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Anika Sadler

Anika Sadler

Senior Associate (Australia)

Anika is a Senior Associate in the firm's Disputes group in Perth. 

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Experience

Anika is a general litigator with experience dealing with complex disputes across a range of industries including mining, banking and financial services, telecommunications and aviation, and with a focus on restructuring, turnaround and insolvency matters.

Anika also has significant class action and corporate regulatory experience which includes advising on matters concerning public company regulatory and governance matters, acting in relation to inquiries by regulatory bodies, defending entities in financial services proceedings and acting for and advising both target companies and acquirers in relation to mergers by way of schemes of arrangement in both the Supreme Court of Western Australia and Federal Court of Australia.

Anika’s experience includes:

  • acting for and advising a proprietary limited company in relation to WA Supreme Court proceedings commenced against a Canadian listed company claiming damages in the amount of US$430 million resulting from alleged breaches of oral and written agreements;
  • acting for and advising CITIC Limited in WA Supreme Court proceedings in relation to the alleged failure and refusal of its contractual counterparties to take certain steps to expand a magnetite iron ore project beyond its current boundaries;
  • acting for and advising an Australian proprietary company and certain individuals in relation to directions to produce books and summonses to attend liquidator examinations;
  • acting for and successfully defending an Australian listed company and its related entities in relation to an urgent proceeding to terminate a deed of company arrangement;
  • providing advice in relation to a complex joint venture dispute concerning field abandonment and decommissioning works following the change of control and insolvency of a joint venture participant;
  • acting for and advising a Japanese company in relation to an application made for orders that written disclaimers of property be set aside;
  • defending RBS in the £4 billion shareholder class action following the near collapse and government bail-out of the bank in October 2008;
  • advising the Administrators of Nortel Networks UK Limited and 18 other European Nortel companies in relation to the global insolvency and sale of the Nortel Group, including an unprecedented trial conducted jointly in the US and Canada. 

 

Background

Anika joined the firm as an Articled Clerk in 2009, and has practised in Herbert Smith Freehills’ Perth and London offices.

Anika holds Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours), Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of Western Australia. She was the recipient of the UWA Graduates Association Prize, the UWA Prize and the UWA LexisNexis Prize in Law.

Anika is admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of Western Australia and in the High Court of Australia.

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