Regional news: Australia

First times for Virgin in courts

In Virgin Australia's insolvency, a federal court has issued the first ruling on an administrator’s obligation to “give possession” under the Cape Town Convention, as creditors approved its sale to Bain Capital; meanwhile, Virgin Atlantic received the first Chapter 15 recognition of a new English restructuring plan.

04 September 2020

Wirecard sells assets in UK, Brazil and Germany

Scandal-hit payment processor Wirecard has agreed to sell assets in the UK, Brazil and Germany, while a Munich court has accepted its parent’s administration filing and insolvency proceedings continue in Australia and New Zealand.

01 September 2020

Herbert Smith Freehills hires restructuring specialist in Sydney

The legal director of the Australian Restructuring Insolvency & Turnaround Association, Natasha McHattan, has joined Herbert Smith Freehills as special counsel in Sydney.

27 August 2020

Trade creditors approve Virgin Atlantic’s restructuring plan

Creditors have approved Virgin Atlantic’s ground-breaking restructuring plan at four virtual meetings, with 99% of trade creditors lending their support.

25 August 2020

Hong Kong assistance requested again in Australia’s Rennie Produce liquidation

An Australian court has requested assistance from the High Court of Hong Kong to summons three Hong Kong residents in the decade-old liquidation of Australian crop planting company Rennie Produce.

18 August 2020

Two more Virgin Australia entities seek Chapter 15 recognition

The newly appointed administrators of two Virgin Australia entities that Bain Capital plans to include in its purchase of the group have sought Chapter 15 recognition in New York.

14 August 2020

Speedcast agrees sale to support Chapter 11 exit

Australian satellite communications group Speedcast has agreed to sell its business to a US private equity firm, in a deal that would see disgruntled shareholders lose out when it emerges from bankruptcy.

14 August 2020

Australian court recognises pilot’s Hong Kong bankruptcy in tricky COMI case

An Australian court has recognised the Hong Kong bankruptcy estate of an airline pilot, despite expressing concerns over the determination of his centre of main interests.

12 August 2020

Duff & Phelps recruits Australian insolvency pioneer to Sydney practice

Advisory firm Duff & Phelps has recruited one of Australia’s most experienced restructuring and insolvency practitioners for its new Sydney office.

07 August 2020

DLA Piper recruits partner in Melbourne

DLA Piper has hired a new partner in its Melbourne restructuring practice, after losing its Australian head of restructuring to Dentons in March.

29 July 2020

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