Overview

Kon is a Partner in Kirkland's European Restructuring Group and acts for companies and investors in national and cross-border financial restructuring, insolvency and litigation matters. He has been involved in dozens of the leading global and European restructuring and litigation matters over the course of the past 15 years.

Kon is recognised in Chambers & Partners, The Legal 500, IFLR 1000, the Euromoney Guide to the World's Leading Insolvency and Restructuring Lawyers, Who’s Who Legal and other ranking publications as a leading corporate restructuring and insolvency lawyer.

Chambers & Partners 2021 refers to Kon as being “held in high regard by both companies and investors, who rely upon his expertise for advice on many of the UK's most complex restructuring mandates. He is also well placed to act on cross-border transactions, with his experience including the European and US markets. Clients have commented that "He's strategic, tactical and knowledgeable. He understands the law, and rises above the weeds and thinks about the overarching strategy and tactics of a transaction." "He is certainly one of the leading practitioners in the market." "We have a lot of respect for Kon - he is just a great leader and always ahead of the curve in knowing what is happening next; he is very impressive."

Kon speaks regularly at restructuring and distressed investing conferences, and is often quoted in financial and legal media on restructuring, insolvency and distressed-related subjects.

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Thought Leadership

Kon has recently authored or co-authored a number of publications and client updates, including the following:

  • Exercising Change - CVAs, Practice & Law, 18 October 2014

  • Court of Appeal in European Directories Restructuring Clarifies Intercreditor Release Powers, Financier Worldwide, January 2011.

  • A chapter on U.S. Restructuring for European Investors in the leading restructuring publication A Practitioner's Guide to Corporate Restructuring, City & Financial, 2008.

  • China's New Enterprise Bankruptcy Law, Journal of Bankruptcy Law, January/February 2007.

  • Impact of UNCITRAL Model Law on Chapter 11 Debtors in the UK, Financier Worldwide, September 2006.

  • Court Conduct - The Flexible Approach of the English High Court to European Insolvencies, Legal Week, 28 September 2006.

Recognition

Recognised in Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 as a leading corporate restructuring and insolvency lawyer.

Media References

Kon is frequently quoted and referred to in leading financial and legal publications including as follows:

Cross-Border Complexities Hamper Debt Restructuring

Kirkland Advises R&R Ice Cream on €350 Million High Yield Offering and €60 Million Super Senior Revolving Credit Facility

Court of Appeal comes to the rescue in European Directories restructure

City and Wall Street elite seal end to Almatis restructuring dispute

Kirkland advises Japan Airlines on bankruptcy proceedings

Reader's Digest demise sees BLP advise administrators

Kirkland: two heads better than one?

Kirkland, Maitland gain clarification of client money liquidation process

Focus on implications of IMO Carwash takeover

Downturn fuels debate on following US lead

Memberships & Affiliations

Full member, INSOL

Full member, Insolvency Lawyers' Association

Full member, Turnaround Management Association

Full member, R3: The Association of Business Recovery Professionals

Credentials

Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2004, Admitted to Practice as a Solicitor of England and Wales
  • 2000, High and Federal Courts of Australia
  • 1999, Admitted in the Supreme Court of New South Wales, Australia

Education

  • University of Technology SydneyLL.B.

    First Class Honours

    2000
  • University of WollongongB.Com.1996