An expert in insolvency and difficult disputes, Angelo is an experienced insolvency, commercial litigation and corporate lawyer with a specialisation and expanded practice covering finance and risk mitigation and dispute management. Angelo has acted in a number of high-profile corporate collapses and is an experienced insolvency practitioner with a commercial outlook who takes a holistic approach in determining the best course of action.

Angelo’s client base includes financial institutions, credit funds, insolvency practitioners, creditors, lenders and large corporations. He regularly works with companies and individuals under financial strain to assess the options available and determine the most commercially successful outcome.  An expert in helping clients to develop a strategy to deal with challenging situations and able to call on his broad network of external advisers, financiers and other professionals to create a team to tackle a problem. Recently, Angelo has assisted a number of clients in response to the Coronavirus pandemic including restructuring their affairs or negotiating with stakeholders such as landlords to achieve a commercial outcome.

Renowned for his skills in recovery and insolvency and commercial disputes, Angelo has built up a diverse knowledge and practice representing a number of high net individuals and prominent families, as well as large corporates in dealing with challenging financial problems. Angelo also regularly advises in relation to dealing with regulatory compliance and various regulatory bodies in connection with breaches of statute and duties.

Clients often engage Angelo to assist them in negotiating and advising on complex commercial transactions and disputes and he is known for finding novel solutions. Angelo has become a trusted advisor on many difficult dispute matters which were previously considered unsolvable.

Key recent matters:

  • Assisted in advising the purchaser in relation to the Jeanswest chain collapse.
  • Advised a restaurant group in relation to a restructure and sale.
  • Advised a lender in relation to the liquidation of a builder on a large-scale apartment development and working with other parties to appoint a new builder.
  • Assisted a 50% shareholder in a landowner of a significant building on the CBD fringe after his co-shareholder went missing and the lender to the building appointed. receivers and managers. Angelo used litigation skills to have his client take control of the entity, refinance and terminate the receivers.
  • Assisting a client with a minority interest in a wholesale and retail business after being terminated as an employee.
  • Assisting the liquidator of a large construction company in pursuing various claims against creditors on behalf of creditors.
  • Assisting a client in an IBAC investigation and subsequent criminal proceeding.

Areas of Expertise

Key focus areas:

  • Finance transactions and disputes
  • Shareholder and management disputes
  • Breaches of duties, including directors, trustee duties and corporate governance breaches
  • Dealing with regulatory bodies including representation before examinations and hearings by IBAC, ASIC and other Government authorities
  • Advising on and mitigation of various business risks
  • Insolvency and reconstruction

Recent Articles by Angelo Conti

The ‘sophisticated investor’ rule needs to change

For the past 20 years, the Corporations Act has allowed investors who obtain a certificate from an accountant to be classified as a ‘sophisticated investor’. If you meet the test, then the issuer of the financial product does not need...
30 July, 2020

What the Federal Government can do to help companies restructure post September 2020 – and it doesn’t involve more stimulus packages

There has been much commentary on the financial cliff that the Australian economy will face once many of the current stimulus packages and insolvency relief is either removed or cut back. In March 2020, a number of temporary insolvency relief...
13 July, 2020

What do you do once the gates are opened for the ‘wolves’ to roam free? A better strategy for a business dealing with the financial impact of coronavirus

Whilst the Federal Government’s stimulus packages have been a welcome relief to all, the question remains as to what we are supposed to do in six months’ time when the various codes of conduct, bank goodwill measures and other temporary...
9 April, 2020

Coronavirus and the Law: The best way to protect money invested into a business in light of COVID-19

Whilst the Government is doing as much as it can to assist businesses deal with the COVID-19 pandemic crisis there will be business owners who, despite such stimulus measures, will have no choice but to inject further cash into their...
8 April, 2020