Cross border insolvencies – Federal Court makes life easier for liquidators and creditors of New Zealand construction company

In Kellow, Re Advanced Building & Construction Ltd (In Liq) v Advanced Building & Construction Ltd (In Liq) (No 2) (Kellow) the Court considered whether an insolvency proceeding commenced in New Zealand should be recognised as a “foreign main proceeding” pursuant to the United Nations’ Commission on International Trade Law’s Model Law on International Trade […]

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Working smarter not harder: How liquidators can expedite the process for adjudicating and admitting claims when winding up a company

In a recent case involving a former financial services provider in liquidation, thousands of pending claims from former customers and a letter of comfort with a looming expiry date, the Liquidators appointed to wind up Forex Capital Trading Pty Limited successfully applied to the Federal Court of Australia for orders permitting them to conduct an […]

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Can a disclaimer retrospectively reduce a trust beneficiary’s taxation liabilities?

The beneficiaries of a trust estate executed disclaimers of income more than two years after the end of the relevant income year (2014). The Full Court of the Federal Court agreed that the disclaimers were effective to reduce the beneficiaries’ taxation liabilities in the 2014 income year, despite being executed after the year ended. The […]

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Directors beware – personal recovery orders made where director’s duties breached

In the matter of Bryve Resources Pty Ltd [2022] NSWSC 647, the Court accepted the liquidator’s evidence of alleged breaches and found the company’s sole director breached his director’s duties, including failing to act with due care and skill, or in the best interest of the company and its creditors, when allowing the company to […]

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You’ve been served! Federal Court of Australia affirms recent amendments to modernise the Corporations Act

In Bioaction Pty Ltd -v- Ogborne, in the matter of Bioaction Pty Ltd [2022] FCA 436 (Bioaction), her Honour Justice Cheeseman considered whether an application to set aside a statutory demand was served within the 21-day period as provided for in Section 459G of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) (the Act). In deciding this matter, […]

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Power to sell – Federal Court exercises discretion to allow company to realise trust assets

In Brooks, in the matter of Tease Hair & Spa Pty Ltd (in liquidation),[1] the Federal Court made orders in favour of the Liquidator, pursuant to section 90-15 of Schedule 2 to the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) (Insolvency Practice Schedule (Corporations)) and section 47 of the Trustee Act 1989 (Tas) allowing the Liquidator to realise […]

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Shell company leads to successful unconscionable conduct claim for ‘wilful blindness’

The High Court has resolved to hold lenders responsible where they are wilfully blind to the position of a guarantor or take advantage of an individual’s lack of business acumen or financial resources. This extended to the use of independent legal and financial advice certificates (certificates) in relation to asset-based lending. The decision serves as […]

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Considering Conflicts: Queensland Supreme Court rejects application to restrain liquidators’ choice of representation

This matter involved the former director and former accountant of CGS Constructions (QLD) Pty Ltd filing proceedings seeking an injunction to restrain the Liquidators from engaging Cornwalls Lawyers to act on the basis that: Cornwalls also acted for a substantial creditor, Union Share Pty Ltd; and the Liquidators, by engaging Cornwalls, had manifested a tendency […]

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A cold winter for the A Team – Court freezes funds and assets

Between 31 May 2022 and 7 June 2022, ASIC obtained three freezing orders against the Mr Hopkins and his companies. In doing so, the Federal Court of Australia ordered: 1) the Defendants’ assets be frozen; 2) the disclosure of existing assets to the Court; 3) the appointment of a receiver over digital assets; and 4) […]

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Anti-phoenixing laws demystified: The Victorian Supreme Court considers the creditor-defeating disposition regime

In Re Intellicomms Pty Ltd (in liq) [2022] VSC 228, it was determined that a sale agreement was a creditor-defeating disposition within the meaning of section 588FDB of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) (Act) and voidable pursuant to section 588FE(6B) of the Act. The Court held that, the consideration payable by the transaction was less […]

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An easy win? Obtaining summary judgment in the absence of the Defendant

In the matter of Squirrel Limited (In Liquidation), the Court considered an application for summary judgement against a director for insolvent trading. In doing so, the Court considered the principles underpinning a director’s duty to prevent insolvent trading and the compensation payable as a result. Background The first plaintiffs, Mr Brent Kijurina and Mr Richard […]

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Failure to launch: Liquidators fail to establish abuse of process in public examination summonses

Public examination can be a useful tool for parties in a liquidation to obtain information about matters relating to a company’s affairs. In the matter of Jewel of India Holdings Pty Ltd ACN 141 963 813 (in liquidation) [2022] NSWSC 356, the Court considered whether summonses for public examination, that were issued by the former […]

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