• Phone: +61 3 9600 4922
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  • Address: Level 43, 600 Bourke
    Street Melbourne
    VIC 3000
  • Address: Level 43, 600 Bourke
    Street Melbourne
    VIC 3000
  • Phone: +61 3 9600 4922

Biography

James became a Partner of Ferrier Hodgson in 1994 and has practised in the field of corporate advisory and restructuring since 1984. James is Ferrier Hodgson’s retail practice leader.

Since 1999, James has worked with many retail businesses providing confidential strategic advice, undertaking due diligence assignments and restructuring retailers affairs. He is highly regarded as a key advisor on retail by lenders and financiers to the industry.

Major recent projects

While the majority of James’ retail assignments are confidential and involve supported turnaround and restructure strategies, he has dealt with some of Australia’s biggest retail restructures representing over $2.5 billion of retail sales in Australia and New Zealand.

Retail assignments Category Turnover
$AUDm  
Outcome 
Colorado Group (5 brands)  Specialty apparel & footwear  430  Debt/equity restructure & sale 
Australian Discount Retail  Discount variety  930  Restructure & sale 
Harris Scarfe  Department store  400  Restructure & sale 
Sportsgirl / Sportscraft (3 brands)  Specialty apparel  180  Restructure & sale 
WOW Sight & Sound  Consumer electronics  260  Controlled closure 
Australian Music Group
(Billy Hyde & Allans)  
Musical instruments  110  Controlled closure 
Borders  Books  177  Restructure & sale 
Angus & Robertson  Books  142  Restructure & sale 

James regularly travels overseas with Westfield studying international retail business models and global trends. He is also often asked to speak at industry seminars about trends in the Australian retail market and the challenges impacting the retail sector.

Biography

James became a Partner of Ferrier Hodgson in 1994 and has practised in the field of corporate advisory and restructuring since 1984. James is Ferrier Hodgson’s retail practice leader.

Since 1999, James has worked with many retail businesses providing confidential strategic advice, undertaking due diligence assignments and restructuring retailers affairs. He is highly regarded as a key advisor on retail by lenders and financiers to the industry.

Major recent projects

While the majority of James’ retail assignments are confidential and involve supported turnaround and restructure strategies, he has dealt with some of Australia’s biggest retail restructures representing over $2.5 billion of retail sales in Australia and New Zealand.

Retail assignments Category Turnover
$AUDm  
Outcome 
Colorado Group (5 brands)  Specialty apparel & footwear  430  Debt/equity restructure & sale 
Australian Discount Retail  Discount variety  930  Restructure & sale 
Harris Scarfe  Department store  400  Restructure & sale 
Sportsgirl / Sportscraft (3 brands)  Specialty apparel  180  Restructure & sale 
WOW Sight & Sound  Consumer electronics  260  Controlled closure 
Australian Music Group
(Billy Hyde & Allans)  
Musical instruments  110  Controlled closure 
Borders  Books  177  Restructure & sale 
Angus & Robertson  Books  142  Restructure & sale 

James regularly travels overseas with Westfield studying international retail business models and global trends. He is also often asked to speak at industry seminars about trends in the Australian retail market and the challenges impacting the retail sector.

Qualifications and Memberships

  • Bachelor of Commerce 
  • Official Liquidator of the Supreme Court of Victoria and Federal Court of Australia 
  • Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia 
  • Member of the Australian Restructuring Insolvency & Turnaround Association 
  • Member of the Turnaround Management Association 
  • Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors

Qualifications and Memberships

  • Bachelor of Commerce 
  • Official Liquidator of the Supreme Court of Victoria and Federal Court of Australia 
  • Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia 
  • Member of the Australian Restructuring Insolvency & Turnaround Association 
  • Member of the Turnaround Management Association 
  • Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors

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