Profile of Alf Pappalardo

Alf Pappalardo

Partner, LLB (Hons)

About Alf Pappalardo

Alf is the past leader of the firm's Australian and international restructuring and insolvency practice. He offers clients more than 33 years' experience in all aspects of restructuring, insolvency and commercial litigation and dispute resolution.

Alf acts across the range of insolvency administrations, including receiverships, administrations, liquidations safe harbours and schemes of arrangement. He regularly works alongside ANZ, CBA, NAB, Westpac and various other financiers and fund managers. He also regularly works with leading insolvency practitioners from Deloitte, Ernst & Young, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Grant Thornton, KPMG, McGrath Nicol and Korda Mentha.

Some of the higher profile matters Alf has worked on include the insolvencies of:

  • the Network Ten restructure;
  • the G-Star Raw Voluntary administration;
  • the Totally Smiles Voluntary administration; and
  • the Virgin restructure (for the Queensland Government); and
  • the receivership of the Presbyterian Church of Queensland

Alf regularly advises on commercial litigation and dispute resolution, and has extensive experience in all levels of State and Federal Courts, including appellate courts, the High Court and numerous other courts and tribunals, including the Land Court and the Australian Competition Tribunal.

He is regularly briefed by many of Australia's leading corporate and government entities. In addition to banks and financiers, Alf's disputes work extends to BHP Billiton, ENERGEX, Ergon, John Deere Limited, Santos Limited, Port of Brisbane Corporation, the Queensland Government, Queensland Investment Corporation, Sumitomo Corporation and Rio Tinto.

Alf is regularly named as a leading lawyer in both insolvency and litigation, including being ranked in  Chambers Global  as one of the world's leading lawyers in each year from 2006 to present, in the 2009 to current edition of Best Lawyers in Australia published by the Australian Financial Review for both litigation and insolvency, as the Lawyer of the Year and sole Market Leader in Insolvency and Reorganisation Law – Brisbane for 2021 by  Doyle's Guide  as well as a leading litigation lawyer and a pre-eminent lawyer in both insolvency and litigation by the same publication, and one of the best 109 lawyers in Australia by the Australian in an independent survey of 160 general counsel and a leading insolvency and restructuring lawyer (and the only Queensland lawyer) for the Asia Pacific by the  Asia Pacific Legal 500. Alf was also named restructuring and insolvency advisor of the year for 2023 by APAC Insider.