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.

His experience ranges from advising high profile directors and officers of ASX listed companies in the finance and construction industries in relation to securities and foreign bribery related investigations conducted by ASIC and the AFP; to seeking urgent interlocutory and final relief in expedited Commercial List proceedings concerning the market for nuclear medicine technology and associated distribution rights; to prosecuting a $100 million plus negligence claim against a big four accounting firm; to defending a US based company operating in the nutraceuticals industry in Federal Court proceedings seeking to unwind share sale agreements and seeking $175 million in damages. 

He recently acted for ASIC in landmark Federal Court proceedings against the ANZ concerning the alleged rigging of the Bank Bill Swap Rate, and he otherwise has significant experience acting in class action litigation. 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.

 

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 in respect of VMS’ 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. The proceedings were one of the largest, most complex and high profile civil penalty actions ever taken by ASIC, and were successfully settled as against ANZ (and NAB) for A$50 million each on the eve of a 4 month trial.

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.

High Profile Director

Acted for a high profile director of a major ASX listed construction company in connection with ASIC and AFP investigations in relation to 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 announced 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 IAG Limited and Swann Insurance alleging misleading conduct in relation to the sale of those products.

Recognition

Listed as a leading lawyer in Insolvency and Reorganisation Law
Best Lawyers Australia, 2020

Career & qualifications

Qualifications

  • LL.B. (Honours), University of Adelaide; B.A. (Politics) University of Adelaide

Memberships

  • Law Society of NSW
  • Law Society of South Australia

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