The coronavirus pandemic has raised new and complex challenges for businesses worldwide. Governments of many countries have sought to shore up their economies by supporting businesses through various means.

To a large extent private equity-backed businesses will be affected in much the same way as any other, but some of their specific features also give rise to some particular considerations, for example:

  • How should you balance the needs and demands of different stakeholders – debt providers, equity holders, management and employees?
  • Can emergency government funding be sought or is this inconsistent with the group’s existing financing package?
  • How can investor directors’ duties to different companies within a group structure be balanced in difficult times?

We have set out further commentary on each of these areas in this guide, and have also included further information on some of the main factors affecting many businesses, including in relation to commercial contracts and property.