Good things take time: Parliamentary Joint Committee delivers report on Australia’s corporate insolvency framework

The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services (the Committee) has delivered its report following an inquiry into the “effectiveness of Australia’s corporate insolvency laws in protecting and maximising value for the benefit of all interested parties and the economy”.[1] The Committee has recommended that, as soon as practicable, the Australian government should commission … Read more

First decision on Australia’s ipso facto stay in voluntary administration

The Federal Court of Australia (Court) has handed down the first reported decision on the ipso facto stay provisions contained in the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) (Act). In Rathner, in the matter of Citius Property Pty Ltd (Administrator Appointed) [2023] FCA 26 the Court examined the operation of the voluntary administration ipso facto stay contained … Read more

TMA submissions on corporate insolvency in Australia

Herbert Smith Freehills’ restructuring, turnaround and insolvency team has supported the Turnaround Management Association of Australia (the TMA) in preparing the TMA’s submissions (TMA Submissions) to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services (the Committee) for the purposes of its inquiry into corporate insolvency in Australia. Read more

Parliamentary inquiry into corporate insolvency in Australia

The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services (the Committee) has commenced an inquiry into the “effectiveness of Australia’s corporate insolvency laws in protecting and maximising value for the benefit of all interested parties and the economy”.[1] Read more

Nobody expects the inquisition: High Court of Australia opens the door to extraordinary public examination powers to potential class action plaintiffs and beyond

In its recent decision in Walton v ACN 004 410 833 Limited (formerly Arrium Limited) (in liquidation) [2022] HCA 3 (Walton), the High Court of Australia held, in a split decision, that the mandatory public examination power contained in section 596A of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) (the Act) could be used by eligible applicants … Read more

Herbert Smith Freehills and Nikki Smythe recognised in global TMA Turnaround/Transaction of the Year Awards

We are delighted that Herbert Smith Freehills and partner Nikki Smythe have been recognised by Turnaround Management Association (TMA) in the global 2021 Turnaround/Transaction of the Year Awards for her work on the acquisition of Virgin Australia out of voluntary administration. Herbert Smith Freehills joins Bain Capital, Clayton Utz, Deloitte, Houlihan Lokey, and KordaMentha, in … Read more