Section 140: Objective 2: “normal” administration
328.Objective 2 of the bank administration procedure is based on the existing provisions of paragraphs 3(1)(a) and 3(1)(b) of Schedule B1 to the Insolvency Act 1986.
329.In keeping with those provisions, subsection (2) obliges a bank administrator to seek to rescue the residual bank as a going concern unless he or she considers that this not a viable outcome or a better result would be achieved for the bank’s creditors by following some other courses of action.
330.To ensure that the bank administrator does not realise any assets that may be essential to achieving objective 1, subsection (3)(a) provides that only assets specified by agreement between the administrator and the Bank of England may be sold. Once objective 1 has been achieved, this is no longer applicable and the administrator will be free to deal with the assets of the bank to facilitate a rescue as a going concern and/ or to realise those assets for the benefit of the bank’s creditors.