Protecting Your Assets

What was the problem?

expert advice

Our client is a manufacturer who imports goods from Asia and distributes their finished goods throughout the UK and Europe. Over many years, the client has worked hard, made good money and used the profits to purchase the building from which the company operates.   

Our client has been in the fortunate situation where they have one very significant, loyal customer. However, it is never good to have all your eggs in one basket and events over recent years (Financial Crash, Brexit etc.) has led our client to have concerns “what happens if my customer goes bust?”; “What happens if a claim were made on the company and it brings the company down?”  

The question was posed – how can our client protect their main asset (the property) against the uncertainties of the future?

What was the solution?

guidance and strategy

After many discussions with the client where several options were considered, it was decided that the best approach was to split the company into its component parts: assets and trade. 

Monetta proposed that a group be set up and the main asset of the company (the property) be ‘hived-up’ into a holding company, leaving the trade in the pre-existing company. 

Monetta worked with the company solicitors and company formation agents and proposed a share-for-share exchange to create a new group structure after which the trade and assets could be split up. 

The whole process involved setting out the position to HMRC so that various elections could be made, at the right time, so as not to trigger any unwanted tax charges on the company restructure.

What was the result?

great results

Our client now operates two companies: one trading and one a holding company for the main asset – the company property.  

Working together with the client, the company’s solicitors, the company formation agent and HMRC; Monetta reorganised the client’s business such that if the worst should happen; the trading company can be closed down or jettisoned leaving the Directors with their main asset totally unaffected. 

The client continues to trade, in much the same way as they have over the last 20 years, secure in the knowledge that if external events conspire against them, then their hard work to date has not been wasted because their main asset is protected.

Several types of company structures exist that can be used to safeguard assets against the fluctuations of the market. The experts at Monetta are ideally placed to review your business and offer strategies to protect and secure your assets for the future. Contact your local office today, or complete our enquiry form to request a call back at your convenience.

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