image of Ashleigh TangAshleigh Tang

Clayton Utz Special Counsel , Sydney T +61 2 9353 4924

Ashleigh specialises in debt restructuring and insolvency law and has significant experience implementing high-profile, often cross-border, restructuring transactions on either a consensual basis or utilising the Australian insolvency processes.

Working in an unpredictable, volatile environment, and frequently under public scrutiny, Ashleigh regularly advises her clients on distressed investing strategies and outcomes, including debt to equity conversion transactions, business restructuring transactions, debt trading and workouts, to create innovative and market-leading solutions.

Ashleigh's practice also includes the provision of insolvency advice regarding the Australian insolvency regimes, and she regularly advises insolvency practitioners in respect of their appointments to insolvent corporates.

Ashleigh is committed to the development of the sector, and is an active member of both the Australian Restructuring Insolvency and Turnaround Association and the Turnaround Management Association. For the TMA she has served in leadership positions, most recently as Chair of the NSW NextGen Committee Chair in 2019.

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Restructuring and Insolvency

Dundas Mining: Ashleigh advised the secured creditor in respect of the complex dual receivership and voluntary administration of the Dundas Mining group of companies, including the proposal and implementation of a joint deed of company arrangement for the restructuring of the Avebury Nickel mine.

Myer group: Ashleigh advised the Myer group on its recent innovative debt restructuring, involving a shift from a corporate financing package with various domestic and international banks to an asset-based financing structure with market-leading asset-based financiers.

Project Film: Ashleigh advised an international media and entertainment group in respect of the Australian elements of its global business restructuring.

Contingency planning: Ashleigh advised a major financial institution on contingency planning and downside risk management associated with the sale of a significant loan portfolio.

Zanui: Ashleigh advised Oaktree Capital Management in relation to its bid for and successful acquisition of Zanui via voluntary administration.

Flow Systems group: Ashleigh advised the secured creditor in relation to the voluntary administration and restructuring of the Flow Systems group of companies.

Sphere Healthcare: Ashleigh advised the administrators of the Sphere Healthcare pharmaceutical companies in respect of the voluntary administration, negotiation and execution of a deed of company arrangement and court application under s 444GA of the Corporations Act.

Atlas Construction Group: Ashleigh advised the voluntary administrators in respect of the contentious administration and subsequent liquidation of Atlas Construction Group Pty Ltd.

Network Ten: Ashleigh advised the Security Trustee in respect of a debt restructuring of Network Ten effected via a dual voluntary administration and receivership process which culminated in a deed of company arrangement and transfer of shares to CBS by way of an application under s444GA of the Corporations Act.

Crabtree & Evelyn group: Ashleigh advised the Crabtree & Evelyn group on its business restructuring and ultimate exit of the Australian market.

Reliance Rail: Ashleigh advised the two monoline insurers (Syncora Guarantee Inc. and FGIC UK Limited) that had credit wrapped Reliance Rail's entire $2 billion debt profile to secure a successful debt restructuring, which involved the insurers being taken off risk. The exposure to Reliance Rail was our clients' single largest exposure globally.

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Debt Trading and Special Situation Investing

Marlin Brands: Ashleigh advised Oaktree Capital Management in relation its financing and ultimate acquisition of the Marlin Brands group.

TrueGreen group: Ashleigh advised Tor Investment Management in relation to its investment in CleanTech impact investor, TrueGreen.

GE Commercial Finance: Ashleigh advised Bain Capital Credit and Deutsche Bank on their acquisition of the $1.9 billion GE Commercial Finance business. Ashleigh managed multiple teams to conduct diligence, complete the acquisition of and effect an immediate sell-down of the various loan portfolios, which involved working with all major banks to complete extensive simultaneous debt trades.

JPMorgan GSOG acquisition: Ashleigh advised Bain Capital Credit in respect of the Australian elements of its acquisition of the JPMorgan Global Special Opportunities Group, comprising various debt and equity assets in Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia and Singapore.

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Alternate Investment Funds

Ashleigh is experienced in advising on restructuring mandates for alternate capital providers, hedge funds and foreign investors in respect of their debt and equity investments in Australia.

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