Scott Atkins is the firm's Australian chair and head of its risk advisory practice, with more than 25 years of industry experience, and is based in Sydney.
Scott has unique, globally-recognised dual-track insolvency and risk experience.
He is a leading lawyer in one of the most reputable insolvency and restructuring practices in the Asia-Pacific region, having been recognised as Australia's only Eminent Practitioner for this category in the Chambers and Partners 2020 regional legal rankings. Scott is also vice-president and an inaugural fellow of INSOL International, as well as chair of INSOL's Asian Advisory Council and its strategic review body TaskForce 2025. Additionally, Scott serves as president of the Australian Restructuring Insolvency and Turnaround Association (ARITA), Australia's peak insolvency and restructuring professional association with over 1800 members.
Scott is recognised by his peers for his leading experience in cross-border insolvency, acting on both inbound engagements in Australia and advising Australian clients on outbound engagements in jurisdictions including the United States, the United Kingdom, the Cayman Islands, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Indonesia, Singapore, Nauru and The Netherlands. Recently, Scott led a team over a three year period, working with the Asian Development Bank and the Union Supreme Court of Myanmar, to draft a new insolvency and restructuring framework for Myanmar, culminating in the passage of Myanmar's Insolvency Law in February 2020. This work was transformative, representing a critical pillar in Myanmar's law modernisation process and its broader economic development. The tailored insolvency measures for SMEs developed as part of this work are also currently helping to shape the law reform and post-COVID 19 economic recovery process for developing and developed nations alike across the world, including in Australia.
Scott's approach sees him identify and shape, rather than respond to, legal and regulatory trends both domestically and internationally, and he is sought after for regular industry speaking engagements and publications.