APES 110 – accountants, whistleblowers and safe harbour advisers to note

Increased professional obligations of accountants, and insolvency practitioners, to refer breaches of the law to the authorities, are being considered at a meeting of the Accounting Professional and Ethical Standards Board (APESB) on 19 May. These have a potential impact by way of leaving whistleblowers with liabilities for which corporate law is yet to consider protection, and in respect […]

INSOL’s Directors in the Twilght Zone – Australia’s “medium risk” for its directors

INSOL International has released the 5th edition of its excellent review of the international laws regulating director conduct in the ‘twilight zone’ of a company’s financial distress approaching or already in insolvency. Australia features well in the report, with interesting views on its assessment of directors having only a “medium risk” of liability compared to its comparable international neighbours.     […]

World Bank Report on the Treatment of MSME Insolvencies

The World Bank has just released a report on small business insolvencies – Report on the Treatment of MSME Insolvency, 4 May 2017, (micro, small, and medium enterprises). Much of the Report is relevant to issues being confronted in Australia in this sector. As the Report says, MSMEs are a significant part of the global […]