Distressed Businesses


Private Equity buy up struggling businesses

DISTRESSED 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

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

DISTRESSED BUSINESSES

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

DISTRESSED BUSINESSES

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

DISTRESSED BUSINESSES

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

DISTRESSED BUSINESSES

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

DISTRESSED BUSINESSES

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

DISTRESSED BUSINESSES

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


Pre-pack administrations to be more closely monitored

DISTRESSED BUSINESSES

Following vocal complaints by groups of aggrieved creditors, any future pre-pack administrations will be closely scrutinised by the UK Insolvency Service. Pre-pack administrations have proved to be a fairly rapid way for companie...continue reading


New pre-pack code of practice for insolvency practitioners

DISTRESSED BUSINESSES

A crackdown on insolvency regulations will come into effect from 1 January 2009 that will make it harder for some practitioners to quickly push through controversial sales of businesses in administration. The new statement of ins...continue reading


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