Overview

Restructuring and insolvency has always been a core area for DibbsBarker. Our market-leading team offers advice and guidance to banks, company directors and senior officers, liquidators, administrators, receivers, trustees, and other key stakeholders in situations of financial distress or insolvency.

Our long-standing practice has represented clients involved in many of Australia’s largest insolvencies and reorganisations, including HIH, New Cap Re, James Hardie, Fincorp, MFS and Lehman Brothers.

The services we provide include:

Our team assists clients across all of our key industry areas, and has significant experience in rural assets (livestock and other agricultural assets), as well as solar and renewable energy and regulatory enforcement by ASIC and others.

We are particularly well known in the financial services space where we act for nine banks, including two of Australia’s four major banks.

Our team are members of – and active participants in - key industry bodies such as the Australian Restructuring Insolvency & Turnaround Association, the International Association of Restructuring, the Financial Services Institute of Australasia, Insolvency and Bankruptcy Professionals, the Turnaround Management Association, the Business Law Council of Australia and the International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation.

Contacts
Partner
T +61 3 8640 1013
 
Doyles Guide leading list rankings

Scott Guthrie - Recommended Lawyer in Insolvency & Restructuring (Queensland, 2017)

John Stragalinos - Recommended Lawyer in Insolvency & Restructuring (Victoria, 2017)

DibbsBarker - Recommended Law Firm in Insolvency & Restructuring (Queensland and NSW, 2017)

Doyles Guide is an independent guide with rankings compiled through feedback from those in the legal profession.

 
 
Recent News and Publications
26 Oct 2017
A central theme in Australia’s safe harbour legislation is a “better outcome for the company”. Achieving a “better outcome” is the ultimate aim of the course of action to be taken by directors to enliven the protection afforded by the safe harbour regime. Conversely, directors will be outside safe harbour once that course of action ceases to be reasonably likely to achieve that “better outcome”.
18 Oct 2017
The sole shareholder of two companies has failed in attempting to challenge the validity of the appointment of administrators to those companies.
03 Oct 2017
In our Safe Harbour Wheelhouse publication series we will consider how the new laws are likely to play out and impact key stakeholders once companies begin relying on the new provisions in months and years to come. In this first update, we look at some of the issues that directors and unsecured creditors will need to consider given the Corporations Act’s silence about whether or not a restructure plan should be disclosed to creditors.