Articles by Peter Gosnell

Insolvency Rankings – the top liquidators

Mackay Goodwin’s Domenic Calabretta. Image Mackay Goodwin. Last week iNO published some highlights from Sivaa Consulting working with BTLawyers‘ insolvency rankings for the first half of 2019/2020. Today we’re going a little more in depth, putting names and numbers of appointments together to show the top 15 liquidators nationally. As reported Grant Thornton’s Said Jahani topped the rankings with around 120 appointments to his name…


At liberty to make misery but so far nothing to show

KordaMentha’s Rahul Goyal. KordaMentha’s Jennifer Nettleton Rahul Goyal and Jennifer Nettleton have been granted liberty to make misery for rival Schon Condon as they ponder whether or not to pursue a special costs order against him. Being the special purpose liquidators (SPLs) of former precious metal refiner ACN 154 520 199 Pty Ltd, the KordaMentha pair recently applied for approval of almost $385,000 in fees…


BRI pair on the hook for Elevate wages

BRI Ferrier’s Geoff Granger. BRI Ferrier’s Geoff Grainger and Brian Silvia have been forced to pay an unindemnified wages bill for as much as $110,000 after they were dumped last year as administrators of Elevate (NSW) Pty Ltd.   In meeting Minutes obtained by iNO, Granger told Elevate (NSW)’s creditors on May 17, 2019 that there were no funds in the administration due to funds…


Brown Baldwin gig attracts Reviewing Liquidator

IRT Advisory’s Andrew Poulter. Reviewing Liquidator Will Colwell KPMG’s Will Colwell has begun to comb through the administration of a Victorian company connected to controversial Victorian accountant Chris Baldwin after being appointed reviewing liquidator of PBDB Services Pty Ltd. Colwell, one of 15 members of ASIC’s Reviewing Liquidators’ panel, commenced scrutiny of the PBDB Services liquidation last month after being approached by ASIC in October…


UPDATE! Insolvency Rankings – 1st half 2019/2020

Ralan Group boost: Grant Thornton’s Said Jahani. FTI Consulting’s Joanne Dunn. iNO had a stumble on Wednesday with some incomplete insolvency statistics but regrouped and today brings you the definitive breakdown for 1st half 2019/2020. Generously provided by Tony Sivaa of Sivaa Consulting, working with BTLawyers, the picture painted is familiar. Worrells is yet again front runner nationally with more than 450 appointments, including 314…


Even critics need liquidators

Hamilton Murphy’s Richard Rohrt. Menzies Advisory’s Michael Caspaney. One of the insolvency profession’s fiercest critics has seen fit to avail himself of the services of – you guessed it – a liquidator. Queensland-based John Goddard owns and operates Subbies United, a website whose raison d’être is to provide information and intelligence about builders and developers who may be nearing insolvency. Subbies United’s online resources are…



SV appointee’s lower fees repel William Buck pair

SV Partners’ Shumit Banerjee There’s nothing like a free plug from a judge and in this instance SV Partners is the beneficiary thanks to the Federal Court’s Jayne Jagot in Frisken, in the matter of Avant Garde Investments Pty Ltd v Cheema [2020] FCA 98. Justice Jagot was ruling on an application by Avant Garde Investments‘ receiver Daniel Frisken, who wanted the company wound up…


Jirsch partner quits Steller VA after vote controversy

Jirsch Sutherland’s Malcolm Howell. Jirsch Sutherland’s Malcolm Howell must be rueing the relaxed attitude that permeates Australia’s holiday season interlude, given if it were not for an overlooked envelope he might still be administrator of ACN 168 479 614 Pty Ltd, formerly known as Steller Developments Pty Ltd. As it is, the Melbourne-based partner has consented to orders made in the NSW Supreme Court last…


Olde boosts Ankura presence with FTI hires

From FTI to Ankura – Preeti Inchody From FTI to Ankura – Liam Healey Given Ankura’s global boss Kev Lavin was once part of FTI Consulting it comes as no surprise to see Quentin Olde, the man responsible for establishing Ankura’s presence down under and himself a relatively recent departee from FTI, turning to FTI’s ranks to build a team. Olde was on Linked In…