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Parker Andrews offers comprehensive support through the Administration process to support companies in times of financial distress. Administration is a formal corporate insolvency procedure that allows our Licensed Insolvency Practitioners to take extensive control of a company's business. This process aims to rescue, restructure, or sell the business in a manner that maximises returns for the company's creditors.

Understanding Administration in Business

Administration acts as a lifeline for companies under financial pressure, providing a ‘pause’ on creditor actions and offering vital breathing space. This procedure is particularly effective when there is a viable core business, valuable assets, or a significant client base at stake, and where legal actions or more extensive procedures might be detrimental.

The Concept of a ‘Pre-Pack’

A ‘pre-pack’ is a restructuring strategy under the umbrella of Administration. It involves arranging all necessary valuations, negotiations, and sales contracts before appointing an Administrator. This ensures a swift and fair value sale of the company’s business, trade, and assets. Pre-packs are often beneficial for both directors and creditors, enabling a seamless transition and potentially better returns than winding-up procedures.

Simplifying the process of administration

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Assessment and Decision-making

Evaluate the financial situation and determine if entering Administration is the best option. Seek professional advice from Licensed Insolvency Practitioners or legal experts to understand the implications and alternatives.

Appointment of an Administrator

Once the decision is made, appoint a Licensed Insolvency Practitioner to act as the Administrator. This can be done by a number of different parties, including the company’s directors, or through a court application.

Administrative Process

The appointed Administrator takes control of the company, assesses its assets and liabilities, and formulates a strategy to maximise returns for creditors. They will work towards either rescuing the company as a going concern, selling it as a whole or in parts, or achieving the best outcome for creditors.

Creditors’ Meeting and Outcome

A virtual meeting with creditors is usually held to present the Administrator’s proposals. Creditors vote on these proposals, which may involve restructuring debts, selling assets, or other measures. The Administrator implements the agreed-upon plan to resolve the company’s financial situation.


Appointment Criteria and Formalities

The appointment of an Administrator has specific requirements and formalities, guided by the Insolvency Act 1986. These include achieving one of the following purposes:

Rescuing the company as a going concern.
Achieving a better result for creditors than possible in a liquidation.
Realising property to distribute to secured or preferential creditors.

Different methods exist for appointing an Administrator, both in and out of court. The choice depends on the company’s circumstances, including its current legal and financial status.

Powers and Responsibilities of an Administrator

An Administrator has a wide range of powers to efficiently manage the company’s business and assets. These include acting as an agent of the company, implementing a moratorium on legal proceedings, and dealing with the company’s assets, even those under secured and floating charges.

Other Key Considerations

An Administration typically lasts 12 months but can be extended if necessary. It involves thorough investigation of directors’ conduct and mandatory reporting to the Insolvency Service.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Administration

The advantages of choosing Administration include:

Rapid appointment and immediate protection from creditor actions.
Restructuring possibilities to trade as a going concern.
Moratorium powers to halt further recovery actions.
Compatibility with other restructuring tools like CVAs.

However, it’s important to consider potential drawbacks, such as directors losing control over the business and the challenge of maintaining supply arrangements during the Administration process.

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Choosing the path of Administration is a significant decision

At Parker Andrews, we provide expert guidance, ensuring that your business navigates this complex process with professional support. Our team is ready to assist with tailored advice and strategic solutions, helping your business emerge stronger from financial challenges. Contact us for a detailed consultation.

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