Litigation

What’s in a word – dVT boss tackles Lloyds of London

dVT’s Riad Tayeh dVT Group’s Riad Tayeh has plenty on his plate in this, the second year of the 21st century’s first pandemic. For starters the mid-tier firm’s co-founder may have to facing potentially ruinous recovery action courtesy of Timbercorp liquidators Craig Shepard and Mark Korda after the KordaMentha duo extracted a favourable decision from Victorian Supreme Court last month. As a consequence, Tayeh and…


Privilege dispute leaves liquidator with costs

Cor Cordis Melbourne partner Bruno Secatore. The week wouldn’t be complete if we didn’t revisit briefly the ongoing slugfest between Cor Cordis Melbourne boss Bruno Secatore and Deloitte as the former delves into the latter’s lengthy involvement with the Bob Jane tyre empire. As liquidator of Bob Jane Group entity Last Lap Pty Ltd Secatore has succeeded in having summonses for public examination issued to…


dVT duo cop whopper Timbercorp debt

dVT Group founder Anton De Vries dVT’s Riad Tayeh A recent judgment of the Supreme Court of Victoria might see amiable dVT Group partner Riad Tayeh forced to take decisive action, which could ultimately include declaring bankruptcy. The reasons for such a potential and at this stage hypothetical course lie in the findings of Victorian Supreme Court Judge Peter Riordan, who on February 5 ruled…


Proof of debt decisions could cost Victorian a VA

Greyhouse Partners’ Ben Verney. O’Brien Palmer’s Chris Palmer. Victorian practitioner Ben Verney is clinging tenaciously to the administration of Icon Constructions (NSW) Pty Ltd but decisions he made in respect of proofs of debt at the first meeting could see him stripped of the appointment before the year is ended. Lawyers for Owners Corporations (OCs), developers and unit owners claiming for building defects – this…


Ferrier Hodgson pair duped by fake mortgages

KPMG’s Max Donnelly. KPMG’s Robyn Duggan. A judge has suggested liquidators and former partners of Ferrier Hodgson demonstrated one of the last desirable characteristics in those responsible for administering insolvent entities – they were too trusting. In Combined Property Holdings Pty Ltd v Galea & Ors [2020] QSC 338 Justice James Henry of the Supreme Court of Queensland in Cairns recounts how Robyn Duggan and…


Liquidator facing alleged 180, 181 breaches

Sydney liquidator Greg Parker has been handed a potential migraine after a judge ordered ASIC to reinstate two companies wound up by Parker and subsequently deregistered in 2016 and 2019. The companies – Worldwide Speciality Property Services Pty Ltd (WSPS) and Serif Pty Ltd (Serif) – between them controlled a suite of patents lodged in the US. Those patents have since expired and the companies’…


DIRRIs galore for under scrutiny Hall Chadwick trio

Hall Chadwick’s Steve Gladman. Hall Chadwick’s Richard Albarran. Hall Chadwick partners Steve Gladman, Richard Albarran and David Ross have lodged no shortage of DIRRIs these past seven months in a bid to clarify the extent of their involvement with Pacific Biotechnologies Ltd (PacBiotech). Given that that involvement extends from an engagement as investigating accountants in February to acting as fully funded deed administrators presently, five…


Court refuses trust asset indemnity pre-examination

No trust asset indemnity ex ante – Hogan Sprowles’ Partner Chris Sprowles. Hogan Sprowles‘ Chris Sprowles‘ must have had the confidence meter on full recently when he sought priority over contested trust assets to ensure he was indemnified for undertaking a public examination, to be conducted after he obtained the indemnity. As is revealed in Structum Pty Ltd v CWCN Pty Ltd [2020] NSWSC 1314…


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…


Sargon stand-off heats up as PwC pair resist

PwC’s Daniel Walley. PwC’s Chris Hill. The contest over whose security interest prevails in respect of assets linked to failed fintech Sargon Capital is heating up as receivers for the respective security holders continue to battle it out in the Federal and Supreme Courts. On Monday counsel for Jason Preston and Shaun Fraser were back in the Supreme Court to continue their stoush over access…