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Leon  Zwier

About Leon

Leon Zwier is a litigation and corporate recovery services lawyer. He has been a partner of Arnold Bloch Leibler since 1991 and is head of the firm’s dispute resolution & litigation and reconstruction & insolvency practices. Leon has also been extensively involved in large, complicated and difficult commercial disputes.

Leon is widely acclaimed as one of Australia’s leading litigators, with sources regularly highlighting his ‘very high profile across a wide range of matters.’

Chambers Global

Leon is regularly identified as a leading lawyer by various international guides to lawyers and legal firms, including:

  • Best Lawyers®  International 2018 (alternative dispute resolution; bet-the-company litigation; distressed investing & debt trading; insolvency & reorganisation law and litigation;
  • Best Lawyers®  International 2017 ‘Lawyer of the Year’ for distressed investing and debt trading;
  • The Legal 500 Asia Pacific (dispute resolution and insolvency);
  • Chambers Global (dispute resolution and restructuring & insolvency);
  • Euromoney’s Who’s Who? Legal (asset recovery, business crime defence, investigations, restructuring and insolvency);
  • Legal Media Group’s Guide to the World’s Leading Litigation Lawyers;
  • Asialaw Leading Lawyers (restructuring, insolvency & bankruptcy);
  • IFLR 1000 (litigation and restructuring & insolvency);
  • PLC’s Which Lawyer? (restructuring & insolvency);
  • Expert Guide’s Best of the Best (insolvency & restructuring);
  • Crossborder Restructuring and Insolvency Handbook;
  • Doyle’s Guide, ranked as ‘pre-eminent’ in two categories: ‘Leading Commercial Litigation Lawyers – Melbourne, 2016’ and ‘Leading Victorian Insolvency Lawyers, 2016’ and as ‘leading’ in the category of ‘Leading Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution Lawyers – Australia, 2016’; and
  • Legal Profiles (an independent review of Australian legal firms), which described him as “the pre-eminent insolvency lawyer, achieving outstanding commercial solutions and providing strong, solid advice”.

Leon has unparalleled enthusiasm.  His enjoyment of the practice of law is infectious, and it generates fresh thinking in colleagues and clients alike. He frequently presents to universities, professional bodies, large corporations and members of the legal profession on aspects of litigation, and insolvency and reconstruction law.

Leon has published several articles in leading international insolvency journals, has made numerous submissions in relation to legal reform and appeared before Parliamentary Committees of Inquiry. Leon’s recent public presentations have included:

  • addressing IPA’s National Conference, ‘Forging the Future’, on the restructuring of Channel Nine;
  • a panel presentation to UNCITRAL on the impediments to corporate restructure in Australia;
  • lecturing the University of Melbourne Masters Class;
  • a speech entitled ‘The collision of public relations and the law’ at the Victorian Bar and Law Institute Joint Conference; and
  • a Victorian Bar panel presentation, ‘Recent developments in industrial law: double jeopardy, double punishment and double trouble’.

Directorships & memberships

In September 2006, Leon was appointed a non-executive director of Challenger and in September 2013, was appointed as a commissioner of Cricket Australia’s Code of Behaviour Commission.

Leon is a member of the Law Council of Australia and its Insolvency and Reconstruction Committee and a member of the Melbourne University Law School Foundation Board.

Most recently, Leon has been appointed to the Federal Government’s Insolvency Practitioner Disciplinary Committees. He has also been appointed by the International Bar Association’s Insolvency Section to serve as a Membership Officer responsible for Australia for the January 2017 to December 2018 term.

Experience

Leon has acted for major Australian and United States corporations and private clients in a range of matters, including:

  • One.Tel: assisting in settling the equitable proceedings brought by One.Tel against former directors Lachlan Murdoch, James Packer and their associated entities;
  • James Hardie Industries: in respect of settlement negotiations regarding asbestosis claims against the company;
  • Nine Entertainment: acted on behalf of senior lenders, including US hedge funds Oaktree Capital and Apollo Global Management, in the $3.4 billion restructure of Nine Entertainment;
  • Centro: acted on behalf of unsecured noteholders in Centro, the retail shopping centre investment organisation, in relation to one of the most complex restructures ever undertaken in corporate Australia;
  • Pacific Equity Partners: in relation to Asahi profitability claims;
  • Bradken and Nick Greiner: in relation to proceedings commenced by Norcast;
  • Slater & Gordon: in relation to the AWU affair;
  • Melbourne Football Club: in relation to tanking allegations and drugs in sport; and
  • Melbourne Storm: in relation to NRL disputes.

Recognition & publications

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