James Koutsoukos

Principal

The biggest challenge for businesses at present is a lack of working capital. This is a result of an inability to raise finance as well as increasingly stringent trading conditions. I help clients and stakeholders by understanding their business, preserving asset values, identifying cash flow drivers, quarantining legacy liabilities and reengineering business processes to improve efficiencies.

James is a principal of BRI Ferrier’s Melbourne office with over 18 years’ experience in corporate restructuring, turnaround and insolvency.

James’ experience ranges across various industries with a specific focus on restructuring mid-market enterprises via Voluntary Administration.

Clients enjoy James’ clear and concise communication skills and his ability to quickly identify the critical issues ahead of formulating both innovative and commercial solutions. James’ typical clients are companies that find themselves in financial distress or in commercial disputes where the objective is to minimise business disruption and maximise asset values.

Outside of BRI Ferrier, James enjoys the action of having two very active young sons as well as being an avid participant and follower of all sports, including a playing member of Middle Park Football Club and Keysborough Golf Club. In his downtime, James enjoys reading novels, particularly when holidaying with his family and friends.

Experience

  • Kingsford Timber and Hardware - Mitre 10
    Large-format retail business sold and dispute resolved between shareholders and secured creditors, using a Voluntary Administration and Deed of Company Arrangement.
  • Pinnacle Corporate Health Services
    A corporate health and wellness business that was highly geared, undercapitalised and operating at a loss, returned to profitability by implementing control procedures and cost controls. The Company was restructured using a Voluntary Administration and Deed of Company Arrangement.
  • Mint Personnel
    A hospitality labour hire business employing over 1,000 staff operating across three States in Australia. The Company was restructured using a Deed of Company Arrangement, whilst continuing to trade..
  • Gregory’s Transport
    A well-established transport and logistics company operating across Australia turning over $50m and employing over 160 staff. Appointed Voluntary Administrators and later Liquidators, we managed the wind down of this business which included collection of large overdue debts and recovery of antecedent transactions resulting in a return to priority creditors.
  • Southern Controls
    An engineering company specialising in the retail and service of control pressure valve systems in the oil, gas and mining industries. The Company’s continued to trade in a limited capacity enabling the completion of various projects and maximise the value of its business and assets via a sale campaign.

Qualifications and memberships

  • Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) – University of Wollongong
  • Registered liquidator
  • Member, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand
  • Member, Australian Restructuring Insolvency and Turnaround Association
  • Board Member and Treasurer, PRONIA
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