Rules governing pre-pack administrations which saw retail group Mosaic
broken-up and Whittard’s sold must be reformed to save more businesses,
according to one of the industry’s senior figures.
Institute for Turnaround CEO Christine Elliot is concerned that the often
accelerated nature of pre-pack deals – where a sale of a struggling business is
agreed prior to it entering administration – means that companies are not
restructured effectively and can slip back into insolvency.
New regulation SIP 16 was recently introduced to review a pre-pack process
after a sale is completed, and Elliott wants this to be undertaken before
businesses are lined up for a second time in a pre-pack sale.
‘The main problem is that [SIP 16] operates after the event. It should
encompass the power to review prior to a second deal. Businesses that enter a
pre-pack are much more vulnerable to going into pre-pack again it’s multiple
pre-pack syndrome,’ said Elliott.
In an article in today’s Accountancy Age, Elliott also raised
concerns about the recent failure of the Stylo CVA and the prevalence of
pre-packs to rescue collapsed retailers.
‘Regrettably, even where pre-packs operate in accordance with a protocol and
are transparently managed, it by no means guarantees that the business will
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