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

Damian Pearce

Damian Pearce

Director

James Sekhas

James Sekhas

Senior Manager

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 Damian

With 20 years of assisting, administering, and advising various stakeholders exposed to corporate insolvency, Damian has extensive experience turning around and restructuring distressed companies.  Damian’s restructuring background has taken him to the UK and involved a number of highly publicised investigations, including complex asset tracing exercises offshore.  In recent years, Damian’s expertise has been highly sought after by government and financiers wishing to assess the viability, capability and risks of often large funding applicants with complex structures.

Experience

Administration, trading and sale of businesses and assets across multiple sectors including: Property development; Construction; Financial Services (including AFS licenced); Retail; Hospitality; and, Logistics.

Investigation and advice:

  • Forensic analysis, advice and asset distribution strategies involving:
    • high wealth family groups with property assets of up to $100m
    • asset tracing, disputes and litigation support
    • asset tracing, disputes and litigation support
  • Investigative Accountant’s and other complex security and risk reviews including:
    • Builders, Property Developers (or both) with complex structures and development assets (up to and exceeding $1b)
    • Financial due diligence and risk assessments of applicants for government contracts, grants and regulatory approval

Qualifications

  • Member, CPA Australia
  • Insolvency Education Program, University of Southern Queensland (pre ARITA)
  • Bachelor of Business (Accounting), La Trobe University
About James

James has over 10 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
  • Crown W48 Pty Ltd
  • Stamford House 88 Pty Ltd
  • Rainbow Carlingford One Pty Ltd

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Business (Accounting), UTS, Sydney
  • Member, Chartered Accountants Australia and NZ
Abisola Popoola

Abisola Popoola

Manager

Andrew Coles

Andrew Coles

Supervisor

Devisha Masters

Devisha Masters

Senior Analyst

Kyzel Trono

Kyzel Trono

Senior Analyst

About Abisola

Abisola comes from a big4 audit background and has over 14 years’ experience in audit, accounting, financial reporting & management services. Abisola joined the team in 2023 and leads the Builder Financial Review (BFR) team.

Qualifications

  • MBA, IE Business School
  • B.Sc. Accounting, Babcock University
  • Member, Chartered Accountants Australia and NZ
  • Fellow, ACCA
About Andrew

Andrew has over 6 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 Devisha

Devisha has over 6 years’ experience in tax and advisory services in New Zealand. Devisha joined the team in 2022 and deals with both formal / informal insolvency appointments and asset management.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting and Tax), UoA, Auckland
  • Member, Certified Practicing Accountant, Australia
About Kyzel

Kyzel joined the team in 2023 and has 7 years’ experience in audit and assurance in Asian and North American markets.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Science in Accountancy, HAU
  • Member, Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Member, Institute of Management Accountants, United States
Utsav Pradhananga

Utsav Pradhananga

Analyst

Michael Matheos

Michael Matheos

Analyst

Satvik Sharma

Satvik Sharma

Analyst

About Utsav

Utsav has over 4 years’ of experience in accounting and taxation services. Utsav joined the team in 2022 and deals with both formal / informal insolvency appointments, risk management and financial capacity assessment reports.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Business (Accounting), La Trobe University
  • Currently undertaking the CPA course
About Michael

Michael has 2 years’ experience in advisory and insolvency. Michael joined the team in 2023, receiving hands on accounting experience whilst finalising his university studies.

Qualifications

  • 3rd year Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting and Finance), University of Sydney
About Satvik

Satvik has 3 years’ experience in accounting firms. Satvik joined the team in 2024 and assists with the internal accounting function of the firm whilst finalising his university studies.

Qualifications

  • 3rd year Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) and Law, University of Sydney
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
Damian Pearce

Damian Pearce

Director

About Damian

With 20 years of assisting, administering, and advising various stakeholders exposed to corporate insolvency, Damian has extensive experience turning around and restructuring distressed companies.  Damian’s restructuring background has taken him to the UK and involved a number of highly publicised investigations, including complex asset tracing exercises offshore.  In recent years, Damian’s expertise has been highly sought after by government and financiers wishing to assess the viability, capability and risks of often large funding applicants with complex structures.

Experience

Administration, trading and sale of businesses and assets across multiple sectors including: Property development; Construction; Financial Services (including AFS licenced); Retail; Hospitality; and, Logistics.

Investigation and advice:

  • Forensic analysis, advice and asset distribution strategies involving:
    • high wealth family groups with property assets of up to $100m
    • asset tracing, disputes and litigation support
    • asset tracing, disputes and litigation support
  • Investigative Accountant’s and other complex security and risk reviews including:
    • Builders, Property Developers (or both) with complex structures and development assets (up to and exceeding $1b)
    • Financial due diligence and risk assessments of applicants for government contracts, grants and regulatory approval

Qualifications

  • Member, CPA Australia
  • Insolvency Education Program, University of Southern Queensland (pre ARITA)
  • Bachelor of Business (Accounting), La Trobe University
James Sekhas

James Sekhas

Senior Manager

About James

James has over 10 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
  • Crown W48 Pty Ltd
  • Stamford House 88 Pty Ltd
  • Rainbow Carlingford One Pty Ltd

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Business (Accounting), UTS, Sydney
  • Member, Chartered Accountants Australia and NZ
Abisola Popoola

Abisola Popoola

Manager

About Abisola

Abisola comes from a big4 audit background and has over 14 years’ experience in audit, accounting, financial reporting & management services. Abisola joined the team in 2023 and leads the Builder Financial Review (BFR) team.

Qualifications

  • MBA, IE Business School
  • B.Sc. Accounting, Babcock University
  • Member, Chartered Accountants Australia and NZ
  • Fellow, ACCA
Andrew Coles

Andrew Coles

Supervisor

About Andrew

Andrew has over 6 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
Devisha Masters

Devisha Masters

Senior Analyst

About Devisha

Devisha has over 6 years’ experience in tax and advisory services in New Zealand. Devisha joined the team in 2022 and deals with both formal / informal insolvency appointments and asset management.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting and Tax), UoA, Auckland
  • Member, Certified Practicing Accountant, Australia
Kyzel Trono

Kyzel Trono

Senior Analyst

About Kyzel

Kyzel joined the team in 2023 and has 7 years’ experience in audit and assurance in Asian and North American markets.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Science in Accountancy, HAU
  • Member, Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Member, Institute of Management Accountants, United States
Utsav Pradhananga

Utsav Pradhananga

Analyst

About Utsav

Utsav has over 4 years’ of experience in accounting and taxation services. Utsav joined the team in 2022 and deals with both formal / informal insolvency appointments, risk management and financial capacity assessment reports.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Business (Accounting), La Trobe University
  • Currently undertaking the CPA course
Michael Matheos

Michael Matheos

Analyst

About Michael

Michael has 2 years’ experience in advisory and insolvency. Michael joined the team in 2023, receiving hands on accounting experience whilst finalising his university studies.

Qualifications

  • 3rd year Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting and Finance), University of Sydney
Satvik Sharma

Satvik Sharma

Analyst

About Satvik

Satvik has 3 years’ experience in accounting firms. Satvik joined the team in 2024 and assists with the internal accounting function of the firm whilst finalising his university studies.

Qualifications

  • 3rd year Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) and Law, University of Sydney