Compulsory liquidations

Compulsory liquidations

When a company does not have enough money to pay its debts, it may choose to voluntarily wind up, a process known as a creditors’ voluntary liquidation.

An insolvency practitioner can be appointed as liquidator of the company by its shareholders, with the aim of realising assets to pay creditors, as far as is possible.

A compulsory liquidation occurs when a court issues an order for an insolvent company to be wound up, following a petition submitted by an appropriate person, for example a creditor. This will often be a major creditor, such as HM Revenue & Customs.

If you have been issued with a winding-up petition, it is crucial to seek expert Insolvency advice. There may be time to reach an arrangement with your creditor, which could be through a company voluntary arrangement (CVA).

A CVA enables the company to pay creditors over a fixed period and, if the creditors agree to the arrangement,to continue trading.

Seeking early advice is the best way forward for any business facing financial difficulties and pressure from creditors.

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