Cameron Cheetham

Partner. Sydney.

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Cameron Cheetham

Cameron is our head of restructuring, insolvency and special situations (RISS) and is qualified and has practised for more than 20 years in Australia, London and New York in domestic and cross-border restructuring and insolvency matters.


He acts for strategic investors and creditors, public, portfolio and private debtor companies and equity sponsors in distressed lending and restructuring transactions and related contentious disputes. Cameron is familiar with and highly experienced in helping clients identify opportunities and develop and implement strategies that enable clients to profit from distressed situations.

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Cameron is our head of restructuring, insolvency and special situations (RISS) and is qualified and has practised for more than 20 years in Australia, London and New York in domestic and cross-border restructuring and insolvency matters.


He acts for strategic investors and creditors, public, portfolio and private debtor companies and equity sponsors in distressed lending and restructuring transactions and related contentious disputes. Cameron is familiar with and highly experienced in helping clients identify opportunities and develop and implement strategies that enable clients to profit from distressed situations.

Cameron combines his understanding of formal insolvency regimes and his unique global experience to structure cross border and domestic balance sheet and operational restructures under-performing trading groups.

“Cross-border structuring & enforcement specialist” The Legal 500 Asia Pacific, 2017
Cameron Cheetham

Cameron's Expertise

  • Distressed Debt Investing and Special Situations Lending Cameron acts for a range of off-shore and local funds and non-bank lenders providing special situation financing to Australian businesses. He has experience in structuring and implementing stressed financing transactions, including DIP style financing to incumbent insolvency practitioners in the mining and mining services, infrastructure, energy, commercial property, agribusiness and financial services sectors. He also acts for overseas and domestic funds in claims trading and secondary debt transactions.

    Recent examples of his matters include acting for consortiums in the Emeco scheme of arrangement, McAleese deeds of company arrangement and interested stakeholders in the Arrium, Peabody Coal, Mirabela, South American Ferro Metals, Caledon Coal and Maritimo Offshore administrations.

    Clients include Remagen, SC Lowy, Blackrock, Black Diamond, Ares Capital, DE Shaw, Oaktree, Hilco Global, Solus, CVP & SVP.
  • Inter-creditor and securities disputes Cameron is experienced in acting in inter-creditor disputes and in PPSA disputes. He has been involved in much of the leading recent case law concerning the operation and interpretation of the PPSA.
  • Insolvency practitioners For more than 20 years, Cameron has been advising insolvency practitioners in their capacities as liquidators, voluntary administrators and receivers of Australian and English entities. Leading matters included Lehman Brothers, Allco, Babcock & Brown, London Trust Bank, Enron and TXU.
  • Chapter 11 debtor representations and directors While in New York, Cameron acted for debtor companies and their sponsors in U.S. chapter 11 and 7 bankruptcies in the energy, infrastructure and financial services sectors.

    He has advised directors in Australia, England and the U.S. on their fiduciary and statutory duties, especially directors of entities that are stressed or approaching insolvency.

What others say

  • “Leading Individual - Restructuring/Insolvency” Chambers Asia Pacific Guide, 2018
  • “Cross-border structuring and enforcement specialist” The Legal 500 Asia Pacific, 2017
  • “Recommended Lawyer - Restructuring and Insolvency” The Legal 500 Asia Pacific, 2016 - 2017
  • “He has a highly practical approach and a good knowledge of restructuring” Chambers Asia Pacific Guide, 2018

Cameron's Leadership

  • Law Society of New South Wales Member
  • Law Society of England & Wales Member
  • New York Bar Association Member
  • Australian Restructuring Insolvency & Turnaround Association (ARITA) Member
  • International Association of Restructuring, Insolvency & Bankruptcy Professionals (INSOL) Member