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Nigeria’s first initial creditors meeting under CAMA 2020 held at Moorhouse Hotel, Ikoyi

Nigeria’s First Initial Creditors Meeting under CAMA 2020 Held at Moorhouse Hotel, Ikoyi, Lagos State

The first Initial Creditors Meeting (ICM) to be recorded under Nigeria’s 2020 Companies and Allied Matters Act and the new Insolvency Regulations 2022 was held yesterday, Thursday, 20th October 2022, at the Moorhouse Hotel, Ikoyi, Lagos State. The meeting, which was convened by Mr Bidemi Daniel Olumide of Anaje Olumide Oke Akinkugbe (AO2LAW), over the affairs of The Moorhouse Company Limited (in Administration) happened further to his powers as Administrator of the Company. You may recall that Justice D.E. Osiagor of the Federal High Court of Nigeria had earlier on Friday, July 22, 2022, given an Interlocutory Administration Order on the Company in Suit No. FHC/L/CS/1039/22: Accor Afrique SA. v. The Moorhouse Company Limited.

Administration, as a means for resolving insolvency situations, is one of the new and modern features of Nigeria’s new Companies and Allied Matters Act 2020. The process allows an appointed insolvency practitioner, known as the Administrator, to focus on the rescue of the insolvent business while resolving the insolvency situation. Unlike the decisive liquidation or winding up application or process, usually employed by most unsecured creditors, Administration affords both the relevant company and its creditors, an opportunity to put in place a work program that may eventually see the company have another go at a possible positive turnaround.

Speaking after the ICM, Mr Olumide expressed that all is certainly not lost for a company in an insolvency situation if its primary stakeholders, particularly its shareholders and directors, can formally admit their insolvency and get an Administrator to facilitate a win-win work program with creditors. A Member of the Business Recovery & Insolvency Practitioners Association of Nigeria (BRIPAN), he is enthused about the new regime of possibilities that the Nigeria Corporate Affairs Commission has created for businesses in Nigeria by the release of the Insolvency Regulations 2022 and enjoins insolvent businesses to embrace it.