PPB pair’s consents preferred for crack at Wolli Creek

NR Wolli Creek

dVT Group’s Riad Tayeh.

Newly appointed provisional liquidator of NR Wolli Creek

PPBA’s Glenn Livingstone.

Riad Tayeh came within a whisker of a plumb provisional liquidators role yesterday but Steve Parbery and Glenn Livingstone pipped the dVT Group principal at the post.

Although late comers, the PPB Advisory pair also vaulted over five others lined up with consents to act as provisional liquidators of NR Wolli Creek, which ANZ placed into receivership in June 2015.

The five were EY’s Marcus Ayres and Brett Lord, SV Partners’ Jason Porter and Shumit Banerjee and Veritas Advisory principal David Iannuzzi.

The alternates were seemingly a response to Tayeh’s nomination as provisional liquidator, as proposed by the plaintiff and NR Wolli Creek director Shumiao Zhu, who has been at loggerheads with his co-director and shareholder Sam Fayad of the Dyldam construction group since as early as 2013.

Receivers Costa Nicodemou and Peter Krejci of BRI Ferrier have for some time been attempting to excise the complexity growing like scar tissue around the dispute between Zhu and Fayad and the BVI-registered PA Resources Opportunity Limited about the Guess Avenue apartment development at Wolli Creek in Sydney’s west.

SiN understands profitable completion has been hampered by the invoking of sunset clauses on apartment sale contracts, with a large proportion involving China-based buyers written by Zhu’s wife and real estate agent Yun Li.

At an interlocutory hearing yesterday, NSW Supreme Court judge Ashley Black heard from the various parties to the litigation, including Nicodemou and Krejci, as to why provisional liquidators from a large firm should get the gig.

Explaining to the plaintiff’s counsel that he could not appoint a provisional liquidator for any purpose other than to ultimately wind up the company, Justice Black then said: “The live matter of controversy is the identity of the provisional liquidator.”

No longer. Late yesterday the court accepted the Parbery and Livingstone consents and it’ll be they who are funded to investigate potential voidable transactions alleged to have taken place prior to the appointment of the receivers, assuming the PPBA pair and Zhu can agree on funding and its terms and conditions.

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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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