Shareholders Recommend Amtel-Vredestein OJSC Bankruptcy
On Friday 24 April Amtel-Vredestein OJSC’s shareholders recommended that managers enter the Russian part of the wider Amtel-Vredestein company into bankruptcy proceedings. At this stage the proposal remains a suggestion and it is expected to be weeks before the company makes a final decision on whether or not to enter bankruptcy protection. Tyres & Accessories contacted various Amtel-Vredestein OJSC company representatives, but none were willing to comment on the likelihood of Amtel-Vredestein OJSC declaring bankruptcy or what the effects would be on the company.
Were Amtel-Vredestein OJSC to enter bankruptcy, article 106 (2) of the Russian Federation Federal Law on Insolvency sets out a clear order of priority for creditors’ claims: According to Craig Averch, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development claims of citizens to whom the debtor is liable for harm to life or health shall be satisfied first; followed by settlements for the payment of “severance pay and wages with persons working under a labour agreement, including under contract, and for the payment of royalties under copyright agreements.” Third, creditors’ claims for obligations secured against property are to be taken satisfied, following by claims for “mandatory payments to the budget and for extra-budgetary funds.” The process concludes with settlements being made to all other creditors.