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Scott Harris

Partner
Sydney

Scott Harris

Scott is a leading restructuring and litigation lawyer with over 20 years' experience gained at premier law firms in Sydney and London. He now leads our Business, Restructuring and Insolvency team in Australia. Scott has a wealth of experience in guiding financial institutions through the work-out of their lending exposures, finding innovative solutions for investors in distressed assets, and recovering misappropriated assets. 

Scott advises banks, debt funds and other lenders, together with our corporate clients and leading insolvency practitioners in relation to formal insolvency appointments (receiverships, administrations and liquidations) and restructures, workouts, special situation investments and investigations. Scott is also renowned for his urgent and dogged pursuit and recovery of misappropriated assets and fraud-related losses for major institutions. His approach to the resolution of disputes and litigation and the advice he provides to clients and their boards reflects an understanding of their broader commercial objectives and reputational concerns. 

Knowledge in a broad array of sectors underpins Scott's experience, including real estate and REITs, resources and mining services, transport, agribusiness, retail and manufacturing. 

Scott has recently re-joined Hogan Lovells, having spent five years earlier in his career developing his understanding of multi-jurisdictional practice in our London office on large complex, cross border engagements.

Very proactive and knows how to guide the client through the process with passionate legal advice

Chambers

Representative Experience

Assisting a major fund to procure indirect control of a significant shopping centre asset through the leveraged acquisition, below par, of $900m senior debt.

Acting for a major Australian bank in relation to the collapse of the Ashington property group and its exposure to various property developments.

Acting for a major Australian bank in relation to the workout and eventual sale of the $105m debt attached to a bulk goods retail centre.

Acting for Mothercare UK in relation to the collapse in Australia of its retail franchisee and debtor, Mothercare Australia.

Advising a major Australian bank in relation to US and Australian regulatory issues giving rise to an internal investigation, customer issues and media scrutiny.

Successfully securing and recovering misappropriated funds for a bank following Court orders and relief obtained in Australia, Singapore and BVI virtually simultaneously.

Acting for a distressed mining group and its directors in relation to various restructuring, insolvency and director liability issues.

Acting  for company directors in relation to Court examinations and the ICAC Inquiry (Project Spicer) concerning political donations.

Education and admissions

Education

  • Bachelor of Law (Honours), Australian National University, 1994
  • Bachelor of Arts, Australian National University, 1992

Memberships

  • Law Society of New South Wales
  • Australian Restructuring Insolvency and Turnaround Association
  • INSOL
  • Turnaround Management Association

Court admissions

  • New South Wales Supreme Court
  • England and Wales

2016

Leading Individual in Australia Restructuring/Insolvency

Chambers Asia Pacific

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