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NewOcean Energy officially begins ‘soft touch’ debt restructuring process

22 Dec 2021

Hong Kong-listed NewOcean Energy Holdings Limited on Tuesday (21 December) officially started its “soft-touch” debt restructuring process with the appointment of FTI Consulting (Hong Kong) Limited as its joint provisional liquidators (JPLs).

Debt restructuring under a “soft-touch” basis usually involves a stay of proceedings against the company (i.e. so actions cannot be taken by individual creditors) and the appointment of provisional liquidators with limited powers to enable the company to undertake a business restructuring.

The company, which also manages bunkering operations at Singapore, received the outcome of proceeding in Bermuda Court on Monday (20 December).

Under the Order, notwithstanding section 166 of the Companies Act, NewOcean Energy is permitted to operate bank accounts under its name, and the company is permitted to register the transfer of its fully paid shares.

“Under Bermudian law, for so long as the JPLs are appointed to the Company, no suit, action or other proceeding, including criminal proceedings, shall be proceeded with or commenced against the Company except with the leave of the Bermuda Court and subject to such terms as the Bermuda Court may impose,” it states.

“The Directors welcome the Order and consider that it will help to preserve the operations, assets and value of the Company, and that it is in the best interests of the shareholders, the creditors and other stakeholder of the Company.

“As required under the Order, the JPLs and the Board shall seek to agree a protocol which sets out the terms upon which the JPLs and the Board shall cooperate with respect to the management of the Company.”

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Photo credit: Scott Graham on Unsplash
Published: 22 December, 2021

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