Co-leader of Restructuring

John M. Marsden

Derivatives, Financial Services M&A, Hospitality & Leisure

John Marsden is widely respected as "one of the best practitioners in the region" for his work for banks, liquidators and receivers on high-profile and multi-jurisdictional restructurings and insolvencies. 
Chambers Asia Pacific


John Marsden represents clients in commercial and corporate financing matters; non-performing loan disposals; and large-scale, multi-jurisdictional restructurings or insolvencies such as the Asia Pulp and Paper, Pacific Andes, Sapura, Cell C, Lehman Brothers, and Vietnam Shipbuilding Industry Group transactions.

During a three-year placement in the Shanghai office, John advised on substantial property acquisition and financing transactions.

Clients served by John include most of the prominent regional financial institutions and financial advisers.



  • Advised the financial creditors to the debtor group on the companies’ consensual restructuring proposal. The assets of the debtor group are located all around the world. The restructuring is therefore necessarily global, involving entities, business, and operations in more than 20 countries. The geographic sprawl of the debtor group makes this restructuring particularly complex.

Cell C

  • Advised China Development Bank and Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, the main creditors in the restructuring and recapitalization of Cell C, which is a major and strategically diverse South African telecommunication corporation, on the complicated restructuring, including the assignment of part of its loans to a major financial institution at the conclusion of the debt restructuring. The deal was recognized as a Cross-Border Deal of the Year by China Law Business Journal.


  • Thought Leader – Who’s Who Legal: Thought Leaders - Restructuring & Insolvency
  • Asia Best Lawyer - Restructuring and Insolvency, Hong Kong – IFLR1000 
  • Band 1 - Banking & Finance: Restructuring/Insolvency, China – Chambers Global
  • Senior Statespeople - Restructuring/Insolvency (International Firms), China – Chambers Greater China Region
  • Band 1 - Restructuring/Insolvency (International Firms), China – Chambers Greater China Region
  • Band 1 - Restructuring/Insolvency (International Firms), China – Chambers Asia Pacific


  • The University of New South Wales, BSc (Hons)
  • The University of Adelaide, LLB (Hons)
  • The University of Sydney, MPsych

Inscription au Barreau

  • Hong Kong
  • Australia, South Australia


  • Anglais

Engagement professionnel et communautaire

  • International Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy
  • Member of the International Committee of the American College of Bankruptcy
  • Member of the International Insolvency Institute
  • Member of INSOL International
  • Member of the Australian Restructuring and Turnaround Association