Liquidator facing examination over insolvent trading

Pitcher Partners’
Bryan Hughes.
Sheridan’s Chartered Accountants principal Jennifer Low.

It’s never a good look when a registered liquidator and senior partner of a national insolvency firm is summonsed to appear for public examination.

When the examinee’s brother is involved in the brouhaha and there’s a glimmer of insolvent trading, well, it’s a sight to make eyes sore.

“The (Titan) Board are satisfied they acted appropriately at all times and will obviously assist the liquidator with her enquiries,” Bryan Hughes, Pitcher Partners.

And in the case of Titan Interactive Pty Ltd (Titan), which changed its name to ACN 116 313 921 Pty Ltd six weeks before appointing administrators in December 2018, this unsightly affair will also see the company’s liquidator examine her referrer.

Right you’re thinking. That’ll be the last time Pitcher Partners WA managing partner and Titan director Bryan Hughes sends a gig the way of his prospective interrogator Sheridan Chartered Accountant’s Jennifer Low.

But you’d be wrong. Hughes is not the vindictive type, at least not if his replies to our queries in respect of this matter are any guide.

When we asked Hughes why Low would want to haul him in for public examination he said it was just a matter of a liquidator doing their job.

“PE’s are common place,” Hughes said in response to iNO’s queries.

“We have not attempted to have the summonses stayed and we have no intention of doing that,” he said.

“The (Titan) Board are satisfied they acted appropriately at all times and will obviously assist the liquidator with her enquiries,” Hughes concluded.

Well if that don’t beat all. A more unruffled examinee-to-be it would be hard to find.

It would be interesting to know if Hughes’ co-examinees are exhibiting a similar degree of nonchalance in respect of their pending ordeal.

According to a recent Circular to Titan creditors that iNO dredged from the harbour’s bottom, joining Hughes in the witness box will be his brother and former Titan director Wayne Michael Hughes, former Titan director Norman Abby Asch, director Ian Peter Thubron, former company secretary Thomas Daniel Maher, BDO partner and company advisor Todd Christopher Grover and Simon Lenox Wycherley MacFarlane, from the company’s consultant Abacus Black Pty Ltd.

iNO’s mail is that key among the potential claims Low is investigating is insolvent trading and as she is being bankrolled by the FEG Active Creditor Recovery Unit you can bet Hughes’ and the other examinees’ directors and officers insurance policies are the ultimate target.

Barring any offer of settlement the examinations are scheduled to commence on June 15 and run for three days.

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