‘You can’t dance at two weddings with one behind’ (Yiddish proverb)

The uneasy dual role of creditor and shareholder

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A previous post mentioned the rudimentary rule on distributions in the ‘partnership en commandite’ (limited liability partnership) in article 206 of the Belgian Company Code (‘BCC’), dating back to 1873:

“Third parties can force [the limited partner] to return any interest or dividends distributed to him, if such distributions are not taken from the non-fictitious profits of the partnership. The unlimited partner has recourse against the manager for any distributions he had to return, in case of fraud, bad faith or serious negligence by the manager.”

Today we discuss how one word in this antique (yet inspiring) rule foreshadows a topical subject: Continue reading “‘You can’t dance at two weddings with one behind’ (Yiddish proverb)”

Distributions to shareholders: inspiration from the ‘partnership en commandite’?

In case of an irregular distribution a shareholder – even in good faith – is less deserving of protection than a creditor

A previous post had a look at the ancient partnership en commandite as a treasure-trove for company law reform. This post explores what we can learn from the ‘partnership en commandite’ for the regulation of  distributions to shareholders. Continue reading “Distributions to shareholders: inspiration from the ‘partnership en commandite’?”