3 February 2022
R&I Update - February 2022 – 2 of 4 Insights
In a recent ruling the Austrian Supreme Court clarified the relationship between (shareholder) guarantees and claims for avoidance.
A bank had granted a loan secured by a shareholder guarantee. After the loan had been repaid, the debtor became insolvent. The insolvency administrator successfully brought an avoidance action against the bank regarding the repayment of the loan. Afterwards, the bank requested the guarantor pay both the outstanding loan (again) as well as the bank's costs for legal representation during the avoidance action.
The Austrian Supreme Court held:
This case further emphasises the importance of taking insolvency scenarios (and a potential subsequent avoidance action) into account when drafting guarantees.
To discuss the best approach for those scenarios, please contact a member of our Restructuring & Insolvency team.
To find out more about avoidance actions in other jurisdictions, take a look at our new European Restructuring & Insolvency online tool which compares the restructuring and insolvency regimes across 23 countries in Europe.
by Luke Viner