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The CVA – a retailer’s new best friend?

July 2009 - Insolvency & Restructuring. Legal Developments by KPMG LLP.

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JJB Sports plc (JJB) is a high street retailer which had fallen into diffi culties and couldn’t determine a mechanism for dealing with the lease costs of its closed stores, which created cash pressures. A rescue of the business would only be possible if its landlords consented to a compromise. However, there had already been other high-profi le failures to achieve landlord consent. We developed a tailored Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA) which was approved by 99% of creditors. Blane Leisure Ltd’s CVA (a wholly owned subsidiary) was approved by 98% of creditors. No one in attendance at the Creditors’ Meeting on 27th April 2009 voted against the proposal.

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