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Gilbert + Tobin

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Melbourne, NSW 2000, Perth

Crispian Lynch

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Gilbert + Tobin

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Litigation Partner specialising in commercial litigation with experience in resolving significant disputes for, and advising, clients in Australia and overseas across many sectors, including the banking and finance, investments funds, media, telecommunications and infrastructure sectors. Crispian has conducted large-scale and complex litigation, arbitrations and mediations around the world and has acted on a number of multijurisdictional and contentious insolvency matters. Crispian also advises a wide range of clients on broadcasting law issues.


Crispian joined Gilbert + Tobin in 2000 and became a partner in 2013. He spent three years as a senior lawyer in the litigation and insolvency team of a preeminent offshore law firm, but has otherwise worked at Gilbert + Tobin.


The Law Society of NSW.


Crispian holds a first class law degree from UTS. He is admitted as a solicitor in New South Wales, a solicitor in England and Wales (non-practising), an attorney-at-law in the Cayman Islands (non-practising) and a solicitor in the British Virgin Islands (non-practising).


Dispute resolution

Within: Dispute resolution

Gilbert + Tobin has been busy handling several matters stemming from the Banking Royal Commission for key client Westpac. It is also representing insolvent Vocation in two separate class actions across two jurisdictions claiming over A$100m in damages. Notable practitioners include Andrew Floro, Kate Harrison and Crispian Lynch. Janet Whiting represented Cargill Australia, Cargill Inc. and Cargill Malt Asia Pacific in Supreme Court of Victoria proceedings concerning allegations of false and misleading statements by Glencore and Viterra during the sale of a business. Practice head Richard Harris joined from Allens and the team has been further bolstered by Vicki Bell from Arnold Bloch Leibler. Mark Gerus has been called to the Bar, and Steven Glass retired from the partnership.

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Regulatory compliance and investigations

Within: Regulatory compliance and investigations

Anti-bribery, corruption and Royal Commissions work are core strengths of the ‚Äėhighly regarded‚Äô practice at¬†Gilbert + Tobin. It handled high-profile matters such as representing shipping company K-Line in the first contested prosecution under the latest 2009 criminal cartel laws. The practice is also active in cross-border financial services regulatory work and advised one of Australia‚Äôs major banks on a long-running ASIC investigation into foreign exchange practices in the banking industry. The team is jointly led by Richard Harris, who joined from Allens, Luke Woodward¬†and Elizabeth Avery. Other names to note include¬†Andrew Floro, Crispian Lynch¬†and Kate Harrison. Financial services expert¬†Steven Glass retired from the partnership.

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Restructuring and insolvency

Within: Restructuring and insolvency

Gilbert + Tobin counts banks, borrowers, investors, directors and insolvency practitioners as clients with examples including KordaMentha and Oaktree Capital. The team also assisted Bis Industries Group with two creditors' schemes of arrangement relating to its US and Australian debt facilities and the general restructure and recapitalisation of the group, acted for the lenders in the restructure and recapitalisation of Slater and Gordon, and handled the restructuring and voluntary administration of Ten Network Holdings. Dominic Emmett leads the department, which also counts restructuring and workout expert Simon Lynch, litigators Colleen Platford and Crispian Lynch, and restructuring specialist David Clee as key practitioners. Peter Bowden joined from Norton Rose Fulbright.

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