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Jeffery Black

Partner

Jeffery Black

Perth

T:+61 8 6212 3203

Jeffery is a financial restructuring and insolvency lawyer based in Perth.

Jeffery represents financial institutions, insolvency practitioners, and corporations in complex, cross-border and domestic restructuring and insolvency matters (both in and out-of-court), financial services transactions, creditor recoveries, and litigation and alternative dispute resolution.

After commencing his legal career in Western Australia, Jeffery spent 8 years working in New York, including during the global financial crisis of 2008/2009. He gained extensive experience in a wide range of transactions and creditors’ rights matters, including international restructurings and insolvency proceedings, distressed mergers and acquisitions, bankruptcy proceedings under Chapters 7, 11 and 15 of the US Bankruptcy Code, out-of-court workouts, and related security enforcement and litigation.

Jeffery has also practiced in the United Kingdom, and is admitted to practice in New York and in Western Australia. He received a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws (Graduate) from The University of Western Australia.

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  • Representative experience
    • Counsel to lender in connection with its exposure to Peabody Energy, both in Australia and in US Chapter 11 case
    • Counsel to lender in connection with its exposure to CHC Group, both in Australia and in US Chapter 11 case
    • Counsel to receivers appointed to the Forge group, a former ASX-listed provider of engineering and construction works for major projects in Western Australia
    • Counsel to administrators appointed to Red Fork Energy, a former ASX-listed oil and gas company
    • Counsel to indenture trustee of USD$135 million noteholder group in the administration of Mirabela Nickel
    • Counsel to secured lenders in cross-border receivership/liquidation of Discovery Metals
    • Counsel to receivers appointed to the Viento group, a former ASX-listed provider of civil contracting and switch-room services for major projects in Western Australia
    • Counsel to large unsecured creditor in administration of Pluton Resources
    • Counsel to large unsecured creditor in administration of Cockatoo Coal
    • Counsel to Federal government (as secured lender) in administration of Riverline Enterprises t/as Matera Construction
    • Counsel to multiple, similarly situated creditors in all aspects of the Lehman group’s bankruptcy, administration, and liquidation cases
    • Counsel to bondholders in multinational restructuring proceedings of Suntech Power Holdings Co. Ltd, a multinational solar company
    • Counsel to bondholders in €350 million US Chapter 15 case and restructuring of European telecom Invitel
    • Counsel to bondholders in €1.2 billion US Chapter 15 case and restructuring of European telecom Wind Hellas
    • Counsel to prominent hedge fund in the 363 acquisition of securitization servicer business of Capmark Financial (Japan) in the US Chapter 11 case
    • Counsel to USD$1 billion noteholder group in the successful out-of-court restructuring of Allied Capital Corporation
    • Counsel to prepetition secured lenders in R.H. Donnelly US Chapter 11 case
    • Counsel to prepetition secured lenders in J.G Wentworth ‘pre-pack’ US Chapter 11 case
    • Counsel to USD$100 million noteholder group in the successful recovery of its debt investment in South Canterbury Finance
    •  Counsel to working group of US bondholders in administration of Griffin Coal
      *(including matters prior to joining Norton Rose Fulbright)

     

  • Admissions
    • High Court of Australia
    • Federal Court of Australia
    • Supreme Court of Western Australia
    • US District Court
  • Publications
    • “Framing Our Domestic Insolvency Law Reform Agenda Through A Cross-border Comparison,” (2015) 27(1) A Insol J
    • “Majestic May Prompt 3rd Cir. ‘Property Of Estate’ Review,” Law360 (co-author, June 4, 2013)
    • “Australian Secured Creditor and Insolvency Law: Sweeping Changes Under New Personal Property Securities Regime,” American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, Vol. XXX, No. 3 (co-author, 2011)
    • “Chapter 15 Law and Practice,” Collier Guide to Chapter 11: Key Topics and Selected Industries (co-contributor, 2010, 2012, 2013)
    • “Australian Insolvency Law Reform Proposals Update: Reversing Sons of Gwalia,” American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, Vol. XXIX, No. 6 (co-author, 2010)
    • “Summary of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act,” Bingham.com (co-author, 2010)
    • “Australian Insolvency Law Reform Proposals,” American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, Vol. XXIX, No. 3 (co-author, 2010)
    • “Overview of Recent Chapter 15 Cases,” The Turnaround and Credit Management Quarterly (Jigyosaisei to Saikenkanri), Vol. 127 (co-author, 2010)
    • “Gheewalla and the Director's Dilemma,” The Business Lawyer (Section of Business Law, American Bar Association), Vol. 64 (co-contributor, 2009)
    • “The Stockford Decision - Fixating Upon the Fixing of Remuneration,” IWIRCS Bulletin (author, 2005)
    • “Agricultural Managed Investment Schemes - A Financier’s Nightmare or Opportunity?,” Banking and Finance Law Bulletin, Vol. 19, No. 8 (co-author, 2004)
  • Speaking engagements
    • “A financial participant’s handbook on Chapter 11 & cross-border recognition of foreign proceedings,” APLMA (co-presenter, 2016)
    • “Chapter 11: on the horizon, or already here?,” WA Insolvency Forum, ARITA (co-presenter, 2014)
    • “An Interdisciplinary Approach to the Credit Crisis: The Overlap of Securities, Bankruptcy and Criminal Law,” New York City Bar Association (co-presenter, 2009)
    • “Creditors’ Rights of Enforcement,” LegalWise Seminar (presenter, 2005)
    • “Creditors’ Trusts in Voluntary Administrations,” IPAA Seminar (co-presenter, 2005)
  • Memberships and activities

    • INSOL International
    • American Bankruptcy Institute
    • American Bar Association
    • Australian Restructuring Insolvency & Turnaround Association
    • Turnaround Management Association
    • Law Society of Western Australia