May 2016

Grant Thornton excoriated over Arrium

HELL hath no fury like a banker denied the voluntary administrator (VA) of his choice, as Grant Thornton’s Paul Billingham discovered during his truncated tenure as VA of Arrium. As a result of accepting the appointment, SiN understands at least four receiverships were lopped from GT’s advisory division in a day. The axe was wielded by Westpac’s restructuring chief Gwyn Morgan, who wanted good mate Peter Andersen’s firm McGrathNicol…


“Ambitious” preference pursuit derailed by judge

Liquidators can on occasion err in pursuit of a preference but incorrectly defining insolvency and testifying as one’s own expert witness? The cake has well and truly been taken. Or at least it has if you accept the conclusions of the Federal Court’s Justice Jim Edelman In the matter of FPJ Group Pty Ltd (In Liquidation). His honour’s judgement deals with a $153,554.00 claim for…


Bruck probe puts Needham and Taylor fourth

THE politically-charged liquidation of Bruck Textile Technologies (BTT) has catapulted HLB Man Judd partners Andrew Needham and Barry Taylor to number four on the list of Assetless Administration Fund (AAF) recipients. Since December 2014 Needham and Taylor have received $499,647.50 in AAF monies to fund their investigations into BTT’s controversial restructure, which took place prior to their appointment by creditors voluntary liquidation on July 11, 2014. Half…


Bruck scrutiny attracts FEG and ASIC funding

ASIC and the Department of Employment’s (DoE) Active Creditor Program are for the first time simultaneously funding liquidators in a bid to unpick the 2014 restructure of Bruck Textiles Technologies (BTT). BTT was wound up by a creditors voluntary liquidation (CVL) initiated by its shareholder, Australian Textile Group (ATG) on July 11, 2014. HLB Man Judd’s Andrew Needham and Barry Taylor were appointed joint liquidators. A day…


FTI yet to consent to Parbery as SPL

AN application to appoint PPB Advisory’s Steve Parbery special purpose liquidator (SPL) of Queensland Nickel (QN) has been lodged in the Federal Court but the stricken nickel firm’s general purpose liquidators (GPLs) are yet to declare whether they will consent to or contest the move. Quentin Olde, one of four FTI Consulting partners formerly appointed GPLs to QN on April 27 told SiN yesterday that the…