Our People

Meet our team of specialists
Newpoint’s experienced professionals have the industry knowledge and technical expertise to successfully address clients’ specific circumstances, needs and objectives, wherever they are in Asia-Pacific.

Our dedicated, honest practitioners have a down-to-earth culture. We are commercial, decisive and innovative. We treat our clients with respect, have regard to their circumstances and are approachable and accessible at all times.

Our specialist competencies include advisory, restructuring, litigation support and insolvency.

Meet the team

Costa Nicodemou

Costa Nicodemou

Partner

Brett Lennane

Brett Lennane

Partner

James Sekhas

James Sekhas

Manager

Andrew Coles

Andrew Coles

Supervisor

Claudia Atai

Claudia Atai

Analyst

About Costa
Costa has over 20 years’ experience in banking, turnaround and restructuring. Costa has held senior banking roles with HBOS and Lloyds and has directly managed and realised in excess of AU$2b in direct property assets.

Experience

  • Sale of Lloyds Bank distressed property loan portfolios
  • National Buildplan Group Pty Limited
  • ARL Limited
  • Amazing Paints Limited
  • Sterling Estates Limited
  • Westpoint Constructions Limited

Qualifications

  • Registered and official liquidator
  • Member, Chartered Accountants Australia and NZ
  • Masters of Property Development, UTS, Sydney
  • Bachelor of Business (Accounting and Finance), UTS, Sydney
About Brett
Brett has 25 years’ experience in banking and 9 years’ experience in turnaround and restructuring. Brett has held senior banking roles with HBOS and Lloyds and was responsible for the Bank’s NSW performing loan portfolio of over AU$4b. Brett has been retained by some of Australia’s best legal firms as an expert witness in commercial property finance litigation.

Experience

  • Origination of over AU$2b of commercial property loans
  • Management of HBOS/Lloyds NSW performing commercial property loan division with over AU$4b of loans and 20 staff
  • ARL Limited
  • Forest Resort
  • Retained as an expert witness by Norton Rose, Carter Newell, DLA Piper, Dentons, Gadens, HWL Ebsworth and Mills Oakley, Harpur Phillips, Johnson, Winter & Slattery, and Wotton & Kearney

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Business (Finance and Economics), UTS, Sydney
  • Acknowledged expert in commercial property finance litigation
About James

James has over 9 years’ experience dealing with all types of corporate insolvency appointments both formal and informal, including voluntary administrations, deed of company arrangements, receiverships, liquidations, and solvency reports. James also specialises in risk management with extensive experience completing financial capacity assessment reports.

Experience

  • Forest Enterprises Australia Ltd
  • Raptis Group Limited
  • Transpacific Insurance Corporation
  • Maritimo Offshore Pty Ltd
  • Precision Mechatronics Pty Ltd

Qualifications

  • Bachelor or Business (Accounting), UTS, Sydney
  • Currently undertaking the Chartered Accountants Australia and NZ Course
About Andrew

Andrew has over 5 years’ experience dealing with both formal / informal insolvency appointments, accounting, managing trade-on businesses and asset management. Andrew also specialises in risk management with extensive experience completing financial capacity assessment reports.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Business , ACU
  • Currently undertaking the Chartered Accountants Australia and NZ Course
About Claudia

Claudia has started her professional career at Newpoint Advisory. She has experience in dealing with both formal / informal insolvency appointments and assisting to complete financial capacity assessment reports.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Applied Finance and Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting), MQU
  • Currently undertaking the Chartered Accountants Australia and NZ Course
Costa Nicodemou

Costa Nicodemou

Partner

About Costa
Costa has over 20 years’ experience in banking, turnaround and restructuring. Costa has held senior banking roles with HBOS and Lloyds and has directly managed and realised in excess of AU$2b in direct property assets.

Experience

  • Sale of Lloyds Bank distressed property loan portfolios
  • National Buildplan Group Pty Limited
  • ARL Limited
  • Amazing Paints Limited
  • Sterling Estates Limited
  • Westpoint Constructions Limited

Qualifications

  • Registered and official liquidator
  • Member, Chartered Accountants Australia and NZ
  • Masters of Property Development, UTS, Sydney
  • Bachelor of Business (Accounting and Finance), UTS, Sydney
Brett Lennane

Brett Lennane

Partner

About Brett
Brett has 25 years’ experience in banking and 9 years’ experience in turnaround and restructuring. Brett has held senior banking roles with HBOS and Lloyds and was responsible for the Bank’s performing loan portfolio of over AU$4b. Brett has been retained by some of Australia’s best legal firms as an expert witness in commercial property finance litigation

Experience

  • Origination of over AU$2b of commercial property loans
  • Management of HBOS/Lloyds NSW performing commercial property loan division with over AU$4b of loans and 20 staff
  • ARL Limited
  • Forest Resort
  • Retained as an expert witness by Norton Rose, Carter Newell, DLA Piper, Dentons, Gadens, HWL Ebsworth and Mills Oakley, Westpoint Constructions Limited

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Business (Finance and Economics), UTS, Sydney
  • Expert witness in commercial property finance litigation
James Sekhas

James Sekhas

Manager

About James

James has over 9 years’ experience dealing with all types of corporate insolvency appointments both formal and informal, including voluntary administrations, deed of company arrangements, receiverships, liquidations, and solvency reports. James also specialises in risk management with extensive experience completing financial capacity assessment reports.

Experience

  • Forest Enterprises Australia Ltd
  • Raptis Group Limited
  • Transpacific Insurance Corporation
  • Maritimo Offshore Pty Ltd
  • Precision Mechatronics Pty Ltd

Qualifications

  • Bachelor or Business (Accounting), UTS, Sydney
  • Currently undertaking the Chartered Accountants Australia and NZ Course
Andrew Coles

Andrew Coles

Supervisor

About Andrew

Andrew has over 5 years’ experience dealing with both formal / informal insolvency appointments, accounting, managing trade-on businesses and asset management. Andrew also specialises in risk management with extensive experience completing financial capacity assessment reports.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Business , ACU
  • Currently undertaking the Chartered Accountants Australia and NZ Course
Claudia Atai

Claudia Atai

Analyst

About Claudia

Claudia has started her professional career at Newpoint Advisory. She has experience in dealing with both formal / informal insolvency appointments and assisting to complete financial capacity assessment reports.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Applied Finance and Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting), MQU
  • Currently undertaking the Chartered Accountants Australia and NZ Course