Partnership Voluntary Arrangement

What is a Partnership Voluntary Arrangement?

A Partnership Voluntary Arrangement (PVA), is an agreement made with unsecured creditors to repay a proportion of a businesses debts. This can be a viable way to encourage profitability back into a partnership. A PVA is created similarly to the limited company version, a Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA)

It is key that all partners within the business are committed to the official payment agreement, they may also require an Individual Voluntary Arrangement (IVA) alongside the PVA. A simultaneous IVA will protect the business partners from a personal bankruptcy whilst safeguarding the business.

How does a PVA work?

At it’s core, a PVA is set up to provide a partnerships creditors with a better return than if the partnership was wound up, it is a chance to restructure the business.

The businesses partners create a proposal for the repayment plan, this is often done with the assistance of a professional. These plans are based on repaying a proportion of the debt (eg, 50p for every £1). An explanation is provided for why the partnership has deteriorated and why the creditors should agree to the proposed offer.

If the creditors agree, this must be 75%, by value. Then the business will make a single payment each month, that is then distributed to the creditors by the Insolvency Practitioner (IP) who has been appointed.

The remaining debt by the end of the PVA is then written off, the business will continue trading, without the unmanageable debt they were initially struggling with. A PVA will typically last three to five years and there are legal agreements for the partners and the partnerships creditors.

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Access to working capital via a PVA

Insufficient cash behind a partnerships insolvency may be due to short term/temporary circumstances, this means that the business could have long term viability. The business partners could trade their way out of this position, building up the cash flow required with a couple of operational changes.

If not, the business could sell valuable assets (if they have any) to generate a lump sum of working capital. The IP could see this as sufficient to support the business until trade improves.

Benefits of Partnership Voluntary Arrangement

Business partners keep control of the business
Business continues to trade
Creates space to deal with debts without pressure from creditors.
Creditors will receive a better return than if the business was wound up
Allows for restructure or refinancing to overcome shot term issues
Interest and charges on debt are ceased