Madison Marcus is delighted to announce the addition of two Partners to the firm. Gerard Breen, who will establish and head our Restructuring & Insolvency practice and Ben Robertson, who will head our Building, Construction & Infrastructure division, which is part of our wider National Dispute Resolution Group.
The addition of Gerard and Ben reflects the growth and expansion of MM nationally, with both bringing a wealth of experience and expertise on complex matters in their respective divisions throughout Australia and internationally. Madison Marcus Group Managing Director, Bechara Shamieh stated, “With Gerard and Ben joining Madison Marcus, we are able to offer our clients a team that includes some of Australia’s top legal minds in the Restructuring & Insolvency and Building, Construction & Infrastructure fields. It is a reflection of Madison Marcus’ reputation as one of the premier commercial boutique firms on the Eastern Seaboard of Australia and offers our clients one of the most comprehensive suite of legal and advisory services of any firm, coupled with the personalised service and standards of excellence that our clients expect of boutique firm.”
Gerard Breen has forged a reputation as one of Australia’s leading restructuring & insolvency lawyers He has been frequently recognised by the Chamber’s global directory and more recently recognised by Legal 500 Directory for 2018/2019.He brings over 20 years of significant local and international experience, including acting on some of Australia’s largest workouts and insolvencies.
Gerard has had a number of career highlights including advising a major Australian Bank on the restructure of the global Hastie Group, the restructuring of Cubbie Station and the Redbank Power Station which is part of the Alinta Group.
As Head of Restructuring & Insolvency, Gerard advises both domestic, international Funds and Australia’s leading insolvency practitioners in relation to the provision of senior debt, mezzanine debt, involving complex capital structures, which include international syndicated facilities, bi-lateral facilities, working capital facilities, injection of new money involving super priority of senior debt. Speaking on his approach to the new division he brings to MM, Gerard said “ I have noticed that there are more opportunities for funds and companies to obtain finance from non‑bank lenders, some of which are very keen to take equity stakes in Australian domestic companies. I consider MM’s Restructuring & Insolvency practice moving forward will involve facilitating opportunities for funds and Australian companies who intend to expand or obtain injections of fresh money/equity. This will enable flexible capital solutions to be provided to multiple stakeholders.”
Ben Robertson’s joining of MM has bolstered our Building, Construction & Infrastructure division significantly with his highly sought-after experience and expertise in the construction industry nationally. Bechara Shamieh commented “Ben joining MM to head up our Building, Construction & Infrastructure division has allowed us to provide the highest standard of advice to our clients and has elevated the capability of this division to new heights. We could not be more pleased with the feedback we have already received from our valued clients about Ben’s approach and ability to achieve the best possible results for them; we are equally as pleased with the impact Ben has made on the team since he joined MM and we are looking forward to his further influence in achieving new standards of excellence.”
Ben has practiced both in private practice and as General Counsel and Company Secretary with the Clarendon Homes Group acting on projects in NSW, Victoria and Queensland.
Ben has experience in providing advice at all stages in the life of construction projects from “front end” contract advice, through to disputes during construction, and acting on defect disputes at the “back end” of projects. Ben also regularly acts for construction industry stakeholders in claims under the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 1999.
Speaking on joining MM, Ben remarked “This is an exciting and challenging time for all construction industry stakeholders, and I’m thrilled to be joining Madison Marcus a dynamic firm that is a thought leader in the area”.
In addition to the appointment of Gerard Breen and Ben Robertson as Partners, on 1 July, MM promoted four long standing and valued members of the MM team to Associates through our internal Future Leaders Program. In Sydney, Jessica Tjong and Shireen Qutami were made Associates in our Property team and in Melbourne Robin Huang and Andrew Buu Trinh were made associates in our Property and Commercial team respectively.