Debentures — a ‘new’ meaning? Fons Hf v Corporal Ltd and another
A familiar requirement of secured credit is for the customer to provide a debenture, which is commonly understood as meaning security over the customer’s business and assets. However, a recent decision — Fons Hf v Corporal Ltd and another  EWCA 304 — highlighted an older and wider meaning of debenture: any document that creates or acknowledges a debt (and not just one creating security). A somewhat unusual twist was given to this wider meaning by the Court of Appeal in the case in question.
A company (Topco) had granted a charge over the shares in its subsidiary (Subco) in favour of Topco’s bank. The charge defined the ‘shares’ charged as including ‘…all shares, debentures… and other securities owned by Topco in Subco… or in which it has an interest’. As a shareholder in Subco, Topco made certain loans to Subco, although the bank was not initially aware of them. When the bank came to take legal action, the repayment rights of Topco under these loans were worth more than the charged shares in Subco…
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