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Expectations of a business rescue plan: international directives for Chapter 6 implementation

M Pretorius, W Rosslyn-Smith


Preliminary analysis of business rescue plans suggested that a significant contrast exists between international reorganisational plans and those being published under the newly formed business rescue regime in South Africa. Since the South African regime has emerged from an international insolvency framework, an international benchmark was used to effectively assist in creating an evaluation tool. To better understand the expectations demanded of the plan, principles from comparable international regimes were identified. Data on regimes were obtained, scrutinised and reported on; the expectations were extrapolated and aligned with Chapter 6 of the South African Companies Act, No. 71 of 2008, to determine whether the Act complied with a set of expectations based on an international perspective. The proposed framework shows the key principles that govern rescue plans worldwide. The framework could serve as a guideline for the evaluation of rescue plans and help practitioners to enhance what is seen as their key task, namely to compile the rescue plan. Comparison with the five key principles found by the research reveals particular shortcomings in Chapter 6 of the South African Companies Act of 2008. International regimes indicate that the rescue plan should adhere to a broader and more extensive set of expectations than those explicitly provided for by the Act.

Key words: business rescue, South African Companies Act, business plans, measurement, international insolvency, administration, rehabilitation

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