2019 National Conference wrap

The 2019 ARITA National Conference was held at the Grand Hyatt in Melbourne with over 200 delegates and speakers from Australia and overseas.

Attendees represented accounting, insolvency, law and professional services firms; banks and finance companies; government regulators; universities; and consulting firms.

The two-day event featured 35 well-respected experts and thought leaders presenting a broad and stimulating program.

Program highlights

Mohsin (Mo) Meghji – Saving Sears: After serving as the chief restructuring officer in some of the most complex US restructurings in recent years – most notably Toys 'R' Us and Sears – Mo had plenty of restructuring and turnaround wisdom to share.

Michael Hodge, QC – Community expectations & the profession: Is it a good idea to evaluate things by reference to community expectations? And if so, how do we define 'community' and gauge its expectations? These were some of the thought-provoking questions raised by Michael Hodge, who was one of the Senior Counsel assisting the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry.

Dr John Hewson – Australia's ability to recover from a global economic shock: Dr Hewson shared his concerns about where we are economically at this point in time. After analysing economies since the late 60s, he now believes it's 'much harder to predict how the world economy will unfold than at any time in the last 40 or 50 years ... A lot of the relationships that economists took for granted don't seem to apply.'

David Kelly: The Carillion collapse – The collapse of Carillion – the UK's second-largest construction company – was the largest UK trading insolvency in recent times. To explain the size, scale and complexity of the company, David Kelly, PwC UK Partner and the lead special manager on the administration, showed delegates a flowchart with the 375 legal entities in its group structure.

National Conference will be back in 2020

ARITA’s National Conference will be back again in 2020. Work has already begun to put together another engaging program. We look forward to sharing more details about our 2020 line-up in the coming months.

View the full 2019 program