Bury FC avoid Winding-up Petition through CVA Proposal

Bury Football Club have (in principle) agreed to enter into a CVA (Company Voluntary Arrangement) proposal to pay its’ creditors (which includes its players and staff in full but around one quarter of the sums owed to other creditors) over a fixed period. A virtual meeting of creditors is planned for 9 July 2019 to approve the club’s proposal (where 75% of the creditors by value owed need to support the proposal for it to pass).

The immediate effect of the CVA is that a winding-up petition and the threat of entering into administration is avoided- for now.

What is a Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA)?

A Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA) is an agreement between a company and its’ creditors to allow a proportion of the debt owed to be repaid over a fixed period of time. The proposal must be agreed to by 75% of the creditors by value for it to pass.

A CVA creates a moratorium on debt enforcement action (such as a winding-up petition being presented) by creditors against an insolvent company (such as Bury FC in this case). A CVA allows the business to carry on trading and keeps the directors in control of the company.

What are the advantages of a CVA for your business?

  • All monies that are owed to creditors can be subsumed into one monthly payment;
  • A CVA stops the threat and presentation of a winding-up petition;
  • Improves cash flow as soon as the CVA is agreed to by 75% of the creditors by value;
  • Terminate onerous supplier contracts;
  • Directors and shareholders retain control of the company;
  • Lower costs than a scheme of arrangement;
  • Privacy as a CVA is not advertised or announced (unlike a winding up petition or administration).

On what grounds can a company oppose a winding up petition?

Where the grounds to challenge the petition exist it would be sensible to oppose the winding up petition. A winding up petition may be challenged by a company on the following grounds:

  1. the debt alleged in the demand to be owing is genuinely disputed on substantial grounds by the company;
  2. the company has a genuine right of set-off against the creditor which exceeds the amount claimed in the demand; or
  3. in certain other limited circumstances (for example such as Jurisdiction, Company likely to become insolvent, Technical or procedural error or Delay).

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