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Special Counsel

Alex Nase

Alex-Nase Insolvency Solicitor Brisbane

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Professional experience

Alex was admitted as a Legal Practitioner in Queensland in 2005. Alex practised as a Barrister at the private bar, for about two and a half years, before joining Tucker & Cowen as a solicitor in September 2007. Alex was appointed an Associate of the firm in October 2011 and Special Counsel in November 2015.

Alex predominantly practises in the areas of commercial litigation and insolvency. He has acted for a variety of clients, including property developers, lenders, insolvency practitioners and business owners in many complicated and substantial litigious matters, over many years.

Alex has experience acting for clients in a wide range of matters, including contractual disputes; claims for injunctions or other equitable relief; professional negligence claims; partnership and shareholder disputes; construction disputes; claims to recover loans or realise securities; insurance claims; claims under the Competition and Consumer Act 2010; and claims under the Corporations Act 2001.

Qualifications
  • Bachelor of Laws (Hons);
  • Bachelor of Arts;
  • Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland;
  • Member, Queensland Law Society.

Ben Shaw

Ben Shaw Insolvency Lawyer Brisbane

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Professional experience

Ben joined Tucker & Cowen in 2020 after several years as a Partner at national and international firms. Over the course of his career, Ben has acted for all of Australia’s major banks, and many other local and international banks and financial institutions.

Ben acts for and advises financiers, insolvency practitioners, directors and individuals in commercial disputes, and in the wide range of issues that arise from corporate distress. Ben is experienced in a range of industry sectors including financial services, agribusiness and mining.

Ben is also experienced in estates litigation.

Ben is a sought after speaker and regularly presents to clients and industry bodies on insolvency, banking & finance and regulatory topics.

Ben is also a regular contributor to industry publications having had over 25 peer-reviewed articles published on banking & finance, insolvency, property law and regulatory topics.

Career highlights include:

  • Acting for an Australian bank in connection with distressed facilities totalling circa. $53M which included multiple proceedings in the Supreme and Federal Courts;
  • Acting for an international bank and its appointed receivers in connection with the realisation of a herd of circa. 15,000 livestock;
  • Acting for liquidators in connection with a circa. $70M claim for breach of directors’ duties;
  • Acting for the Australian subsidiary of a Japanese trading house in a circa. $100M claim for equitable compensation in connection with a coal mine in the Bowen Basin;
  • Acting for an international bank in arbitration proceedings defending a circa. $100M claim by a foreign state-owned enterprise.
Qualifications and Memberships
  • Bachelor of Arts;
  • Bachelor of Laws;
  • Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland;
  • Solicitor of the High Court of Australia;
  • Member of the Queensland Law Society;
  • Member of the Australian Restructuring Insolvency & Turnaround Association (ARITA);
  • Member of INSOL International.

Rupert Copeman-Hill

Rupert Copeman-Hill Insolvency Lawyer Brisbane

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Professional experience

Rupert joined Tucker & Cowen in 2020 after several years as a Partner at international firms and as Head of Legal & Compliance at an investment bank. Rupert specialises in corporate, commercial, banking and finance and restructuring transactional and advisory work.

Over the course of his career, Rupert ascended to Special Counsel at an international firm based in Brisbane before moving to practise overseas. Rupert has acted for a diverse range of banks and financial institutions (including Islamic banks) in Australia and the Middle East, listed and unlisted companies, family businesses, directors and individuals in a range of industry sectors including financial services, real estate, industrial, manufacturing, telecommunications and aviation, before returning to practice in Brisbane in January 2020.

Rupert regularly presents to clients and industry bodies on M&A, corporate governance, banking & finance and financial services regulatory issues. Rupert presents on various issues generally of concern to his clients such as due diligence, warranties and indemnities

Career highlights include:

  • Advising CapitaLand Singapore on its US$75million share sale to Mubadala, the Abu Dhabi sovereign wealth fund;
  • Acting for Bahrain Middle East Bank on its regulated voluntary takeover;
  • Acting for Gulf Air on a US$200m syndicated loan, including negotiating the facility agreement and security documentation;
  • Acting for ASRY (the largest shipyard in the Middle East) on restructuring and refinancing with multiple lenders, including negotiating new bilateral and syndicated facilities, standstill and intercreditor agreements;
  • Advising Seymour Group on the sale of its Queensland oil and gas tenements;
  • Advising Sydney-based oil and natural gas public company, Gulf Energy Limited, on its rights issue and associated private placement;
  • Advising the selling shareholders of valuation company, DMS Davlan, on its acquisition by Grays e-Commerce Group Limited;
  • Advising Vita Group Limited on a number of its acquisitions and on its ASX listing;
  • A one year secondment to SingTel Optus, during which he drafted and negotiated telco supply agreements, partnering and association agreements and advised on responses to tender requests from the NSW and Queensland State Governments using the GITC contractual framework.
Recognition
  • Rupert was ranked a Leading Lawyer (Bahrain) by Legal 500 EMEA in 2018, 2019 and 2020
  • Rupert received a Tier 1 ranking for Corporate, M&A, Commercial (Bahrain) by Legal 500 EMEA in 2018, 2019 and 2020
  • He was ranked Highly Regarded for Private Equity and M&A by IFLR1000 EMEA in 2018
  • “The ‘approachable, knowledgeable and pragmatic’ Rupert Copeman-Hill heads the practice at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP, which is noted for its wide-ranging sector expertise, including financial services, education, telecommunications, real estate and hospitality” (Legal 500 EMEA 2018)
  • Awarded the Level 3 Islamic Finance Certificate by the UK Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment
Qualifications and Memberships
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours);
  • Common Professional Examination in Law (Commendation) (UK);
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice (Commendation) (UK);
  • Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland;
  • Solicitor of the High Court of Australia;
  • Solicitor of England & Wales;
  • Member of the Queensland Law Society;
  • Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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