MariaYiasemides

Partner

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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.

Her significant experience includes acting for the Insurance Commission of Western Australia in relation to its interests in the Bell Group liquidation; acting for the 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, Hancock Prospecting, IBM, Sanofi, Fuji Xerox, and Woolworths.

Maria is also focused on climate change-related litigation and regulation, including in an insolvency context.

Maria is a Fellow of INSOL International and sits on the committees of the INSOL International Young Members Committee and the Insolvency and Restructuring Committee of the Business Law Section of the Law Council of Australia.

She is also the council associate 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.

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 agoJones 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 liquidationsJones 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.
  • NewSat Limited sues its CEO and Chairman for breaches of directors' dutiesJones 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 ordersJones 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).
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