Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act
Marginal note:Restriction on disposition of business assets
36 (1) A debtor company in respect of which an order has been made under this Act may not sell or otherwise dispose of assets outside the ordinary course of business unless authorized to do so by a court. Despite any requirement for shareholder approval, including one under federal or provincial law, the court may authorize the sale or disposition even if shareholder approval was not obtained.
Marginal note:Notice to creditors
(2) A company that applies to the court for an authorization is to give notice of the application to the secured creditors who are likely to be affected by the proposed sale or disposition.
Marginal note:Factors to be considered
(3) In deciding whether to grant the authorization, the court is to consider, among other things,
(a) whether the process leading to the proposed sale or disposition was reasonable in the circumstances;
(b) whether the monitor approved the process leading to the proposed sale or disposition;
(c) whether the monitor filed with the court a report stating that in their opinion the sale or disposition would be more beneficial to the creditors than a sale or disposition under a bankruptcy;
(d) the extent to which the creditors were consulted;
(e) the effects of the proposed sale or disposition on the creditors and other interested parties; and
(f) whether the consideration to be received for the assets is reasonable and fair, taking into account their market value.
Marginal note:Additional factors — related persons
(4) If the proposed sale or disposition is to a person who is related to the company, the court may, after considering the factors referred to in subsection (3), grant the authorization only if it is satisfied that
(a) good faith efforts were made to sell or otherwise dispose of the assets to persons who are not related to the company; and
(b) the consideration to be received is superior to the consideration that would be received under any other offer made in accordance with the process leading to the proposed sale or disposition.
Marginal note:Related persons
(5) For the purpose of subsection (4), a person who is related to the company includes
Marginal note:Assets may be disposed of free and clear
(6) The court may authorize a sale or disposition free and clear of any security, charge or other restriction and, if it does, it shall also order that other assets of the company or the proceeds of the sale or disposition be subject to a security, charge or other restriction in favour of the creditor whose security, charge or other restriction is to be affected by the order.
Marginal note:Restriction — employers
(7) The court may grant the authorization only if the court is satisfied that the company can and will make the payments that would have been required under paragraphs 6(5)(a) and (6)(a) if the court had sanctioned the compromise or arrangement.
- 2005, c. 47, s. 131
- 2007, c. 36, s. 78
- 2017, c. 26, s. 14
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