John Laird

Principal
John has over 29 years’ experience working in corporate insolvency advisory specialising in providing external administration review, compliance, regulation and investigation services.

John has extensive experience working with government agencies having previously held the role of Senior Specialist with the Registered Liquidators team at the Australian Securities and Investments Commission during the Global Financial crisis. John has more recently run his own business undertaking independent corporate registered liquidator quality reviews for individual liquidators and national liquidator firms.

John leads the Cathro & Partners Government Advisory division which is focused on providing services and advice for Government agencies and or in response to Government agency requirements. John provides advice seeking to find strategic and regulatory solutions for clients including:

  • advice on complex corporate insolvency investigations, enforcement and recovery proceedings
  • independent expert advice on investigating corporations and entities facing financial distress, corporate fraud, and director malfeasance
  • expert advice in relation to regulatory investigations and litigations
  • conduct investigations and preparation of reports on behalf of government agencies and private clients as part of legal proceedings
  • strategic advice to clients in an increasingly complex regulatory and risk management environment.

Qualifications

  • Master of Business Administration
  • Member of CPA Australia
  • Member of Turnaround Management Association (TMA Australia)
  • Member of Certified Fraud Examiners
  • Association of Independent Insolvency Practitioners
  • Australian Restructuring Insolvency and Turnaround Association (ARITA)
  • Fellow of Governance Institute of Australia
Articles

By John Laird

In our article Insolvency law reform - has the time come for seismic change? released on 24 July 2023, Andrew Blundell discussed the findings from the report handed down on 12 July 2023 (Inquiry Report) from the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services inquiry into corporate insolvency in Australia (the Inquiry).
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In our article Insolvency law reform - has the time come for seismic change? released on 24 July 2023, Andrew Blundell discussed the findings from the report handed down on 12 July 2023 (Inquiry Report) from the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services inquiry into corporate insolvency in Australia (the Inquiry).
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