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REPRESENTATIVE EXPERIENCE

Stephen Hume

Acting for the administrators (now liquidators) of a major national retailer including providing advice on the rationalisation of its business, the surrender and renegotiation of the majority of its property lease portfolio (across multiple jurisdictions), providing advice on myriad legal issues arising during ongoing trading during the administration, the sale of the company's business and the prosecution of preference and insolvent trading claims, as well as insurance claims, on behalf of the liquidators.

Advising on the restructure of facilities provided by a big four financer to five major property trusts which were operating unregistered managed investment schemes involving the operation of chains of hotels and motels across the eastern seaboard of Australia.

Advising syndicate members on their AUD105 million exposure to the developer, owner and operator of high tech solar powered green house facilities in South Australia.

Advising on the exposure a big four financer as a major secured creditor to MAdE Establishment, owned by high profile hospitality and restaurant owner George Calombaris.

Obtaining a leading Supreme Court judgment against a guarantor who resisted liability under a guarantee on the basis of alleged breaches the Code of Banking Practice, reported in Commonwealth Bank of Australia v Wood [2016] VSC 264

Restructuring facilities provided to a major manufacturing company, including innovatively extending the bank's security to cover valuable IP assets, the sale of which facilitated substantial debt reduction.

Acting in connection with a big four financier's exposure to a large franchising group, which involved protracted negotiations of management and funding agreements to facilitate ongoing trading and the sale of the businesses as going concerns.

Acting for the voluntary administrators of Omnifloor Australia Pty Ltd (administrators appointed), a building company providing contract flooring services to major builders and developers.

Acting for a major Australian technology retailer and consumer finance provider in the managed wind down of its business, involving the negotiated exit of its retail leasing sites, the rationalisation of its business, repayment of its financiers and the wind down and ultimate sale of its consumer loan book.
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