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Flood and Water Management Act 2010

Hive down

355.Paragraph 5 inserts a new subsection into section 23 of the Water Industry Act 1991 to provide that where the transfer purpose is pursued, the special administrator may “hive down” or transfer the whole or part of the company’s business to a wholly-owned subsidiary of the company in advance of a transfer of the securities in that subsidiary to one or more new owners.

356.Sub-paragraphs (2) and (3) provide for the Secretary of State, with the consent of the Welsh Ministers, to make an order amending Schedule 2 to the Water Industry Act 1991 to allow the use of transfer schemes to transfer the whole or part of the business of a company in special administration by way of hive down. The order is subject to the affirmative resolution procedure.

357.Sub-paragraph (4) allows the hive down provisions to be applied to companies which went into special administration before commencement of these new provisions.

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