When to call an Insolvency Practitioner: Differences between Liquidation and CVA

As a business owner, financial difficulties may arise, and it is essential to understand when to call an insolvency practitioner (IP) for help. Whether it is your company’s financial struggles or a debtor is not paying for goods or services, it is crucial to know where to look for guidance.

In this article, we will discuss the differences between liquidation and a Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA), when to seek assistance from an IP, what to expect when working with an IP, how to force a debtor into insolvency, and what options are available when a debtor is not paying.  

Understanding Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA) and Liquidation 

A CVA is an arrangement that permits a company facing financial difficulties to reach a compromise with creditors. Under this arrangement, the directors retain control of the business, but it is supervised by an IP. Conversely, a liquidation is a process where the IP takes control of a business, and it is eventually closed down. 

When to Seek Professional help from an Insolvency Practitioner (IP).  

It is best to seek advice from an IP before it is too late. If a business is straddling the fine line between insolvency and solvency, consulting an IP for professional advice is a wise move. If you are struggling to pay creditors on time, have existing liabilities that exceed your assets, or anticipate not being able to pay your debts, it may be best to consult with an IP.  

What to Expect When Working with an Insolvency Practitioner 

If your company is facing financial challenges, one option is to seek the assistance of an insolvency practitioner (IP). An IP can offer valuable guidance and advice on the best course of action for your business. Let’s explore what you should expect when working with an insolvency practitioner to help you better understand the process.  

What is an Insolvency Practitioner? 

An insolvency practitioner is a licensed professional who specializes in helping companies or individuals facing bankruptcy or insolvency. These practitioners have specialist knowledge of the insolvency laws and processes that govern the handling of debt, and they offer guidance on how to move forward during difficult financial times.  

The Role of an Insolvency Practitioner 

The role of an insolvency practitioner is to help companies or individuals facing financial difficulties to restructure their finances or handle an insolvency event. When you engage the services of an insolvency practitioner, they are required to act in your best interests and handle your case with due regard for the creditors.  

Initial Consultation and Assessment 

Once you have engaged the services of an insolvency practitioner, they will conduct an initial consultation to assess your financial situation and gather information. This assessment includes reviewing your financial records, bank statements, creditor lists, and other relevant information. They will also look at your current insolvency status and debts owed to creditors.  

Advice and Options 

Based on the assessment, the insolvency practitioner will offer advice and options on the best course of action for your business. In some cases, this may involve restructuring, where the company’s finances are reorganized to provide a better chance of recovery. In other cases, it may involve liquidation, where the company is sold off and the proceeds used to pay creditors. 

 Working with the Insolvency Practitioner 

Throughout the process, you will work closely with the insolvency practitioner to ensure your interests are represented. The IP will keep you updated on progress and discuss any changes to your options or status as they occur. It is important to maintain a clear line of communication with the IP to ensure that your case is handled effectively. 

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