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David Walter


David has extensive experience in new money special situations financing, restructuring and insolvency. David advises the spectrum of stakeholders in special situations, restructuring and insolvency - including public companies and their boards, private equity and portfolio companies, special-situations investors, bank lenders, trustees and insolvency practitioners. His experience includes both non-contentious and also contentious restructuring and insolvency assignments.

David has particular experience in the real estate, mining and resources, energy, infrastructure, technology and private capital sectors. He has led major roles across significant projects including Greensill Capital (private capital and financials), Nature’s Care (manufacturing), Grainlink (agriculture and infrastructure), Schwartz hotels (real estate), Certane (financials), Altura Lithium (mining and resources) and Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal (infrastructure).

David is recognised as a leading restructuring and insolvency lawyer in Australia across various directories, including Chambers, Legal 500, Best Lawyers, Who’s Who Legal and Doyle’s Guide.

Chambers Asia Pacific says of David that he, “regularly advises appointees, creditors and debtors in distressed scenarios and is an experienced handler of both formal insolvency and informal restructuring processes. David's pragmatic and calm approach, responsiveness and commercial insight are invaluable."


Representative matters

International pipeline services company in its non-judicial restructuring of approximately $150 million in secured debt, including through an equity investment and a new secured credit facility.

Leadership Positions And Professional Affiliations

Professional Member, Australian Restructuring, Insolvency & Turnaround Association Full Member, Society of Notaries NSW



Admitted to practise in New South Wales, February 2004

Admitted to practise in England & Wales, August 2008


Master of Laws, University of New South Wales, 2004 

Bachelor of Business Administration, Macquarie University, 2003 

Bachelor of Laws (Hons), Macquarie University, 2003

A&O Shearman was formed on May 1, 2024 by the combination of Shearman & Sterling LLP and Allen & Overy LLP and their respective affiliates (the legacy firms). Any matters referred to above may include matters undertaken by one or more of the legacy firms rather than A&O Shearman.