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Receiver distribution of assets permitted despite objections

The latest decision in the external administration of Mirabela is a reminder of the utility of the section 424 directions process for receivers, and an example of the steps to be taken in the face...

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Distribution of trust assets under a DOCA: the latest guidance from the Federal Court

The Federal Court has confirmed that there is no difference between liquidation and deed administration of a corporate trustee in relation to dealings with trust assets and the distribution of...

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Set it off! The West Australian Court of Appeal breathes new life into section 553C

The Court of Appeal - Supreme Court of Western Australia has delivered a decision confirming that a statutory set-off under s 553C of the Corporations Act can still be available to a creditor...

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PMSI refinancing – make sure you protect your interests!

When refinancing inventory, gaining 'super priority' for a purchase money security interest (PMSI) over existing general security interests is paramount to protecting the investment made by the...

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Lo and behold: High Court dismisses 'holding DOCA' appeal

The High Court recently handed down its much anticipated judgment in Mighty River International Limited v Hughes, confirming that ‘holding’ deeds of company arrangement can be valid under the...

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Linc Energy – High Court refuses special leave to Qld State Government

The High Court has refused to grant the Queensland State Government (Qld Government) special leave to appeal the Queensland Court of Appeal’s March 2018 decision in favour of the liquidators of...

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May the Stay be with you…

From Monday next week the much hyped stay on ipso facto rights in certain contracts will be law. The relevant Legislation, Regulations and Declarations commence this Sunday, 1 July 2018.

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Set-off in unfair preference claims: In the matter of Cardinal Project Services Pty Ltd

The ability of creditors to rely upon the statutory set-off provision in section 553C of the Corporations Act to reduce or eliminate their exposure to unfair preference claims has been a matter of...

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The limits of an insolvency practitioner’s equitable lien: intermeddlers beware

The entitlement to recover remuneration and costs for work performed in conducting an external administration is an ever-present fundamental concern for insolvency practitioners.

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Devil in the detail – proposed exclusions from the Ipso Facto Stay

Regarding the introduction of legislation creating a stay on enforcement of ipso facto clauses: the devil was always going to be in the detail.

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The latest word on dealing with trust assets in the liquidation of trustee companies

The Full Federal Court's decision in Killarnee provides further clarification as to how the assets of an insolvent corporate trustee are to be dealt with.

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Green light for Gunns Group liquidators (and liquidators everywhere)

JWS has achieved an excellent result for the liquidators of the Gunns Group, with success in the Federal Court’s judgment in Bryant (Liquidator) v L.V. Dohnt & Co Pty Ltd, In the Matter of Gunns...

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Linc Energy: appeal decision delivered

JWS has achieved a significant win on the Linc Energy appeal, in which we acted for Linc’s liquidators, PPB, against the Queensland State Government. The matter relates to the obligation of the...

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Acumen December 2017

noun – quickness of perception; keen insight. A range of legal issues relevant to corporate counsel and senior executives, written by our senior practitioners.

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Secured creditor claims to funds remaining after termination of DOCA – the latest word from the West

The recent Hughes decision illustrates the significance of PPSA security interests despite the existence and subsequent termination of a DOCA.

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Providing Safe Harbour Advice – Issues for Insolvency Practitioners to Consider

A discussion of some issues which may be relevant to a practitioner’s decision as to whether to act as an advisor in the safe harbour period.

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Insolvency law reform – stay on enforcement of ipso facto clauses

On 12 September 2017, some of the most significant reforms of Australia’s corporate insolvency laws in recent years were passed by both Houses of the Australian Federal Parliament. These reforms...

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The status of the trustee’s right of indemnity in the winding up of insolvent trustees – the latest

There is increasing importance for insolvency practitioners of pragmatic judicial application of equitable principles (rather than statutory priority rules) in seeking priority payment of their...

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The new safe harbour insolvency laws – basics for directors and commercial contracting

The amendments to the Corporations Act1 to broaden the ‘safe harbours’ for directors on an insolvency were passed by Parliament on 12 September 20172 and are awaiting a date for commencement.

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Insolvency law reform – stay on enforcement of ipso facto clauses

On 12 September 2017, some of the most significant reforms of Australia’s corporate insolvency laws in recent years were passed by both Houses of the Australian Federal Parliament. These reforms...

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Still holding on: the validity of ‘holding’ deeds of company arrangement

A recent appeal judgment has confirmed the validity of ‘holding’ deeds of company arrangement, or ‘Holding DOCAs’ under the Corporations Act .

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First hurdle cleared for safe harbour and related laws

Members of the Senate have temporarily put aside considerations of postal votes, plebiscites and dual citizens to approve the safe harbour and related laws.

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Striking the right balance

JWS has successfully encouraged a Court decision to strike a balance between a legislative intention and an overall objective to maximise the return for creditors and any return to shareholders.

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Two steps forward, one step back: director appointments & members’ rights

As DOCAs and deed administrators cannot otherwise amend the constitution of a company, there is potential for overreach when it comes to the power and utility of DOCAs.

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Set-off rights miss the mark!

A recent court decision is a timely reminder of the limitations that can affect a person’s ability to rely on set-off rights when a debtor or contract counterparty becomes insolvent.

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