Andreas Piesiewicz Partner

Meet Andreas

Andreas is a dispute resolution lawyer specialising in complex, high-stakes litigation and investigations across a range of jurisdictions and a variety of industries, as well as in class action litigation, acting for both plaintiffs and defendants.

High stakes matters he has acted in include acting for ASIC in landmark Federal Court proceedings against the ANZ Bank concerning the alleged rigging of the Bank Bill Swap Rate, acting for a US based company operating in the nutraceuticals industry in “bet the firm” litigation seeking to unwind share sale agreements and seeking $175 million in damages, and acting for the former CEO of Leighton Holdings Limited (now CIMIC Group Limited) in connection with AFP and ASIC investigations into alleged foreign bribery.

Andreas also has significant experience acting in class action litigation, including acting for the class of over 400,000 group members in proceedings against subsidiaries of Insurance Australia Group which resulted in the second highest class action settlement in 2020 of A$138m, and defending Merivale in class action proceedings alleging the underpayment of its workforce by a claimed $129m.

Because he acts for litigation funders, plaintiffs and defendants in class action litigation, he has significant insight into the strategies and tactics deployed by all stakeholders in class action disputes.

Clients describe Andreas as having “excellent legal analysis and strategy”, “incredible attention to detail and a keen sense of effective litigation strategy” and being “very calm and focussed”.

Experience

Commercial litigation

BSO Network Inc

Acting for the US based technology and telecommunications company in expedited proceedings in the Supreme Court of Queensland concerning the supply of high-end wireless networks to the NYSE, NASDAQ and CBOE.

Vehicle Monitoring Systems Pty Ltd

Acting for Vehicle Monitoring Systems in patent infringement proceedings against SARB Management Group Pty Ltd and the City of Melbourne in respect of VMS’s parking infringement technology.

WICET Holdings Pty Ltd

Defending the holding company of the Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal in Supreme Court of NSW (Commercial List) proceedings alleging the non-payment of approximately A$150m in dividends to preference shareholders.

illion Australia Pty Ltd (formerly Dun & Bradstreet)

Defending the leading data and analytics provider in copyright infringement proceedings filed by its competitor, Experian Australia, in respect of the “Mosaic” data set.

ASIC

Acted for the corporate regulator in civil penalty proceedings brought against ANZ and other big four banks concerning the alleged rigging of the Bank Bill Swap Rate.

Metagenics, Inc

Acted for the California-based specialty pharmaceutical company in the successful defence, at first instance and on appeal, of a “bet the firm” claim seeking to unwind Metagenics’ key acquisition of the Australian business and seeking A$175 million in damages.

Peabody Energy Australia

Acted for the defendants in Supreme Court of Queensland proceedings concerning a A$1.7 billion damages claim in respect of the 2005 Monto Coal Project Joint Venture and involving detailed assessments of the economic viability of a mine with production of up to 10 million tonnes per annum.

Octaviar

Acted for the liquidators of Octaviar Limited and Octaviar Administration Pty Ltd in Australia’s largest auditor negligence case against KPMG arising out of the collapse of the MFS/Octaviar Group.

Former CEO - Leighton Holdings Limited

Acting for the former CEO of Leighton Holdings Limited (now CIMIC Group Limited) in connection with ASIC and AFP investigations into alleged foreign bribery.

Class actions

Merivale

Defending the privately owned hospitality group in class action proceedings filed in the Federal Court of Australia alleging the underpayment of Merivale’s workforce in the order of a claimed $129m.

BSA Limited

Defending BSA Limited in class action proceedings against the ASX listed company alleging “sham contracting” under the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth).

RCR Tomlinson Ltd (in liquidation)

Acting for Bruce James, the former Interim CEO of Australia’s oldest engineering company, in the defence of shareholder class action proceedings concerning an allegedly misleading prospectus raising A$100m in 2018, just prior to the company’s collapse.

Swann Insurance Class Action

Acting for the class of over 400,000 purchasers of “add-on insurance” products in class action proceedings against Insurance Australia Limited and Swann Insurance alleging misleading conduct in relation to the sale of those products. The class action settled on the eve of trial for A$138m, representing the second highest class action settlement in 2020.

Recognition

“Andreas Piesiewicz is excellent in legal analysis and strategy; he is very calm and focused”
Asia Pacific Legal 500, 2021
“[Andreas Piesiewicz] has incredible attention to detail and a keen sense of effective litigation strategy”
Asia Pacific Legal 500, 2021
Recognised as a key lawyer for dispute resolution: litigation
Asia Pacific Legal 500, 2021
Listed as a leading lawyer in insolvency and reorganisation law
Best Lawyers, since 2020

Career & qualifications

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Laws (Hons), University of Adelaide
  • Bachelor of Arts (Politics), University of Adelaide

Memberships

  • Law Society of New South Wales
  • Law Society of South Australia

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