Alex in 60 seconds

Alex is the Group Leader of Henry Davis York's Banking, Turnaround and Insolvency Group, which includes the legal teams for Banking & Finance and Restructuring & Insolvency.

Alex specialises in structured capital markets, restructuring and receivables finance. He often uses his structured finance expertise to assist our insolvency and restructuring clients. Alex is recognised by his clients, peers and legal directories as a leader in his field.

Alex has also advised on various aspects of the cross-border insolvency of Lehman Brothers, including advising Perpetual Limited in its proceedings in the English High Court and the Court of Appeal against Lehman Brothers to enforce priority and subordination arrangements in the Lehman $US10billion 'Dante' credit linked note program.

Qualifications

  • BEc, LLB, LLM (Sydney)

Independent Recognition

  • Leading Lawyer in Banking and Insolvency & Restructuring by IFLR1000, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2012
  • Ranked in Capital Markets: Securitisation by Chambers Asia-Pacific and Chambers Global, 2016, 2015 and 2014
  • Listed as a Recommended Lawyer in Banking & Finance and Capital Markets in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific, 2017, 2014, 2013 and 2012
  • Recommended Lawyer in Doyles Guide to The Australian Legal Profession
  • Listed as an expert in Banking and Finance, Structured Finance and Distressed Investing & Debt Trading law in Best Lawyers since 2013
  • Listed in Banking and Debt Capital Markets in PLC 2011

Industry associations

  • HDY's representative on the Australian Securitisation Forum

Alex's Recent Experience

Morgan Stanley Real Estate

Acted for a global real estate special situations fund in respect of its acquisition of 2 large portfolios of non-performing real estate loans from the Lloyds Banking Group backed by security over residential, commercial and retail developments across the eastern seaboard of Australia. With a face value in excess of A$1.5bn, these were at the time the largest ever non-performing portfolio sales undertaken by any financial institution in Australia.

Ferrier Hodgson

Advised Ferrier Hodgson (receivers and managers) in relation to the sale of 2 power plants located in NSW held by the Sunshine Electricity Joint Venture (SEJV), an unincorporated joint venture.

Centuria Capital Limited

Acted for ASX listed Centuria Capital in relation to the sale of a $125m reverse mortgage portfolio.

Aircraft leasing business

Advised a major international aircraft leasing business on the restructuring and sale of its US$1.2bn aircraft leasing portfolio.

Alex's Recent Insights

Defeating legal privilege to obtain access to documents created to frustrate creditors' claims

  • 16 Oct 2017

People who are targets of liquidators' and other claimants' investigations often attempt to hide behind the veil of legal professional privilege to avoid producing documents.However, the ve...

Government moves forward on reforms to address corporate misuse of FEG Scheme

  • 06 Oct 2017

On 5 October 2017, the Australian Government announced that it would move forward with proposed reforms to address the concern that the Government's Fair Entitlement Guarantee Scheme is increas...

In Defence of Restructuring, Insolvency and Turnaround Professionals

  • 28 Sep 2017

Restructuring, insolvency and turnaround professionals play a fundamental role in the economy and deliver important outcomes for business. So why the bad press?Read our article published in the Sep...

UPDATE: Australian Restructuring and Insolvency Law Reform passes through the Federal Parliament

  • 21 Sep 2017

The 'safe harbour' reforms are now law.On 18 September 2017, the Treasury Laws Amendment (2017 Enterprise Incentives No. 2) Act 2017 received Royal Assent.The 'safe harbour' provisi...