Katie Higgins has extensive experience advising companies, financiers, insolvency practitioners, investors, and directors on restructuring and insolvency matters. She also advises companies and financiers on a wide variety of debt and structured capital markets transactions. Katie is consistently recognized as a leading insolvency, restructuring, and finance lawyer by legal directories.
Some of Katie's recent transactions include acting for: the administrators of Topshop/Topman, Payless Shoes, and American Apparel; the Insurance Commission of Western Australia in the $1.8 billion settlement of the Bell Group liquidation proceedings; EDF in the Paladin Energy administration; Peabody Energy Corporation in relation to Australian aspects of its U.S. chapter 11 filing; a major investor and financier in the administration of Aussie Farmers Group; and a key shipper and owner of WICET (Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal).
Katie is a member of the Australian Restructuring Insolvency and Turnaround Association (ARITA) and INSOL International. She has also lectured on debt financing as part of the masters of law course at the University of Sydney.
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- University of Sydney (LL.B. Hons. 1 2000; B.A. 1998)
- Supreme Court of New South Wales and High Court of Australia
Best Lawyers: recognized in the areas of banking and finance, restructuring and insolvency, and distressed debt trading (2019-2022)
Doyle's Guide: restructuring and insolvency, New South Wales (2016-2019)
Chambers Asia-Pacific: Australia, restructuring and insolvency (2021)