You might have heard on the business news how Phillip Cochineas has helped built back their company after facing serious liquidation issues. So, what is liquidation all about? When a business is ending, it must go through the legal process of liquidation as it comes to an end. Once a business is liquidated, all of its assets will be sold to other people and companies and the proceeds will immediately go straight to the creditors to pay them. The process of liquidation is also referred as business dissolution or winding up.
Most of the time, what people understand about the process of liquidation is that this is the option that some companies go to if they need to pay their debts. Liquidation is thus done so that the control of the assets of the company will go to the creditor. In order for the creditors to receive money from these assets, they would rather have them sold to another company or person. Usually, the creditors will take charge in the assets that they can sell coming from the company. If the creditors will have left something, the next in line who gets it will be the shareholders of the company. Usually, the preferred shareholders get to have a say on what is left over the common shareholders.
When it comes to liquidation, there are basically two major kinds of them. The two major types are called compulsory liquidation as well as voluntary liquidation. You call it compulsory liquidation when it is the court that will decide that a company must liquidate its assets and pay their creditors. Meanwhile, if you talk about voluntary liquidation, there is a filing of petition for liquidation in the court of law either done by the creditors, the contributors, or even the companies themselves. This is the most likely scenario if a company has debts that are prone to winding up the company or if the company cannot anymore pay off their existing debts. Most of the time, the decision to wind up and dissolve the company is all the doing of the shareholders of the company thus the need to have voluntary liquidation.
If a company has debts that they cannot pay, they are most likely caused by a change in the market or an increase in competition. Company liquidation is thus bound to ensue. If a company closes because of liquidation, whatever debts the company has will all be forgotten. Like what Phillip Cochineas did, the directors of the company will be given better chances to be led to a better and brighter direction.