Scott Harris

Scott Harris

Managing Partner, Sydney

Email scott.harris@​hoganlovells.com

Phone +61 2 9093 3510

Fax +61 2 9093 3559

LanguagesEnglish

Practice groupFinance

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

Chambers

Scott Harris is the Managing Partner of Hogan Lovells Australia and is a leading restructuring and litigation lawyer with nearly 25 years' experience gained at premier law firms in Sydney and London. 

Scott leads our Business, Restructuring, and Insolvency team in Australia. He has a wealth of experience in guiding financial institutions and alternative lenders through the workout 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 regulatory and internal 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.

Awards and recognitions

2017

Australasian Law Awards – Debt Market Deal of the Year
Reliance Rail

2016 - 2018

Restructuring/Insolvency (Australia), Leading Individual
Chambers Asia-Pacific

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

High and Federal Court of Australia

Representative experience

Advising Bank of New York Mellon on its bond trustee and security trustee role in the early redemption and refinancing of Reliance Rail's A$2.2bn debt.

Advising a major bank as lender and as a member of the restructuring committee concerning US$2.3bn facility to a Hong Kong supply chain group.

Advising an ASX and AIM listed mine operator in relation to financing and restructuring of its A$220k senior debt, and convertible bridge finance facilities.

Advising on ICG's participation in a A$TLB for Iron Mountain Australia Group as part of a debt restructuring of the U.S. parent's indebtedness.

Acting for Standard Chartered Bank in relation to the restructuring of the debt facilities provided to Aeris Resources.

Advising Malaysian/Singapore-based fund on debt and equity exposure (under convertible loan notes and shareholder loans) to a retirement village group.

Advising Bank of New York Mellon on its bond trustee role in Paladin Energy's US$424m bond debt, including its voluntary administration and DOCA.

Advising Revelstoke Capital Partners and its investment, Career Step (US-based online educator) on financial distress issues attached to the provider of its education platform in Australia.

Advising Signal Brands on its distressed exposure and supply chain of Guess products in Australia and its acquisition and restructuring of the business distribution.

Advising the Special Situations Group of an investment bank in relation to distressed debt acquisition and trading.

Acting for Blackstone in relation to its investment in Top Ryde Shopping Centre, comprising a leveraged acquisition of $900m senior debt below par.*

Acting for Westpac bank in relation to the collapse of the Ashington property group and its exposure to various property developments.*

Acting for Westpac Bank on the workout and eventual sale of the $105m debt attached to a bulk goods retail centre (Hills Hub Homemaker 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 an international 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.*

*Matter handled prior to joining Hogan Lovells.

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