Solvent schemes of arrangement are processes through which solvent companies may commute all policies within the purview of the scheme, effecting a voluntary dissolution or clean reorganization with a relatively short tail. Found predominantly in the UK, they have been subject to some recent court decisions, which have included jurisdictional questions, such as whether such schemes can be imposed where some creditors or policy holders are domiciled in the US or other countries. They are controversial with US companies since they effect a reorganization outside bankruptcy laws or “traditional” US insurance rehabilitation/liquidation proceedings:
- This process is described by and in special papers found on their web sites.
- PWC has compiled , which describes actual schemes of arrangement administered in the UK.
- Rhode Island is the first US jurisdiction to adopt , which can be utilized only by companies domiciled under Rhode Island law. Since its adoption in 2002, there have not been any reported court opinions relating to the Rhode Island statutes. There has been some speculation as to whether the availability of this “abbreviated” form of reorganization might prompt run-off companies, or those preparing to enter a run-off mode, to re-domicile in Rhode Island.