Shabnam Amirbeaggi/

Managing Partner/

S habnam is a FCPA and a member of the Australian Restructuring Insolvency & Turnaround Association. She has worked in the insolvency industry for over 18 years and on more than 1000 bankrupt estates and liquidations nationally and internationally. Her clients have included all of the Big 4 banks, various second tier lenders and hundreds of accountants and lawyers throughout Australia.

Shabnam was one of the first women in Australia to be registered as an Official Liquidator and Trustee in Bankruptcy and at the time of her registration was the youngest female dual qualified insolvency practitioner in Australia. She was also the first Australian woman to be made managing partner of an insolvency firm and is passionate about mentoring and encouraging more women to join the industry.

Shabnam has been a finalist in the Telstra Women’s Business Awards and in 2013 was recognised as one of 40 Young Business Leaders in Australia by CPA Australia’s official magazine In The Black.

She has also been interviewed for CPA online and featured in various articles in In The Black and CPA Australia’s other journal In practise. Shabnam is a member of the CPA Divisional Council and is an active workshop/education leader for both CPA and ARITA.

Outside of work, Shabnam enjoys travelling and challenging herself physically by training for and competing in triathlons.

Shabnam has been a finalist in the Telstra Women’s Business Awards and in 2013 was recognised as one of 40 Young Business Leaders in Australia by CPA Australia’s official magazine In The Black.

Nicholas Crouch/

Partner/

N ick is a Liquidator and Trustee in Bankruptcy. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and a Fellow of the CPA, and holds a postgraduate Bachelor of Law majoring in insolvency. Since 1991 he has worked exclusively in the insolvency industry and has acquired extensive experience in all facets of corporate and personal insolvency administrations.

Nicholas has worked on more than 1000 liquidations and bankrupt estates during his three decades as in insolvency practitioner.

In the past five years, Nick has devoted himself to pursuing statutory reform of the insolvency laws. No other liquidator in Australia has spent more time advocating that Australian small business owners need a cheaper alternative to Voluntary Administration, and his papers on pre-packs have been reported in Australian and UK insolvency journals.

In 2010, Nick was invited to assist Senator Williams in relation to the Federal Government’s Senate Economics Committee Inquiry into insolvency. See their report “The regulation, registration and remuneration of insolvency practitioners in Australia: The case for a new framework”.

In June 2011 and February 2012, Nick was invited to Canberra by the Federal Government’s Attorney-General and the parliamentary secretary to the Treasurer, the Hon David Bradbury MP, to discuss the Government’s Options Paper “A modernisation and harmonisation of the regulatory framework applying to insolvency practitioners in Australia”.

In 2011 and 2012, Nick was also invited to speak at the insolvency practitioners (NSW) annual conference and the national conference regarding pre-packs.

In 2014, Nick and Senator Williams continued their pursuit of statutory reform, which included direct communications with ASIC chairman Greg Medcraft and Minister for Finance Mathias Cormann.

In early 2015, Senator Williams invited Nick to meet with ASIC commissioner John Price and his staff to discuss pre-packs.

The Australian Government’s Productivity Commission “Business set-up, transfer and closure” inquiry in July 2015 was the most comprehensive review of Australia’s insolvency laws in 20 years. During this inquiry, the Productivity Commission made 13 recommendations for corporate law reform. Three of these changes were adopted from Nick’s proposals.

The Productivity Commission also credited Crouch Amirbeaggi in their final report nine times, more than any other specialist insolvency firm in the country.

Finally, after more than five years of lobbying ASIC, ARITA and successive federal governments, the Productivity Commission adopted Nick’s proposal that ASIC issue a regulatory guide to help small businesses legitimately restructure or “phoenix” in a cost effective manner without the costs of a Voluntary Administration.

Nick was a member of ARITA for more than 15 years until he resigned in 2014, including more than 10 years as an active workshop/education leader.

Outside of work, Nick enjoys all sports and is a keen surfer and skier.