Jeffery Black

Partner
Norton Rose Fulbright Australia

Perth
Australia
T:+61 8 6212 3203
Perth
Australia
T:+61 8 6212 3203
Jeffery Black

Jeffery Black

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Biography

Jeffery Black 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.


Professional experience

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  • Federal Court of Australia
  • High Court of Australia
  • Supreme Court of Western Australia
  • US District Court
  • Counsel to multiple large creditors / contract counterparties in connection with their exposure in the US Chapter 11 bankruptcy case of McDermott International Inc.
  • Counsel to ASX-listed Tiger Resources Limited in connection with the restructuring of its debt obligations
  • Counsel to administrators appointed to ASX-listed MZI Resources Ltd
  • Counsel to senior secured lender in relation to its exposure to Melior Resources Pty Ltd and Goondicum Resources Pty Ltd
  • Counsel to offtakers in connection with the administration of ASX-listed Wolf Minerals Limited and the liquidation of its UK subsidiary
  • Counsel to strategic fund client in connection with the restructuring of Noble Group, involving parallel English and Bermudan schemes of arrangement and US Chapter 15 recognition proceedings
  • Counsel to secured lenders and offtakers in connection with restructuring and recapitalisation of Blackham Resources Limited
  • Counsel to lender in connection with its exposure to Peabody Energy, both in Australia and in US Chapter 11 bankruptcy case
  • Counsel to lender in connection with its exposure to CHC Group, both in Australia and in US Chapter 11 bankruptcy case
  • Counsel to administrators appointed to Plantation Energy Australia Pty Ltd
  • Counsel to administrators appointed to Outback Travel Centres Pty Ltd and Outback Fuel Distributors Pty Ltd
  • Counsel to liquidators appointed to Great Southern Finance Pty Ltd in connection with proceedings in the High Court of Australia
  • Counsel to secured lender (offshore fund) in connection with its exposure to a public upstream oil company with operations in multiple jurisdictions, including PNG (confidential)
  • Counsel for purchaser in cross-border acquisition of Watch Works and Cobbler Plus businesses out of liquidation
  • Counsel to administrators and liquidators appointed to The Trustee Bar & Restaurant and The Beaufort Street Merchant
  • 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 recognition proceedings and restructuring of European telecom Invitel
  • Counsel to bondholders in €1.2 billion US Chapter 15 recognition proceedings 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 bankruptcy 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 bankruptcy case
  • Counsel to prepetition secured lenders in J.G Wentworth 'pre-pack' US Chapter 11 bankruptcy 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)

  • "You can't always get what you want: Implementing Chapter 11 restructurings involving Australia debtors," Norton Rose Fulbright International Restructuring Newswire, Winter 2010 (co-author, 2019)
  • "Contract Law: Australian Law Reform – the new 'safe harbour' for directors and stay on enforcement of 'ipso facto' clauses," AMPLA 2018 Annual Conference Seminar Paper (author, 2018)
  • "Australian law reform: the new 'safe harbour' for directors and stay on enforcement of 'ipso facto' clauses," Norton Rose Fulbright International Restructuring Newswire, Summer 2018 (co-author, 2018)
  • "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)
  • "The DOCA – A Flexible Corporate Rescue Tool, but are there limits?" WA Division Conference, ARITA (co-panellist, 2019)
  • "Contract law session: ipso facto law reform," AMPLA Annual Conference (presenter, 2018)
  • "An end of year update on our proposed insolvency law reforms," ARITA (co-panellist, 2017)
  • "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)
  • INSOL International
  • Australian Restructuring Insolvency & Turnaround Association
  • Turnaround Management Association
  • Law Society of Western Australia

 

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