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The Cross-Border Insolvency Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2007

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1.—(1) In this Schedule—

“the 1989 Order” means the Insolvency (Northern Ireland) Order 1989(1);

“article 21 relief application” means an application to the court by a foreign representative under article 21(1) or (2) of the Model Law for relief;

“business day” means any day other than a Saturday, Sunday, or public holiday in Northern Ireland;

the Department” means the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment

“file in court” and “file with the court” means deliver to the court for filing;

the Gazette” means the Belfast Gazette;

“interim relief application” means an application to the court by a foreign representative under article 19 of the Model Law for interim relief;

“main proceedings” means proceedings opened in accordance with Article 3(1) of the EC Insolvency Regulation and falling within the definition of insolvency proceedings in Article 2(a) of the EC Insolvency Regulation;

“member State liquidator” means a person falling within the definition of liquidator in Article 2(b) of the EC Insolvency Regulation appointed in proceedings to which it applies in a member State other than the United Kingdom;

“the Model Law” means the UNCITRAL Model Law as set out in Schedule 1;

“modification or termination order” means an order by the court pursuant to its powers under the Model Law modifying or terminating recognition of a foreign proceeding, the stay and suspension referred to in article 20(1) or any part of it or any relief granted under article 19 or 21 of the Model Law;

“originating application” means an application to the court which is not an application in pending proceedings before the court;

“ordinary application” means any application to the court other than an originating application;

“practice direction” means a direction as to the practice and procedure in the Chancery Division of the Northern Ireland High Court;

“recognition application” means an application to the court by a foreign representative in accordance with article 15 of the Model Law for an order recognising the foreign proceeding in which he has been appointed;

“recognition order” means an order by the court recognising a proceeding the subject of a recognition application as a foreign main proceeding or foreign non-main proceeding, as appropriate;

“relevant company” means a company within the meaning of Article 3(1) of the Companies (Northern Ireland) Order 1986(2) or an unregistered company within the meaning of Part 6 of the 1989 Order which is subject to a requirement imposed by virtue of Article 640A(3), 641(1)(4) or 667(5) of the Companies (Northern Ireland) Order 1986.

“review application” means an application to the court for a modification or termination order;

“sealed” means sealed with the official seal of the Bankruptcy and Companies Office;

“the registrar” means the registrar of companies appointed under Article 653 of the Companies (Northern Ireland) Order 1986(6) and for the purposes of this Schedule and Schedule 3, includes an assistant registrar;

the Rules” means the Insolvency Rules (Northern Ireland) 1991(7) and “Rule” followed by a number means the rule with that number in those Rules;

“secondary proceedings” means proceedings opened in accordance with Articles 3(2) and 3(3) of the EC Insolvency Regulation and falling within the definition of winding up proceedings in Article 2(c) of the EC Insolvency Regulation;

Supreme Court Rules” means the Rules of the Supreme Court (Northern Ireland) 1980(8)

“territorial proceedings” means proceedings opened in accordance with Articles 3(2) and 3(4) of the EC Insolvency Regulation and falling within the definition of insolvency proceedings in Article 2(a) of the EC Insolvency Regulation.

(2) Expressions defined in the Model Law have the same meaning when used in this Schedule.

(3) In proceedings under these Regulations, “the Master” means the Master (Bankruptcy) and “the Judge” means the Chancery Judge or any judge of the High Court or of the Court of Appeal for the time being acting as Chancery Judge.

(4) References to the “venue” for any proceedings or attendance before the court, are to the time, date and place for the proceedings or attendance.

(5) References to ex parte hearings shall be construed as references to hearings without notice being served on any other party, and references to applications made ex parte as references to applications made without notice being served on any other party; and other references which include the expression “ex parte” shall be similarly construed.

(6) References to a debtor who is of interest to the Financial Services Authority are references to a debtor who—

(a)is, or has been, an authorised person within the meaning of section 31 of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000(9) (authorised persons);

(b)is, or has been, an appointed representative within the meaning of section 39 (exemption of appointed representatives) of that Act; or

(c)is carrying on, or has carried on, a regulated activity in contravention of the general prohibition.

(7) In sub-paragraph (6) “the general prohibition” has the meaning given by section 19 of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 and the reference to a “regulated activity” must be construed in accordance with—

(a)section 22 of that Act (classes of regulated activity and categories of investment);

(b)any relevant order under that section; and

(c)Schedule 2 to that Act (regulated activities).

(8) References in this Schedule to a numbered form are to the form that bears that number in Schedule 4.

(3)

Article 640A was inserted by S.R. 1993 No. 198

(4)

Article 641(1) was amended by S.R. 2003 No.3

(5)

Article 667 was amended by S.R. 2004 No.335

(6)

Article 653 amended by S.I.1996/1632 (N.I. 11)

(7)

The Insolvency Rules (Northern Ireland) 1991 (S.R. 1991 No.364), as amended by the Insolvency (Amendment) Rules (Northern Ireland) 1994 (S.R. 1994 No.26), the Insolvency (Amendment) Rules (Northern Ireland) 1995 (S.R. 1995 No.291), the Insolvency (Amendment) Rules (Northern Ireland) 2000 (S.R. 2000 No.247), the Insolvency (Amendment) Rules (Northern Ireland) 2002 (S.R. 2002 No.261), the Insolvency (Amendment) Rules (Northern Ireland) 2003 (S.R. 2003 No.549), the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Consequential Amendments) Order 2004 (S.I. 2004/355) and the Insolvency (Amendment) Rules (Northern Ireland) 2006 (S.R. 2006 No.47)

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