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Clayton Utz

Restructuring/Insolvency

7 ranked lawyersBand 1AustraliaAsia-Pacific 2021 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

A comprehensive national offering with long-standing strength in contentious insolvency. Also handles restructuring and workouts and acts for both lenders and corporate borrowers with regard to financial restructurings and distressed financing. Advises banks, insolvency firms, investment funds, corporate clients and government clients on high-profile litigation and restructures. Has a broad range of industry expertise, with a particular focus on the construction and property development, retail, energy and natural resources and financial services sectors.

Strengths

The team is widely regarded as a leading practice in the restructuring and insolvency space, one client noting: "Clayton Utz is an outstanding firm that has good relationships with the banks."

Another client describes the practice as a "go-to firm" and adds: "I'd use Clayton Utz for large complex matters, both formal and informal."

Work highlights

Clayton Utz acted for the administrators Blue Sky Alternative Investments Limited, who at the time of appointment managed fee-earning assets of approximately AUD2.8 billion.

Notable practitioners

Cameron Belyea is described by a client as one of the "go-to practitioners in Perth.". He is active in the energy and natural resources sectors, and advises administrators and corporate boards on restructurings, including deeds of company arrangement and safe harbour planning.

Jennifer Ball has a highly regarded and broad practice in the restructuring and insolvency space. She acts for clients in sectors ranging from mining and industrial manufacture to construction on a variety of significant matters, including distressed financing and shareholder litigation.

Karen O'Flynn has a highly respected practice in the insolvency space, with an emphasis on contentious matters. She has represented a range of clients in significant insolvency litigation proceedings.

Nick Poole is recognised for his experience operating on non-contentious restructuring matters. He is regularly instructed by insolvency appointees such as liquidators and voluntary administrators as well as corporate borrowers on substantial restructurings in various sectors, including retail, construction and energy.

Orla McCoy "is excellent" according to one interviewee who adds: "She is on big matters, including acting for the government, and everyone involved gives good feedback." She frequently advises on high-profile insolvency matters, acting for administrators and receivers as well as government bodies.

Paul James is noted for his creditor-side experience by a market source. He is a well-regarded practitioner who regularly acts on various insolvency matters such as voluntary administrations and liquidations for a variety of clients, including banks and insolvency firms.

Tim Sackar is a market-leading practitioner who is regularly instructed on large and complex insolvencies and restructurings by insolvency practitioners, corporate borrowers and creditors. One client values his "solid technical expertise mixed with commercial acumen," and another notes: "He's very proactive, he'll take it upon himself to find solutions. He doesn't just answer legal questions, he actually rolls his sleeves up and becomes a critical party within the transaction team as well as being a legal and technical fountain of knowledge."

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Australia

Restructuring/Insolvency


Cameron Belyea
Band 2
Jennifer Ball
Band 2
Karen O'Flynn
Band 2
Nick Poole
Band 2
Orla McCoy
Band 1
Paul James
Band 2