Orla is a Partner in the Sydney Restructuring and Insolvency team. She has had conduct of corporate restructuring, insolvency and commercial matters on behalf of financiers, private equity interests, insolvency practitioners, government departments, corporations and individuals. 

Orla has broad industry-sector experience with particular expertise in retail and financial services/trust workouts.

Orla has acted in many of Australia's most significant and high-profile corporate insolvency and restructuring matters including:

  •   Lehman Brothers Australia;
  •   Trio Capital Limited;
  •   Borders/Angus & Robertson;
  •   ABC Learning Centres (ABC2 Group);
  •   Australian Discount Retail Group; and
  •   HIH Insurance.

Clients have said:

  • "She’s my sounding board for a lot of legal issues, I’ll dial her number first. I respect her opinion greatly.” (Client feedback (Chambers Asia-Pacific 2016)).
  • "She has … a thorough grasp of the details and situation, and understands our needs.” (Client feedback (Chambers Asia-Pacific 2016)).
  • "She’s a good practitioner.” (Market Commentator (Chambers Asia-Pacific 2016)).
  • "She's excellent - very easy to deal with and very thorough, does all the detailed legwork." (Client feedback Chambers Asia-Pacific (2013)).   

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Restructuring and Insolvency

Financial services/fund restructurings, workouts and insolvencies


Lehman Brothers Australia:
 acting for the liquidators of Lehman Brothers in relation to the complex liquidation and Scheme of Arrangement of Lehman Brothers Australia.


LM Investment Management - First Mortgage Income Fund:
 acting for receivers and managers appointed to LM in its capacity as responsible entity of the First Mortgage Income Fund.

 

Trio Capital Ltd (in liq): acting for the replacement trustee appointed by the Australian regulator to manage, investigate and work out 5 significantly impaired superannuation funds. The Trio collapse has been described as Australia's largest ever superannuation fraud.


HIH Insurance Limited (in Liquidation): 
acting for the Law Society of Hong Kong’s Professional Indemnity Fund in relation to its AUD$60m reinsurance and insurance cover claim in the liquidation of the HIH group.



Retail, property and commercial
 restructurings, workouts and insolvencies

Borders, Angus & Robertson: 
acting for the administrators of the Borders, Angus & Robertson and Whitcoulls bookstores in relation to all matters arising in the Australian and New Zealand administrations (including the rationalisation of the business, sale of assets and sale of the New Zealand businesses).


ABC Learning Centres - ABC2 Group restructure:
 acting for the Commonwealth Government and the court-appointed receivers of ABC2 Group in relation to the rationalisation and sale of the businesses of 262 childcare centres.

 

Australian Discount Retail Group: acting for the receivers and managers of Australia's largest discount retail group (402 stores) in relation to the receivership, recovery of assets and on the successful rationalisation and sale of the business.


Bécasse and Etch Restaurants and North Food
 Catering: acting for the administrators and liquidators of the North group of companies in all aspects of the insolvencies including on the sale of business.


 

Other industry restructurings, workouts and insolvencies

(Confidential) listed Oil & Gas industry entity: 
acting for a secured creditor in relation to the enforcement of security over an Australian listed oil & gas entity including on the restructuring of the business via Deed of Company Arrangement.


(Confidential) Mining services provider:
 acting for the secured creditor of a large Australian mining services provider in relation to the purchase of the secured debt and on the subsequent voluntary administration and subsequent liquidation of the business.


Bankstown Airport - BAC Devco Receivership:
 acting for the receivers appointed to the leaseholder of Bankstown Airport, NSW, Australia, advising on the insolvency elements involved in the restructure of the development of the airport and long-term head-lease and sub-lease structures.


Care Pak, Islander Imports, NewImage Cosmetics:
 acting for the voluntary administrators and liquidators of a diversified cosmetics, packaging and import business on all aspects of the administration, asset sale and liquidation.


Ventracor Limited (in Liquidation): 
acting for the liquidators of Ventracor Limited, a former ASX-listed heart pump manufacturer, on the liquidation of its international business and asset sale.


See Restructuring and Insolvency

Restructuring

Retail, property and commercial restructurings, workouts and insolvencies

ABC Learning Centres - ABC2 Group restructure:
 acting for the Commonwealth Government and the court-appointed receivers of ABC2 Group in relation to the rationalisation and sale of the businesses of 262 childcare centres.


