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Asia-Pacific 2022
Australia Restructuring/Insolvency
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Band 5

About

Provided by Thomson Geer

Thomson Geer's Restructuring & Insolvency team is conscious of the need to deliver a fast, efficient service that prioritises the commercial objectives of our clients.

Our work encompasses a broad range of matters including corporate reconstructions, securities enforcement, voluntary administrations, receiverships, fraud investigations, bankruptcy and liquidation.

Thomson Geer has affiliations with specialist insolvency and accounting firms domestically and relationships with international insolvency lawyers and workout specialists. The firm can call on a network of experts to ensure we give the most comprehensive advice.

The team's clients include banks and subsidiaries, other financial institutions and insolvency practitioners acting on behalf of both secured and unsecured creditors.

Specialisations

  • Corporate reconstruction and workouts
  • Cross-border insolvency work
  • Receiverships
  • Insolvency litigation and dispute resolution
  • Major fraud and associated recovery actions
  • Insolvency risk management and minimisation
  • Bankruptcy and liquidation, including acting for the trustee or liquidator in the areas of asset recovery
  • Administrations
  • Schemes of arrangement

Recent matters

  • ​Adelaide Airport Ltd - Acted for Adelaide Airport during administration of airline Virgin.
  • Dye & Co - Acted for liquidators in relation to all aspects of their administration of unregistered managed investment scheme involving 17 companies.
  • Grant Thornton - Acted for liquidators of Equitable Financial Solutions.

Chambers Review

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

Thomson Geer offers well-established capabilities in restructuring and insolvency matters surrounding secured credit as well as director liability. Maintains an especially notable track record in the representation of financial services sector clients, and handles all aspects of restructuring and insolvency matters for creditors, shareholders and insolvency practitioners in the SME space, as well as acting on behalf of distressed companies. Key clients include Adelaide Airport, Deloitte and Grant Thornton. 

Strengths

A client who praises the Thomson Geer team's "strong technical expertise" and provision of "advice that always balances commerciality with the legal position," particularly emphasises its readiness "to leverage other parts of the practice to assist with complex problems that have a formal insolvency core" and complementary ability "to manage multiple complex litigations concurrently."

Another client cites "experienced lawyers, great attention to detail and commercial application of the law with the client’s best interests at front of mind."

Work highlights

Thomson Geer acted for Dye & Co in its capacity as liquidators of an unregistered managed investment scheme with investments totalling AUD80 million and connections to the collapsed IPO Wealth Fund.

Notable practitioners

Sydney-based partner Peter Harrison is a key contact for clients.