Suspension of payments

Suspension of payments is a situation affecting an individual or a company whereby they no longer possess sufficient liquidity (available assets) to repay their outstanding debts.

The state of suspension of payments should not be confused with the state of insolvency. Insolvency is a permanent state, while suspension of payments may be a temporary state resulting from a short-term lack of liquidity.

Updated 09/04/2018

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