June 2020

In a decision of 5 May 2020, a district court in the Canton of Zurich approved the transfer of business units of a debtor in a so-called pre-pack transaction simultaneously with the grant of a provisional debt restructuring moratorium. "Pre-pack" transactions in which a sale of debtor's assets are prepared prior to, but in view of, subsequent composition proceedings are still relatively rare in Switzerland. The most recent judgement sets out clearly the relevant requirements and provides a helpful guideline for future transactions. This is of particular importance in view of the current macroeconomic situation as that the number of distressed M&A transactions and the 'need for speed' is expected to increase.