About Danielle

Danielle is recognised as an expert in the areas of restructuring and insolvency, advising on business and debt restructuring, formal insolvencies and recovery actions.

Danielle acts for corporations, directors, lenders and insolvency practitioners, having worked across a wide range of industries, including construction, real estate, aviation, retail and the agricultural industry. She has particular expertise in managed investment schemes and has been involved in a number of cross-border transactions, primarily between the United States, United Kingdom, China and Hong Kong.

As a skilled litigation and commercial lawyer, Danielle’s clients experience practical and commercial advice regarding dispute resolution and asset recovery.

Danielle is a professional member, fellow, board director and Deputy President of the Australian Restructuring, Insolvency & Turnaround Association (ARITA).

Awards & Recognition:

  • Recognised for Restructuring & Insolvency by Chambers Asia Pacific, 2023
  • Recognised for Restructuring & Insolvency by Legal 500 Asia Pacific, 2023
  • Recognised for Restructuring & Insolvency by Doyle's Guide, 2023
  • Winner of the Partner of the Year Award for Insolvency, Lawyers Weekly 2023

Experience

  • Restructuring
    • Acting for the administrators of cloud based broadcaster, MediaCloud Pty Limited (DOCA), on its successful restructure and sale to Telstra.
    • Acting for the administrators of a large mining services employer, on a successful restructure.
    • Acting for the administrator of Rapid Securities Limited, part of the Rapid Loans Group, on its restructure and recapitalisation.
    • Acting for the DOCA proponent on the Dr Roebucks Group, on its restructure and sale to Laser Clinics Australia.
    • Acting for a global lender in respect to Schemes of Arrangement of Jindal Power and Steel (Australia) Pty Limited and Wollongong Steel Limited.
  • Litigation

    Advising and acting for a class of investors of Halifax Investments Services Pty Limited (In Liquidation) in a joint hearing before the Federal Court of Australia and High Court of New Zealand and on its subsequent appeal, acting for the appellants in both the Australian and New Zealand appeals.

  • Insolvency
    • Acting for the Receivers appointed to national wholesaler and fresh produce provider the In2Food Group.
    • Acting for the liquidators appointed to the STA Travel Group (In Liquidation).
    • Acting for the administrators and liquidators of Jamie Oliver Restaurant Group (Australia) Pty Limited (In Liquidation).
  • Banking
    • Advising a domestic bank on its position on a restructure of global commodity trader Noble Group Limited.
    • Acting for global investment bank on the restructure of Emeco Holdings Limited and merger with Orionstone and Andy’s Earthmovers.
  • "Danielle Funston is a leader in her field. She brings a collaborative approach and is able to get across complex matters quickly."

    Client Feedback, Lawyer of the Year 2023

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