In most cases a Receiver is appointed by a debenture holder on foot of a debenture document which has been registered against the company’s assets. The function of a Receiver appointed by a debenture holder is to take possession of the assets subject to the debenture holder’s charge. The Receiver will realise those assets and pay off the debenture holder.

In some cases, the Receiver may decide to continue the company’s business with a view to increasing the value of the company’s assets, or with a view to selling the business as a going concern. It may be particularly attractive to a Receiver to sell the business as a going concern if it could mean that all of the employees, with their accumulated redundancy entitlements, were transferred to a new purchaser. The absence of redundancy claims in a receivership may increase the prospects of a debenture holder recovering its lending under its charge.

A charge on a company’s assets may be categorised as fixed e.g. a mortgage on a freehold property or as a “floating” charge e.g. on stock. A debenture holder relying on a floating charge may only receive monies after the receiver’s fees have been paid and preferential creditors have been discharged. In many cases, a floating charge has little value to a debenture holder given the extent of preferential claims.

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As a lender you may have an interest in a company giving you cause for concern. You may need to review your options and if appropriate protect your interests. This will secure you the best chance of optimizing your position. Whether gently guiding it through a refinancing process or asserting your security rights, you’ll benefit from our focused, professional services. We can carry out an independent investigation into the company’s affairs for the debenture holder to determine if the company should be financially supported, or if a Receiver should be appointed. We can advise on basic tactical issues, such as when is the best day of the week to appoint a Receiver in order to prevent the possibility of an Examiner being appointed. We can act as the Receiver. We also have particular expertise in the area of collecting debtors.