TimL'Estrange

Partner-in-Charge Melbourne

(T) 61.3.9101.6820

Tim L'Estrange has a distinguished career of more than 30 years in private practice and as general counsel to one of Australia's top five-listed companies.

Tim has worked for global-listed companies and entities in a variety of jurisdictions. His extensive experience in strategic litigation and corporate governance issues, combined with his intimate knowledge of the demands placed on boards, make him a unique resource to clients who deal with complex disputes and regulatory challenges.

Prior to joining Jones Day in 2013, Tim was a senior executive with ANZ Bank, where he was successively general counsel and company secretary, managing director of Europe and America, and global head of governance. During this time he was heavily involved in major domestic and international litigation and regulatory investigations, particularly with Australian and U.S. authorities.

Tim has recently represented boards and corporations on commercial disputes, cross-border investigations, crisis management, and effective compliance and ethics programs. In particular, he has provided counsel on Australia's Criminal Code in relation to bribery and corruption, money laundering, and economic trade sanctions. He also has assisted corporations in improving assurance structures to the board and management regarding key company governance policies. He has advised on whistleblower complaints, competition and trade practices issues, shareholder and joint venture disputes in the energy and resource sector, professional negligence, directors' duties, and cross-border insolvency and reconstruction issues.

Tim was recently a director of the Melbourne Arts Festival, a director of the trustee company of two significant infrastructure trusts, and was the inaugural permanent secretary of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Oceania Division).

Experience

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.

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).

Highlands Pacific Limited defeats Board spill motions
Jones Day advised Highlands Pacific Limited (HIG) on a Board spill requisition and subsequent special meeting of shareholders where the Board spill motions were defeated.

Highlands seeks counsel regarding dispute under Frieda River joint venture with PanAust
Jones Day is acting for Highlands Pacific on the feasibility study dispute under the Frieda River joint venture agreement with PanAust Ltd.

U.S. medical device manufacturer makes administrative submissions before Australian Department of Health
Jones Day advised a U.S. medical device manufacturer on administrative submissions before the Department of Health and in landmark competition policy litigation against the Minister for Health in Australia.

USG forms $1.6 billion plasterboard and ceilings joint venture with Boral Limited in Asia, Australia, and Middle East
Jones Day advised USG Corporation in its formation of a strategic 50/50 $1.6 billion plasterboard and ceilings joint venture with Boral Limited in Asia, Australia, and the Middle East, known as USG Boral Building Products.

Speaking Engagements

  • April 28, 2015Individuals and Competition Law in Australia, Japan and the United States
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