What is a Receivership?

According to PWC, a Receivership is a remedy available to secured creditors to recover amounts outstanding under a secured loan in the event the company defaults on its loan payments. A Receiver may also be appointed in a shareholder dispute to complete a project, liquidate assets or sell a business.

In Kenya, the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) has previously put over 3 banks under the Kenya Deposit Insurance Corporation (KDIC) receivership which include the recently troubled Imperial Bank, Dubai Bank and now recently Chase Bank.

Typically, the process begins with the appointment of a Receiver either by the secured creditor under a security agreement (“Privately Appointed Receivership”) or by the Court on behalf of a secured creditor (“Court Appointed Receivership”). Only a licensed Trustee in Bankruptcy can act as a Receiver.

Privately Appointed Receivers will generally only act on behalf of the secured creditor that appointed them and will realize on the assets specifically covered by the loan agreement. Court Appointed Receivers however, are officers of the Court and act on behalf of all creditors. The powers and rights of Court Appointed Receivers are included in the Court order that appointed them.

The Receiver is appointed to take possession of and sell or liquidate the assets secured by the security agreement in order to repay the outstanding debt.

In a Receivership, a secured creditor or the Court may also appoint a Receiver-Manager to operate and manage the business until it is sold as a going concern.

The Receiver’s duties also include notifying creditors of the receivership and regular reporting to the Official Receiver (a representative of the Office of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy) and/or the Court on the status of the receivership.

Receivership and bankruptcy are not mutually exclusive, they can occur at the same time or a receivership can occur without a company being bankrupt. The same firm may act as Trustee in Bankruptcy and Receiver, but often different firms are appointed to these roles.

The Receiver is tasked with selling the assets secured under the security agreement and after deducting the receivership’s fees and expenses, distributing the proceeds from the sale to creditors on a priority basis. In situations where the proceeds from the sale of assets are not sufficient to fully repay the liabilities of the secured creditor, no realizations will be available for distribution to the unsecured creditors.

How to reach KDIC about Chase Bank after receivership

Following the placing of Chase Bank Kenya under receivership, customers are in panic mode. In the interest of its depositors, creditors and members of the public, CBK has appointed Kenya Deposit Insurance Corporation (KDIC) as the receiver manager. Here’s more information.

Customers can now follow up on their Chase Bank accounts via the Kenya Deposit Insurance Corporation which is located at 1st Floor, CBK Pension House, Harambee Avenue, Nairobi, Kenya. Their website is http://www.depositinsurance.go.ke/.

Those with questions can call the KDIC on Tel. No. 0770 887992. Customers can also contact KDIC on email: kdiccommunications@depositinsurance.go.ke for more information.

Chase Bank has since issued a statement seeking to quell rumors that customers’ funds were at risk.

“We would like to take this moment to reassure the general public that our customers’ funds and investments are safe. ” A statement on their Facebook page read.

According to CBK, the KDCI team would be given 12 months to come up with an “appropriate resolution strategy”.

All 62 of its branches would remain closed until new management was put in place, said CBK chief Patrick Ngugi Njoroge.

“The Central Bank of Kenya has today Thursday appointed Kenya Deposit Insurance Corporation (KDIC) as the receiver manager for Chase Bank Limited for a period of twelve months, pursuant to the provisions of Sections 43 (1), 43(2) and (53)1 of the Kenya Deposit Insurance Act, 2012,” said CBK in a statement.

KDIC will assume the management, control and conduct of the affairs and business of the institution to the exclusion of its board of its directors and advise CBK of an appropriate resolution strategy as soon as it practicable and not later than twelve months, CBK said in the statement.

CBK has previously put 2 other banks under KDIC receivership which include the recently troubled Imperial Bank and Dubai Bank. Seventeen (17) other financial institutions are currently under liquidation.

