Hall Chadwick hands Validus gig to ex-staffer

ex-Hall Chadwick senior manager Tim Cook

Balance Insolvency founder Tim Cook.

We would have thought that if something INO wrote forced a pair of registered liquidators to relinquish an appointment as voluntary administrators (VAs) then that would potentially be beneficial for creditors but according to Hall Chadwick’s Brent Kijurina not so.

As INO reported last week in Hall Chadwick’s Validus DIRRI Heavy On Referrer Detail, Kijurina and colleague Richard Albarran recently lodged a lengthy Declaration of Independence, Relevant Relationships and Indemnities (DIRRI) in relation to their appointment as VAs of Validus Advisory Group (VAG).

The DIRRI was lengthy because the appointees had to provide significant detail, especially in terms of relevant relationships attaching to the VAG appointment.

All well and good. A detailed DIRRI generally goes a long way to dispelling any concerns about independence and conflicts that creditors might develop if the DIRR’s disclosures are deemed deficient.

But yesterday it emerged that Balance Insolvency founder and Hall Chadwick alumnus Tim Cook had taken over as VA of VAG and when we asked Kijurina and Albarran why they’d relinquished the role, the former blamed INO’s coverage.

” …. in our view, your articles were not helpful to creditors (or the general insolvency community) and we will be reserving all of our rights,” Kijurina said.

“Although we did not receive a Consent to Act from an alternative Administrator nominated by a creditor, given the insinuations made within your articles we considered it to be in the creditors’ interest for us to be replaced at the first meeting and in that regard we sought the Consent from an Alternative Administrator.

“We were also in touch with the Australian Securities & Investments Commission regarding our intentions and invited them to attend the first meeting which they did,” Kijurina said.

As at time of publication the Minutes of that first meeting were yet to appear on ASIC’s companies register so we can’t bring you a report on how that was brought about but orders made in the NSW Supreme Court yesterday show that an application to wind up VAG will be heard on September 3 and that Cook has agreed not to hold the second meeting of creditors or apply to extend the convening period before September 4.

That application was brought by Consolidated Tin Mines, which had previously been both a client of VAG and under the control of Hall Chadwick’s Kathleen Vouris and Blair Pleash, first as VAs then as deed administrators of a Deed of Company Arrangement (DoCA) which has since been effectuated.

ASIC was mumchance when asked about its interest in VAG but we do know that it also attended the first meeting of creditors of Capital Mining last May.

Kijurina, Albarran and Hall Chadwick’s West Australia partner Cameron Shaw were appointed VAs following a referral from Shannon Davis, who is a director of D+D Recoveries, which has a relevant relationship with Hall Chadwick. Davis is also director of Validus Equities, a VAG related entity.

Creditors subsequently replaced the Hall Chadwick trio with Andrew Cummins and Peter Krejci from BRI Ferrier.

Further reading:

Hall Chadwick’s Validus Link Snapped By BRI

Hall Chadwick’s Validus DIRRI Heavy On Referrer Detail

About the Author

Peter Gosnell
Insolvency News Online illuminates the practice of insolvency Australia-wide, highlighting the triumphs and travails of the nation’s registered practitioners and the accounting and legal professionals who work with them. INO is produced by Peter Gosnell, former business editor and senior business reporter at The Daily Telegraph newspaper. During a decade-long career, your correspondent reported on such notable corporate collapses as HIH, One.Tel, Westpoint and Fincorp as well as some of the nation's highest profile bankruptcies and the investigations and prosecutions arising from Australia's most notorious instances of white-collar crime.

1 Comment on "Hall Chadwick hands Validus gig to ex-staffer"

  1. In. spite of all the intel ASIC has received it lacks the resolve to enforce. Said conduct of the individuals stated in your column will continue unabated whilst ASIC’s focus is purely revenue for Treasury.

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