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Craig J. Edwards

Senior Associate
Fax +61.3.9205.2055

Mr. Edwards is experienced in banking and finance, and insolvency disputes. He has advised major Australian banks and international corporations on securities enforcement, realisation of complicated loan and security transactions, residual debt actions, liquidations, receiverships and bankruptcy. Mr. Edwards has acted for receivers, administrators and trustees in litigation and has advised on powers and duties.

Mr. Edwards also has experience in general commercial litigation and intellectual property.

Professional Background

Prior to K&L Gates, Mr. Edwards worked at an Australian commercial law firm. He also spent two years working at a full service law firm in New Zealand.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Law Institute of Victoria
  • Australian Restructuring Insolvency & Turnaround Association (ARITA) Graduate Member

Speaking Engagements

  • "Voidable Transactions in New Zealand", 6th Annual Corporate Insolvency Conference in Auckland, New Zealand, 2006
  • Successfully opposed an urgent injunction application for a major Australian bank in the Supreme Court of Victoria. The application was made in less than 24 hours to prevent the auction of two properties by the bank.
  • Acting on banking and finance and insolvency disputes for a major Australian bank, including mortgagee and loan debt defaults, security realisation and insolvencies, advising inhouse counsel, drafting deeds of settlement, appearing in court, and overseeing day to day conduct of matters to conclusion with settlement, judgment, winding up or bankruptcy. 
  • Acting for a major Australian bank as defendant in a longstanding dispute in the Supreme Court of Queensland, arising out of the financing of a significant property development. The case had 19 plaintiffs, 10 defendants, third parties and counterclaimants.
  • Acting for accounting firms that have been appointed as receivers, administrators or liquidators by a financier, and providing advice on their powers and duties.
  • Acting in the successful recovery of a substantial vendor loan with inadequate security over a retirement village.
  • Appointing receivers on behalf of a major Australian bank.
  • Acting for a major shipping company in New Zealand in a legal action following fraud by its IT Manager.
  • Acting on litigation involving substantial monies and complicated security structures and claims against two major Australian banks. 
  • Acting for a communications company involved in a dispute with high profile minority shareholders. The minority shareholders alleged that certain resolutions to the company’s constitution triggered a buyout right. The company sought declarations in the High Court of New Zealand. 
  • Assisting in the receivership of six nursing homes with complicated security arrangements.
  • Assisting liquidators in the solvent liquidation of a mining company involving disputes between major shareholders and directors over various management issues. This resulted in a High Court of New Zealand proceeding issued on behalf of the liquidators seeking certain directions.
  • Assisting on a major trial for a bank in Western Australia, including speaking with key witnesses overseas and gathering and evaluating evidence for different aspects of the matter. This included research on the 'voidable transactions' legislative regime in the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) used by senior counsel in closing submissions in the trial.
  • Assisting on a receivership for a major bank in relation to potential litigation arising out of the financing of a significant property development. The developer appointed administrators and the bank subsequently appointed receivers.