Historically the firm's focus has been on insolvencies and liquidations, with the result that the directors and staff can be considered experts, at the forefront of their field.  

The firm actively practices in the following jurisdictions:

  • Eastern Cape
  • Free State
  • Gauteng
  • KwaZulu-Natal
  • Mthatha
  • Northern Cape
  • Western Cape 

In addition to working in the areas listed above the firm also has cross-border experience and a director who is on the panel of liquidators in Mauritius.

As a result of the firm’s expertise and experience its services are often used by financial institutions and individuals to assist in making elections on whether to liquidate or to propose and implement a corporate recovery.  The firm’s services have also been retained by banking institutions to advise them on the liquidation process.

This entire division is geared to provide a speedy and efficient service to all creditors in the insolvency process.  All its members of staff deal with insolvency related matters all the time and as such, understand the process and the needs of creditors.   Although the firm’s Directors are all lawyers, the firm has the internal services of a competent accounting team who work in conjunction with the liquidators.  The liquidators work in teams so that there is always continuity, backup and more than one person is available to answer queries. The actions of the firm are governed by the KwaZulu-Natal Law Society and all members of the firm uphold the high standard set by this institution.  The firm provides regular in-house training to all its staff, thereby keeping them appraised of changes to the law and the system, and ensuring that the firm adds value to the liquidation process.  The firm is able to offer a “one stop service” with its panel of liquidators, in-house accountants and a specialist conveyancer.  

Since inception the firm has been involved in the winding-up of no less than 18 companies listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.  The firm’s policy is to specialize in larger matters which it has done successfully and can readily state that it has handled most of the large liquidation matters in KwaZulu-Natal.  This firm has the qualifications, staff and capacity to handle the work that currently is on its books, as well as future work.  An example of the larger types matters handled by the firm over the last few years include the following : 

  • Engineering 
  • Abbatoirs & Butchers
  • Retail 
  • Banking 
  • International Billionaire
  • Textiles
  • Farming Operations (including Beef, Citrus, Dairy, Potatoes, Pigs, Sugar Cane, & Timber)
  • Logistics 
  • Housing Development, Golf Course Management and Sewage works
  • Crop Finance for Farms.

 

MEET THE TEAM

The insolvency and business rescue division has 5 qualified liquidators, 2 of whom have business rescue experience, 1 accountant and 3 administrators and a full compliment of secretarial staff which ensures continuity and an ability to provide unlimited resources to a matter.

 The department is headed by directors, Pierre Berrangé and Eugene Nel who are ably assisted by their team.

 Accountants:

Shayne Harty

Shayne graduated with a BCompt degree from Unisa in 1995 whilst completing his articles of clerkship at Delloite and Touche.  Thereafter he expanded his accounting career in the United Kingdom.  On his return to South Africa in 1998, he chose to focus his accounting expertise in insolvency related matters. Shayne is experienced in trading large businesses through the insolvency process and performing forensic accounting functions.

 

Varusha Manickum

Varusha has over 7 years experience in bookkeeping and accounting and has focussed her career on the accounting side of liquidations and insolvencies.  She holds a Diploma in Financial Accounting and is a registered member of the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers and Accountants.

 

Administrators:

Taryn Neizel

Taryn holds an AIPSA Diploma in Insolvency Law & Practice, an Advanced Certificate in Insolvency Law & Practice and an Advanced Certificate in Business Rescue through UNISA. Taryn has 15 years experience in insolvencies and liquidations, and has focused her career on dealing with all aspects of the administration process involved in insolvencies and liquidations.  She is a member of the Master’s National Panel of Liquidators.  

 

Taryn Odell

Taryn holds an AIPSA Diploma in Insolvency Law & Practice.  She has 10 years experience in insolvencies and liquidations, and has focused her career on dealing with all aspects of the administration process involved in insolvencies and liquidations.  She is a member of the Master's National Panel of Liquidators. 

 

Marcel Nel

Marcel holds a BComm and an LLB degree.  He is a Professional Assistant with the firm.  He has 10 years experience in insolvencies and liquidations, and has focused his career on dealing with all aspects of the administration process involved in insolvencies and liquidations.  He is a member of the Master's National Panel of Liquidators.