Siba is an Investment Manager in LCM’s Melbourne office.
In this role she sources, assesses and manages LCM’s funding investment opportunities. She has over 12 years’ experience in corporate, property and financial litigation, banking, restructuring and insolvency.
Prior to joining LCM, Siba was at the law firm Herbert Smith Freehills, practising as a Senior Associate in the restructuring, insolvency and disputes group. At Herbert Smith Freehills she had conduct of large scale proceedings, including: obtaining successful judgment on behalf of Herbert Smith Freehills for the recovery of $1.6 million in debt whilst defending a $400 million claim in negligence and breach of fiduciary duties; acting for PPB Advisory in its $150 million unfair preference claim against Optus; and acting for Tabcorp in implementing an $11 billion merger with Tatts by way of a scheme of arrangement. Siba also undertook a six month secondment in the dispute resolution group at Australia and New Zealand Banking Group where she acted for ANZ in high profile litigation, including: defending ANZ executives in a defamation claim; and acting for ANZ in its action to recover $150 million in improper and related party payments from company funds and in defending a claim that security was improperly obtained and sold at an undervalue.
Siba also spent three years of her career as an Associate in banking at the law firm Allen & Overy LLP in Frankfurt am Main, Germany where she led numerous cross jurisdictional transactions, including: acting for Deutsche Bank in its enforcement of German law security provided by Luxembourg borrowers under a €1.6 billion English law governed loan; acting for Nokia Siemens Networks in obtaining a €1.2 billion forward start term and multicurrency revolving facility; and acting for Colfax Corporation company in the restructuring of its subsidiaries and the provision of security over 49 companies incorporated in England and Wales as a condition subsequent to an acquisition financing.
Prior to heading abroad, Siba was an Associate at the top tier international law firm, Minter Ellison Lawyers, in Brisbane practising in the corporate, financial litigation and insolvency team.
Siba holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Queensland, a Bachelor of Laws (with Honours) from Queensland University of Technology, a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (with Excellence) from Griffith University and an Australian Restructuring & Turnaround Association certification in Insolvency (with Distinctions) from the University of Technology Sydney.
Siba was admitted to the Supreme Court of Queensland and High Court of Australia in 2008 and currently holds a Victorian practising certificate.
Siba is a committee member of the Turnaround Management Association, a professional member of the Australian Restructuring & Turnaround Association, a member of INSOL and a board member of the Les Twentyman Foundation.
ARITA Journal – Assigning claims: A practical update; co-authored with Justin Ward
INSOL International Quarterly Journal – Assignment of claims: a comparative analysis of the United Kingdom and Australia; co-authored with Justin Ward and Hugo Marshall