Melanie McKernan has a background as an insolvency litigator, practicing in the Cayman Islands as well as New South Wales, Victoria and the High Court of Australia. She has broad commercially-focused experience, from court advoca- cy to working with receivers and liquidators on agricultural and construction assets and preparation for large-scale, cross-border investment disputes. She has a particular interest in, and experience of, equitable duties and claims as well as tracing claims. She has also supported offshore directors in corporate secretarial, regulatory and AML work. She brings her first-hand knowledge and deep understanding from over 11 years in litigation, insolvency and corpo- rate governance – including 6 years in the Cayman Islands – to her work as a forensic investigator. She specializes in the synthesis of high volumes of information, search and identification of key information and the preparation of focused subject-matter reports.
Melanie holds a Bachelor of Laws with Honours from the University of Melbourne, a Graduate Diploma of Legal Prac- tice and has completed the 9-month ARITA Insolvency Education Programme. She is a member of the Law Council of Australia and a Fellow of the UNCITRAL National Coordination Committee for Australia. She has recently completed the requirements for a Master of Laws from the Australian National University, with a focus on international trade and investment law. In 2021 she undertook a sabbatical to complete an internship with the United Nations Confer- ence on Trade and Development, during which time she enhanced her knowledge of international rules and systems applicable to cross-border investment disputes.