Michael Catchpoole




Michael is a specialist in complex corporations, domestic and cross-border disputes and restructuring and insolvency matters. He has extensive experience advising on work-out, distressed and special securities investing strategies, and has also advised on disputes both in Australia and off-shore.

Michael acts for a range of major clients including financial institutions, creditors, large corporations and professional trustees. His focus is on contentious restructuring and re-organisation matters and corporate litigation. Michael's expertise across corporate insolvency law, banking and securities law and restructuring has seen him work on complex litigation and investigations. He is also experienced in cross-border insolvency law and restructuring matters.

Michael is a member of the Australian Restructuring Insolvency and Turnaround Association (ARITA) and INSOL International.

Key deals

Commercial Litigation

Michael has significant dispute resolution experience having acted in a range of high-profile litigious matters, including in relation to financial services, company law and banking and securities laws.

Senior, Mezzanine, Stressed and Distressed Lending and Refinance

Experienced in structuring and implementing stressed and highly distressed financing transactions, including DIP style financing and the provision of finance to insolvent or near insolvent companies.

Secondary and traded claims

Experienced in claims trading and secondary debt transactions and associated legal work. This works includes traded bonds, the acquisition of syndicated debt at less than par, claims trading and other secondary investments.

Financial and Operational Restructuring, Workout and Turnaround

Experienced in all aspects of financial and operational restructuring and work closely with their clients to create value by injecting new debt and equity into distressed situations.

Specialist experience in stressed and distressed lending and finance where transactions are originated and then become defaulting or distressed as part of the natural life of the loan.

Inter-creditor and securities disputes

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.

Formal Insolvency

Experienced in acting in many of Australia’s largest corporate insolvencies, and has broad relationships across the insolvency industry.