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Zina Edwards

Partner, Head of Finance

Zina’s finance background together with her comprehensive knowledge of insolvency law allows her to structure creative solutions for clients while ensuring they are protected in a downside scenario. Zina takes a hands-on, relationship driven approach to each transaction and works hard to ensure that her clients achieve their desired commercial outcomes.

As an experienced finance and restructuring lawyer, Zina has a particular focus on the growing alternative lending market in Australia. Zina advises numerous onshore and offshore credit funds, asset managers and other non-bank lenders in relation to investments in complex structured finance and hybrid transactions, secondary trades, restructuring and special situations. Throughout her career Zina has advised major trading and investment banks, syndicates, funds and public companies in relation to various high-profile turnarounds, restructurings and portfolio sale transactions.

Previously, Zina worked in the restructuring, turnaround and insolvency team of Herbert Smith Freehills in Sydney. She has also worked in the London and Moscow office of Allen & Overy as part of the banking and the global restructuring group.


Finance & Restructuring: Structured and Asset Finance; Corporate Finance; Venture Debt; Restructuring; Special Situations; Distressed Investing; Debt Trading; Loan Portfolio Transactions



  • Chambers and Partners, Asia Pacific Guide, Restructuring and Insolvency – Australia, Band 4, 2022
  • Legal 500, Asia Pacific Guide, Restructuring and Insolvency – Australia, Recommended Lawyer, 2022
  • Turnaround Management Association (TMA) Restructuring Deal of the Year, Emeco Restructuring, 2017
  • Australasian Law Awards Restructuring Deal of the Year and Deal of the Year, Channel 9 Restructuring, 2013



  • Bachelor of Commerce (Finance)/Bachelor of Laws – University of New South Wales
  • Diploma in Turnaround Management from UTS (in association with the TMA)
  • Admitted to practice in New South Wales and England and Wales