June 6, 2020

(Cayman) Statutory Mergers – Loan Financing


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Privatisations by way of a statutory merger are often financed by secured loans from banks. The merger process is frequently used to “take private” international Chinese businesses listed in the through a Cayman Islands incorporated company. Two “constituent companies” usually feature in a Cayman statutory merger; a newly incorporated Cayman company (the “”) that merges with and into an existing, listed Cayman company (the “Target”), with the Target as the “surviving company”. The (as amended) of the Cayman Islands (the “”) provides that upon the merger becoming effective (the “Merger Effective Time”), the Merger Sub shall cease to exist and the rights, the property (including choses in action), and the business, undertaking, goodwill, benefits, immunities and privileges of each of the constituent companies, shall immediately vest in the Target and subject to any specific arrangements entered into by the relevant parties, the Target shall be liable for and subject, in the same manner as the constituent companies, to all mortgages, charges or security interests, and all contracts, obligations, claims, debts, and liabilities of each of the constituent companies.

Other Cayman companies will often feature in the structure, for example acting as borrower and/or as holding company guarantor under the finance documents.

The Companies Law sets out the process, approvals and documents required to be followed, obtained and submitted to the Registrar of Companies in the Cayman Islands in order to complete a statutory merger, the specific details of which are outside the scope of this memorandum. For the purposes of this memorandum, we set out below, some of the key issues that lenders should be concerned with.

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