Tuesday, May 4, 2010

The Investment Dar - Financial Stability Law - Central Bank Appoints Ernst and Young

AlQabas reports that it has learned that the Central Bank of Kuwait has appointed Ernst and Young as consultant to study TID's financials.  E&Y is said to have received the formal engagement letter yesterday (4 May).

As you'll recall from the earlier discussion of the Financial Stability Law, there are several steps in the process.

Once the special FSL Court has received the completed application from an investment company to enter under the FSL, the Court issues an immediate but temporary stay.  After interested parties receive formal notice of this action from the Court, they are given time to file any objections as to why the Court should not continue with the FSL process (which ultimately may result in the cramdown of dissident creditors through the staying of all legal cases).

At the end of this period and if there have been no objections or the Court did not find any of them compelling, it issues another notice and refers the debtor's case to the Central Bank of Kuwait.

That's the point we're at now.  The relevant chapter and verse from the FSL is Part 3 Article 19.   The CBK is to study the debtor's financials and determine whether a restructuring makes sense.  In other words can the company be saved?  If not, the company should be liquidated.  It then also evaluates the proposed restructuring plan to determine if it is  fair as well as sufficient to allow the company to continue as a going concern.  The CBK has four months to submit its report, though t is allowed an additional four months if required.  It's very important to note that the FSL gives the CBK the power to amend the restructuring plan if the CBK believes changes are required.

AlQ also mentions that next week TID's and the Creditors Co-Ordinating Committee's lawyers will meet in Dubai in a small working meeting to discuss certain (undescribed) details of the restructuring plan that they were unable to cover in the last meeting.

The article also notes that various courts have delayed hearing open cases and appeals related to TID until 17 and 24 May.  Technically these are not finally stayed until the FSL Court issues its final acceptance of the plan - which will follow the Central Bank of Kuwait's report.  The courts are  therefore going to keep these cases "live" but "napping" until the FSL Court issues its final ruling.  That way, if by some chance the FSL Court rules against TID's request,  the courts can proceed with these cases.

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