Craig Wappett

+61 7 3002 2511
+61 404 475 090


Craig is a banking and finance lawyer with over 25 years' specialist experience in securities law, financial product regulation, restructuring and insolvency.

He has extensive experience advising clients across a variety of industries including financial services, manufacturing, mining and resources, property development, agriculture, tourism and transport.

Craig is one of Australia's leading experts in securities law. He has written numerous publications and presented to many conferences and seminars on this and related topics. He was a member of the Australian Attorney General's Consultative Committee on Personal Property Securities Reform.

During his career Craig has practised in Sydney, Brisbane and Toronto, Canada.

  • Corporate and acquisition financing for the BMD Group, Beach Energy and Bengal Energy.
  • Intergen: refinancing InterGen’s interest in the Callide C Power Station.
  • PPSA advice: Advising a number of banks, non-bank financiers, manufacturers, suppliers and energy and resources companies on the implementation of the Personal Property Securities Act.
  • Funding arrangements for a commercial scale solar power generation project in Queensland.
  • Structured asset financing: various structured asset financings involving major items of mining equipment, railway rolling stock, ships, aircraft, receivables and inventory.


  • Listed as a leading lawyer in Banking and Finance and Project Finance and Development Practice - Best Lawyers Australia, 2018


  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Laws (Honours), University of Queensland
  • Master of Laws, University of Queensland


  • Law Council of Australia's Financial Services Law Committee
  • Queensland Law Society’s Financial Services Law Committee
  • Australian Institute of Company Directors
  • Member of the Australian Attorney Generals Consultation Committee on Personal Property Securities Reform

International experience

  • Practised with a major law firm in Canada.


  • Wappett, Essential Personal Property Securities in Australia, LexisNexis
  • Wappett, Whittaker & Edwards (eds), Personal Property Securities in Australia, LexisNexis
  • Wappett & Allan, Securities over Personal Property, Butterworths
  • Contributor to and editor of Australian Finance Law, fifth edition, Law Book Company
  • Numerous conference papers and journal articles


  • Regular speaker at conferences and seminars on securities law
  • Conducting numerous presentations, seminars and workshops on the PPSA for industry representative bodies and associations (including the Australian Bankers Association, the Australian Restructuring Insolvency and Turnaround Association, the Australian Mining and Petroleum Law Association, the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association and the Australian Institute of Credit Management), professional education conferences (including the Federal Court Judicial Education Workshop, the Queensland Bar Association and the annual Credit Law Conference), various financiers and insolvency practitioners.