Registered Liquidator Explained

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Registered Liquidators are experienced accountants, licenced and regulated by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC). They are appointed to take over the running of insolvent or failed companies and oversee the final period before all affairs are finalised and the trading body is dissolved. Registered Liquidators must be appointed in the event of a Creditors Voluntary Liquidation to resolve any debts accrued by the company in the most efficient way possible.

A Creditors Voluntary Liquidation (CVL) is the most common liquidation appointment type. In the event of a company entering insolvent external administration through CVL, it is the task of a Registered Liquidator to manage the finances and affairs of the body in a fiduciary capacity. After an Extraordinary General Meeting between the shareholders of a company, a Special Resolution will be passed which symbolises the instigation of the process by which the company will be wound up: liquidation. The directors, creditors and shareholders then step away from the organisation which has entered liquidation and their responsibilities are passed to a Registered Liquidator. This professional winds up all ongoing affairs which can include the collection of any outstanding debts and the disposal of company-owned assets.

A Registered Liquidator must provide a document titled Consent to Act as Liquidator before they are appointed. Throughout all liquidations, the Registered Liquidator must file relevant documents with ASIC as well as providing ASIC with their yearly return. This enables the Commission to ensure only the highest quality of Registered Liquidators are operating and providing services throughout Australia.

ASIC keeps a Register of Liquidators under the Corporations Act 2001 upon which every person is provided with a Registered Liquidator Number. In order to be registered, the person must demonstrate their relevant qualifications, experience, abilities and knowledge. Each registration is valid for 3 years, after which the Liquidator must reapply to maintain a valid license. All Registered Liquidators hold an accountancy degree as well as valid membership to the Institute of Chartered Accountants and/or CPA Australia.

In the event of an organisation becoming insolvent, the appointment of a qualified, experienced and professional Registered Liquidator will ensure the subsequent process of winding up the company is completed correctly and responsibly. A Registered Liquidator is capable of completing this complex task efficiently and with minimal unnecessary stress to the directors and shareholders. For more information, contact Menzies Advisory Liquidators & Receivers where our Principal is a Registered Liquidator, Official Liquidator and has been a Certified Practicing Accountant for over 35 years.

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