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Judge backs Virgin Active’s precedent-setting restructuring scheme

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UK courts have endorsed gym chain Virgin Active’s restructuring plan, a precedent-setting move which shows that the UK’s new restructuring law with its ‘cross-class cramdown’ feature can be used instead of a CVA to cut debts to landlords. Some claim it represents a further attack on already-struggling landlords, but others argue than having all creditors share the pain at the outset should mean better recoveries if other chains follow this approach.

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