Pravin Aathreya Partner

Meet Pravin

Pravin is a commercial litigation and dispute resolution lawyer with a particular focus on corporate insolvency and reconstruction.

Pravin has represented a range of corporate clients across a range of industries, including automotive and transport, infrastructure, energy and resources and financial services. He has significant expertise in complex commercial disputes, including contract disputes, class actions, disputes between participants in the energy and resources industries (including with regulators), negligence claims, misleading and deceptive conduct claims, directors and professional liability claims, commercial leasing disputes, shareholder disputes, product liability issues, corporate insolvency and reconstruction, government litigation and disputes involving the Personal Property Securities Act.

In the corporate insolvency context, Pravin has advised insolvency practitioners, banks, secured creditors and unsecured creditors on issues surrounding external administrations of companies and managed investment schemes, proof of debt claims, enforcing security interests and post-liquidation sales of businesses. He also has considerable experience in bringing and defending voidable transaction claims (including unfair preferences, uncommercial transactions and unreasonable director-related transactions) and bringing claims for breaches of directors’ and auditors’ duties.

Experience

Litigation

PPB Advisory - Gunns Group

Acting for the liquidators of the Gunns Group of Companies in pursuing voidable transaction claims and claims against former directors and auditors of the Gunns Group.

PPB Advisory - RiverCity Group

Acted for the liquidators of the RiverCity Group of Companies in relation to class-action litigation in the Federal Court of Australia arising out of the collapse of the RiverCity Group.

State of Victoria

Acted for the State in litigation against the State by Tatts Group and Tabcorp Holdings alleging various statutory and contractual claims totalling approximately A$1.3 billion, arising from the Victorian Government’s gaming industry reforms introduced in 2008 and 2009.

Macquarie Bank

Acted for Macquarie in proceedings commenced by the liquidators and receivers of Gunns Finance and its related entities in relation to the insolvencies of various Gunns managed investment schemes.

ASIC

Acted for ASIC in litigation in the Federal Court of Australia and Supreme Court of Victoria arising out of the collapse of the Westpoint Group of Companies.

Major vehicle manufacturer

Acted for a major manufacturer of commercial transport vehicles in numerous product liability disputes in the County Court of Victoria and the Supreme Court of Victoria.

Career & qualifications

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Laws (Hons), University of Queensland
  • Graduate Diploma in Professional Legal Education and Training, University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Business (Management), University of Queensland
  • Master of Commercial Law, University of Melbourne (current)

Memberships

  • Turnaround Management Association Australia (nextGen)

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Distribution of trust assets under a DOCA: the latest guidance from the Federal Court

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Set-off in unfair preference claims: In the matter of Cardinal Project Services Pty Ltd

The ability of creditors to rely upon the statutory set-off provision in section 553C of the Corporations Act to reduce or eliminate their exposure to unfair preference claims has been a matter of...

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The limits of an insolvency practitioner’s equitable lien: intermeddlers beware

The entitlement to recover remuneration and costs for work performed in conducting an external administration is an ever-present fundamental concern for insolvency practitioners.

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