Benefits of External Administration
Sometimes shareholders and company directors decide to cease trading despite the continued viability of the company. When this decision has been made, it is best to bring in external administrators to complete the Members’ Voluntary Liquidation process. By hiring qualified and experienced professionals, the process of finalising all company affairs, deregistering your company and the distribution of remaining funds amongst shareholders will be completed in a timely, commercially beneficial and legally correct fashion.
While the terms ‘administration’ and ‘liquidation’ are most often associated with insolvent companies, it is also possible for the affairs of solvent companies to be wound up in this matter. There are various reasons why a business may choose to wind up rather than be sold as a going concern or continue trading. These include:
- Redistributing capital tax free
- Restructuring a company
- Business is no longer trading/required
- Bringing a company to its legal end – once deregistered it cannot be reinstated
When a reason is decided upon, the majority of directors are obliged to sign a Declaration of Solvency form, stating the company is in a position to pay all existing debts within the upcoming year. Dormant companies may also be deregistered through this external administration process. Winding up a solvent company through external administration is easier and simpler than an insolvent company because, by definition, the company is in a position to repay any and all outstanding debts.
75% of company members are required to vote in favour of bringing in an external administrator at a meeting in regards to the Special Resolution. Once a company has entered the Members’ Voluntary Liquidation, the company can begin to be wound up by an external administrator. The appointed administrator will meet with any creditors and take care of any legal paperwork with the court, government and ATO. Once a company has been wound up, the remaining value of the assets can be distributed among shareholders. At this point the company will be legally deregistered.
The external administrator is, by definition, independent and impartial. Their sole task is to preserve the company’s assets, comply with all legal obligations and return all funds to creditors and/or shareholders. Therefore, the external administrator cannot be someone with a conflict of interest or some form of duty within the company itself. Impartiality ensures the correct protocols are followed and the liquidation is completed in compliance with all laws.
If you are considering placing your solvent company into voluntary external administration, contact Menzies Advisors today and find out more about how our expert liquidators and administrators can help wind up your company as quickly and commercially successfully as possible.
Menzies Advisory Liquidation & Receivers are Certified Practicing Accountants and Registered Liquidators with over thirty years’ experience in commerce and insolvency. Company directors, accountants, lawyers and business consultants turn to us for expert, compassionate advice in difficult times. Our professional consultants implement the most practical solutions to meet your complex business and financial issues.