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Sydney

  • Level 3, 1 Castlereagh Street Sydney NSW 2000

Brisbane

  • Level 9, 123 Albert Street Brisbane QLD 4000

Hugh Armenis / Partner, Corporate Recovery, Sydney

Email
harmenis@bcr.bentleys.com.au
Phone
+61 2 8078 2100
Fax
+61 2 9230 0066
Office
Bentleys Corporate Recovery
Hugh has practised in both accounting and legal firms during the last 25 years and has been a Partner at Bentleys since 2012. The ability to combine a chartered accounting qualification with a legal background has provided a unique foundation for working across a broad range of industries. Leading teams and working with clients to provide time effective solutions to complex matters has been a key focus.

Hugh has been personally appointed to formal corporate insolvency engagements, being Receiverships, Liquidations, Voluntary Administrations, Deeds of Company Arrangement and a Scheme of Arrangement. He has also conducted Investigative Accountants Reports and Expert Reports across various industries and has undertaken advisory roles.

Hugh has also led multi-disciplined teams (e.g. Tax, Audit, Financial Services, Consultants/Experts, Legal) across local and multiple international jurisdictions.

A strategic thinker with proven leadership and management skills, Hugh has the ability to pull together appropriate resources to provide time effective solutions to complex matters. He possesses excellent communication skills from working in a local and global environment and is dedicated to meeting the expectations of external and internal stakeholders.

Specialist Skills
  • Financial & Operational Analysis and Advisory
  • Corporate Restructuring and Advisory
  • Business Trading and Management
  • Distress Advisory and Insolvency (formal & informal)
  • Business Reviews & Investigative Accountants Reports
  • Business Risk Management
  • Litigation Management in complex legal matters
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Business Integrity & Credibility
  • Strategic Thinking

Qualifications & Professional Memberships
  • Bachelor Business (Accountancy) and Bachelor Laws
  • Member, Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand (CAANZ)
  • Admitted Solicitor, Australia
  • Registered & Official Liquidator
  • Member, Australian Restructuring Insolvency & Turnaround Association (ARITA)

Various Projects
  • Personally appointed to various companies/businesses by secured creditors and directors. Hugh’s role in these engagements has included:
  • Monitoring, reviewing and determining business strategies, asset sales, assessing project completion and trading options, including the continuing trading of businesses.
  • Streamlining/restructuring business operations and personnel/resources to meet financial metrics/capacities. (eg industries: property, building & construction, insurance/reinsurance, childcare, retail, financial services, agriculture.)
  • Greyhound Racing NSW: Advisor to the Greyhound Racing Administrator/GRNSW. This role provides a unique insight into the financial and operational workings of the industry.
  • Voluntary Administrator/Liquidator of a consumer based short term lending business operating 63 stores nationally. After trading the business for a period, Hugh led successful negotiation of a licence agreement of the company’s footprint which maximised the future employment opportunities for staff, the continued collection of the loan book and reduced trading creditor claims.
  • Financial review for a major Australian bank of an aged care operator with multiple sites across New South Wales.  Bank facilities c.$50m.
  • Scheme Administrator and Engagement Leader on Liquidation of an International Reinsurance Company listed on the Australian Stock Exchange.
  • Recoveries in excess of $200m achieved through claims management and litigation across various jurisdictions including Australia, US, UK, Asia and Bermuda.
  • Member of advisory teams to the New South Wales and Queensland governments.
  • Government engagements including distress advice, supplier reviews and corporate governance issues.
  • Restructure/streamlining of a large multi-national corporation listed on the Australian Stock Exchange with an anticipated removal of approximately 100 companies from its corporate restructure.
  • Extensive litigation management of complex legal matters in all Australian Courts including the Australian High Court and also the High Court, Court of Appeal & Supreme Courts of England and Wales. Individual disputes range to c.$100m.
  • Administering Brookfield Multiplex Enforceable Undertaking.
  • Developing and implementing claims management systems and adjudication processes in order to give effect to the distribution of funds, c.$30 million. Also engaged by Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC) to report on the company’s compliance with the undertaking.
  • Class action advisory accounting role for major Australian companies.

Professional Memberships

  • Member of the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand
  • Member of ARITA (Australian Restructuring Insolvency & Turnaround Association)

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