Glenn Caligaris Glenn Caligaris

Glenn Caligaris

Principal Disputes & Insolvency | Brisbane
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Glenn has been a Principal at McInnes Wilson Lawyers since 2006, specialising in insolvency, taxation and commercial litigation. He is noted for his practical and commercial approach to resolving disputes that are complex and sensitive.

Glenn specialises in advising distressed businesses in respect of restructuring, turnaround and insolvency strategies. Further, he advises government and taxpayers in relation to taxation disputes. He works closely with accountants, financial advisors and insolvency practitioners. He works with a wide range of clients from SME business owners through to top tier lenders and large Commonwealth Government departments.

Glenn has built a strong reputation in his industry and is a current committee member and former State Chairman and National Director of the Turnaround Management Association. His ‘no-nonsense’ approach has endeared him to numerous clients.

Listed in The Best Lawyers in Australia 2020 for Insolvency and Reorganisation Law.

Recommended, Leading Insolvency and Restructuring Lawyers
Doyles Guide Queensland, 2019

Glenn's Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Laws (Honours), Queensland University of Technology
  • Bachelor of Business (Accountancy), Queensland University of Technology
  • Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland
  • Solicitor of the High Court of Australia

Glenn's Expertise

  • Restructuring and turnaround of distressed businesses
  • Insolvency - specialty in managed investment schemes
  • Banking and finance recovery and litigation
  • Taxation disputes
  • Disputes between directors and shareholders

Glenn's Leadership

  • Member of Australian Reconstruction and Turnaround Association
  • Committee Member of Turnaround Management Association
  • Member, Queensland Law Society

Glenn's Recent Experience

Area of Expertise

Area of Expertise

Turnaround and restructure of distressed business

Work Undertaken

Lead legal advisor in respect of the stabilisation, restructure and ultimate sale of a mining services company with a turnover exceeding $50 million. Winner of the Turnaround Management Association Queensland turnaround of the year award 2014.

Area of Expertise

Area of Expertise


Work Undertaken

Lead legal adviser to the persons responsible for the winding up of a managed investment scheme with a face value exceeding $100 million which involved a complex work out of multiple property and construction projects.

Successfully opposing ASIC action to cancel the Australian Financial Services Licence of a managed investment scheme with assests under management from time to time of up to $200 million. Orders were obtained for the scheme to be wound down by the responsible entity rather than by a receiver. Glenn advised in respect of the wind down where the overall return to creditors exceeded 80 cents in the dollar.

Area of Expertise

Area of Expertise

Banking and finance recovery litigation

Work Undertaken

Acted for lenders in recovery of various secured properties and in litigation concerning the validity, priority and enforcement of securities, including: aged care facilities, high rise unit developments, commercial properties and businesses, hospitality and gaming businesses and farming operations. A recent example includes assisting a top tier lender recover a loan book with a value exceeding $100 million consisting of funds advanced to investors in a number of failed agricultural investment schemes.

Area of Expertise

Area of Expertise

Taxation litigation

Work Undertaken

Acted for the Commissioner of Taxation in High Court Proceedings to determine the personal liability of receivers and liquidators for taxation in respect of income earned or capital gains received post their appointment. Commissioner of Taxation v Australian Building Systems Pty Ltd (In Liquidation) [2015] HCA 48

Acted for the Commissioner of Taxation in High Court proceeding in which the High Court, considered for the first time the anti-avoidance provisions in the GST Act. Commissioner of Taxation - v - Unit Trend Services [2013] HCA16

Area of Expertise

Area of Expertise

Director, shareholder and partner disputes

Work Undertaken

Acting for directors/shareholders in a dispute with other shareholders of a large scale multi-site quarry business with operations in multiple states and successfully negotiated a buy out by our client. This enabled our client to continue the operations of the company.

Glenn's recent publications

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  1. High Court Settles Law on Penalty Clauses in Paciocco

    09 Aug 2016

    On 27 July 2016, the High Court handed down its judgment in the matter of Paciocco v Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited [2016] HCA 28, finalising the long running dispute. Here’s a look at the decision of the High Court and how it might...

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  2. Liquidators Record $115k in Time, but are Allowed Only $30k

    25 Feb 2016

    Two critical components affecting liquidators have come out of Tuesday’s decision by Brereton J in the NSW Supreme Court. First, his Honour has found that the priority system in section 556 of the Corporations Act 2001 does not apply to the...

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  3. Commissioner of Taxation v Australian Building Systems Pty Ltd (In Liquidation): Section 254 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936

    04 Feb 2016

    The Commissioner of Taxation has released a decision impact statement outlining the High Court’s decision in relation to section 254 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936. In this decision the High Court considered the point at which a trustee or...

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