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John Marsden

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Restructuring, Bankruptcy & Insolvency.


John Marsden is a partner of Mayer Brown and is the Managing Partner of the firm's Vietnam and Thailand offices. He represents clients in a wide range of matters in the commercial and corporate context. His assignments have included financing transactions, non-performing loan disposals and corporate restructurings. John has provided advice in such large-scale restructurings or insolvencies as Asia Pulp and Paper, Pacific Andes, the Moulin Group, TMT and Vietnam Shipbuilding Industry Group, all of which are multi-jurisdictional transactions. John was placed into the Shanghai office for three years during which time he was involved with a number of substantial property acquisition and financing transactions.

John has been named a Band 1 Restructuring and Insolvency Lawyer by Chambers Asia Pacific (2013-2018), Market Leader in Restructuring and Insolvency by IFLR1000 (2018-2019) and Leading Lawyer in Restructuring and Insolvency by IFLR1000 (2010-2017). Chambers Asia Pacific (2018) described John as he provides an “aggressive and punchy service, but is very commercial too”.


Admitted in Australia - South Australia and Hong Kong.




The University of Adelaide, LLB (Hons); The University of New South Wales, BSc (Hons); The University of Sydney, MPsych.

Hong Kong

Restructuring and insolvency

Within: Leading individuals

John Marsden - Mayer Brown

Within: Restructuring and insolvency

Operating in the region for a number of years, Mayer Brown's three-partner team is 'able to provide insightful advice across a range of sectors and geographies'; it 'draws on significant expertise from its global network as necessary', and 'continues to demonstrate considerable breadth and depth of practice and a commitment to innovation in handling a wide range of high-value corporate debt restructurings'. With experience acting for creditors, insolvency practitioners and corporate trustees, the team has 'a particular strength in the bank workout field', and is aided in this sphere by its ability to utilise Chapter 11 procedures by dint of its US heritage. 'Highly experienced and well-respected' group head John Marsden is representing Maybank on the $1.5bn restructuring of Pacific Andes, and advising the petitioning bank creditor and the provisional liquidators appointed in Hong Kong and Bermuda on the restructuring of Z-Obee. 'Combining innovative solutions with a pragmatic approach', Tom Pugh demonstrates 'significant technical expertise on a variety of complex cross-border issues', and as well as his involvement alongside Marsden in the Pacific Andes matter also continues to act for the Hong Kong liquidators of Lehman Brothers. At associate level, Dirk Behnsen 'offers practical problem-solving combined with a great work ethic'. Solicitor-advocate Richard Tollan has left the firm.

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