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Dinoris launches Artemis Insolvency

Peter Dinoris, who in October ended a lengthy tenure with Vincents on what are believed to be less than amicable terms, has launched his own practice. The new outfit is called Artemis Insolvency and while it’s understood that one member of Artemis has been poached from the former firm, all Dinoris’s anonymous PR man would say about staffing is that: “He currently has a team…


Queuing for Traill’s Congress of Trustees

SiN hereby confesses that the following is a shameless plug for itself and for Traill & Associates‘ annual Bankruptcy Congress, which SiN is delighted to be attending on Monday, November 14 as official media partner. This is the fourth annual Bankruptcy Congress organised by Traill & Associates, though principal Rosie Traill has been organising and running specialist events for the insolvency profession for more than 15 years….


FEG: keen to fund but beware priority creditors

FEG is keen to fund, attendees to the Australian Restructuring Insolvency & Turnaround Association’s (ARITA) NSW/ACT divisional conference heard yesterday. The head of the Department of Employment’s active creditor unit, who is charged with recovering as much as possible of every dollar doled out to employees of failed companies via the taxpayer-backed Fair Entitlements Guarantee Scheme (FEG), said yesterday that within limits, even smaller matters could be…


Pre-insolvency shenanigans unveiled

The latest mail on what regulators are doing to combat illegal phoenix activity was delivered yesterday at the Westin Hotel during a panel discussion for the Australian Restructuring Insolvency & Turnaround Association’s (ARITA) NSW/ACT divisional conference. A multi-agency approach, utilising big data cross matched and shared, is where it’s at, delegates heard. Michael Seddon from the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) talked about the anti-phoenix task force and…


Grant Thornton counts losses in Arrium aftermath

Social media platforms provide an excellent means by which one can keep track of an insolvency practitioner’s career. Who after all isn’t eager to announce their arrival at a new organisation, particularly if clients haven’t acknowledged the email notifying them of the mobile careerists’s changed circumstances that was sent prior to departing the old firm? And what better or more convenient way to declare one’s…


ARITA's 2020 strategic plan revealed.

ARITA’s 2020 strategic plan revealed

This week SiN gained an insight into the latest strategic planning process being undertaken by the Australian Restructuring Insolvency & Turnaround Association (ARITA) and ARITA chief executive John Winter, who was in Melbourne yesterday at the ARITA Tas/SA State Conference, confirmed the existence and content of the agenda. “The current strategic plan was 2017 so it’s an appropriate time,” Winter said. “We’ve retained the strategy advisers…


Ex-ARITA member fomenting dissent

A curious document landed on SiN’s desk yesterday, one calling for wholesale reform of the Australian Restructuring Insolvency and Turnaround Association (ARITA). The document was authored by Crouch Amirbeaggi principal Nicholas Crouch. He’s a former ARITA member and SiN understands the parting was not amicable. In the document sent to 14 registered liquidators and barrister Geoff McDonald, Crouch proposes that ARITA offer its services to members…


Draft IPRs released as ILRA delayed

None of the likely recipients are confirming but SiN understands that the urgently anticipated draft Insolvency Practice Rules (IPRs) have been released by government for review by insolvency and reconstruction industry stakeholders. The word is that the first incarnation of the IPRs is already being discussed and SiN’s reading of the insolvency sediments yesterday did reveal that John Winter from the Australian Reconstruction Insolvency and…


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FTI gather for vivid account of Queensland Nickel

The Quayside Room atop the Museum of Contemporary Art was abuzz last night as various FTI Consulting bigwigs, staff and clients gathered to hear Australian restructuring chief John Park discuss the peculiarities associated with being liquidator of Queensland Nickel. Regrettably Park’s talk – largely the same as the one he gave at the ARITA National Conference last month – was delivered according to the infernal…


Innovation statement foments debate

THE changes to insolvency mooted in the Federal Government’s Innovation Statement provide an ideal opportunity for insolvency practitioners to host seminars. There the invited can hear the pros and cons debated then opine at length during the drink and nibbles that invariably follow. Last week Schon Condon, James McPherson and the rest of the Condon Associates team were at it, packing their conference room on…