Australia: Middletons recruits special counsel with over two decades of experience
Last Updated: 15 May 2011

Middletons announces the arrival of Greg Lewis, formerly of Mallesons Stephen Jaques, to its growing Insolvency practice in Sydney.

In making the appointment Middletons national managing partner, Nick Nichola said, "Greg has over two decades of experience in the resolution of a wide range of complex, high profile commercial disputes. We are delighted to have him on board."

Greg will join the team led by Brendan Wyhoon that offers clients a comprehensive service in the areas of commercial litigation, insolvency and banking litigation.

Head of Middletons commercial litigation practice, Tim Webster said, "Greg's reputation among his peers is remarkable. Greg is one of the country's preeminent insolvency and restructuring lawyers and is a welcome addition to our growing practice."

In joining the firm Greg said, "Middletons is a dynamic firm that is well known as a leader in the market place and I wanted to be a part of its continued success."

Greg's experience is clearly evidenced in the high profile cases that line his career to date:

  • Acted for a consortium of banks on the recovery of $450 million owed by companies associated with Alan Bond in relation to the Greenvale nickel venture in Queensland. Bond was declared bankrupt in the course of these proceedings and over $300 million recovered by the banks from the sale of the nickel venture.
  • Acted on the appointment of a receiver to Equiticorp Financial Services (Australia) and then acted successfully for the receiver in proceedings brought against Equiticorp Financial Services (NZ) to recover substantial sums of money owed and/or held on constructive trust by EFNZ as a consequence of complex and questionable intercompany dealings within the Equiticorp group.
  • Headed a team which acted for National Australia Bank in relation to distressed commercial loans. This involved the enforcement of securities, the defence of proceedings brought against the Bank and the negotiation and documentation of restructurings.
  • Acted for the White Industries Group in the successful defence of complex proceedings brought by Australian Development Corporation (owned by Mr Syd Fischer) in relation to a failed construction project. This involved a long-running arbitration to determine the damages recoverable from the contractor, the successful defence of claims that other companies in the Whites group were liable under the Trade Practices Act and the successful defence of proceedings brought by the liquidator of the contractor in which it was alleged that the Whites group had asset-stripped the contractor in order to render it judgment-proof.
  • Acted for Transfield in the defence of defects claims of a complex engineering nature brought against it in relation to a gas-fired power station which it had constructed in Port Adelaide and in the defence of proceedings brought against it in relation to a hydro-electric power station in the Philippines.

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