Canterbury branch: Understanding the insolvency law changes and their consequences for directors

Insights into the Government’s insolvency law changes.

Craig Melhuish, Scott Whitaker
2:00pm — 3:00pm, 29 April 2020
Price members
$0.00 incl GST
Price non-members
$40.00 incl GST


Join Craig Melhuish, Nexia New Zealand and Scott Whitaker, Duncan Cotterill who will discuss and provide insights to the Government’s insolvency law changes.

Key discussions points:

    • What are the existing directors reckless trading rules?
    • Insights into the Government's insolvency law changes, and how directors can take advantage of the ‘Safe Harbour’ and ‘Debt Hibernation’ rules.
    • Understanding the solvency test
    • What are your obligations when it comes to Personal Property Securities Register (PPSR) and bank covenants?
    • Business turnaround strategies, reviewing your business model

Craig and Scott will also be available for a Q&A with regards to any insolvency & turnaround questions that you may have.

Craig Melhuish

Craig Melhuish is a director and chair of the board of Nexia Christchurch Limited (trading as Nexia New Zealand). Before joining Nexia New Zealand, Craig worked with HFK Limited, as a partner, UDC Finance, HSBC, J P Morgan Investment Bank (London) and Credit Suisse (London).

Craig has worked on a variety of corporate services transactions, including valuations and expert witness reports.  Craig has been frequently called upon to provide advice as to the value of a variety of businesses and shareholdings. He has conducted forensic accounting engagements since 2007 and been the named liquidator for more than 200 companies. Craig has also provided expert witness evidence to the Family, and High Courts of New Zealand. Craig is also an accredited insolvency practitioner.

Scott Whitaker

Scott Whitaker is a partner at Duncan Cotterill and one of the key members of the corporate and commercial team based in Christchurch. Scott’s expertise is in commercial and agribusiness issues. He acts for banks, other lenders, insolvency practitioners, landowners and business owners. Scott has a number of clients who he advises on the ground in Christchurch, nationally and internationally on the sale and purchase of properties and also commercial leasing issues.

Scott’s agribusiness work crosses over with many aspects of commercial work and involves forestry, farm acquisitions and disposals, as well as farm succession and structuring issues. This includes acting on applications to the Overseas Investment Office. Scott also advises on a range of corporate and commercial matters and acts for clients on insolvency and debt recovery.

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Regrettably, registration fees cannot be refunded when cancellations are received within two working days prior to any branch event.

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Sharynn Johnson
Canterbury Branch Manager

+64 3 968 6468

Our sponsors

The Canterbury Branch acknowledges the generous support of

Duncan Cotterill
Secure Strategy
University of Canterbury

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    29 Apr 2020
    Members — $0.00
    Non-members — $40.00