Turnaround, Liquidation, Cyber Security & Law Reform – Seminar & Networking Event

Evening at West ~ Henley’s new beachside rooftop bar
Uluru Statement from the Heart
A successful seminar and networking event was held on 4 April 2019 – to an audience of sixty of Adelaide’s top lawyers, accountants and business advisers. The theme was crisis, prevention and cure – topics included business turnaround, liquidation, cyber security and law reform.

The Science Exchange is a versatile multi-purpose venue in Adelaide’s CBD. It boasts outstanding audio-visual, impeccable service and exceptional catering. In addition, selecting the venue for an event supports the The Royal Institution of Australia in its charitable mission to promote public awareness and understanding of all things STEM.

The audience gained insight on how to add real value when assisting business clients facing challenges. Fresh insights and perspectives were combined with practical and pragmatic advice to help advisors and business owners make critical business decisions with confidence.  Speakers covered specialist topics to help address renewal, business growth and uncover opportunities.

Speaker Profiles

A Registered Liquidator and Partner, Brent has over 20 years’ of experience in corporate insolvency. As a specialist in insolvency and business recovery, Brent’s role includes providing advice to various stakeholders of distressed companies including directors, financiers, employees, unsecured creditors and their respective professional advisers. Brent has been appointed as an External Administrator to over 750 companies.

Steven joined Hall Chadwick in March 2018 after more than 20 years of corporate insolvency exposure in Australia and overseas. Prior to joining the firm, Steven was a director of his own consulting business that assisted registered liquidators with their statutory compliance, education and best practice obligations. Steven also spent five years with ASIC, the corporate regulator, in the insolvency practitioner’s team which was responsible for the regulation of close to 700 registered liquidators.

Eddie has over 18 years’ experience in business restructuring, turnaround and solvency management. Prior to commencing his firm, Eddie gained exposure to a broad range of industry sectors with top tier firms and smaller boutique insolvency practices’ both in the UK & Australia. With a strong passion for working within the SME sector, Eddie strives towards sustainable recovery where businesses are under-performing, in financial distress or facing operational crisis.

John has been active in the Information Technology and Accountancy services arena for the last 34 years and has first-hand experience of business and technology from its earliest conceptions to present day. He currently holds business interests in America, Europe and Australia under the TekNet brand, and services clients around the world.

John is a seasoned IT professional with diverse business skills particularly regarding data privacy laws, regulation and advocacy work. John is a member of the Office of the Australian Information Commissioners Privacy Professionals’ Network, holds certifications in EU General Data Protection Regulations and is a Certified Data Protection Officer.

Case Study ~ Restructuring, Turnaround

Eddie Griffith of ReGroup Solutions kicked off with a case study. Multiple scenarios were looked at for a struggling family business – despite disaster striking, a successful outcome was still achieved.

Insolvency, Liquidation

Brent Kijurina of Hall Chadwick then spoke on the topic insolvency; discussing his role as an experienced registered liquidator. Brent covered illegal phoenix activity – something which is very topical at the moment given recent media coverage.

Cyber Security

John Stronnar of TekNet gave a frank discussion about the importance of cyber security. Using a real life example, John demonstrated just how easy it is for criminals to hack, steal and sell private data. A very entertaining presentation and a new word ‘pwned’ was learned!

Law Reform

Steve Barnett of Hall Chadwick provided valuable insight into law reform that has recently come into effect. Steve also included details about proposed legislation and how that is likely to impact the business community over the coming years.

The hosts would like to give thanks to all those that attended!

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