Voluntary administration (VA) is a type of formal insolvency appointment that gives a company breathing space while its future is swiftly resolved. It allows companies to continue trading while undertaking a formal restructure and negotiating compromises with its creditors. It also stops unsecured creditors from enforcing their claims against the company.

What does voluntary administration involve?

As qualified ASIC / ARITA agents, we have the power to come into a business to act as voluntary administrators. The role of an administrator involves assessing a business’ viability moving forward and undertaking a range of other activities, including:

  • Complying with statutory obligations (such as the ATO)
  • Communicating with authorities and employees
  • Engaging external experts to review internal controls
  • Implementing measures to ensure its integrity
  • Drawing up a deed of company arrangement (DOCA)

The voluntary administration period runs for 20-25 business days. At the end of this period, creditors can vote to either approve the DOCA so the company will pay all or part of its debts – and be free of its debts – or end the VA and return the company to the directors’ control. In some cases, voluntary administration may lead to liquidation.

What are the benefits of voluntary administration?

  • Quick resolution of the company’s future
  • Best chance a company has of restructuring its affairs to continue trading
  • Creditors get a better return then they would if the company was placed immediately into liquidation

Find out how Rapsey Griffiths can guide your business through voluntary administration.

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