Distressed Businesses

Transfer of going concern status critical for successful pre-pack administrations


When the assets of a struggling company (Oldco) are transferred to a new company (Newco), before being sold by the administrator to new owners, it is known as a "pre-pack" arrangement. Pre-packs have been used for many years, and...continue reading

Top ten tips for those planning an acquisition of a distressed business


Use advisers who have previous experience of doing deals in these circumstances. Consider bringing an insolvency practitioner onto your team - their experience from the other side of the fence means they will understand the nature...continue reading

Private Equity buy up struggling businesses


More than a third of management buyouts in the UK since the start of the year occurred at companies in administration, as private-equity firms target failed businesses. Private equity firms with cash and those less reliant on deb...continue reading

Three entrepreneurs tell us about their experience of buying distressed businesses


Peter Harkness (above) and his business partner, Owen Davies, bought Highbury Communications, the North London-based publisher of many well-known newsstand magazines out of administration in 2006. The businesses down...continue reading

Entrepreneurs tell us about their experiences of buying distressed companies


When Highbury House Communications, the North London-based publisher of many well-known newsstand magazines, finally limped into administration in early 2006, it had total net debts of £29.5m. Much of this had been ratcheted...continue reading

Pickfords may go into pre-pack administration


Another household name looks like it might join the list of companies that have gone insolvent. Team Group who rescued Pickfords, the removals business, last year has reportedly brought in Deloitte, the accountancy firm, to advis...continue reading

Swindon electronics business in administration


A former Plessey electronics and semiconductor foundry has appointed administrators after sustaining losses. MHS Electronics Limited was known as Zarlink up until a year ago, when the analogue chip company was sold for one Euro to...continue reading

Benefits of pre-pack administrations


The use of "pre-pack" administrations Dubbed a "new industry buzzword" following their use in high profile retail administrations such as Whittard, USC and the Officers Club, pre-packs are receiving greater attention in the media...continue reading

More businesses in administration


Some of the latest businesses falling into administration are: The radio station Abbey FM in Cumbria. Staff were asked to leave for good at 3pm on Friday. Freeman & Proctor Ltd, the Warwickshire-based engineering firm. Makes pi...continue reading

More calls for US-style Chapter 11 insolvency procedures


In light of the recent freeze on credit and the effect this has had on UK business and consumer spending, some have begun to suggest we take lessons from the US on how they deal with insolvency. So, would adopting US practices off...continue reading

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