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The CVA Process – A Simple Guide For Directors

We help the directors prepare a document that sets out a proposal to creditors, with the aim of giving a fair outcome to all parties in the circumstances.

10 Steps Of The CVA Process

  1. We gather information such as an up to date balance sheet, asset values and a list of creditors.
  2. We will need the directors to prepare a 12 month projection. This is usually a cash flow projection showing the business can afford to carry on. Sometimes you will need your accountant to help do this.
  3. We then help work out a fair offer to creditors. We do this by seeing what you owe and working out what you can afford to pay over a period of usually 36 months or longer (never more than five years).
  4. The CVA proposal is drafted and then approved by the directors. It’s a long document containing all the above plus the terms and conditions of the CVA.
  5. We then prepare a Nominees Report – a report to the Court of whether or not we think the CVA proposal is fair and a good idea.
  6. We then call a meeting of creditors and shareholders with 14 days’ notice. The shareholders meeting is held first. The creditors meeting comes immediately afterwards.
  7. Creditors and shareholders vote to approve the CVA proposal, reject it or propose modifications.
  8. Hopefully the CVA is approved and we report this to all parties; creditors, shareholders and Companies House.
  9. We monitor the company to make sure it complies with the terms of the CVA and send out annual reports and pay dividends to creditors. If you can’t keep up with the payments the usual outcome is the CVA fails and the company goes into liquidation.
  10. Once complete we issue a certificate of completion. This will mean the CVA has ended successfully.

For more information on this topic, read our other company voluntary arrangement articles.

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