Administration V CVA

Administration v CVA. Written by John A Waller Director. Reviewed: June 9th, 2024.


CVA Goals – Administration V CVA 


  • Saves the business and pays creditors more than liquidation through a proposal agreement to repay creditors over time.
  • Essentially, directors maintain control and continue to trade during the CVA.
  • Not advertised in the Gazette.

Administration Goals – Administration Goals V CVA 

A company administration is a formal insolvency procedure, whereby an insolvency practitioner acts as administrator of the company, allowing it to recover while protected from creditor action.

Suppose the business is past the point of recovery. In that case, the administrator may choose to sell it as a ‘going concern’ or close the company down.

An administration is advertised in the Gazette.

How your Business is Impacted? – Administration V CVA

Administration can change the goodwill of the customer base.

An administrator normally will not wish to trade howeber unless it creates a far greater return for creditors once the element of risk offset.

So, once the appointment of an administrator takes place. They then however have one year to sort matters out without making an extension application to the court. Therefore, this can force customers away, as they may lose faith. Even if issues are resolved, relationships are often damaged beyond repair. They may be split, therefore ny their loyalties to protect their position in the future.

CVA’s enable continuity of the business.

A CVA, once approved, allows a company to continue to trade with minimal effect on the day-to-day running of the business. The main criteria of a CVA are the payment of the agreed monthly payment on time. The company retains any trading profits. It is unusual for former suppliers to continue trading with the business while in a CVA. However, be prepared for suppliers to carry out business initially on a pro forma basis. A further benefit of a CVA is the maintaining of important accreditation often lost in an administration.

Finally, many contracts cease in an administration. Not usually the case in a CVA. So, understand what is a Company Voluntary Arrangemnt (CVA) .

Overall Management of the Business – Administration V CVA

Administration Puts an Insolvency Practitioner in Control of the Business

Once the Insolvency Practitioner stakes place, the administrator assumes operational and financial control, replacing the directors who still remain in office. The administrator then either will:

Company directors should note: Their involvement in the administrator remains managed by the administrator.

CVA’S Allow Directors to Keep on Trading

A CVA allows the directors of the company to maintain trading and control of the company. When the CVA is approved, depending on the period the CVA runs for, it will steer matters moving forward. A CVA allows directors to know precisely when the monthly repayments will need to be made. A CVA binds all creditors to the agreement’s terms, protecting the company from further action, even those who voted against it once passed.

Goals of a CVA VS Going into Administration & Restructuring

Pre-Pack Administration when Debts are too considerable for a CVA

Should the debts be out of the scope of a CVA due to size and complexity? Then a pre-pack sale (Pre-Pack Administration may be the answer). A pre-pack protects the assets of the company, along with existing contracts, clients, and inventory. However, employee rights and TUPE regulations require consideration in a pre-pack.

CVA’s provide time to recover

A company voluntary arrangement CVA affords a business time to carry out a needed restructuring of a viable business. Many directors, however, use the opportunity to reduce the workforce, and extract from contracts with suppliers, reducing the load on the company’s cash flow.

Investigations into Directors’ Conduct

Administration includes Investigation of Directors Conduct.

The Administrators must investigate the directors’ previous conduct, noting how they operated the business and reporting its finances.

CVA’s Require No Directors Investigations

There are no investigations whatsoever into directors’ conduct.

Directors should understand what is a directors conduct report?

HMRC Tax Liabilities

CVA Can Offset Tax Liabilities

Suppose a company entering a CVA has accrued tax losses. Therefore, these can be carried forward to offset liabilities due to future profits.


Once a company enters administration, a new tax period commences. However, this, though, causes any tax losses retained to be lost.

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