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Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015

Administration: sales to connected persons

70.This section creates a power for the Government to make regulations in respect of sales in administration to connected parties. Such regulations could prohibit such sales or stipulate conditions to be met to allow such sales to proceed. This follows a report, ‘The Graham Review into Pre-Pack Administration’ which recommended a package of voluntary reforms to improve the transparency and outcomes of pre-pack administrations. It also recommended that government take a power along the lines set out in section 129 to cover all business sales to connected persons in administrations, not just what are traditionally thought of as pre-packs (in case the market did not adopt the Review’s voluntary reforms).

71.The conditions and requirements that could be stipulated include, in particular, the requirement to seek the approval of creditors, the court or an independent person. This would subject the connected sale to independent scrutiny.

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