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Virgin Territory: What are the Implications of Restructuring Plans for Defined Benefit Pension Schemes?

20 July 2021 | London
Legal Briefings


The judgment in Re Virgin Active Holdings Limited [2021] EWHC 1246 has empowered the use of restructuring plans under Part 26A to the Companies Act 2006 (‘RPs’) to compromise the rights of unsecured creditors based on evidence that they would receive little or no return on an insolvency.  

This is potentially significant for defined benefit pension schemes.  In this article published in the International Corporate Rescue Journal, Samantha Brown, John Whiteoak and Phillip Lis consider how this may affect the role of scheme trustees and other stakeholders in restructurings and the hurdles and potential risks to companies considering compromising pension liabilities without trustee consent.

This article first appeared in Volume 18, Issue 4 of International Corporate Rescue and is reprinted with the permission of Chase Cambria Publishing -

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