Insolvency and Liquidation Panel

3:00 pm Free L2/155 Queen Street, Brisbane

Are you concerned about debts acquired by your business and making future payments? Are you currently going through the liquidation process? Do you have questions or need guidance for your business?

This session facilitated by Shaun McKinnon, Partner at BDO will feature an expert panel including Andrew Fielding of BDO, Maree Adshead of the Queensland Small Business Commissioner, and Scott Couper of Gadens.

The panel will discuss:

  • Insolvency and liquidation options
  • Practice and procedure for insolvency and liquidation
  • The best ways to move forward for those in or facing this situation

About Shaun McKinnon, Partner, Advisory, BDO

Shaun is an Advisory Partner with BDO in Brisbane, specialising in Corporate Finance and Restructuring Services. Shaun’s experience in Corporate Finance is primarily in the form of acquisition and vendor financial due diligence assignments and private capital raisings while his Restructuring experience includes a broad spectrum of advisory and formal roles assisting underperforming businesses and their financiers.

Whilst Shaun provides expert advice across a broad spectrum of industries, he has established himself as a leader in the Food & Agribusiness sector where he specialises in providing financial due diligence and advisory services for buyers, sellers, and financiers. Shaun’s Food & Agribusiness sector experience includes having acted for various parties across a range of transactions and roles including some of Australia’s largest recent transactions.

About Andrew Fielding, National Leader, Business Restructuring, BDO

Andrew is the National lead of BDO’s Business Restructuring Service Line in Queensland. He also leads BDO’s Debt Advisory Service Line, comprising of a team of former bankers, assisting Banks to reach resolutions and restructure debt. Andrew specialises in handling large and complex matters involving investigating accountants’ reports, pre-lending reviews, performance evaluations, and formal assignments for secured lenders.

He has consulted to major banks, trading banks, and financial institutions, providing business reconstruction, turnaround, and strategic financial advice. With a breadth of experience in managing and selling businesses, Andrew has successfully set distressed businesses on the right track and provided media advice around controversial administrations. Andrew has more than 30 years’ experience as a Restructuring Specialist and currently leads a team comprising nine partners and 50 staff.

About Maree Adshead, Queensland Small Business Commissioner

Maree Adshead was appointed as Queensland Small Business Commissioner in May 2020 under the COVID-19 Emergency Response Act 2020. Initially, a temporary COVID response, the Office of the Small Business Commissioner is now being established as a permanent service for small businesses. It is the primary role and function of the Small Business Commissioner to advocate for small businesses, to connect them with information and support needed to grow and thrive and to provide dispute resolution support (including a free mediation service) for small business tenancy matters.

Maree is an experienced advocate and small business owner. She has spent 10 years in the legal profession, as a partner of the national law firm. She has also had experience with start-ups, having founded and built her own successful software start-up businesses which received multiple awards for excellence in innovation. Maree helped ignite the open data movement in Australia, as founding CEO of the Open Data Institute Australian Network.

In 2017 Maree was appointed the inaugural Queensland Small Business Champion, establishing a trusted interface between business and government, advocating on behalf of the Queensland small business community, as well as triaging and referring disputes. Having achieved great work for Queenslanders in these previous roles, Maree now leads the office of the Queensland Small Business Commissioner.

About Scott Couper, Partner, Gadens

Scott specialises in insolvency, banking and finance litigation, and commercial litigation. He acts for receivers, banks, and financial institutions throughout Australia on matters ranging from the management and sale of property and assets to proceedings for the recovery of equipment, assignment of debt and security, and defending litigious actions. He also acts for insolvency practitioners on insolvency administrations and provides litigation services for commercial enterprises. Scott has a particular interest in the rural industry and regularly acts for banks in recovery actions in relation to rural assets, including farm debt mediation.

Scott continues to act for the Court Appointed Receiver of the Equititrust Income Fund, concerning the receivership of this large managed investment scheme. This matter has included advising the Receiver on the realisation of significant development land and trading assets, including a resort, golf course, and marina development, as well as advising the receiver generally regarding disputes with the previous management, borrowers, and associated funds, including in relation to priority disputes.

3:00 pm • 120 mins

Presented By

Queensland Small Business Commissioner





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