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Babcock and Brown Limited

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Appointment type:

Voluntary administration


Appointment date:

13 March 2009



108 614 955



David Lombe






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Background information

Babcock & Brown Limited ("BBL") is the ultimate holding company of the Babcock & Brown Group. BBL is a shareholder of Babcock & Brown International Pty Limited ("BBIPL"), the intermediate holding company. All assets of the Group are held by BBIPL and its subsidiaries.

Deloitte Partners David Lombe and Simon Cathro were appointed Voluntary Administrators of Babcock & Brown Limited on 13 March 2009.

BBL's Second Meeting of Creditors was held on 24 August 2009 and creditors resolved for BBL to be wound up. David Lombe and Simon Cathro were appointed the Joint Liquidators pursuant to Section 446A of the Corporations Act 2001. Mr Cathro resigned as liquidator of BBL on 9 August 2011, and David Lombe is the sole Liquidator of BBL.

Current Update 

At the time of preparing our Annual Report to Creditors dated 16 November 2017, the Court had advised us that judgment in the Masters, Broome and Wilhelm proceedings would be delivered in late November 2017, which would allow us to commence the finalisation of the Liquidation.

Subsequently, we received a number of updates from the Judge's associate to the effect that that judgement would be handed down in January 2018, then February 2018, then May 2018, then late August 2018. On 30 August 2018, we were advised that Justice Foster will be unable to finalise his judgment and deliver it for at least two months due to serious illness. Whether further time is required is presently not known and we have been advised that we will be provided an update when possible.

An updated indicative timeline of the Liquidation can be found in our most recent Annual Report to Creditors dated 27 September 2018 available below.

We will continue to update this website as and when news is available.