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Asia-Pacific 2022
Australia Restructuring/Insolvency
Band 5

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Restructuring/Insolvency - Australia
Band 5
What the team is known for

Mills Oakley covers a wide range of restructuring and insolvency-related issues, including priority and perfection disputes, employee entitlement arrangements, debt and equity restructures and the administration of managed investment scheme interest. Active in a range of sectors including finance, construction and manufacturing. Further noted for proficiency in debt recovery and security enforcement litigation. Key clients include Bendigo and Adelaide Bank, KordaMentha and Rodgers Reidy.


A client speaks of the Mills Oakley practice having "a good depth of experience" in the insolvency space, adding: "Matters in this area can be time-critical, but I've found that they have made themselves available when I have needed them, and whenever we have had different views they are always receptive to talking things through."

Another client, who particularly appreciates Mills Oakley's "can-do attitude," also observes: "Their expertise with regard to the Personal Property Securities Register regime is second to none."

Work highlights

Mills Oakley acted both for Nissan Financial Services Australia and for its appointed receiver and manager, Grant Thornton, with regard to the insolvency of The Atlas Group, the former operator of a vehicle leasing and fleet leasing business. The mandate was made complex by issues of validity, enforceability and priority of security interest which necessitated the involvement of the Supreme Court of Victoria.  

Notable practitioners

Stuart Lewin is based in Melbourne and acts for leading insolvency practitioners, financial services providers, insurers and companies across a broad range of predominantly contentious issues. Clients describe him as "smart on his feet and well connected" and "great with clients and very commercial and pragmatic."

Ariel Borland acts for a range of clients, including appointees, creditors and other stakeholders, on a variety of both contentious and non-contentious insolvency mandates. She is the recipient of extremely enthusiastic client feedback, one source calling her "one of the best legal minds you will come across and a lawyer who can be entrusted with the most complex disputes," while another reports: "I cannot think of an instance where I have gone to her with a particular issue and she hasn't been able to answer the question."

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