Company Voluntary Arrangements (CVAs) are designed to be used in the UK to rescue a company as a going concern. They are under used in practice and have a reputation for high failure rates. This article, based upon a longer report funded by the UK insolvency profession, considers the nature of success or failure of CVAs. It considers empirical evidence to identify the weak points of CVAs in practice. It looks at quantitative data as well as taking into account views of practitioners and other stakeholders. Key elements of the CVA procedure are considered in light of recent national reform proposals and approaches and reforms internationally. Domestic reforms in the Netherlands and South Africa are considered to determine whether any lessons might be learnt from other jurisdictions. Recommendations are made including changes to the suggested amendments to the legal framework and to professional practice guidance.
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- Corporate Insolvency
- Company Voluntary Arrangement
- Corporate Rescue
Walton, P., Umfreville, C., & Jacobs, L. (2020). A Snapshot of Company Voluntary Arrangements: Success, Failure and Proposals for Reform. International Insolvency Review, 29(2), 267-284. https://doi.org/10.1002/iir.1381