The new Companies Act has recently been introduced in South Africa with specific
focus on companies in financial distress and bringing those companies back to
their wealth. Prior to the introduction of the new Companies Act, South Africa made
use of the judicial management procedure in terms of the Companies Act No. 61 of
1973. This was not a very successful mechanism for distressed companies in South
Africa as the Old Act lacked formalised focus on business rescue and mainly
focused on terminating the companies through a liquidation process. The
fundamental rationality of business rescue proceedings is that a company facing
financial difficulty can be rescued which will in the long term result in job
preservation, better returns for creditors and higher going concern values for the
company, as opposed to simply liquidating the company.
This study is thus meaningful in order to ascertain whether or not the introduction
of business rescue proceedings will change the culture and/or overall
understanding on the effectiveness of rescuing distressed companies in South
Africa. Furthermore, this study will also assess and compare South African
legislation pertaining to the business rescue regime as provided for in the
Companies Act, with similar regimes in Australia and the United Kingdom.
Mini Dissertation (LLM)--University of Pretoria, 2015.