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Gilbert + Tobin

Restructuring/Insolvency

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What the team is known for

Gilbert + Tobin assists banks, borrowers, investors and directors as well as major insolvency practitioners in all aspects of high-profile insolvency administrations and liquidations as well as workouts and restructurings. Notable expertise in representing investment funds and bondholders in various distressed situations. Also advises on distressed debt investing, corporate distress, and related disputes and applications. Active across a variety of sectors including retail, manufacturing, and energy and resources. Key clients include Genesis Capital, KPMG and McGrathNicol.

Strengths

One client particularly emphasises the Gilbert + Tobin team's possession of "super-quality people," observing: "There aren't any weak links at partner or junior level; everyone across the board is outstanding."

Another client reports: "Gilbert + Tobin's expertise is top quality and they are commercial; some others may charge the same, or more, but are not as effective or commercial."

Work highlights

Gilbert + Tobin acted for the senior lender syndicate involved in the provision of secured facilities to Bluewaters with a view to maintaining its coal-fired power station at the Coolangatta Industrial Estate in Western Australia as a going concern, a mandate made complex by the high degree of interdependence between the power station and nearby Griffin Coal mining operations.

Notable practitioners

Dominic Emmett is based in Sydney and is generally considered to be positioned at the forefront of the restructuring and insolvency market, being regularly instructed on high-profile mandates by appointees, creditors and corporate borrowers. He is identified by one interviewee as "a doyen of the restructuring industry who can handle any situation," while others variously observe that he "needs no introduction," "stands out in terms of innovation" and is regularly encountered "around the big issues."

Peter Bowden is a highly regarded practitioner who acts for creditors as well as administrators, liquidators and receivers on complex restructurings. Increasingly seen by the market as "the face of Gilbert + Tobin's Melbourne restructuring practice," he is described by a client as "a very commercial lawyer who always cuts through the issues and helps us achieve great outcomes."

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Overview

In a rapidly changing market, corporate restructures and insolvency are increasingly common, driving considerable activity in this space, with both small and large organisations being severely impacted. Expert legal advice is crucial to ensure the best possible outcomes are achieved during a time of high uncertainty.

The ability to provide timely commercial advice, guidance and support is our strength. Our Restructuring and Insolvency group works closely with our Corporate Advisory, Banking and Infrastructure and Litigation teams to ensure our clients receive a seamless service that meets their requirements and provides the best solution.

We provide pragmatic, commercial and partner–led expertise. The team has extensive experience advising and acting on disputes and applications arising from restructures and workouts, voluntary administrations, liquidations and receiverships.

We advise banks, borrowers, investors and directors, as well as many leading insolvency practitioners on all types of insolvency administrations. We also advise and act for creditors, directors, lenders and investors facing issues arising from corporate insolvency including insolvent trading claims and actions in relation to insolvent transactions.

Our group leader, Dominic Emmett, is consistently ranked as one of Australia’s leading insolvency and restructuring lawyers in major legal directories including Chambers Global for Restructuring/Insolvency.

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Restructuring/Insolvency

Gilbert + Tobin

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Location

Level 35

Tower Two, International Towers

200 Barangaroo Avenue

Sydney

New South Wales

Australia

NSW 2000

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Dominic Emmett
Star Individuals
Peter Bowden
Band 3