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Roger Dobson


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  • Columbia University (LL.M. 1987); Adelaide University (LL.B. Hons. 1981)

Bar Admissions

  • Supreme Court of New South Wales and High Court of Australia


  • Law Clerk to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of South Australia (1982-1983)

Roger Dobson has been involved in many large, complex restructuring and insolvency matters in Australia over the past decade. He has represented main banking syndicates, offshore funds holding a substantial debt position, liquidators, administrators, and receivers. His experience covers a diverse range of industries, including energy and resources, mining services, construction, engineering services, media and communications, investment banking and financial services, retail, manufacturing, and infrastructure.

Prior to joining Jones Day in 2016, Roger most recently acted for the U.S. and European lenders and the receivers to the failed Australian Satellite company, NewSat Limited. He also acted for the syndicate of lenders at the headstock level in the Babcock & Brown group, which involved 400 operating entities across 26 countries, with total group debt of $66 billion; acted for two of the largest bank creditors in relation to the $1.2 billion debt restructuring of Allco Finance Group; advised a group of mostly U.S. funds as creditors in the financial restructuring of the Nine Entertainment Group Limited; and advised the seven-banking syndicate (four major Australian domestic banks and three international banks) on the corporate collapse of ABC Learning Centres, one of the largest and most high-profile collapses in Australian corporate history. In addition, he was appointed to manage the legal and commercial issues in the voluntary administration of Hastie Group, a significant player in the construction industry, and 44 of its subsidiaries.

Roger is a member of the Australian Restructuring Insolvency & Turnaround Association (ARITA) and INSOL International.

Honors & Distinctions

  • Recognized numerous times as a "recommended" and "leading" lawyer in restructuring & insolvency by: Chambers Asia-Pacific, where clients respect him for being "highly intelligent and non-confrontational on difficult matters"; The Legal 500 Asia Pacific; Best Lawyers; Doyle's Guide to the Australian Legal Profession; and IFLR
Roger Dobson