Company Voluntary Arrangement
A Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA) is a procedure which enables an insolvent Company to reach an agreement with its creditors to delay or compromise the payment of its debts.
A CVA is flexible and can be adapted to meet the needs of any business. In essence, a CVA will replace the terms of the Company’s existing contracts with its creditors with new terms as set out in the CVA proposal. For example, the proposal might require the Company to pay a fixed monthly sum into the arrangement for a set number of years so that creditors receive a minimum dividend. While the payments are maintained and no further action is necessary, the Directors retain control of the Company and once the arrangement is successfully concluded the Company remains in the control of its existing members and management.
Creditors will usually agree to support such a CVA where it can be shown they will achieve a better outcome than if the Company was liquidated and the business and assets sold. They may also want to see changes to the management and operations of the Company to ensure that similar difficulties will not arise again and the Company will successfully complete the CVA period.