She dedicates herself to comprehending her clients' requirements and strives to deliver successful outcomes precisely aligned with their needs.
Ebony boasts over eight years of expertise within the corporate insolvency domain, possessing a wealth of experience across various industry sectors, such as retail, hospitality, and building and construction.
Ebony is well-versed in the art of guiding distressed companies through restructuring and insolvency processes, with a particular emphasis on voluntary administration, including actively managing the business to secure a sale as a going concern, as well as receiverships. Ebony has consistently delivered successful outcomes for a diverse clientele and deeply understands the legal and regulatory framework governing insolvency proceedings.
Ebony's accomplishments are a result of her diligent evaluation of all available options and her ability to offer tailored guidance that aligns with the unique circumstances of each case.
In 2020, Ebony won the Accountants Daily 30 Under 30 award in restructuring and insolvency.
Ebony’s immense passion lies in advocating for women in the industry. As the President of Women in Insolvency and Restructuring Victoria (WIRV), She has amplified her efforts. She eagerly looks forward to continuing to advocate for women in the industry in the coming years.
Over a three-month period, I managed day-to-day business operations of a freight forwarding and warehousing business, overseeing critical tasks such as debtors, purchases, sales, and transactions. I collaborated with the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Forestry to navigate customs-related issues. I engaged negotiated with suppliers to adapt to the unique circumstances of the business during administration.
One of the significant challenges we faced was obtaining timely authority from the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Forestry, which led to costly delays at the wharves. We quickly developed a solution by working with existing suppliers to transfer stock to under-bond storage facilities to mitigate this. This resourceful approach allowed us to maintain seamless goods movement, satisfy customers, and protect trading profits during circumstances beyond our control. Close collaboration with the management team was pivotal in prioritising tasks and ensuring minimal disruption to business operations.
The trading of the business resulted, and the sale of the different arms of the business resulted in a distribution to creditors as follows:
This engagement was a unique appointment by the Court due to a dispute in a deceased estate. The company acted as trustee for various trusts that had assets such as a yacht and properties, which all posed unique challenges. I engaged with valuers to safeguard these assets and ensure their preservation while navigating court proceedings related to the disputes. One of the main assets was a farm property operating at appointment. I oversaw the farm's operations, including managing the crucial harvest and sale of the farm's primary asset, the crops, during the trading period and preparing comprehensive reports for the court.
This engagement stemmed from a division within an incorporated association, where two groups of members disagreed. Our task was to conduct an annual general meeting for the appointment of a new committee and subsequently report our findings to the Court. Given the association's substantial assets, our responsibility also included safeguarding them during this process. The AGM was successfully organised, and the organisation continued its operations following our appointment. Furthermore, we ensured the continuous operation of the association's op-shop throughout this period.
The business had not started operating due to issues with obtaining the required licences to supply baby formula to China. The manufacturing facility was all set up, and we therefore marketed it as a sale of assets. As a result of the restrictions of obtaining licences to distribute to China, it ended up being purchased in situ to produce protein powder.
I worked with a not-for-profit organisation to conduct comprehensive organisational risk assessments, identifying deficiencies and creating a strategic risk register, internal controls, and a risk management plan. I designed and implemented operational policies and procedures to enhance efficiency, ensure regulatory compliance, and modernise systems. Additionally, I played a key role in budget development for diverse business lines, including template creation and budget-to-actual reviews. I presented to the board of directors and executive staff on risk, policy updates, and other pertinent governance matters. I contributed to senior role recruitment by developing position descriptions and participating in interview panels.