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Biography

Jonathon is a Partner of the Restructuring and Recovery division in Canberra.

Jonathon has extensive experience delivering insolvency and restructuring and recovery solutions for companies in financial trouble. Jonathon is a trusted advisor to investors, financiers, and directors and has helped many distressed companies restructure and save jobs, eliminate old debt, and position themselves as a market leader.

“Our clients appreciate our honesty and straight talking and they know they can count on us for it. I really enjoy helping people and – in the best scenario – seeing a business succeed where they may otherwise have failed. We value every client, and are only ever a phone call away.”

Jonathon is passionate about living in Canberra and supporting local businesses. His guidance is sought out by lawyers, auditors, and accountants and he is frequently invited to advise boards and join committees.  

asset_45.pngJonathon is an ACT Regional Counsellor for Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. He is highly analytical and strategic in his approach, and his direct but user-friendly style is valued by his clients and peers. 

One of Jonathon’s proudest moments is his successful management of the restructure of Star Aviation Services that resulted in a Deed of Company Arrangement being executed and 300 jobs saved across the country. 

In his spare time, you’ll find Jonathon riding down Stromlo on his mountain bike, spending time with his young family, and skiing at Perisher in the winter. He also loves supporting Canberra sporting teams and never misses a Raiders or Liverpool game.

Jonathon Colbran is a Partner of RSM Australia Partners and a Director of RSM Australia Pty Ltd.

Mobile Service Locations:
Batemans Bay, Canberra, Dandenong, Melbourne, MorningtonOrange/Bathurst,  Western Sydney, and Wollongong.

Solutions Jonathon provides

Jonathon's experience includes the management of the following types of engagements:

  • asset_26.pngbusiness turnaround
  • voluntary administrations
  • deeds of company arrangement
  • liquidations
  • receiverships
  • agent for the mortgagee in possession
  • bankrupt estates
  • personal insolvency agreements
  • financial viability and solvency assessments
  • litigation support

Significant projects

Jonathon’s experience extends to a number of significant projects in a wide range of industries and sectors including:

  • mining
  • professional services firms including accounting and law firms
  • real estate businesses including real estate agencies & strata management businesses
  • commercial and residential property & construction businesses
  • hotels, motels, and licensed clubs
  • Not for profit enterprises
  • retail and hospitality
  • medical services including pharmacies
  • agribusinesses
  • manufacturing and fabrication
  • IT and technology services

Professional associations

  • Member, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand
  • Member, Australian Restructuring Insolvency & Turnaround Association (ARITA)

Registrations

  • Registered liquidator
  • Official liquidator

Qualifications

  • Insolvency Education Program, IPA
  • Graduate Diploma in Chartered Accounting, ICAA
  • Bachelor of Commerce, ANU
News articles

ASIC keeps eagle eye on professional advisers

23 August 2016
The Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) has demonstrated a continued commitment to investigating and prosecuting professional advisers who aid in breaches of director duties, or who are involved in phoenix activity. Most recently, this has been shown in court action brought by ASIC against the proprietor of a small business advis...
Publications

5 elements to a successful not-for-profit amalgamation or merger

26 August 2020
One of the first sectors to bear the brunt of an economic downturn is the not-for-profit sector which is resulting in many considering an amalgamation or merger. Reliance on community services increases, yet funding and donations can be hard to come by and higher poverty rates affect customers’ ability to pay for services.  For not-for-pr...

Tips to avoid failure for small business - Part 1

6 October 2017
Small business owners take note! At RSM, we have seen many businesses with cash flow problems or debt recovery issues successfully turned around as a result of early action on the part of directors and business owners.   Unfortunately, business failures usually occur where action is taken far too late to enable any chance of turnaround or...

Protecting your Assets – the PPSR is (most likely) for you!

16 November 2016
The Personal Property Securities Register (PPSR) has been in operation since 30 January 2012, yet many businesses continue to be ignorant of the PPSR by not understanding the nature of their agreement with customers, failing to register or registering incorrectly.

Resources Slowdown – coming to a business near you

24 May 2016
We are reminded daily of the effects of declining investment in mining construction and the collapse in commodity prices on the Australian economy. This has been highlighted in the 2016 federal budget where the Federal Government realises the mining investment boom is over and it is trying to stimulate the economy and job growth thro...