liquidation sounds a bit intimidating, and that's likely why you're reading
this article; to find out more about what it actually is. Voluntary Liquidation
is not to be confused with involuntary liquidation in which an outside
authority (such as a court) orders a company to liquidate its assets. With
voluntary liquidation, a company willingly decides to sell off its assets in
order to cover its debts as well as pay any profits from that sale to its
There are a variety of reasons as to why a voluntary liquidation would be
undertaken. If key members of a company either leave or die and shareholders of
the company decided not to continue operations, they may decide that selling
off the company's assets would be preferable, rather than trying to replace the
lost members of their team.
Another reason that a company would decide to undergo voluntary liquidation is
to free up funds for the entire company's use. Such cases usually involve a
larger company selling off the assets of one of its subsidiary companies.
A more creditor favourable reason that companies opt to go through a VL is
after consulting with a insolvency professional, they come to the understanding
that they will not be able to pay off all of their creditors. After having such
a realization, rather than declaring bankruptcy, they would go through a
Voluntary Liquidation and work out a deal with their creditors in order to pay
a percentage of their overall debt. By going through this process not only do
they save time, as declaring bankruptcy and going through the court system is a
very time consuming task, they save money.
The first step in declaring a Voluntary Liquidation is the passing of a
resolution stating as much. After such a resolution has been passed and
approved, the company usually ceases doing business.
If the company was profitable at the beginning of this process (and at least
five weeks prior) a majority of the company's directors put through a motion
called a statutory declaration of solvency, then the VL will be put through as
a member's voluntary windup of company business.
If on the other hand a company is insolvent at the beginning of this overall
process, or in the rare case a statutory declaration of solvency was not put
through, then the VL will be processed as a creditor's voluntary windup of
When a creditor's voluntary windup is declared, a meeting with all of the
company's creditors is scheduled. In this meeting, all of the plans of the
business are discussed as well as how the distribution of the profits from the
sold assets are to be handled. If a consensus cannot be achieved at that
meeting, a council of creditors, called a liquidation committee, may be
appointed to better decide how the liquidation process would be handled.
By reading this article you should have a more complete understanding of what
voluntary liquidation actually means, and what a company has to go through in
order for this process to be completed.
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