Other Information Sources

Chase Bank Limited (In Receivership) 07-04-2016
CBK puts Chase Bank in receivership
Chase Bank Ltd. (In Receivership)

Chase Bank placed under receivership for one year

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Update: Chase Bank Set to Reopen on April 27

Coldwell launches real estate CRM system in Kenya

Global real estate firm, Coldwell Banker Kenya, has launched a customer relationship management (CRM) system to drive sales for real estate companies in Kenya.

The system generates property leads, locally and internationally, directly to real estate firms’ email addresses, and helps firms profitably manage their property listings, conduct target marketing, track property payments and commissions, and run social media and e-mail activity tracking.

“The system is cloud based, and available on multiple servers replicated all over the world for security and scalability reasons. Users access its features using a username and password,” said Danielle Callaway, Managing Director, Coldwell Banker Kenya.

The CRM also manages contacts and personal schedules, provides reporting tools, assist in importing popular business software, such as QuickBooks for accounting, as well as acting as a referral network for agents within the system.

“Networking globally is the way to go for real estate companies that are banking on growing their business and remaining competitive in today’s real estate space,” said Callaway. “And lead generation is more than the traditional practice of ‘I know a person who wants to buy in a particular area’.”

“Selling a property requires multiple leads in order to increase the chances of it being sold quicker,” she said.

Currently, most property listings in Kenya are not personalized. If a potential buyer or tenant is looking for a three bedroom apartment unit to buy or rent in Lavington, for instance, many of the listings will give all the three bedroom apartments available in their databases, including those not in Lavington.

This can put off potential buyers, as the buying or renting process becomes cumbersome.

However, the Coldwell Banker Kenya system provides contact management systems where agents and real estate companies can get scalable databases and categorise them, with the system able to match buyer preferences specifically to seller offers.

The system links the properties from all Coldwell Banker agents with all other agencies within the CRM system, effectively pooling all buyer and seller leads, while enabling companies to see the top choices in their listings, see the serious buyers and the speculators, and also update their listings to show changes in availability dates, or when a house is sold.

The system also provides members with industry data and statistics, and works from its own internal data to show market trends in pricing, rents, selling timelines, and geographical activity.

In addition, it tracks every lead, including when an offer is made, when and how much commission is paid, how much of it is going to agent or to the company, the tax element if any on the commission and any other levy.

Coldwell Banker’s CRM system also provides online calendar facilities for planning across scheduled meetings, real estate showings, automatic reminders and all real estate related activities.

“The beauty about our system is that users can opt to adopt a calendar, or if they are already using a Google calendar, for instance, they can simply import it into the system and continue using it, except that it will now be integrated with all the other information in their CRM account,” said Ms Callaway.

Large Cash Transactions to Attract Scrutiny

The Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) has issued new guidelines for mandatory information that Kenyans will be required to provide when handling large cash banking transactions, equal to or exceeding USD 10,000 or its equivalent in Kenya Shillings or any other currency.

These guidelines take effect immediately and customers of various banks in Kenya will be required to fill a declaration form to provide the following details:

  • Why is the large cash deposit or withdrawal necessary?
  • Why can’t the cash deposit or withdrawal be made through electronic means?
  • Where will the money be taken after it leaves the bank premises?
  • What is the money going to be used for?
  • Who will be the direct and indirect beneficiaries of the money?
  • What is the full identity of the intended beneficiaries of the money?
  • What is the source of the money being deposited or withdrawn over the counter?

According to CBK, the new regulations are designed to encourage the use of electronic payments and reduce the inherent risks involved with cash transactions. Electronic payments are beneficial to customers as they reduce losses due to fraud and theft.

To stay on the safe side of the regulations, banks in Kenya are offering alternate payment solutions such as

  • Electronic Funds Transfers (EFTs)
  • Real Time Gross Settlements (RTGS)
  • Mobile payments
  • Online Banking
  • Cross border funds transfers i.e. SWIFT
  • Cheques (both Bankers and Personal cheques)