Bécasse and Etch Restaurants and North Food
 Catering: acting for the administrators and liquidators of the North group of companies in all aspects of the insolvencies including on the sale of business.



Other industry restructurings, workouts and insolvencies

(Confidential) listed Oil & Gas industry entity: 
acting for a secured creditor in relation to the enforcement of security over an Australian listed oil & gas entity including on the restructuring of the business via Deed of Company Arrangement.


Bankstown Airport - BAC Devco Receivership:
 acting for the receivers appointed to the leaseholder of Bankstown Airport, NSW, Australia, advising on the insolvency elements involved in the restructure of the development of the airport and long-term head-lease and sub-lease structures.

See Restructuring

Insolvency

Financial services/fund restructurings, workouts and insolvencies

 

Lehman Brothers Australia: acting for the liquidators of Lehman Brothers in relation to the complex liquidation and Scheme of Arrangement of Lehman Brothers Australia.


LM Investment Management - First Mortgage Income Fund:
 acting for receivers and managers appointed to LM in its capacity as responsible entity of the First Mortgage Income Fund.

 

Trio Capital Ltd (in liq): acting for the replacement trustee appointed by the Australian regulator to manage, investigate and work out 5 significantly impaired superannuation funds. The Trio collapse has been described as Australia's largest ever superannuation fraud.

 

HIH Insurance Limited (in Liquidation): acting for the Law Society of Hong Kong’s Professional Indemnity Fund in relation to its AUD$60m reinsurance and insurance cover claim in the liquidation of the HIH group.


  

Retail, property and commercial restructurings, workouts and insolvencies

Borders, Angus & Robertson: 
acting for the administrators of the Borders, Angus & Robertson and Whitcoulls bookstores in relation to all matters arising in the Australian and New Zealand administrations (including the rationalisation of the business, sale of assets and sale of the New Zealand businesses).

 

ABC Learning Centres - ABC2 Group restructure: acting for the Commonwealth Government and the court-appointed receivers of ABC2 Group in relation to the rationalisation and sale of the businesses of 262 childcare centres.


Australian Discount Retail Group:
 acting for the receivers and managers of Australia's largest discount retail group (402 stores) in relation to the receivership, recovery of assets and on the successful rationalisation and sale of the business.

 

Bécasse and Etch Restaurants and North Food Catering: acting for the administrators and liquidators of the North group of companies in all aspects of the insolvencies including on the sale of business.


 

Other industry restructurings, workouts and insolvencies

(Confidential) listed Oil & Gas industry entity: 
acting for a secured creditor in relation to the enforcement of security over an Australian listed oil & gas entity including on the restructuring of the business via Deed of Company Arrangement.

 

(Confidential) Mining services provider: acting for the secured creditor of a large Australian mining services provider in relation to the purchase of the secured debt and on the subsequent voluntary administration and subsequent liquidation of the business.

 

Bankstown Airport - BAC Devco Receivership: acting for the receivers appointed to the leaseholder of Bankstown Airport, NSW, Australia, advising on the insolvency elements involved in the restructure of the development of the airport and long-term head-lease and sub-lease structures.


Care Pak, Islander Imports, NewImage Cosmetics:
 acting for the voluntary administrators and liquidators of a diversified cosmetics, packaging and import business on all aspects of the administration, asset sale and liquidation.

 

Ventracor Limited (in Liquidation): acting for the liquidators of Ventracor Limited, a former ASX-listed heart pump manufacturer, on the liquidation of its international business and asset sale.


See Insolvency

Debt Trading and Special Situation Investing

Retail, property and commercial restructurings, workouts and insolvencies

Borders, Angus & Robertson: 
acting for the administrators of the Borders, Angus & Robertson and Whitcoulls bookstores in relation to all matters arising in the Australian and New Zealand administrations (including the rationalisation of the business, sale of assets and sale of the New Zealand businesses).


ABC Learning Centres - ABC2 Group restructure:
 acting for the Commonwealth Government and the court-appointed receivers of ABC2 Group in relation to the rationalisation and sale of the businesses of 262 childcare centres.


Australian Discount Retail Group:
 acting for the receivers and managers of Australia's largest discount retail group (402 stores) in relation to the receivership, recovery of assets and on the successful rationalisation and sale of the business.


Bécasse and Etch Restaurants and North Food
 Catering: acting for the administrators and liquidators of the North group of companies in all aspects of the insolvencies including on the sale of business.


