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  • What are creditor-defeating dispositions?

    Summary Creditor-defeating dispositions occur when a company transfers property for less than its reasonable market value. A liquidator now has the power to claw back creditor-defeating dispositions by suing both the director and any professional advisor. ASIC has been granted new powers to intervene to recover property received in a voidable creditor-defeating disposition on its […]

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  • How does a liquidator decide whether to commence an insolvent trading claim?

    It is illegal for a director of a company to allow an insolvent company to continue to trade, while having reasonable grounds for suspecting insolvency. The consequences can be serious.  In a New Zealand case last year, Dame Jenny Shipley, former Prime Minister of New Zealand, was ordered to pay $6 million for allowing the […]

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  • How to prepare for a voluntary liquidation (for SMEs)

    Summary In this article, we look at the steps that directors of small to medium-sized enterprises (‘SMEs’) need to consider, before initiating a voluntary liquidation (otherwise known as a ‘voluntary winding-up’). We look at: the purpose of voluntary liquidation; whether appointing a voluntary liquidator is ever a good idea; getting the books in order prior […]

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Upcoming educational seminars

  • UNSW Edge: SME Insolvency & Restructuring Critical Updates Webinar

    Ben Sewell will be presenting the following talk: 25 September 2020 may be an economic cliff for small-to-medium sized enterprises. If they are insolvent – what are their options? An analysis of whether the voluntary administration process is fit for purpose for SMEs To avoid the stigma of formal insolvency, when is informal restructuring effective? […]

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  • Thomson Reuters Building & Construction Law Conference

    12:05PM How to manage subcontractor insolvency During COVID-19 the Government has strongly signalled that SMEs may continue to trade whilst insolvent (and created supporting statute). The risk to builders and developers is that their subcontractors will fail once the COVID-19 safe harbour ends. What can be done pre-contract and post-formal insolvency appointment (e.g. voluntary administration) […]

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