HDY secures top-level talent

11 Nov 2014

Henry Davis York (HDY) has secured internationally recognised restructuring lawyer Cameron Cheetham from Kirkland & Ellis in New York, one of the leading restructuring law firms globally.

Cameron has worked in Sydney, London and New York and has a strong focus on representing Australian, US and other offshore private equity, hedge funds and special situations funds in restructuring financially stressed corporations.

Cameron Cheetham will join the HDY partnership in late January.

According to the head of the firm's financial services practice and leader of their banking, restructuring & insolvency group, Roger Dobson, "Cameron's appointment is an important strategic investment in the growth and continued evolution of our banking, restructuring and insolvency practice. His experience working in New York for some of the leading offshore funds and other key participants in the restructuring field will be a tremendous asset for us."

Cameron's appointment represents another deliberate and strategic move by the firm in recent times to further bolster its partnership in its areas of focus and strength.

HDY has now appointed five new partners over the last year, three lateral hires and two internal promotions. These appointments are in key strategic areas for the firm, including infrastructure and major projects, financial services corporate advisory and restructuring & insolvency.

According to HDY's Managing Partner Michael Greene*, "Over the last few years our firm has undergone significant transformation, as the firm has evolved in response to market conditions and in pursuit of new opportunities. The partner departures and new appointments are reflective of this period of change. Our five new partners have strengthened our capability in areas where we see real opportunity for our firm to further help our clients - both existing and new."

Former Ashurst partners Graham Read and Kevin Arkwright joined the firm earlier in the year, with their market-leading reputations in construction, large infrastructure projects and PPPs - a key plank in the firm's government strategy.

Strengthening the leadership from within, Jon Ireland and Katie Higgins were appointed to the HDY partnership in February and June 2014 respectively. Katie is a restructuring lawyer with a particular focus on acting for creditors on large complex restructurings. Jon specialises in financial services corporate advisory, M&A transactions and regulatory advice.

HDY currently has a total partnership of 46, supported by more than 350 staff.


*Michael Greene becomes HDY's Managing Partner on 17th November 2014