 

Other industry restructurings, workouts and insolvencies

(Confidential) listed Oil & Gas industry entity: 
acting for a secured creditor in relation to the enforcement of security over an Australian listed oil & gas entity including on the restructuring of the business via Deed of Company Arrangement.

 

(Confidential) Mining services provider: acting for the secured creditor of a large Australian mining services provider in relation to the purchase of the secured debt and on the subsequent voluntary administration and subsequent liquidation of the business.


Bankstown Airport - BAC Devco Receivership:
 acting for the receivers appointed to the leaseholder of Bankstown Airport, NSW, Australia, advising on the insolvency elements involved in the restructure of the development of the airport and long-term head-lease and sub-lease structures.

See Debt Trading and Special Situation Investing

Banking and Finance

Financial services/fund restructurings, workouts and insolvencies


Lehman Brothers Australia:
 acting for the liquidators of Lehman Brothers in relation to the complex liquidation and Scheme of Arrangement of Lehman Brothers Australia.


LM Investment Management - First Mortgage Income Fund:
 acting for receivers and managers appointed to LM in its capacity as responsible entity of the First Mortgage Income Fund.


Trio Capital Ltd (in liq):
 acting for the replacement trustee appointed by the Australian regulator to manage, investigate and work out 5 significantly impaired superannuation funds. The Trio collapse has been described as Australia's largest ever superannuation fraud.


HIH Insurance Limited (in Liquidation): 
acting for the Law Society of Hong Kong’s Professional Indemnity Fund in relation to its AUD$60m reinsurance and insurance cover claim in the liquidation of the HIH group.

See Banking and Finance

Litigation and Dispute Resolution

Financial services/fund restructurings, workouts and insolvencies

 

Lehman Brothers Australia: acting for the liquidators of Lehman Brothers in relation to the complex liquidation and Scheme of Arrangement of Lehman Brothers Australia.

 

LM Investment Management - First Mortgage Income Fund: acting for receivers and managers appointed to LM in its capacity as responsible entity of the First Mortgage Income Fund.

 

Trio Capital Ltd (in liq): acting for the replacement trustee appointed by the Australian regulator to manage, investigate and work out 5 significantly impaired superannuation funds. The Trio collapse has been described as Australia's largest ever superannuation fraud.

 

HIH Insurance Limited (in Liquidation): acting for the Law Society of Hong Kong’s Professional Indemnity Fund in relation to its AUD$60m reinsurance and insurance cover claim in the liquidation of the HIH group.



Retail, property and commercial
 restructurings, workouts and insolvencies


Borders, Angus & Robertson: 
acting for the administrators of the Borders, Angus & Robertson and Whitcoulls bookstores in relation to all matters arising in the Australian and New Zealand administrations (including the rationalisation of the business, sale of assets and sale of the New Zealand businesses).


ABC Learning Centres - ABC2 Group restructure:
 acting for the Commonwealth Government and the court-appointed receivers of ABC2 Group in relation to the rationalisation and sale of the businesses of 262 childcare centres.


Australian Discount Retail Group:
 acting for the receivers and managers of Australia's largest discount retail group (402 stores) in relation to the receivership, recovery of assets and on the successful rationalisation and sale of the business.


Bécasse and Etch Restaurants and North Food
 Catering: acting for the administrators and liquidators of the North group of companies in all aspects of the insolvencies including on the sale of business.



Other industry restructurings, workouts and insolvencies

(Confidential) listed Oil & Gas industry entity: 
acting for a secured creditor in relation to the enforcement of security over an Australian listed oil & gas entity including on the restructuring of the business via Deed of Company Arrangement.


(Confidential) Mining services provider:
 acting for the secured creditor of a large Australian mining services provider in relation to the purchase of the secured debt and on the subsequent voluntary administration and subsequent liquidation of the business.

 

Bankstown Airport - BAC Devco Receivership: acting for the receivers appointed to the leaseholder of Bankstown Airport, NSW, Australia, advising on the insolvency elements involved in the restructure of the development of the airport and long-term head-lease and sub-lease structures.


Care Pak, Islander Imports, NewImage Cosmetics:
 acting for the voluntary administrators and liquidators of a diversified cosmetics, packaging and import business on all aspects of the administration, asset sale and liquidation.

 

Ventracor Limited (in Liquidation): acting for the liquidators of Ventracor Limited, a former ASX-listed heart pump manufacturer, on the liquidation of its international business and asset sale.

See Litigation and Dispute Resolution

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