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Ian Walker

Ian Walker is one of Australia's leading insolvency and restructuring specialists. He has more than 30 years' experience in security enforcement for all types of creditors, banking litigation, and insolvency, restructuring and work out issues.

While Ian 's practice spans a wide range of industries and private and public sector clients, he has extensive experience in the financial services industry.

Ian advises insolvency appointees including liquidators, receivers, administrators and deed administrators on creditors rights, their powers and duties and on the full range of commercial and legal issues that face insolvency practitioners during the course of an insolvency administration. He also advises third parties affected by insolvency such as creditors and directors. This includes advising company directors on the governance issues that face them when insolvency is imminent and drafting schemes of arrangement and deeds of company arrangement involving large numbers of creditors and complex corporate structures.

Ian's broader practice encompasses litigation and commercial dispute resolution. He acts for government, statutory corporations and corporate clients on a range of litigious and non-litigious matters principally in the areas of contractual disputes and trade practices legislation. He has significant banking and finance litigation experience, acting for banks with regard to securities lending exposure.

Ian has also been involved in complex commercial litigation in the Superior courts, either Federal or State in contested litigation.

Ian advises a wide range clients including NAB, CBA, and Deloitte.

Ian is named as a leading individual for restructuring and insolvency in a number of independent legal guides, including Chambers Global, Chambers Asia Pacific, IFLR1000, Asia Pacific Legal 500 Guide, PLC Which Lawyer?, and Best Lawyers: Australia.

He comments regularly on insolvency law reform issues and is a member of the Law Council of Australia's Insolvency and Reconstruction sub-committee and is a member of the International Bar Association, Insolvency Section of the Australian Restructuring Insolvency and Turnaround Assosication (ARITA).

Ian wrote the Australian chapter in Expedited Debt Restructuring: An International Comparative Analysis published in 2007 by Kluwer Law International; the Australian Chapter in Cash Pooling and Insolvency – a Practical Global Hand Book, published in 2012 by Globe Law and Business; and the Australian Chapter in Financing Company Group Restructurings, to be published in 2015 by Oxford University Press. 

Port of Melbourne Channel Deepening Project

Advised Port of Melbourne Channel Deepening, one of the largest infrastructure projects conducted by the Victorian Government in recent times, seen as critical to the Port and Australia's position in global shipping. As key advisers to the Port of Melbourne Corporation, we advised on many aspects of the project, including the Supplementary Environmental Effects Statement and managed the public hearing process Federal Court litigation over the Federal Government's environmental approval for the dredging, cultural and Aboriginal heritage issues, relocation of essential infrastructure under the Yarra River, the resolution of the alliance dredging contract, and land tenure issues relating to land assets affected by the project.