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France

Financial difficulties

Updated 07/2009

Legal requirements

France's commercial code sets out ways for ensuring a healthy business.

Stabilising a business

Businesses in financial difficulty, but not insolvent, can receive help without initiating insolvency proceedings.

Two forms of amicable settlement are available to business owners: the ad hoc              mandate and the conciliation procedure.

When a business is set up or taken over, the new owner must take certain steps to anticipate difficulties (e.g. market studies, scrutiny of commercial leases, risk prevention with insurers).

An active business can anticipate financial difficulties by calculating its break-even point, producing monthly progress reports, analysing annual accounts, and tracking its invoicing and collection methods.

Access to different sources of finance can help overcome financial difficulties.

When filing for bankruptcy is the only option left for a business owner, it pays to cut your losses, initiate proceedings sooner rather than later, and move on to a new project.

Administrative procedures

Defaulting on payment

Business owners in financial difficulties must notify the commercial court before defaulting on any payments.

Deferment of payment

To deal with financial difficulties, business owners can request a timescale from the social security authorities for settling their contributions along with facilities from the receiver for tax payments.

Resources

No business is immune to financial difficulties, so you should constantly anticipate, pinpoint and address any such problems.

You can also analyse the health of your business using the Banque de France              rating system and rating methods.

Help & advice

Help & advice

E-mail a business organisation near you

The EU runs a network (Enterprise Europe Network) of local business organisations in most European countries that may be able to help you.

Choose your country and town and enter your enquiry below.

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