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CORPORATIONS ACT 2001 No. 50, 2001 - SECT 588FJ

Floating charge created within 6 months before relation-back day

(1) This section applies if:

a company is being wound up in insolvency; and

the company created a floating charge on property of the company at a particular time that is at or after 23 June 1993 and:

during the 6 months ending on the relation-back day; or
after that day but on or before the day when the winding up began.

(2) The charge is void, as against the company's liquidator, except so far as it secures:

an advance paid to the company, or at its direction, at or after that time and as consideration for the charge; or

interest on such an advance; or

the amount of a liability under a guarantee or other obligation undertaken at or after that time on behalf of, or for the benefit of, the company; or

an amount payable for property or services supplied to the company at or after that time; or

interest on an amount so payable.

(3) Subsection (2) does not apply if it is proved that the company was solvent immediately after that time. (4) Paragraphs (2)(a) and (b) do not apply in relation to an advance so far as it was applied to discharge, directly or indirectly, an unsecured debt, whether contingent or otherwise, that the company owed to:

the chargee; or

if the chargee was a body corporate—a related entity of the body.

(5) Paragraphs (2)(d) and (e) do not apply in relation to an amount payable as mentioned in paragraph (2)(d) in so far as the amount exceeds the market value of the property or services when supplied to the company. (6) If, during the 6 months ending on the relation-back day, or after that day but on or before the day when the winding up began, a debt secured by the charge was discharged, out of the company's money or property, to the extent of a particular amount (in this subsection called the realised amount ), the liquidator may, by proceedings in a court of competent jurisdiction, recover from the chargee, as a debt due to the company, the amount worked out in accordance with the formula:


"realisation costs" means so much (if any) of the costs and expenses of enforcing the charge as is attributable to realising the realised amount.

"unsecured amount" means so much of the realised amount as does not exceed so much of the debt as would, if the debt had not been so discharged, have been unsecured, as against the liquidator, because of subsection (2).

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