Jo Delaney was a partner with the Dispute Resolution team at Baker McKenzie in Sydney.
Maria O’Brien is the head of the Restructuring & Insolvency practice at Baker McKenzie's Australian offices. She previously led the Firm's Asia Pacific Restructuring & Insolvency Working Group and is a member of the Global Restructuring & Insolvency Steering Committee. Maria is a Fellow of INSOL International (the International Association of Restructuring, Insolvency & Bankruptcy Professionals), and a director of the Turnaround Management Association (Australia). Maria is a restructuring and insolvency professional with a background in commercial litigation. She has considerable experience acting for distressed or insolvent companies, their external administrators and creditors on a wide range of insolvency issues (both contentious and non-contentious), including informal workouts, with a particular focus on cross-border restructuring and insolvency. Maria also has extensive experience in facilitating the court approval of members' and creditors' schemes of arrangement under the Corporations Act. She has been ranked as a Leading Individual in Restructuring/Insolvency by Chambers Asia Pacific every year since 2011 and has been ranked in the peer-assessed Best Lawyers for Insolvency and Reorganisations every year since 2009. She was the winner of the International Women's Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation NSW's inaugural Award for Outstanding Female in the Insolvency and/or Restructuring Industry in 2009. Maria can be reached at Maria.O'[email protected] and + 61 2 8922 5222.
Heather Sandell is a special counsel in the Dispute Resolution and Restructuring & Insolvency groups at Baker McKenzie, Sydney. She has been working as a dispute resolution lawyer for over 15 years in Sydney, London and Adelaide. Heather has significant experience acting in and advising on complex Corporations Act litigation (including shareholder disputes) before the Supreme Court of New South Wales, the Federal Court and the High Court of Australia as well as in more general commercial disputes (including complex contractual disputes, negligence claims and product liability disputes). Heather also has extensive experience advising on formal corporate insolvencies (both in an advisory and contentious capacity) acting variously for office holders, directors, secured and unsecured creditors and shareholders on broad range of issues. Heather has also worked extensively in facilitating, for public companies, the court approval of schemes of arrangement under the Corporations Act to effect both solvent mergers and takeovers (by way of a members' scheme) and debt restructuring (by way of a creditors' scheme). She was recognized in the 10th to 13th editions of The Best Lawyers in Australia for Insolvency and Reorganization Law. Heather can be reached at [email protected] and + 61 2 8922 5514.