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Andrew Chambers

Partner
+61.3.9640.4332
Fax +61.3.9205.2055

Mr. Chambers acts in a wide variety of insolvency and commercial litigation matters and has a broad range of experience in loan recovery and commercial disputes. He represents a range of clients including banks, financiers, listed and unlisted companies, and a number of insolvency accounting firms.

His areas of focus include general commercial litigation, banking litigation, loan recovery, securities enforcement and receiverships, corporate restructuring and workouts, liquidations and voluntary administrations. He advises clients across many sectors including financial services, manufacturing, distribution, retail, property, automotive, rural and transport.

Achievements

  • Listed in 2012 - 2018 Best Lawyers (Australia) for Insolvency and Reorganisation Law.
  • Listed in 2015 - 2018 Best Lawyers (Australia) for Alternative Dispute Resolution.
  • Recommended Victoria Insolvency & Reconstruction Lawyer, Doyles Guide (2015 - 2017).

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Insolvency Practitioners Association member

Speaking Engagements

Mr. Chambers regularly presents workshop sessions to students studying the ARITA Advanced Insolvency Course through the University of Technology Sydney.
  • Acting for a large Australian bank in a loan recovery and receivership matter involving a property development company. The matter involved advising on a partially completed property development (including all permits and licences required to carry out the remaining building works and negotiations with relevant unions), advising on priority disputes regarding the distribution of proceeds from the sale of various properties and acting on behalf of the receivers in all matters concerning the receivership of the company.
  • Acting for David Jones in Supreme Court proceedings commenced against Gandel and Colonial, the landlord of David Jones's Chadstone Shopping Centre department store in respect of a dispute concerning the manner in which outgoings were charged under the lease.
  • Acting for bank on the recovery of a substantial loan facility owed by Unibic Australia Pty Ltd. He advised on the proposed sale of the assets of Unibic to a third party purchaser after the company had been placed in Voluntary Administration.
  • Acting for a large global financial institution in the recovery of a large loan facility advanced to Cockatoo Ridge Wines Ltd and its subsidiaries following the appointment of Administrators. Mr. Chambers assisted by negotiating with the Deed Administrators the terms of the Deed of Company Arrangement, preparing documentation for the sale of the company assets and the listed company shell to a third party and advising in relation to employee entitlements payable by the insolvent companies.
  • Acting for Pioneer Electronics Australia Pty Ltd in a retention of title claim against Wow Audio Visual Superstores Pty Ltd (Receivers and Managers Appointed) seeking recovery of stock valued at approximately AUD$430,000. This matter involves consideration of the newly enacted Personal Property Securities Act 2009 (Cth) and its application to retention of title claims.
  • Acting for a large global financial institution in recovering advances made under revolving credit facilities and other loan facilities to Huon Corporation Pty Ltd which manufactured parts for the automotive industry. This included providing advice about its position as a secured creditor and acting on all issues arising as a consequence of the Administration of the companies, including the provision of funding to the Administrators for the ongoing trading of the business, retention of title claims and in negotiations for the sale of the business.
  • Acting for a large Australian bank in the recovery of a loan book totalling approximately AUD$280 million made to investors in various managed investment schemes including Willmott Forests Ltd (Receivers and Managers Appointed)(In Liquidation). To date, there have been approximately 70 proceedings commenced against individual borrowers, in Victoria, New South Wales, Western Australia and Tasmania, claiming amounts varying from AUD$40,000 to AUD$3.3 million. The firm has been successful in obtaining default judgment and sequestration (bankruptcy) orders in a number of the proceedings.
  • Acting for a Bank on the recovery monies owing by a civil works company. Upon the appointment of receivers by the Bank, it was discovered that the sole director of the borrower company had been conducting a "phoenix", using the borrower company's business, assets and goodwill to operate a business substantially the same as the borrower's business. Mr. Chambers commenced proceedings to obtain interim and then interlocutory injunctions freezing bank accounts in the name of the new business and restraining the disposition or transfer of assets. The proceedings are ongoing and he is currently seeking orders on behalf of the Bank that all assets purportedly owned by the new business are subject to the Bank's security and should be delivered up to the receivers.