Debtwire Australia Restructuring Forum

Four Seasons Hotel
17 October 2019
  • 12:00

    Registration & networking lunch

  • 13:00

    Opening speech

  • 13:10

    Panel discussion — Current state of the market and future opportunities

    The current market conditions are characterised by a lack of current investment opportunities for special sits and growth in credit funds and non-bank lending.  

    The panel will discuss: 

    • The current state of the market for credit/special situation investing 

    • The growth in credit funds as well as the seemingly shrinking opportunity set for deploying capital 

    • Whether the pipe line is building or does the new era of low interest rates and monetary stimulus make stress a thing of the past? 

    Adam Nankervis
    Adam Nankervis Managing Director & Portfolio Manager, Oak Hill Advisors
    Byron Beath
    Byron Beath Managing Director, Oaktree Capital
    David Clee
    David Clee Partner, Gilbert + Tobin
    Paul Rathborne
    Paul Rathborne Managing Director, Moelis Australia
    Chris Wyke
    Chris Wyke Managing Director, Moelis Australia
  • 14:00

    Panel Discussion - Case Study on Axsesstoday

     Axsesstoday, a publicly listed SME lender, was placed in administration in April 2019.  The panel will look explore: 

    • The decision to sell the business as a going concern, and the process and challenges faced in doing so 

    • Issues and considerations relating to the acquisition of debt post administrators being appointed 

    • The novel way in which the Deed Proponent financed the acquisition of Axsesstoday  

    • Lessons learned from the administration in relation to SME lenders and future trends in the SME space. 

    Vaughan Strawbridge
    Vaughan Strawbridge Partner, Financial Advisory, Deloitte
    Pankaj Makhija
    Pankaj Makhija Director, Portfolio Investment - APAC, Global Credit Trading, Deutsche Bank Australia
    Frank Danieli
    Frank Danieli Vice President, Moelis Australia
    Genevieve Sexton
    Genevieve Sexton Partner, Arnold Bloch Leibler
  • 14:50

    Afternoon tea

  • 15:10

    Panel discussion – Sector spotlight: Restructuring in retail

    With market dynamics in the retail industry shifting towards online and away from bricks and mortar, retailers in Australia and abroad are experiencing difficult trading conditions, and many retailers, including major brands, have entered insolvency processes in the last couple of years.  This panel will discuss: 

    • Specific issues arising in relation to restructuring retail businesses 

    • Issues facing lenders and landlords with exposure to the retail market 

    • Overseas experiences with restructuring retail businesses 

    • The outlook for the retail industry – is it as grim as it seems? 

    James Wilson
    James Wilson National Director - NSW, Retail Investment Services, Colliers International
    Kathryn Evans
    Kathryn Evans Partner, Financial Advisory, Deloitte Australia
    Janna Robertson
    Janna Robertson Chief Operating Officer, Moelis Australia
    Stephen Lloyd
    Stephen Lloyd Partner, Arnold Bloch Leibler
  • 16:00

    Panel Discussion - Arrium Revisited, Lessons Learned

    Administrators were appointed to Arrium in April 2016 after lenders rejected Arrium’s recapitalisation proposal. With a focus on lessons learned the panel will: 

    • Revisit the period leading up to the appointment, 

    • Comment upon how the administration process facilitated the sales of Arrium’s local and international businesses, and 

    • Compare and contrast the return to creditors as between that offered under the recapitalisation proposal and that actually achieved 

    Cassandra Mathews
    Cassandra Mathews Partner, KordaMentha
    Christine Fleer
    Christine Fleer Partner, Arnold Bloch Leibler
    David Clee
    David Clee Partner, Gilbert + Tobin
    Colleen Platford
    Colleen Platford Partner, Gilbert + Tobin
    Dominic Emmett
    Dominic Emmett Partner, Gilbert + Tobin
  • 16:50

    Closing speech

  • 17:00

    Cocktail reception

  • 19:00

    Event to close

  • *Agenda and speakers are subject to change

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