Jirsch Sutherland has appointed a new partner to its team: Sydney-based Amanda Young. This brings the number of partners across Australia to 18.
Amanda has worked with Jirsch Sutherland for nearly 13 years, most recently as a liquidator. Her specialist knowledge lies in business recovery, reconstruction, insolvency and liquidation and she is known for her technical expertise and strong commercial sense.
Amanda says there have been many highlights in her career to date. “I love working in a collaborative way to find solutions, and to understand realities and relationships,” she says. “One of the most valuable things about my profession is that it has taught me how to manage expectations. Through my work, I’ve come to better understand the needs of individual businesses and the base elements so I can work to provide a suitable solution and outcome.”
No day is typical when it comes to the insolvency and turnaround sector – which is what attracted Amanda to the industry. She has worked with a delicatessen – where she was literally slicing meat to fulfil an order, with a Diamond Company, where she learnt about all aspects of diamonds, including how they are marketed and sold, and with a 44-store retail chain, which she traded for a month before it was sold, and cross-border insolvency matters involving operations in China, Singapore, Hong Kong, Cayman Islands and the British Virgin Islands.
“I could be working on a matter involving a nightclub one day, a family delicatessen the next, then a large ASX-listed group,” she says. “While businesses generally have the same elements, understanding how a specific business makes money is key to providing a tailored solution for that entity. There is no “one size fits all” approach when trying to provide advice to businesses in distress”
As a Jirsch Sutherland partner, Amanda will also be focused on continued growth of the firm and staff development. “I aim to be a good role model,” she says.
It’s no wonder that Amanda’s downtime is a little different to most. When she’s not travelling, she’s riding her Honda CBF 250 motorbike – a passion she’s had since she was 12 and riding around her parents’ farm.