Maria O'Brien


Ipso facto clause An ipso facto clause is a contractual provision that allows one party to the contract to terminate or modify the operation of the contract upon the occurrence of a specified insolvency related event (such as the appointment of an administrator, receiver or liquidator) in respect of another party. Examples include: a clause that entitles a landlord to terminate a lease in the event that an administrator is appointed to the tenant; anda…


The concept of winding up does not exclusively apply to insolvent companies. Solvent companies can also be wound up, on the initiation of the company’s directors and shareholders (for example, as part of a corporate reconstruction or to close down non-operating or redundant entities).

An overview of the two key procedures to effect the dissolution of a solvent Australian company, being Members’ Voluntary Liquidation and Deregistration, is set out below.