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Australia’s Federal Court has ordered Brite Advisors Pty Ltd be wound up on just and equitable grounds following an application by ASIC.

At a hearing on 6 February 2024, the Court appointed Linda Smith and Robert Kirman of McGrath Nicol as liquidators to Brite and as receivers and managers over the property, assets and undertakings held by Brite on trust for others.

The appointment of Ms Smith and Mr Kirman as liquidators follows their previous court appointments to Brite as investigative accountants on 9 November 2023 and as receivers and managers on 13 December 2023 .

At the 6 February hearing, the Court was directed to key findings outlined in a report Ms Smith and Mr Kirman lodged with the Court on 24 January 2024 (January report). Those key findings included that Brite was likely insolvent from at least 27 October 2023. ASIC commenced proceedings against Brite to secure interim asset preservation orders in October 2023.

The January report followed a report Ms Smith and Mr Kirman filed with the Court on 8 December 2023. The December 2023 report identified a USD $69 million variance between the amount Brite told its clients and their beneficiaries that it held on their behalf, and the amount identified by the investigative accountants as being held by Brite in its financial institutions’ accounts. Brite had reported holding USD $682 million while the investigative accountants were only able to identify USD $612.9 million.

The Court has continued the asset preservation orders obtained by ASIC in October 2023. The orders were amended so that they do not prevent the liquidators and receivers and managers from carrying out their court appointed functions.

ASIC provides regular updates on this matter on its Brite Advisors Key Matters page.

ASIC’s investigation is ongoing. The ASIC investigation team can be contacted by email at

Anyone wishing to contact the liquidators and receivers can do so by email at

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