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Sydney

  • Level 3, 1 Castlereagh Street Sydney NSW 2000

Brisbane

  • Level 9, 123 Albert Street Brisbane QLD 4000

Kate Barnet / Partner, Corporate Recovery, Sydney

Email
kbarnet@bcr.bentleys.com.au
Phone
+61 2 8078 2100
Fax
+61 2 9230 0066
Office
Bentleys Corporate Recovery
Kate is a Partner in the Corporate Recovery division of Bentleys.  With credentials as a Liquidator and a Bankruptcy Trustee, Kate has been involved in appointments across a broad range of industries including financial services, childcare, tourism and hospitality, transport, manufacturing, property & construction and retail.

Kate has a strong track record working with businesses, lenders and stakeholders to conduct reviews, investigative assignments and business reconstruction engagements. With an excellent commercial understanding of key business drivers and ratios, Kate can implement methodologies required to improve short term business performance and longer term financial viability. 

Kate is a member of the state and national board of the Australian Restructuring Insolvency & Turnaround Association (ARITA). Kate is also a workshop leader as part of ARITA’s education program
 
Major Projects:
 
  • Octaviar Administration and Octaviar Limited
  • Joint Liquidator of one of the largest insolvency files in recent corporate history which has included complex litigation in Australia and overseas. Kate has delivered a range of outcomes which has resulted in approximately $145M from the collapsed finance group with $55M to date distributed to unsecured creditors.
 
  • The Cash Store
  • Voluntary Administrator/Liquidator of a consumer based short term lending business that operated nationally from 63 stores.  After trading the business for a period, a licence agreement was successfully negotiated which resulted inthe company’s footprint being maximized, the future employment opportunities for staff being secured, the continued collection of the loan book and reduced trading creditor claims.
 
  • Childcare Operations
  • Administrator/Liquidator of 2 childcare centres located in Western Sydney.  During the 6 month trading period, the Administrator/Liquidator achieved regulatory compliance and increased occupancy across both centres.  The sale of the centres resulted in a generous return to creditors and ensured the ongoing operation of the centres for the local community.
 
  • Queenspark and Events 
  • Administrator/Liquidator of a group of companies that operated the Queenspark and Events women’s fashion labels with two online stores and 36 retail stores nationally. Negotiated a licensing agreement with another retailer to enable 13 stores to continue to trade and provided alternative employment for approximately 140 staff.
 
  • Managed Investment Scheme wind up
  • Liquidator of a responsible entity to wind up a managed investment scheme with investments totalling $86 million from superannuation funds. Complex analysis was undertaken before the completion of construction projects or selling ‘as is’. To date realisations have included partially and fully completed development sites, totalling $27 million. Currently conducting litigation against property valuers and guarantors of loans and have previously recovered capital insurance claims on behalf of the investors.
 
Qualifications
  • Registered and Official Liquidator 
  • Bankruptcy Trustee


 Appointments/Positions:
  • National Board - Australian Restructuring Insolvency and Turnaround Association (ARITA)
  • Committee Member - ARITA (NSW/ACT Division)
  • ASIC National Liaison Committee Member

Current Adminstrations

Professional Memberships

  • Fellow of the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand
  • Member of ARITA (Australian Restructuring Insolvency & Turnaround Association)
  • Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors
  • Member of the Australian Institute of Management
  • Member of the Turnaround Management Association

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