Zac Chami

Clayton Utz
Partner Sydney

Zac's commitment to the cases has always been top-notch.

– Chambers Asia-Pacific


Widely recognised for his expertise in complex commercial litigation, private law, public law, and insolvency. His extensive and varied experience allows him to assist clients in resolving commercial disputes, through leveraging his understanding of commercial dynamics. He is also a trusted strategic advisor to various government agencies.

Notable Work
  • Acted for multiple Siemens-related entities (including Siemens Ltd and Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy) in numerous high-value disputes concerning wind farms in Victoria and South Australia, including litigation and arbitrations relating to bank guarantees, defects, contractual claims and termination rights.
  • Acted for and advised Trilogy Funds Management Limited, a responsible entity of a large fund holding over $1B in land assets, in litigation, recovery and insolvency proceedings and its statutory and common law legal duties.
  • Acting for the majority shareholders in Sleeping Duck in their defence of high-value shareholder oppression proceedings brought by a minority shareholder in the Victorian Supreme Court.
  • Advised multiple international defence and aerospace contractors in respect of highly sensitive voluntary disclosures. The depth and sophistication of those disclosures ultimately satisfied the government in each instance that it should not proceed to prosecution.
  • Acted for DHL Global in obtaining exoneration orders for DHL, from any criminal liability in the first prosecution of a logistics company in Australia under the Customs Act 1901 (Cth).
  • Advised and assisted a major wealth management corporation and its employees in respect of an ASIC investigation relating to potential insider trading. The process ended with ASIC determining not to commence proceedings.
  • Acted for ASIC in its high-profile civil penalty proceedings against former directors and officers of companies in the James Hardie Group, ABN60 Pty Limited and James Hardie Industries NV.
  • Advised the liquidators of the HIH Insurance Group in relation to various recovery actions against auditors, actuaries, directors and reinsurance companies.
  • Acts for Ahpra in disciplinary proceedings in numerous and various Tribunal proceedings nationally seeking sanctions be imposed on registered medical practitioners under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (NSW) for professional misconduct.
  • Regularly conducts merits and judicial review on behalf of the Commonwealth in all relevant tribunals, the federal courts and the High Court of Australia.
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