Maria Yiasemides has extensive experience in complex commercial litigation and proceedings involving insolvency and restructuring issues. She is a highly accomplished litigator with a successful track record in noteworthy and hotly contested disputes involving well-known global corporate collapses and reorganizations.
Maria also advises on cross-border restructuring matters, including recognition proceedings and multijurisdictional schemes of arrangement. She is a Fellow of INSOL International (turnaround and insolvency federation) and sits on various insolvency and restructuring committees, including the INSOL International Young Members Committee and the Insolvency and Restructuring Committee of the Business Law Section of the Law Council of Australia.
Maria is also focused on privacy and cybersecurity-related litigation and regularly advises companies on privacy and data breach issues.
Her significant experience includes advising a bidder in the restructure of Virgin Australia Airlines; acting for the Insurance Commission of Western Australia in relation to its interests in the Bell Group liquidation; acting for external administrators in significant retail and business collapses, including Top Shop/Top Man, American Apparel, Payless Shoes, NewSat, and Maritimo; and acting in complex disputes for Transurban, Peabody, Hancock Prospecting, IBM, Sanofi, Fuji Xerox, and Woolworths.
Maria is a Councillor of the Friends of the Australian Ballet and prior to that served on the board of Australia's largest not-for-profit running organization, Sydney Striders Running Club.
Pay Now, Argue Later—Even if the Contractor is Going Bust: The NSW Security of Payment Regime and Distressed Contractors
Australian Government Serious About Data Privacy: Substantial Increases in Fines and Enhanced Regulatory Powers
First in Line in Australia: Resolving Competing Priorities Regimes When Winding up Companies in a Partnership
Stopping the Phoenix From Rising: Australian Court Provides First Guidance on Creditor-Defeating Dispositions
Set Aside: Australian Creditors Unable to Rely on Statutory Set-Offs to Defend Unfair Preference Claims
Australia's High Court Confirms Facebook Page "Owner" Responsible For Defamatory Comments by Third Parties
- University of Sydney (LL.M. 2014); Harvard University (Negotiation Workshop: Improving Your Negotiating Effectiveness, 2013); University of New South Wales (LL.B. and B.Com. in Finance 2008)
- Supreme Court of New South Wales and High Court of Australia
Recognized in Legal 500 Australia for restructuring & insolvency (2023)
Member of arbitration team recognized by Global Arbitration Review as one of the leading international arbitration law firms in the 2020 edition of the GAR 30
LawyersWeekly Women in Law Awards, 2016 Winner of Senior Associate of the Year
Recognized as one of Australia's top young litigators, winning a LawyersWeekly "30 under 30" law award in the dispute resolution category in 2014