Practice & Background

Naomi Moore focuses her practice on finance and alternative credit transactions, cross-border restructurings, insolvencies and workouts. With considerable experience gained in Asia, Australia and London, Ms. Moore has been involved in a number of complex and high-profile restructurings with a particular focus on solvent and insolvent schemes of arrangement.

Ms. Moore also regularly assists investment fund clients and other financial institutions with private lending and other credit transactions in the Asian region including secured and unsecured financings implemented by way of facility agreements, notes or other debt instruments.

Recent experience includes working on finance transactions, distressed situations and restructurings in China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, India, Korea, Japan, Singapore and Australia.

Ms. Moore is recognized as a leading lawyer for restructuring and insolvency by IFLR 1000 and Who’s Who Legal. She is also recommended in Chambers Asia and The Legal 500 Asia Pacific.  Naomi is a past member of the board of the Hong Kong Chapter of the International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation.

Ms. Moore is admitted to practice in Hong Kong, England and Wales, and New South Wales.

Representative Matters

Ms. Moore’s recent engagements include:

Finance and Alternative Credit transactions

  • represented the lender on refinancing of US$6 billion secured loan facility
  • represented Asia-based asset management company on US$115 million notes issuance and intercompany financing
  • represented a China private wealth management company on provision of US$100 million loan facility to asset management company
  • represented international hedge fund on provision of a secured acquisition finance loan facility to a China telecommunications company
  • represented an international hedge fund in connection with secured loans in multiple Korean real estate financing transactions, including secured loans, enforcement of security interests, credit bids, restructurings, refinancings and debt purchases
  • represented international hedge fund on provision of a secured loan facility to Hong Kong company to finance its acquisition of New Zealand food and beverage company
  • represented a global hedge fund in respect of offshore/PRC credit investment transactions
  • represented a global hedge fund in the negotiation and purchase of convertible bonds issued by an Indonesian issuer

Restructuring and Distressed Debt

  • represented an ad hoc group of holders of convertible bonds issued by a subsidiary of IDX listed Indonesian company in the coal industry, PT Bumi ResourceS Tbk in connection with a restructuring of the group’s liabilities in PKPU proceedings in Indonesia
  • represented a steering committee of holders in the restructuring of US$309 million of notes issued by Winsway Enterprises Holdings Limited, an HKSE-listed and BVI-incorporated company with a substantial business in China in the processing and trading of coking coal and other products via parallel schemes of arrangement in the BVI and HK and Chapter 15 relief in the U.S.
  • represented an ad hoc group of bondholders in respect of the US$500 million of 7.5% 2020 bonds issued by China Shanshui Cement Group Ltd., a HKSE listed cement manufacturing company with substantial operations in China
  • represented an ad hoc group of senior secured noteholders in connection with a distressed ASX listed Australian company in the mining sector
  • represented an ad hoc group of noteholders in connection with Suntech Power, a global solar panel manufacturer with operations in China that is subject to liquidation in the Cayman Islands
  • represented a significant minority shareholder of an IDX listed Indonesian agricultural company subject to PKPU proceedings in Indonesia
  • represented an international hedge fund in respect of extensive due diligence in respect of a distressed Indonesian shipping group
  • represented a global investment fund on its investment in and restructuring of Indian Foreign Currency Convertible Bonds (FCCBs)
  • assisted financial institutions in respect of the purchase of Lehman Brothers debt and the submission of proofs of debt in the liquidation of Lehman Brothers’ Hong Kong entities
  • represented a senior lender in the AU$2.8 billion financial restructuring of Alinta Energy, an Australian power supplier
  • represented a working group of bondholders in the administration of Griffin Coal, an Australian coal mining company
  • represented one of the first-ever ad hoc bondholder groups to form and take action in a corporate reorganization proceeding in Japan in the case of Takefuji Corporation, a Japanese consumer finance company
  • represented a major investment bank in its capacity as a preferred shareholder of a distressed China food manufacturer
  • represented a global hedge fund in respect of a possible purchase and subsequent restructuring of senior debt of a distressed Macanese company
  • represented a global hedge fund in respect of extensive due diligence in respect of distressed Indonesian loan notes
  • represented a major investment bank in respect of an investment in a distressed Australian mining group

Awards & Accolades

  • Chambers Asia, Restructuring and Insolvency, 2013-2018
  • The Legal 500 Asia Pacific, Restructuring and Insolvency, 2013–2018 IFLR 1000, Restructuring and Insolvency, 2011–2018
  • Who’s Who Legal: The International Who’s Who of Insolvency & Restructuring, 2013–2018
  • Recognised in Global Restructuring Review’s“Women in Restructuring” Survey, 2017
  • Euromoney's Expert Guides: Women in Business Law, Insolvency and Restructuring, Hong Kong, 2017
  • Euromoney Legal Media Group Asia Women in Business Law Awards 2016: Best in Insolvency and Restructuring (Shortlisted for Best in Insolvency and Restructuring in 2014 and 2015)
  • Asian Legal Business Awards, Shortlisted for Woman Lawyer of the Year, 2016

Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker – International Insolvency: Navigating Turbulent Waters, The Credit Roundtable Spring Conference, Washington DC (April 2016)
  • Speaker – Global Insolvency Issues, IWIRC’s 13th Annual Spring Program and Founders Awards, Washington DC (April 2016)
  • Panel Chair - A Model Law on Cross-Border Insolvency in Asia – Is There any Hope?, INSOL International Annual Regional Conference, Hong Kong (March 2014)
  • Legal Developments: A Pan-Asian View, moderated at Euromoney Distressed Debt Symposium, Hong Kong (May 2008)
  • Solvent Schemes in the Asia Pacific, presented at Mealey’s Solvent Schemes and Portfolio Transfers Conference, Arlington, Va., USA (January 2008)
  • Schemes of Arrangement — HIH and Beyond, presented at the Financial Services Accountants Association, Quarterly luncheon, Sydney, Australia (2007)
  • Update on Solvent Schemes in Australia and Asia, presented at INSOL International conference in Cape Town, South Africa (2007)
  • Update on Solvent Schemes and Portfolio Transfers in Australia, presented at International Bar Association Conference in Chicago, USA (2006)
  • Solvent Schemes in Australia, presented at Insolvency Practitioners Association of Australia Discussion Group in Sydney, Australia (2006)