Liquidators

Resolve hopes to disrupt anad dominate

Resolve looking to disrupt and dominate

A trio of entrepreneurs is preparing to shake up the established model of distressed asset sales by launching Resolve, an online platform designed to effect transactions between insolvency practitioners and distressed asset investors on a secure digital exchange. The three Melbournians – Edward Scott, and brothers Simon and Andrew Plummer – see an opportunity to recreate the existing process by which practitioners with assets to sell…


Judge cuts EY partner’s “disproportionate” claim

Henry Kazar received a less than ideal send off to the financial year thanks to Justice John Griffiths, who on June 30 decided that the EY partner’s claim for $64,390.50 was coming it a trifle high given Kazar and his team laboured for years to engineer a land sale that raised all of fifty grand. Kazar applied to the Federal Court in April of this year to have…


Willmott Forests litigation over?

PPB avoids “acrimonious” Willmott litigation

If avoiding an acrimonious trial involving serious allegations of impropriety can be categorised as a good result then PPB Advisory’s Ian Carson and Craig Crosby have engineered such after the Supreme Court of Victoria endorsed a deed of settlement between the pair as Willmott Forests‘ liquidators and the company’s responsible entity, Primary Securities. In the recent judgment of Justice James Judd in Primary Securities Ltd v Willmott Forests…


Litigation funder accused of “collusive” agreement

Andrew Wily’s relinquishing of his liquidator’s ticket is generating some interesting fallout, with an application by one of Wily’s replacements leading to the publication of an eyebrow raising allegation about a litigation funder, courtesy of the judge before whom the application was made. In the matter of City Pacific Limited [2017] NSWSC 784  Justice Paul Brereton of the Supreme Court of NSW included in his judgment a tale that…


Ray Sutcliffe rubbed out for three minimum

ASIC stamps out Victorian liquidator Ray Sutcliffe

The liquidator regulator continues to use non-compliance as a means by which to cull under-performers and this week it was Raymond Anthony Sutcliffe offering up a mea culpa in the form of an enforceable undertaking (EU) that effectively benches the Melbournian for a minimum three years effective from June 28, 2017. According to the ASIC announcement the EU requires Sutcliffe to request that his registration be…


Report reveals insolvencies linked to scam syndicate

Searches of insolvent companies referred to in Pitcher Partners‘ report on the A & S Services Australia Group (ASSAG) have identified at least one insolvency practice whose principals are now assisting regulators probing a multi-million dollar tax evasion scheme allegedly masterminded by former bankrupt Philip Whiteman. Pitcher’s partner and report author Andrew Yeo, who interviewed various individuals connected to ASSAG, said in the report that ASSAG group…


Specualtive demand era may be ending.

Liquidator roasted over speculative demand tactics

Sydney liquidator Gregory Jay Parker may not be presently enamoured of the wisdom of Federal Court judge Michael Lee, at least as it applies to the practice of issuing a speculative demand. This week in The matter of Worldwide Property Services Pty Limited (In Liquidation ACN 066 573 671) the judge included some less than flattering comments about Parker’s optimistic April 13 ex-parte application for an extension of…


Imprudent play attracts judge's admonishment

Hall Chadwick pair imprudent but not unreasonable

A messy little stoush between two registered training organisations that began before Blair Pleash and Kathleen Vouris were appointed liquidators of Get Qualified Australia has concluded with the Hall Chadwick pair spared an order that they pay thousands of dollars in legal fees personally. But in so finding, Federal Court judge Brigitte Markovic was moved to remark on their conduct. “While I have not found…


Jamieson Louttit is grimly determined in his battle with FEG over fees.

Louttit FOIs FEG in battle over liquidation fees

With final submissions to the Department of Employment’s Reforms to address corporate misuse of the Fair Entitlements Guarantee (FEG) Scheme discussion paper due today, SiN thought it appropriate to revisit the tooth and nail struggle in which Sydney liquidator Jamieson Louttit has been engaged since receiving a $500,000 claim from the Department’s FEG Recovery Unit. The FEG recovery team are of the view that appointees are…


Trust assets question determined in IP's favour

Cor Cordis pair score big on trust assets

The Federal Court has a delivered a wide ranging judgment on the disposal of trust assets by liquidators and receiver/managers that will have the Department of Employment’s FEG recovery unit abuzz as it prepares its appeal to the decision of Amerind Pty Ltd (receivers and managers apptd) (in liq) [2017] VSC 127 (23 March 2017). In Kite v Mooney, in the matter of Mooney’s Contractors Pty…