Anthony Burke

Clayton Utz
Special Counsel Melbourne

Anthony specialises in formal and informal restructuring and insolvency processes. Anthony advises Australia's leading banks, insolvency practitioners, investment banks, hedge funds, international companies and government bodies on enforcement, informal work-outs, restructures, non-performing loan sales and formal insolvency appointments across a range of sectors

Notable Work
  • Advising Australia's largest bank in relation to (and receivers and managers appointed to) the Porter Davis group (one of Australia's largest home builders).
  • Advising the Department of Health (Commonwealth) on all aspects of its dealings with a financially distressed aged care provider (PresCare), including the operation of aged care legislation and the Court appointment of Receivers.
  • Advised GFG Alliance on its $700m acquisition of Arrium. This matter is one of Australia's largest and most complex administrations and spanned multiple jurisdictions.
  • Advising the voluntary administrators and liquidators of the national retailer Jeanswest in relation to its ongoing trading and general administration issues with suppliers, lessors and major counterparties and the ultimate sale of approximately 100 stores and closure of remaining stores.
  • Advised a syndicate of lenders on a restructuring of a large professional services group.
  • Advised BGH in connection with acquisition strategy and roll-up of 13 cyber security businesses across Australia and New Zealand.
  • Advised Westpac on its financing and security arrangements in respect of the insolvency of Sargon Group, in which Westpac was a major secured creditor.
  • Advised all major banks and offshore funds on financing transactions including loan origination, refinancing, restructuring, debt trading and security enforcement.
  • Advised Deutsche Bank on its purchase of a $240m loan portfolio and Nomura on its acquisition of Howard Mortgage Fund loans.
  • Advised lenders on strategic reviews of lending practices with respect to various national and regional pharmacy groups. This included the restructuring and subsequent enforcement action for a group of 70 pharmacies.
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