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Mark in 60 seconds

Mark specialises in banking recovery, including all forms of consumer and corporate recovery and insolvency. He has acted for banks and other financial institutions, receivers, liquidators and administrators for over 28 years.

Mark is a leading insolvency lawyer who has been involved in some of Australia's largest and most complex insolvency matters over the past decade.

He is known for his solid relationships with Australia's Big 4 Banks, as well as his expertise in recovery and enforcement, and litigation and dispute resolution.

Clients call upon Mark for his industry knowledge, achieved from being exposed to businesses across a spectrum of industries such as aged care, banking and financial services, retail, property development, manufacturing, pharmaceutical and infrastructure.

His background in commercial litigation has provided a basis for a substantial practice involving the recovery of loss associated with negligent valuations in connection with securitised loans.

Mark's willingness to embrace innovation is, among other things, evidenced by his coordination of the establishment of recovery extranets to assist financial institutions to monitor the status of recovery and enforcement action on secured and unsecured lending transactions.

Qualifications

  • BCom, LLB

Industry associations

  • Member of the Australian Restructuring Insolvency & Turnaround Association (ARITA)
  • Member of LEADR (Lawyers Engaged in Alternative Dispute Resolution)
  • Member of the Banking and Financial Services Law Association
  • Member of the Possession List Users Group in the Supreme Court of NSW
  • Member of the Editorial Board of the Australian Banking and Finance Law Bulletin
  • Member of the Turnaround Management Association

Mark's Recent Experience

Big 4 Australian Bank

Acted on a significant matter in which the Supreme Court made orders to void a transfer by a corporate debtor to a Phoenix company as a transaction intended to defeat creditors.

Big 4 Australian Bank

Major recovery in an agricultural lend over many properties containing varied crops and significant water licencing issues.

Big 4 Australian Bank

Acting for a major bank in relation to its recovery options in a significant restaurant portfolio exposure in the Sydney metropolitan area.

Big 4 Australian Bank

Complex enforcement of security over many large ships used in maritime service by a customer of a major bank. The matter required identification of the vessels, the discovery of their location, consideration of leasing arrangements, licences and also berthing agreements.

Big 4 Australian Bank

Acting for a major bank and receivers in significant property developments in the Sydney metropolitan area.

Mark's Recent Insights

Insolvency Law Reforms – Update

  • 08 Jun 2017

On 1 June 2017 the Federal Government introduced the Treasury Law Amendment (2017 Enterprise Incentives No.2) Bill 2017 into parliament. If enacted, the legislation will bring a major shake-up...

Not-for-profits under financial stress – what does this mean for you?

  • 18 May 2017

News reports in recent days that the Newcastle Anglican Diocese is facing a $1 million shortfall in this financial year is a timely reminder of the risks facing lenders into the church and not-for-...

Insolvency Law Reforms – how they affect you

  • 10 May 2017

Australian insolvency laws have been criticised for precipitating value destruction and terminal decline in the life of a company.   To address this the Australian Government recently r...

Court approval required for post-administration security interest grants

  • 31 Mar 2017

In a decision of the Federal Court of Australia handed down today, the Court has clarified that lenders to companies in external administration taking registered security interests under the Person...