VA’s & DoCA’s

Calabretta victim of the curse of Condor Blanco

Given the fates of the former directors and office holders of Condor Blanco Mines, it was probably inevitable that Domenic Calabretta would run into trouble following his appointment as voluntary administrator (VA) of the ASX-listed minerals explorer by its two now ex-directors on July 4, 2016, one day before a new board was set to take charge. Calabretta’s appointment was challenged at a hearing on…


Arrium administrators axe Edler

You know a voluntary administration (VA) is progressing – hopefully in the direction intended – when the company secretary is no longer needed. At least that’s how Arrium’s VAs from Korda Mentha are spinning the departure of Mark Edler, with a spokesman confirming yesterday that there is: “No need to replace (the company secretary) at this stage of the process …. the sales campaign is…


BRI Ferrier replaced after appointment imbroglio

Geoff Grainger and Brian Silvia are licking their wounds after fumbling an appointment that’s seen the BRI Ferrier pair ditched in favour of Sule Arnautovic and Andrew Spring from Jirsch Sutherland. The awkward detail is contained in the judgement of Federal Court Justice Jayne Jagot, who heard an application from Grainger and Silvia seeking an order to validate their appointment as voluntary administrators of A.C.N….


Lindholm’s hot potato appointments

John Lindholm is not a name one associates with controversy. A few years short of Ferrier Hodgson’s compulsory retirement age, the Melbourne office’s straight-talking chief has a sound record. But circumstance thrusts contention upon unlikely bearers and Lindholm is currently dallying with unwelcome publicity thanks to his role as administrator of failed vocational education group Australian Careers Network (ACN) Group; his trading of Showgirls Bar…


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…


Palmer ousts FTI, ponders DoCA

IN the wake of FTI Consulting’s removal as managers of the Yabulu nickel refinery in Queensland yesterday, creditors now face the prospect of the operations once again being controlled solely by Clive Palmer’s nephew. Until last Sunday, James McDonald and Clive Mensink were the directors of Queensland Nickel Sales Pty Ltd (QNS), a company first registered in 1972. However McDonald’s removal was only made official on Tuesday, one day…


How FTI trumped Hall Chadwick for Yabulu

FTI Consulting might have first been contacted about a VA appointment to Queensland Nickel Pty Ltd (QN) on Sunday January 3 but according to reports in The Australian newspaper, rival firm Hall Chadwick had a team on the ground at QN’s Yabulu nickel refinery in Townsville the following day. The report, published on Thursday January 7, put Hall Chadwick’s Richard Albarran, Jovandeep Singh, Mathew Badcock, and Brent Kijurina at…