floating charge

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floating charge

a security created by a company by debenture (in Scotland, a floating charge) over its whole assets and undertaking for the time being. The point of this form of security is that the company may continue to conduct its business, disposing of some assets and acquiring others without having to obtain the consent of the debenture holders for each disposal. In the event of a default, the charge crystallizes and becomes fixed and enforceable over the assets held at that time.
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English fixed and floating charges are created, perfected, prioritized, and enforced in essentially the same manner as American security interests.
statutory amounts payable to employees) rank in priority to any charge created as a floating charge.
below, floating charges are subordinate to administrative expenses, preferential creditors, and an unsecured creditors' prescribed share, but fixed charges are senior to all creditors except prior fixed charges.
insolvency law, which allows holders of floating charges on substantially the entire property of a borrower to appoint an administrative receiver, who effectively will be able to restrain the jurisdiction of the bankruptcy court over such assets.
This, together with the proposal to ring-fence a proportion of funds from floating charges, will benefit the ordinary trade creditor but to what extent remains to be seen.