Alex Smith has over 20 years' experience working on restructuring and insolvency matters across a wide range of industries and sectors including real estate, energy, infrastructure, construction, automotive, technology, retail, leisure and financial services. She prides herself in providing practical and commercially driven legal and strategic advice to lenders, investors and creditors in relation to formal insolvency situations, security and debt enforcements and consensual restructurings. She advises companies experiencing financial distress and company directors on their duties at such times. She acts for liquidators, receivers and administrators of insolvent companies.
Alex's professional experience has been divided between Australia (Sydney and Melbourne) and the UK (London) and the restructuring projects she has worked on have spanned four continents. Alex's significant previous experience as an in-house counsel makes her very well placed to understand the commercial and reputational factors which drive client needs, particularly in restructuring and stressed situations.
During the three years she spent living in Mumbai, India, which have contributed to her truly global outlook, Alex undertook charitable volunteer work teaching underprivileged children and also provided volunteer support to ANZBAI, the Australia and New Zealand Business Association in India.
Alex has previously worked in the restructuring and insolvency teams of an Australian commercial law firm and an international law firm based in London. She has also worked in the restructuring teams of ANZ Banking Group and the Royal Bank of Scotland and in the institutional legal teams of ANZ and Credit Agricole Group.
- Best Lawyers in Australia, listed in Banking and Finance Law (2022 - present)
- Legal500 2023, Asia Pacific 2023: "Alex Smith provides both timely and commercial advice. Her advice is delivered in a way that explains complex issues and puts them into context both for our stakeholders and more broadly. She has been involved in highly sensitive and urgent matters and longer term matters and has delivered in all situations high quality, timely and commercial advice."
Member of Australian Restructuring Insolvency & Turnaround Association (ARITA).
Member of INSOL International.
Member of Turnaround Management Association (TMA).
Alex is an experienced legal training presenter and facilitator, including for ARITA, the Commercial Law Association in Australia, and R3 in the UK. She has presented on topics such as directors' duties and insolvency law reform and has acted as a workshop leader on ARITA's Insolvency Education Program.