Michael in 60 seconds

Michael is a specialist in complex corporations, domestic and cross-border restructuring and insolvency matters. He has advised on disputes both in Australia and off-shore.

Michael acts for a range of major clients including financial institutions, creditors, large corporations and professional trustees.

His focus is on contentious restructuring and re-organisation matters and corporate litigation. Michael's expertise across corporate insolvency law, banking and securities law and restructuring has seen him work on complex litigation and investigations arising out of the collapse of major corporate groups. Our clients also call upon Michael to counsel on cross-border insolvency law and restructuring matters.

Qualifications

  • LLB (UQ)

Industry associations

  • Admitted as a solicitor Supreme Court of Queensland and High Court of Australia
  • NSW Law Society
  • Member of the Australian Restructuring Insolvency & Turnaround Association (ARITA)
  • Member of INSOL International

Michael's Recent Experience

PPB Advisory

As part of the Provident Capital receivership, advising PPB Advisory on the income taxation and GST implications of the sale and realisation of assets held by Provident Capital.

Lender

Acting for a lender in relation to limited recourse distressed lending and associated issues.

Hastie Group

Hastie was a significant player in the construction industry with companies which provide technical and engineering services to the building, infrastructure and resources sectors. Hastie went into administration with close to $1bn of debt. HDY was appointed by PPB Advisory in June 2012 to manage the legal and commercial issues arising from the administration of the 44 companies in the Hastie Group.

Centaur Litigation Ltd

Acting for a significant distressed litigation funding group in relation to a range of significant issues including acting with respect to the Cayman Island restructuring of that group and the Cayman Island provisional liquidators.

Big 4 Australian Bank

Acted for the bank in relation to the collapse of a $3.5bn margin lending scheme.

Michael's Recent Insights

Reforms to address corporate misuse of the Fair Entitlements Guarantee Scheme

  • 24 Jul 2017

The Fair Entitlements Guarantee Scheme provides cover for certain employees who have lost their jobs due to the insolvency of their employer. It is intended to be a scheme of last resort to support...