Australia: Restructuring & Insolvency 2018

Thirty practitioners are nominated by our sources this year for their superb work in the field of restructuring and insolvency. Our research highlights a highly competitive market, with Gilbert + Tobin, Ashurst and King & Wood Mallesons all receiving multiple listings in our guide.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Dominic Emmett Gilbert + Tobin, Sydney
2. Leon Zwier Arnold Bloch Leibler, Melbourne
3. James Marshall Ashurst, Sydney
4. Scott Atkins Norton Rose Fulbright, Sydney
5. Michael Hughes MinterEllison, Sydney

Gilbert + Tobin’s Dominic Emmett is called “a major player in the space” by sources and ranks as one of our most highly regarded individuals this year. He is “highly active” in the market, with cases covering such issues as the negotiation of forbearance arrangements and debt restructuring.
Simon Lynch is a favourite among sources who continue to rate him highly across our research. A highly experienced practitioner, he offers clients a wealth of knowledge on matters relating to restructurings and workouts.

At Arnold Bloch Leibler, Leon Zwier “has a major practice”, for which he is noted as one of the most highly regarded lawyers in the country. He has extensive experience on cross-border restructurings, with recent successes including the successful sale of Arrium Group.

Ashurst’s James Marshall is an outstanding practitioner and a distinguished name in the market. Rated as one of the leading individuals in the country, his practice sees him advise on a wide range of matters, including managing credit risks and secondary debt markets.
Ross McClymont is an excellent lawyer who commands great respect from peers across the space. He provides directors and financiers specialist advice all aspects of debt recovery.
With a strong reputation in both the domestic and international markets, Michael Sloan is a standout name in the field. Sources think highly of him thanks to his experience across an array of industries, including retail, agribusiness and telecommunications.

Norton Rose Fulbright’s Scott Atkins is a pre-eminent name in the Australian market and one of the most highly regarded lawyers in our guide according to commentators. He offers clients deep insight into matters including cross-border restructurings and insolvency disputes.
With over 30 years’ experience in restructuring and insolvency, John Martin is a well-established fixture in the field. He garners strong praise from respondents for his expertise in cross-border insolvency.

At MinterEllison, Michael Hughes is highlighted as a top litigator by market observers. He “has a great practice” that sees him frequently called upon to advise on complex security enforcement and insolvency disputes.

David Cowling of King & Wood Mallesons has an outstanding practice, offering clients over 20 years’ dedicated restructuring and insolvency experience. Sources speak highly of his expert handling of high-profile cases, with recent work highlights including the administration of Lehman Brothers and the ABC Group restructure.
Tony Troiani is an established presence in the restructuring and insolvency market stands out for his commercial approach to tackling complex mandates. He assists companies from a range of sectors, including automotive, retail and banking.

Karen O’Flynn of Clayton Utz is noted by sources for her proficiency handling insolvency litigation. She is widely recognised for her specialist knowledge of liquidation, banking insolvency and superannuations.
Nick Poole is a well-regarded name in the Australian market who offers clients an impressive insight into matters relating to cross-border insolvencies and workouts in industries including rail, energy and pharmaceuticals.

At Corrs Chambers Westgarth, Cameron Cheetham excels on matters concerning cross-border restructurings and insolvency matters for high-profile clients.

Baker McKenzie’s Maria O’Brien is a leading light in the field who receives accolades from respondents to our research. She has a strong track record handling complex cases, including recent work in relation to the restructuring of Emeco Holdings and the administration of Arrium.

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Nominees have been selected based upon comprehensive, independent survey work with both general counsel and private practice lawyers worldwide. Only specialists who have met independent international research criteria are listed.

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