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Lewis Seelenmeyer

Senior Associate
Fax +61.2.9513.2399

Mr. Seelenmeyer's practice covers commercial litigation and banking, with a focus on contractual disputes, competition and consumer law, securities enforcement, financial services disputes and insolvency.

Mr. Seelenmeyer represents a variety of clients, including public and private companies, Australia's largest financial institutions and government authorities. With in-depth knowledge of practice and procedure in the state and federal courts, he works closely with clients to provide comprehensive and strategic commercial advice in relation to complex disputes and contentious litigation.

Professional Background

Prior to joining K&L Gates in 2013, Mr. Seelenmeyer worked at a large Australian law firm, focusing on dispute resolution, commercial and corporate litigation, banking and finance, insolvency, and restructuring matters.

  • Acting for Australia's four largest banking institutions in mid to large scale banking matters in the Supreme Court of New South Wales and the inferior courts involving contractual issues, guarantees and mortgages, together with providing strategic advice in relation to secured positions and seeking innovative results.
  • Acted for the defendant company and liquidator in a multimillion dollar construction claim relating to the design, construct and commission of a coal washing and processing plant, as well as further issues under the Insurance Contracts Act involving insurer's liability, misrepresentation and fraudulent non-disclosure.
  • Advised and acted for various insolvency practitioners in relation to voluntary administrations, deeds of company arrangements, liquidations, bankruptcies and receiverships, including in relation to competing priority claims, deeds, duties, voidable transaction, breaches of directors’ duties, disclosure obligations and retention of title claims.
  • Acted for local government councils in successful class action proceedings in the Federal Court of Australia seeking damages against, among others, a local government financial services provider and a ratings agency. The proceedings involved a variety of claims, including breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, contravention of ss 1041E and 1041H of the Corporations Act, and misleading and deceptive conduct arising from recommendations to acquire Constant Proportion Debt Obligations and the rating of those products by the ratings agency.
  • Acted for local government councils in successful class action proceedings against a global financial services firm in the Federal Court and High Court of Australia for breaches of the Corporations Act and Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act for contravention of financial service provisions stemming from recommendations to purchase Collateralised Debt Obligations.
  • Acted for the applicant in the Federal Court of Australia alleging claims against a 'big four' accounting firm that it engaged in misleading and deceptive conduct, negligence, breach of fiduciary duty and breaches of the Corporations Act in respect of investment advice to purchase agribusiness investments in the Australian managed investment timber industry.
  • Acted at first instance and on appeal to the New South Wales Court of Appeal in respect of claims against one of the world's largest technology companies and one of its former directors for allowing, as a shadow director, Australia's largest Apple product reseller to trade whilst insolvent, claims for un-commercial transaction, unfair preferences, and voiding of a charge.
  • Acted in a dispute in the Federal Court of Australia between two public listed mining companies focused on iron ore production in the Jack Hills Region of Western Australia. The claim involved a multimillion dollar constructive trust dispute, tracing and issues around a breach of director’s duty.
  • Acted for liquidators in relation to a breach of contract, misleading and deceptive conduct, and third line forcing matter which arose in relation to official merchandising agreements for the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games.
  • Acted for unit holders of a multimillion dollar managed investment fund against the trustee and directors for breach of duties and misleading and deceptive conduct.
  • Acted in numerous court applications to appoint liquidators to companies and schemes, under section 459G in relation to Creditor’s Statutory Demands for Payment of Debts, bankruptcy proceedings, injunctions and other discrete applications.