Winterbottom quits Kordas

David Winterbottom is leaving KordaMenthaDavid Winterbottom is eying a less stressful life as a consultant and a director on boards.
David Winterbottom - leaving KordaMentha

David Winterbottom: leaving KordaMentha for a quieter life as a director and consultant. Image: ReachOut Australia

KordaMentha restructuring veteran David Winterbottom confirmed to SiN yesterday he is leaving the top tier practice for the less burdensome life of consulting and directorships.

The 52 year old, who started KordaMentha’s Sydney office with another ex-EY and Arthur Anderson alumni, Martin Madden in 2004, said after 30 years in insolvency he was ready to do something else. He had told the “two Marks” of his intentions several months ago and was in the process of finalising his exit.

“I’ve got two pages of appointments I need to transfer to other partners ,” Winterbottom said yesterday, denying with a laugh SiN’s suggestion that departure was in any way connected to the new Insolvency Law Reform Act (ILRA) and the more onerous regime of compliance its promises to impose on practitioners.

“No. The easiest decision for me would be to keep slugging away but after 30 years I’m ready to do something else and I think the time is right. That said, I think the ILRA will really change the profession and it’s going to be interesting to watch,” he said.

SiN will also monitor Winterbottom’s liquidator’s registration to see if he maintains it or lets it lapse. We’re betting on the latter.

Winterbottom wouldn’t be drawn on the question of his equity in the practice, preferring to talk about his future plans. He said the skills and contacts acquired in a 30 years career insolvency and restructuring would stand him in good stead as he looked to expand his range of directorships.

He is already a director and the chairman of the audit committee for ReachOut Australia and in February took a seat on the board of Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia, which raises money to treat women injured during labour.

Expect that number to increase once Winterbottom departs. In the meantime it will be interesting to see if Kordas appoints a new Sydney office managing partner or decides the role is redundant.

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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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