What You Need To Know About Company Voluntary Arrangements And Restructuring

The CVA which stands for Company Voluntary Arrangement is a procedure type that allows companies to:

Settle their debts by only paying a percentage of the overall amount that is owed to creditors.

The ability to come to an arrangement with their creditors in association to the payment of the outstanding debts.

How And When Does A CVA Come Into Force?

A CVA can only come into action when the creditors of the company approve the proposal for a CVA made by the company. It is common that the CVA documentation specifies a date that is different from which the provisions apply. Proposed CVAs are considered and then voted upon be the creditors of the company through various permitted procedures that can include Internet meetings, correspondence or email.

Approvals for a CVA or any modifications to the CVA by the creditors will require a vote that is in favour by a minimum of 75% of creditors that have voted on it. There is another condition in place that not more than 50% of the creditors that have voted against this proposal are the creditors that are unconnected to the company.

What Are The Effects Of CVAs On Creditors?

On approval, a CVA will bind all unsecured creditors of the company, who were permitted to vote on a CVA proposal. What this means is that CVAs bind the following:

Creditors that had voted against a CVA

The creditors that received notification of a CVA proposal, but failed to vote

Creditors that were permitted to vote, but failed to receive the notification of the CVA proposal, even though they were entitled to know about the vote

Once creditors are bound by CVAs, they are not permitted to take any steps against a company associated with terms that a CVA has prohibited. In general, this is drafted to stop creditors from demanding or recovering debt which falls in the scope associated with the CVA, other than the agreed mechanism which was set-out within the CVA.


Successful restructuring of a business necessitates careful analysis associated with the business, its prospects and financial position. The Company VA’s and Restructuring should not be seen as a panacea for the business poor-quality management, weak-product offering or lack-of-funding etc. Closing stores that underperform is a standard practice used for restructuring when it comes to retail of other types of multi-site businesses, however, this only forms a portion of the overall solution.