Peter J Keenan

Before retiring I worked in Australia as an insolvency specialist, in both corporate and personal insolvency administrations from 1979 to 2013.  I was a Chartered Accountant and a member of CPA. I was a Registered Liquidator for 18 years, until I decided in May 2013 to focus on research and writing about insolvency and related matters.

I have also had extensive experience in taxation (in the ATO and in private practice); bookkeeping and accounting (in industry and in private practice); fraud investigation (with the Commonwealth DPP); and forensic accounting.

Since becoming an insolvency specialist I have written a great deal about the subject generally and have developed an  academic interest in:

  •  the laws  governing business and personal insolvency;
  •  the theories and policies behind them;
  •  the way in which those laws are administered and enforced;
  •  the customary and expected procedures that insolvency practitioners (e.g. liquidators) should follow;
  • conflicts of interest and malpractice;
  • the causes and symptoms of business failure;
  • the prevention and cure of business failure;
  • the behaviour of banks and other lenders;
  • the behaviour of company directors.

My website, which provides free documents and information, is

In this blog I will be publishing news, raising practical and policy issues in insolvency and taxation, and encouraging helpful discussion and advice.  Please join me.

Peter J Keenan


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  2 Responses to “Author”

  1. Dear Mr Keenan
    Thanks for creating a forum where people can not only find useful information but also express/share their views and experience,including against the so called but completely biased and ineffective regulatory authorities like ASIC and those of the rogue practitoners who use the opportunity to exploit their position without any fear and accountability,with the active or passive support of ASIC.This forum is very bold step coming from someone who himself is a practitioner but will not hesitate in bringing the bad elements amongst the fellow practitioners.
    I appreciate your efforts and time dedicated in educating the public on this subject.
    Narender Jain

  2. Thanks Narender,
    I don’t agree with your assessment of ASIC. I believe that it’s trying hard with limited funds to weed out unscrupulous and dodgy insolvency practitioners, penalise directors who don’t comply with the law and educate the community; and I believe it’s having considerable success in doing so. My intent on this site will always be to publish news, raise issues and air debate relating to insolvency law and practice, and to do so without fear or favour.