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.
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.
“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.”