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It is often assumed that once a company has been liquidated, that company is ‘dead and buried’. However, recent cases have shown this to be a misconstrued understanding.
The Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) (“Corporations Act”) provides the ability to reinstate the registration of a company in a very broad range of circumstances.
The Commissioner of Taxation has, in recent years sought to reinstate companies that have been liquidated and deregistered.
In a decision1 handed down in June 2013, the Deputy Commissioner of Taxation (“Commissioner”) was successful in having a previously liquidated company reinstated.
The case involved Melren Farms Pty Ltd (“Melren”), a company that was first registered with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (“ASIC”) in 1990. Melren conducted a potato growing business until 2005, at which time Melren was placed into liquidation as a result of a voluntary wind up. Melren was officially deregistered in 2007.
However, in 2012 and 2013, an investigation of other entities in the Melren group was conducted by a liquidator. This liquidator identified a number of potential claims in relation to a series of transactions entered into by Melren, which could have resulted in additional tax. The Commissioner lodged a Notice of Reinstatement Application with ASIC in relation to Melren. The purpose of the Reinstatement Application was to enable the Commissioner to reinstate the company and then wind-up Melren in a manner that would permit a liquidator to carry out further investigations with the aim of bringing claims against the company’s directors and other members of the Melren group.
The former directors of Melren objected against the reinstatement, meaning that the Federal Court (“Court”) was required to decide whether ASIC should reinstate the company.
The former directors claimed that it was unjust for Melren to be reinstated (6 years after it was deregistered), stating that there was a significant delay in lodging the Reinstatement Application, coupled with the fact that the Commissioner should have identified or been aware of the transactions at the time Melren was originally in liquidation. However, the Federal Court held in favour of the Commissioner, stating that it was satisfied that it was ‘just’ and ‘appropriate’ to reinstate Melren. The Federal Court also stated that the former directors did not appropriately challenge the Commissioner’s arguments for reinstatement.
The registration of a company can be reinstated by one of two methods:
In relation to the second point above, the court may make an order that ASIC reinstate the registration of a company if:
There are many aspects a liquidator can look at when a company is in liquidation. Some of the aspects that are often investigated and may potentially lead to the reinstatement of a deregistered company include:
Clients should be made aware of the circumstances in which a company can be reinstated in order to manage expectations.
Should you require further information regarding liquidations or the possibility of a company being reinstated, please contact your local William Buck advisor.
 Deputy Commissioner of Taxation v Australian Securities and Investments Commission  FCA 594 (17 June 2013)