Hayes, Mike


  Adelaide South Australia 5000, Australia
 +61 8 8205 3478
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Mike practices in commercial litigation and dispute resolution and has done so actively for more than 20 years.  He has extensive experience in complex commercial litigation across various jurisdictions in both Federal and State Courts, as both solicitor and counsel.  He acts for a wide range of clients including corporations, firms and private individuals.  He has a sound understanding of commercial risk and his experience enables him to work closely with clients to achieve commercial and cost effective outcomes.  His litigation practice covers a range of fields including banking and finance, construction, corporate governance, insolvency and taxation.

He also accepts appointments as an independent lawyer in supervising the execution of search orders.

Mike has particular experience in insolvency, recoveries and restructuring.  He acts for liquidators, receivers and trustees nationally (and previously abroad) in all aspects of personal and corporate insolvency and turnaround.  He also acts for directors in defending insolvent trading claims, and also assists directors to navigate their way through a financial crisis.  His experience in issuing and defending voidable transaction claims provides a clear understanding of the competing interests and allows him to negotiate with stakeholders to achieve commercial outcomes.  He has been involved in complex insolvency administrations and liquidations across a range of industries including hospitality, manufacturing, pharmaceutical and retail.

Mike also is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Mike is the former chairperson and current member of the Australian Restructuring Insolvency & Turnaround Association (ARITA) SA/NT Division Committee and is one of the first to be admitted as a Fellow of ARITA. He is also an ARITA insolvency education program workshop leader. He further initiated and currently coordinates the Personal Insolvency Forum in South Australia.

Recognised Lawyer, Restructuring and Insolvency, Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2019.

B. Juris, LLB, M(Com)Law, Grad. Cert. Insolvency and Restructuring, GAICD, RITF, MAICM.