New Zealand’s COVID-19 insolvency measures – safe harbour; debt hibernation

The New Zealand Government has announced it will be introducing legislation to make changes to the Companies Act to help companies facing insolvency due to COVID-19 to remain viable and retain employment. In addition, the government is deferring commencement of NZ’s new insolvency practitioner licensing legislation, which was to commence in July 2020, for up […]

Latest corporate insolvency update in Australia

Apart from its interest to Australian liquidators and bankruptcy trustees, the latest Corporate Insolvency Update[1] of the corporate insolvency regulator, ASIC, will be of interest internationally given the common COVID-19 issues we are all facing. To initially explain the tone and content of ASIC’s bulletin, Australia has a bifurcated insolvency system,[2] with the Corporations Act […]

Case adjourned for COVID-19 health and property value concerns

A son’s claim under the ACT Family Provision Act 1969 sought a life interest in property of his deceased mother, which had been left to his sister, her daughter. He applied to adjourn the 30 March 2020 hearing for reasons to do with COVID-19. The background to the dispute is complicated and the subject of […]