Scott Atkins

Global Head of Restructuring and Head of Risk Advisory,
Norton Rose Fulbright

Scott Atkins is the Australian Chair of Norton Rose Fulbright, the Global Head of Restructuring and Head of Risk Advisory.

Scott is the immediate past Global Chair of Norton Rose Fulbright and is the President of INSOL International. He is an internationally acclaimed industry leader in restructuring, insolvency and business rescue, as well as risk, governance and complex litigation. He has three decades of industry experience and is currently based in Sydney.

Scott has one of the most reputable restructuring practices in the Asia-Pacific, having been repeatedly recognised as Australia’s only Eminent Practitioner for this category in Chambers and Partners. Scott’s deep industry knowledge, experience and insights see him shape the global policy and regulatory agenda in the restructuring and insolvency industry and act on some of the most high-profile and precedent setting insolvency matters in the world.

Scott is recognised for his leading experience in cross-border insolvency, acting on both inbound engagements in Australia and advising clients on outbound engagements in jurisdictions including the United States, the United Kingdom, the Cayman Islands, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Indonesia, Singapore, Nauru, Saudi Arabia, Abu Dhabi and the Netherlands.

Scott leads capacity building, policy development and reconstruction projects across a broad range of countries, including the developing economies of Myanmar, Armenia, Bhutan, Brunei, Nauru and Indonesia. These projects – delivered with the Asian Development Bank – have enhanced economic and financial stability and leveraged public and private sector funding, foreign investment and development finance to unleash the economic potential of these nations.

Scott is the longest serving President and an inaugural Fellow of INSOL International, the London-headquartered peak global restructuring and insolvency professional organisation consisting of over 11,500 members. Scott led the design and implementation of INSOL’s 2030 Strategic Plan, which seeks to drive change and transformation across both INSOL and the broader insolvency ecosystem, leading to enduring contributions to global economic growth, financial stability and the enrichment of communities in emerging markets.

A Fellow and former President of the Australian Restructuring Insolvency and Turnaround Association (ARITA), Australia’s restructuring and insolvency professional association with over 2,200 members, in 2023 Scott was conferred with Life Membership in recognition of his service. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law.

Scott regularly publishes thought leadership articles to a worldwide audience on the latest market developments, substantive law and policy reform and complex legal trends and emerging issues. He is also a sought after speaker, and each year he presents at conferences, seminars and industry events across the world.