ASIC

PwC’s Vickers on collision course with Ostwald COI

PwC’s Derrick Vickers and the Committee of Inspection (COI) of the failed construction contractor Ostwald Bros Pty Ltd (OB) are set to clash when the parties convene next week for the hearing of Vicker’s rule 80-55 court application to validate transactions he entered into with various former COI members whilst trading OB in administration and in liquidation. Minutes of an informal COI meeting held yesterday reveal…


Rodgers Reidy partner calls time on insolvency

After a year during which his family was targeted with death threats by people known to the police, Rodgers Reidy partner Rob Moody has decided he’s had enough. SiN understands Moodie, who did not want to comment for this story, asked ASIC to cancel his liquidator’s registration some time late last year after deciding he’d had enough of the insolvency game, particularly in regards to dealing with small business…


Confidential ATO data shows phoenixing on the rise

More than 20 per cent of liquidations could involve illegal phoenix activity according to confidential Australian Tax Office (ATO) data divulged this week by Minister for Financial Services Kelly O’Dwyer, who also laid bare the inadequacy of efforts to curb the practice and eradicate complicit liquidators during a speech to Parliament on Wednesday. The Member for Higgins addressed the House of Representatives on the underlying purpose of the…


SiN 2017 – the Year in Review

The year is done, Christmas is come and for SiN it is time to replenish the reservoir of curiosity ahead of what promises to be a fascinating 2018. From next year the Insolvency Law Reform Act (ILRA) will be in full swing. Insolvency practitioners will face a world where creditors will have expanded powers. Appointees will need to get used to being replaced. Courts too…


Colourful cast no barrier to embattled liquidator

David Iannuzzi might be vigorously defending legal action launched in the Federal Court by the Commissioner of Taxation (CoT) but the stress of fighting off a bid to ban him for 10 years hasn’t stopped the Veritas Advisory principal accepting appointments even when they’re linked to a who’s who of the colourful and the controversial. Last month Iannuzzi accepted an appointment as receiver over Goorigubba Pty Ltd, which has…


Same referrers tar liquidators marked for termination

One of the most interesting aspects of chronicling the insolvency profession’s triumphs and tribulations involves the frequent observance of coincidence. The regulated population of registered liquidators might seem small, but not necessarily in the context of the amount of work available, which is a question that brings us to consideration of the sources of appointments. In the latest occurrence of coincidence, two liquidators facing efforts…


ASIC inquiry into Sheahan and Lock imminent

When there’s $47 million in cash at stake, cross border insolvency issues and allegations that the disputed funds are proceeds of crime, it’s not surprising that the practitioners involved would fall out but the saga of Cedenco JV Australia/SK Foods Australia is one for the record books. Not only have liquidators John Sheahan and Ian Lock locked horns with receivers Mark Korda and Craig Shepherd during…


New ASIC boss should bring a broom

Before one casts a critical eye over the back yards of others, one’s own patch must be beyond reproach, which brings us to the slightly unkempt quarter acre awaiting incoming ASIC chairman James Shipton. “One of the reasons I left to become a regulator is that I genuinely believed that financial institutions, big and small, had lost their way and were losing the trust of…