Directors

PKF pounces as Hall Chadwick bounces

In: PKF’s Paul Allen. Out: Hall Chadwick’s Richard Lawrence. The torment endured by Hall Chadwick pair Richard Lawrence and Richard Albarran these last 18 months came to an end this week when creditors of Tauro Capital (In Liq) turfed them out to make way for Paul Allen and Jason Stone from PKF. iNO’s agents in Melbourne reported that Tauro creditors, some of whom had been…


Liquidator chases D&O claim via bankruptcy trustee

Meerten Charted Accountants founder Austin Taylor. Duncan Powell’s Stephen Duncan. Maybe they have long memories down in South Australia? iNO doesn’t know. We didn’t stay. But locals like Austin Taylor of Meertens Chartered Accountants would appear to at least be willing to go way back if the revelations contained in Taylor (liquidator) v Trustee, bankrupt estate of Heading, in the matter of Heading [2020] FCA…


Arrest threat for alleged phoenix mastermind

Western Sydney businessman and sometimes insolvency referrer Gino Cassaniti could face arrest after he failed to appear for public examination in the Federal Court yesterday. iNO understands a medical certificate provided by Cassaniti contained no details of the illness preventing him from attending the court to comply with the terms of his examination summons, which required his attendance yesterday and today. If he fails to…


Liquidator registers interest for fees on PPSR – briefly

Jirsch Sutherland’s Malcolm Howell. While nobody’s giving much away it would seem that the liquidation of AFX Group Proprietary Limited is quite the cluster___. “Messy” was how one insider described the related party-laden morass to iNO yesterday and no doubt Jirsch Sutherland partner Malcolm Howell, who is owed more than a quarter of a million in fees, would agree. As iNO previously reported Howell was…


Ex-liquidator summonsed in Project Cargo tax probe

Ex-liquidator David Iannuzzi. Veritas Advisory’s David Iannuzzi may have avoided a grilling last year when he consented to orders banning him from practising as a liquidator for a decade but that won’t prevent him appearing next week in public examinations being conducted by the liquidators of RC Group (Aust) Limited (RC Group) as part of the ATO’s Project Cargo inquiry into alleged tax evasion. Iannuzzi…


Weston V Cathro over 2nd bite of South Pelagic

DW Advisory’s Paul Weston. Worrells partner Simon Cathro. DW Advisory’s Paul Weston is demonstrating an optimistic streak of generous width, putting his hand up to replace the man who replaced him little more six months ago. Weston, who did not respond to inquiries prior to iNO’s deadline, has been given the chance to takeover as liquidator of South Pelagic Holdings Pty Ltd. That opportunity has…


de Jong Read chief examined by McGrathNicol

McGrathNicol’s Anthony Connelly. de Jonge Read founder and executive director Henry ‘Hank’ de Jonge. Hank de Jonge, founder of self-declared insolvency specialists de Jonge Read, is among a group of de Jonge Read staff and former staff questioned during public examinations conducted earlier this month by the liquidator of Harker Accounting. In addition to the firm founder, executive director Ashley Shield, strategist Darren Addison, strategy…


Receiver guilty of misconduct but retains role

BPS Reconstruction & Recovery partner Simon Nelson. South-of-the-wall IP Simon Nelson has copped a finding of misconduct from a judge of the Victorian Supreme Court but has retained his position as receiver of Tomi-Sasha Holdings Pty Ltd, the former corporate trustee of the National Property Trust controlled by wealthy Melburnians Eileen and Wayne Crewes. In Re Tomi-Sasha Holdings Pty Ltd (rec and mgr apptd)(adm apptd)…


Sargon receivers embroiled in Federal Court disputes

McGrathNicol’s Shaun Fraser. The receivers of various Sargon Group entities and their appointors are allegedly “embroiled” in two disputes in the Federal Court”, a court heard this week. The claim was made on Monday in the NSW Supreme Court by lawyers for one set of receivers – PwC’s Chris Hill and Dan Walley – in their capacity as receivers of SC Australian Holdings 1 Pty…


Fly365 “flush with cash” before liquidator appointed

Aston Chace’s Ian Niccol. Aston Chace’s Vincent Pirina. A court has heard that the coffers of failed online travel agency Fly365 were “flush with cash” only days before the company was placed into liquidation, plunging the travel plans of thousands into chaos and leaving creditors chasing up to $30 million in debts. The revelations emerged during an ex-parte application in the Federal Court yesterday brought…