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Thursday 3 March 2022

22-036MR ASIC applies to appoint provisional liquidators to Ascent Investment and Coaching Pty Ltd

ASIC has applied to the Federal Court for the appointment of provisional liquidators to Ascent Investment and Coaching Pty Ltd (Ascent).

ASIC is concerned that:

  • Ascent was operating an unregistered managed investment scheme that is required to be registered;
  • Ascent is producing little business-generated revenue and is being sustained almost entirely through borrowings;
  • Ascent’s primary means to make payments on loans is money it receives from further loans;
  • Ascent has substantial liabilities in comparison to its assets;
  • Ascent’s financial records are inaccurate and incorrect.

ASIC seeks from the Court:

  • the appointment of Matthew James Donnelly, Sean Holmes and Timothy Bryce Norman of Deloitte Financial Advisory Pty Ltd as provisional liquidators to Ascent;
  • orders requiring the provisional liquidators to provide a detailed report to the Court that sets out, among other things, the financial position of Ascent so the Court can consider whether it ought to make orders to wind up the companies.

The matter has been listed for a further case management hearing on 1 June 2022.

ASIC’s investigation of Ascent is continuing.

Any person who is concerned they have invested with Ascent can contact ASIC at Ascent.Investigation@asic.gov.au.

Background

On 13 December 2021, the Federal Court made orders on the application of ASIC freezing the assets of Ascent and its director, Mr Micheal Jefferson Dunjey, who was also ordered to surrender his passport and be restrained from departing Australia. On 20 December 2021, those orders were extended by consent until further order (21-352MR).

Last updated: 03/03/2022 11:57