Case Update: Receivers Can Seek For Continuation of Essential Supplies

The Court of Appeal in Boulevard Plaza Sdn Bhd v Gas District Cooling (Putrajaya) Sdn Bhd [2019] MLJU 1965 allowed the receiver and manager’s application to compel a chilled water provider to continue with the supply of chilled water to the company under receivership. This is a far-reaching ability to compel the continuation of certain essential supplies. This decision would also apply to the situation of a judicial manager seeking for the continuation of such supplies.

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Company in Distress: Insolvency Issues relating to Employees

Under Malaysia’s movement control restrictions and with COVID-19, companies are facing cash-flow issues and financial difficulties. With the employers facing such difficulties, the employees may also face salary cuts (for example, see this news report) or retrenchment. Companies may then slip closer towards financial distress and may have to pursue restructuring and insolvency options. This article sets out the insolvency issues relating to employees.

I set out the different scenarios where a company in distress may pursue a scheme of arrangement, apply for judicial management, end up placed in receivership or is compulsorily wound up. I touch on how these scenarios will affect the rights of employees. Continue reading

Top 5 Restructuring & Insolvency Cases in Malaysia for 2019

Earlier, I covered the top five Malaysian company law cases for 2019. To complete the series, I now feature the top five restructuring and insolvency cases in Malaysia for 2019.

In 2019, we saw further developments interpreting the insolvency-related provisions of the Companies Act 2016 (CA 2016). I have selected these case due to the interesting and novel points of law.

The cases featured below range from judicial management, schemes of arrangement and the receiver’s ability to have continued supply of utilities. Continue reading

Case Update: Priority of Wages under the Employment Act over Debenture Holder Debts

The High Court issued its grounds of judgment dated 18 July 2019 in the case of Perwaja Steel Sdn Bhd (in receivership) v RHB Bank Berhad & 789 Others. Justice Darryl Goon delivered the decision.

The main issue was whether wages under section 31 of the Employment Act 1955 (Employment Act) would have priority over the debts owed to the debenture holder.

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Case Update: Court of Appeal Decision on Sale by Tender by Receivers

SALE BY TENDER: WHEN DOES A CONTRACT ARISE?

Nathalie Ker discusses a Court of Appeal case on a sale by tender by receivers and managers. This article was originally published in Skrine’s Legal Insights Issue 03/2018.

It is common practice for the receivers or liquidators selling the assets of a company to conduct a sale by tender, issuing an Information Memorandum and inviting tenders from various parties. In such a situation, when does acceptance take place and when is a contract formed?

The Court of Appeal delved into these issues in the recent case of Emas Kiara Sdn Bhd v Michael Joseph Monteiro & Ors; Farcoll Estate Sdn Bhd & Ors (Interveners) [2018] 8 CLJ 17 (“Emas Kiara v Monteiro”).

The Court applied the principles of formation of contract to the issue as to whether a contract existed between the Appellant, Emas Kiara Sdn Bhd (“Emas Kiara”), and the 1st and 2nd Respondents who were receivers and managers (“R&M”) of the 3rd Respondent, Lembah Beringin Sdn Bhd (“Lembah Beringin”). Continue reading