A liquidator is a person appointed, in the winding up of a corporation, to assume control of the company’s affairs and to discharge its liabilities in preparation for its dissolution. The appointment of a liquidator may be done voluntarily (by the proprietors) or via the courts (usually upon the application of a creditor – very often the ATO using a creditors statutory demand).
The process of the liquidator conducting the affairs of the company and realising its assets is called liquidation.
The liquidator’s role is to ascertain the liabilities (and assets) of the company, convert its assets into money, terminate its contracts, dispose of its business, distribute the net assets to creditors and any surplus (which is rare) to the shareholders and/or proprietors.
The liquidator will extinguish the company, lawfully, as a corporation on the records of ASIC by formal dissolution.
In determining the assets of a company, it is the liquidator’s duty to determine whether particular assets under the company’s control are owned by the company or others – i.e. stock may be purchased subject to a retention of title, vehicles may be on a corporate hire purchase and secured via a PPSR.
BAP can assist company directors to structure their assets and affairs, if not insolvent, in such a fashion to provide lawful asset protection. To discuss how we can help to structure your company’s affairs and assets to provide maximum asset protection, please click here to book an appointment, call 1300-327123 (1300-DCP123), or complete the below form.
We’ve been researching the circumstances of a once highly successful liquor manufacturing business, with a huge client base – domestically as well as around the world.
This business had grown and prospered for more than 50 years until this year. This hard work was all undone overnight when it was wound-up by an aggressive ATO.
Our research indicates some or all of the situation could have been avoided with more thoughtful structuring and asset protection arrangements.
The business was wound up, more or less overnight, by the ATO.
50 years of hard work bought undone overnight.
Business Asset Protection, applying the research this case has uncovered, is offering free business structuring health checks for companies – particularly in high tax sectors such as liquor, with slow paying wholesale customers or those experiencing growing inventory levels.
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Insolvency in general terms, as it relates to a corporation, is the inability to pay debts as and when they become payable.
A company is also insolvent if it is experiencing an ‘endemic shortage of working capital’ as opposed to a temporary lack of liquidity.
Determining the difference at a point in time during the corporation’s life is a question for a court to determine .
Indicators of insolvency include:
- continuing losses,
- no access to alternative finance,
- the inability to raise further equity,
- special arrangements with selected creditors,
- solicitors’ letters or judgments issued against the company,
- overdue taxes,
- failure to keep books and records, etc.
The list is indicative and not exhaustive.
Companies experiencing any or all the above indicators should book a free consultation by clicking here then where we’ll provide you with company specific advice re insolvency in your instance. Alternatively call us on 1300-327123 (till late) or complete the form below.
(Work in progress, more details to follow on this page).
- DCPLH v the Estate of Elias Azzam (2 matters).
- Matter 1 involves a potential insolvent trading claim.
- Matter 2, as assignee, DCPLH is seeking equitable contribution from the estate of the co-surety pursuant to various mortgages and the obligations of the deceased.
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