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Hilco Global expands its current practice in Australia opening a new Hilco Valuation Services office in Sydney

Sep 09, 2014

Executive Brendan Smyth will lead the team, providing tangible and intangible asset appraisals, enterprise valuations and other services to the Australian financial services community. 

Tom Greco, CEO of Hilco Valuation Services (www.hilcovaluationservices.com), announced today the opening of a new valuation services office that will be located in Sydney, Australia.   This new office will be led by Brendan Smyth, a Hilco Valuation Services veteran who has been with the company since 2007.  Until relocating to his native country of Australia, Brendan had been working out of Hilco’s operations in London.  In Australia, Hilco Valuation Services will be focused on executing inventory, machinery and equipment and intellectual property appraisals for the emerging Asset-Based lending community.  In addition, Hilco will deliver business valuations and valuation work for financial reporting, insolvency and dispute resolution purposes. The Australian lending market has experienced a recent shift to true Asset-Based lending offerings with some sizable retail and industrial transactions having been completed over the past two years and increasing regulatory pressure for lenders to have independent appraisals conducted.

“Given the recent trends we have seen in Australia with regards to the expanding capital markets and Asset-Based lending in particular, it was an easy decision to grow our valuation practice in that region.  Brendan Smyth is the ideal person to lead our team in Australia given his long track record of success at Hilco and his desire to grow this business in his native land,” said Greco.  

With an extensive knowledge of inventory and machinery and equipment appraisals and having worked for all major asset based lenders, Brendan Smyth has been involved with and has a deep understanding of numerous sectors including; Retail, Food & Beverage, Electronics, Textiles, Automotive, Aerospace, Metals & Other Commodities, Packaging, Construction, Cosmetics, Agricultural, Pharmaceuticals, Transport, Home Goods, Toys, Giftware, Luxury and Sporting Goods.  Smyth spent the last seven years working for Hilco Valuation Services Europe where he provided independent asset valuations for financial providers specializing in asset based lending based on orderly liquidation values.  Smyth has conducted over 300 appraisals in 13 countries throughout Europe and Australasia.

“We are very committed to the Australian marketplace and are pleased to expand our organization in Sydney by adding another business practice to the current Hilco Merchant Australia and Re:Capital business units that have been successfully serving clients on the ground since 2011” said Jeffrey B. Hecktman, Chairman and CEO of Hilco Global.  Hilco Merchant Australia has been providing retail inventory disposition solutions in Australia for the past three years and will be co-located with the Hilco Valuation Services team in Sydney.  

About Hilco Global:  Northbrook, IL - based Hilco Global (www.hilcoglobal.com) is an independent and diversified financial services company and the world’s preeminent authority on maximizing the value of assets for both healthy and distressed companies.  Hilco Global operates as the holding company comprised of twenty specialized business units that work to help companies understand the value of their assets and then monetize that value.  Often, Hilco Global acts as an advisor to provide consultative services in all aspects of the asset management process.   For over 28 years acting as a principal or agent, Hilco Global has a successful track record of delivering the best possible result by aligning interests with clients and providing them strategic insight, advice, and, in many instances, the capital required to complete the deal.  

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