Ousted Hathway launches new firm

Helm Advisory founder Stephen Hathway with senior manager Adam Preiner

STEPHEN Hathway hasn’t wasted time. Little more than a month after being ejected from the SV Partners’ Sydney practice he co-founded, Hathway is up and running with a new outfit he’s dubbed Helm Advisory.

ASIC records show Helm Advisory Pty Ltd was registered on August 31 and SiN dropped into the new offices at 32 Martin Place yesterday to meet the team.

The core is made up of SV defectors. There’s senior manager Adam Preiner, senior accountant Yuhan Tan and supervisor Alvin Yu. Their decision to break with SV was critical in ensuring Hathway could continue managing the appointments he brought with him.

Including the founder and the SV three, Helms’ initial complement is seven but Hathway said he’s on the lookout for another registered liquidator and possibly a trustee in bankruptcy to complete the team, which he sees as operating firmly in the SME debtor space.

“There’s a whole discussion about what is the ideal size of a debtor’s insolvency practice,” Hathway said.

“The trap is growing it to a size where you start building a head office and the head office starts charging and some people in the head office don’t believe they have to work on the files and they just become something that has to be paid for,” he said.

When contacted SV Partners’ managing director Terry van der Velde dismissed suggestions that Hathway’s axing and the loss of three staff would precipitate further redundancies at the Sydney practice.

“We are certainly not making anyone redundant, in fact there are top quality candidates in the market at present so it gives us an opportunity to hire them,” van der Velde said.

See also: SV ditches executive director

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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.

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