A proposed amendment to the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) should now encourage all qualified advisers i.e. accountants and solicitors, to be proactive in reviewing their client’s ability to deal with corporate and personal insolvency. Continue reading
Situations can arise where a payment is made by one party to another party by mistake. This occurs, for example, where a debtor makes a payment to the incorrect entity within a group of companies, a bank remits funds to the account of an unintended recipient, or a finance company makes payment to a supplier of equipment based upon forged invoices. Continue reading
Once a company has been placed into liquidation, the appointed liquidator is required, pursuant to the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth), to investigate and realise (recover) assets of the company for distribution to unsecured creditors (i.e. persons/companies owed money by the company in liquidation). Continue reading
When is a holding company liable for the debts incurred by its subsidiary company?
Holding or parent companies control the shares of other companies, being subsidiary companies. These holding companies can be liable for the debts incurred by their subsidiary companies, without having been involved in the transaction that incurred the debt. Continue reading
The judgment of Independent Contractor Services (Aust) Pty Limited ACN 119 186 971 (in liquidation) (No 2)  NSWSC 106, delivered on 23 February 2016, held that a liquidator appointed to a company, which acts solely as the corporate trustee of a trust, must:
1. approach the Court to obtain approval of the liquidator’s remuneration and the liquidator’s disbursements (which the liquidator has a right of indemnity for in priority to trust creditor claims); and
2. distribute trust assets to creditors equally, including employee claims, with no special priority as set out in the statutory order of priority codified by section 556 of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth).