This FAQ has been updated to take account of developments through March 15, 2023.
Last Friday in California, Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) was shut down by its local regulator and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) was appointed as receiver. Urgent regulatory action to prevent systemic risk in the USA and UK has followed.
As we stated in our March 10, 2023 Client Alert, Silicon Valley Bank, Santa Clara, California (“SVB”), was closed on Friday, March 10, 2023 by the California Department of Financial Protection & Innovation, and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (“FDIC”) was appointed as receiver. Since our initial client alert on Friday, several key developments have occurred.
Where a commercial property is sold by a receiver or insolvency practitioner (IP), VAT must be charged on the sale if the owner had exercised and properly notified an option to tax (OTT) in respect of the property. The IP acting on behalf of the seller needs to establish whether an OTT has been made and notified so that VAT is charged , if needed. This can be difficult if company records are in disarray, directors of the insolvent company are non-cooperative and/or the IP or receiver has limited knowledge of the property and company.
The Supreme Court of Canada's ("SCC") recent decision in Peace River Hydro Partners v.
In the receivership proceedings of Distinct Infrastructure Group Inc.
The Grand Court of the Cayman Islands (Kawaley J) handed down a recent decision appointing receivers over a segregated portfolio, in the case of In the Matter of Green Asia Restructure Fund SPC.
It is common for construction project owners to finance projects through multiple mortgages, especially in times of rising construction costs. However, when an insolvency situation arises, holdback priority claims from contractors and subcontractors are particularly complex when there are multiple building mortgages involved. The Ontario Superior Court (Commercial List) provided new clarity in this regard in its April 29, 2022 decision in BCIMC Construction Fund Corp. et al.