Top barrister to head ailing company

Top barrister to head ailing company

03 April 2013 By Justin Whealing

Leading senior counsel Robert Kaye SC has been appointed as the chairman of a struggling paper company.

Kaye has been appointed to head PaperlinX just seven months after he was appointed as a director in September 2012. He replaces Michael Barker, an actuary, who only served as the chairman for six months.

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PaperlinX is a Melbourne-based paper wholesale company headquartered in Melbourne. It also has a network of international offices in Europe, North America and Asia.

For the 2012 financial year, the company posted a net loss of $266.7 million. Late last year, PaperlinX announced that it would shed over 300 staff in Europe.

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In 2010 it closed its paper manufacturing division in Tasmania.

Kaye, a dispute resolution specialist, was first admitted to practice with Allens in the late 1970s before joining the Bar. He was appointed a senior counsel in 2003 and is a member of Six and Seven St James’ Hall Chambers in Sydney.

The former head of Ashurst in Australia, John Atkin, is also a director of PaperlinX SPS Trust, a controlled entity of PaperlinX Limited.
 

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