DLA Piper hires restructuring partner

By Jerome Doraisamy|29 July 2020
DLA Piper hires restructuring partner

Global law firm DLA Piper has appointed a partner for its restructuring team in Melbourne.

Lionel Meehan has joined DLA from boutique insolvency and restructuring firm Edwin Legal, which he founded after leaving Ashurst, where he was a partner.

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In a statement, the firm said Mr Meehan has “extensive experience in financial restructuring, large-scale insolvency and commercial law, and deep sector knowledge across the [resources, construction, financial services and fintech] sectors”.

Speaking about the appointment, DLA managing partner in Australia Amber Matthews said the firm is “delighted” to welcome Mr Meehan to its growing Australian partnership ranks.

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“Given the current global economic conditions and the recently announced temporary changes to Australian insolvency laws in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we expect to see an increase in global restructuring activity,” she said.

“Lionel will form a key part of our international [restructuring] practice, supporting clients across the [Asia-Pacific] region.”

The firm’s Australian head of finance, projects and restructuring Onno Bakker added: “Lionel is [a] highly skilled lawyer and [well respected] in the Australian restructuring market. His experience in front-end restructuring and special situations, as well as transactional banking and back-end insolvency, will be a valuable addition to our Australian and global [restructuring] practice, and we look forward to welcoming him to our team.”

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