“When a company is in financial distress and cash flow dries up, panic can set in affecting creditors, employees and management. Knowing that the future of the business is in the capable hands of a business rescue practitioner brings a sense of calm to a process that is unfamiliar and seems chaotic and uncertain.”
Once the business rescue resolution has been passed by the board of directors, it means that the company’s affairs and assets are placed under the supervision of a licenced business rescue practitioner who will take over all responsibility from the board of directors and make all future decisions and will attempt to turn the business around.
Macduff says the Companies Act recognises stakeholders such as shareholders, creditors and employees, and calls for their participation in the development and approval of the business rescue plan.
In particular, the act protects the interest of employees, recognising them as creditors of the business.