong Court calls for “immediate” improvements to insolvency legislation

In The Joint and Several Provisional Liquidators of China Oil Gangran Energy Group Holdings Limited [2020] HKCFI 825, the Hong Kong Court continued a trend of recognising foreign soft-touch provisional liquidators. In this case, the Joint and Several Provisional Liquidators (the “JPLs”) were appointed over China Oil Gangran Energy Group Holdings Limited (“China Oil”), (a … Read more

You big old softie you: Hong Kong Court grants power to foreign soft-touch provisional liquidators to facilitate restructuring

In Joint Provisional Liquidators of Moody Technology Holdings Ltd [2020] HKCFI 416, the Hong Kong Court of First Instance (the “Hong Kong Court”) granted a recognition order to foreign provisional liquidators who were appointed on a soft-touch basis, to explore and facilitate the restructuring of a company. The order was made despite soft-touch provisional liquidation … Read more