Social/Professional

Hall Chadwick Sydney partners miss court deadline

Hall Chadwick’s Richard Albarran. Barrister Geoff McDonald. Hall Chadwick might be doing very well in respect of its share of the national appointments pie but on Monday certain members of the Sydney partnership – present and past – received the judicial equivalent of a right bollocking. Partners Richard Albarran, David Kenney, Drew Townsend and Gino Malacco, along with former partners Paul Leroy, Geoff McDonald and Rob Elliott, have for…


Hall Chadwick engages safe harbour enthusiast

After several months contemplating her future from the perspective-focussing environs of the Holy Lands, Queensland-based liquidator Ginette Muller has agreed to join Hall Chadwick as a salaried partner. Speaking to iNO yesterday Muller confirmed the move, adding the expected cautionary note about issues yet to be resolved with former firm Jirsch Sutherland in respect of WIP. “I’m luckier than most because I have so few…


Olde to establish Ankura restructuring after FTI adios

Bound for Ankura – Liquidator Quentin Olde. Liquidator Quentin Olde looks to be preparing to establish an Asia Pacific restructuring practice for global professional services firm Ankura after resigning earlier this year as a senior managing director at FTI Consulting. Olde, who is on gardening leave until October 1, confirmed yesterday that he had joined the US headquartered, multi-disciplinary advisory firm but otherwise declined to…


11th hour and 59th minute VA bid dismissed

Chifley Advisory’s Gavin Moss When an insolvency practitioner accepts an appointment as voluntary administrator (VA) less than 24 hours before a winding up application is due to be heard, a casual observer might wonder what’s afoot. Yesterday iNO was moved to ponder just such whilst reading In the matter of Edifice Australia Pty Limited [2019] NSWSC 1215. Chifley Advisory’s Gavin Moss is the practitioner concerned…


ATO replaces VAs as IP succumbs to sequestration

Bankrupt IP Sam Henderson. The bankrupting of a former insolvency firm partner who’s worked at Jirsch Sutherland and Cor Cordis has triggered a wave of appointments, some of which have subsequently been overturned by the ATO. Samuel Henderson, who left Jirsch Sutherland in 2013 and then spent time at Cor Cordis before going out on his own, was bankrupted on Thursday, August 29, 2019 on…


BDO bulks up on agri-expertise with new hire

Shaun McKinnon: Goodbye Grant Thornton, hello BDO. As revealed by iNO last month, Shaun McKinnon has joined BDO after more than seven years at Grant Thornton. Confirming the move this week BDO national head of restructuring Andrew Fielding said McKinnon had joined “as a new advisory partner in the firm’s Brisbane office, specialising in providing Corporate Finance and Restructuring services with a focus on the…


More liquidators join retiree ranks

Grant Thornton CEO Greg Keith. Grant Thornton’s Paul Billingham. The roll of registered liquidators – currently standing at 653 – is losing a pair of veterans in the form of Grant Thornton’s Greg Keith and Paul Billingham, both of whom are planning to persist in professional life without the benefit or the burden of a license to liquidate. While the pair’s intentions have been no…


Kordas resisting shareholder move on Arrium boss

Squire Patton Boggs’ Amanda Banton. An interesting stoush has broken out between Arrium deed administrators (DAs) KordaMentha and Arrium shareholders seeking to publicly examine former director Colin Galbraith. Back in May a Registrar of the NSW Supreme Court issued an examination summons to Galbraith on the application of two shareholders represented by Amanda Banton from Squire Patton Boggs (SPB). Banton’s involvement indicates there’s likely a…


Hopefuls queue to replace Hall Chadwick after appeal

Hall Chadwick’s Steve Gladman. There’s nothing like the whiff of an appointment precariously clung to to bring out the competition. The aroma of opportunity, mingled with the reek of WIP slipping from a rival’s grasp – it’s catnip to ambitious IPs. In our latest review from the theatre of appointments lost, Hall Chadwick’s Steve Gladman is sniffing the wind and wondering if he’s at risk…


Solvency reports key in KPMG’s $3.5 mill BBY claim

PCI Partner’s John Melluish. PCI Partners’ John Melluish might soon find himself burning the midnight oil, if such an archaism can still be deployed to describe working long hours, after accepting an 11th hour engagement to prepare solvency reports for tennis legend Ken Rosewall. The octogenarian one time grass court maestro is attempting to fend off efforts to recover almost $3.5 million in payments received…