Roger Dobson offers clients his extensive experience working on large, complex restructuring and insolvency matters in Australia. Over the past decade, Roger has represented main banking syndicates, offshore funds holding a substantial debt position, companies experiencing financial distress, 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.
Recent matters include advising a consortium that provided a recapitalization proposal for Arrium Limited; acting for the administrators of TopShop; acting for the administrators of the Payless Group; advising the major creditor of Paladin Energy Limited; and acting for the U.S. and European lenders and the receivers to the failed Australian Satellite company, NewSat Limited.
Prior to joining Jones Day in 2016, Roger 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. From 2012 to 2014 he acted for the liquidators 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.
KPMG Australia acquires Ferrier Hodgson
Jones Day advised KPMG Australia in its acquisition of Ferrier Hodgson, a leading independent restructuring, turnaround and insolvency firm in Australia.
ICWA and JN Taylor Finance (in liquidation) challenge liquidator's decision to review or re-adjudicate a proof of claim admitted over 20 years ago
Jones Day is acting for the Insurance Commission of Western Australia ("ICWA") in proceedings commenced by JN Taylor Finance Pty Ltd (in liquidation) and ICWA in the Supreme Court of Western Australia seeking to reverse a liquidator's decision to review or re-adjudicate a proof of claim that was admitted in the liquidation of The Bell Group Limited in the amount of approximately $291 million over 20 years ago.
ICWA protects its interests as creditor and funder in Bell Group liquidations
Jones Day is acting for the Insurance Commission of Western Australia ("ICWA"), a Western Australian government entity, in proceedings commenced in the Supreme Court of Western Australia concerning the distribution to creditors of over $1.8 billion in the liquidations of the Bell Group.
Centuria Industrial REIT (CIP) unsuccessful takeover proposal from Propertylink
Jones Day advised Centuria Industrial REIT (CIP) in the attempted A$755 million ($548.3 million) unsolicited indicative and non-binding proposal from Propertylink Group to acquire all of the units in Centuria Industrial REIT by way of an agreed off-market takeover offer.
PAG invests in Key Safety Systems to finance acquisition of global assets of Takata Corporation
Jones Day represented PAG Asia Capital Ltd. and PAG Asia II LP in connection with its investment in Key Safety Systems, a subsidiary of China-based Ningbo Joyson Electronic Corporation, to finance the acquisition of substantially all of the global assets of Takata Corporation out of bankruptcy in the U.S. and Japan and certain non-bankruptcy transactions elsewhere in the world.
NewSat Limited sues its CEO and Chairman for breaches of directors' duties
Jones Day is acting for NewSat Limited, a formerly publicly listed Australian satellite company, on the instruction of its receivers from McGrathNicol in relation to a claim against NewSat's CEO and Chairman for breaches of directors' duties.
Senior officers of ICWA and State Solicitors Office of Western Australia obtain orders setting aside liquidator examination summonses and production orders
Jones Day acted for the CEO and General Counsel of the Insurance Commission of Western Australia ("ICWA"), and the State Solicitor and a senior lawyer of the State Solicitors Office of Western Australia, in a successful Federal Court of Australia application to set aside examination summonses and production orders obtained by the liquidator of Bell Group NV (in liquidation).
The following represents experience acquired prior to joining Jones Day.
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.
- March 2018ASX Releases Continuous Disclosure Guidance on the Insolvent Trading Safe Harbour
- September 2017Australian Court of Appeal Approves Use of "Holding" Deed of Company Arrangement
- September 2017Judicial Guidance about "Perfection by Possession" under Australia's Personal Property Securities Act
- February 2017Queensland Government Clarifies Liability of "Related Persons" for a Company's Environmental Cleanup Bill
- May 2016Corporate and Business Rescue in Australia: Insolvency Law Reform Process Continues as Government Releases Proposals Paper
- Columbia University (LL.M. 1987); Adelaide University (LL.B. Hons. 1981)
- Supreme Court of New South Wales and High Court of Australia
- 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
- Law Clerk to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of South Australia (1982-1983)