Chris Kintis | Partner | Sydney

  • Litigation & Dispute Resolution 
  • Restructuring, Insolvency & Debt Recovery
  • Financial Services
  • Building & Construction
Tel 61 2 8235 1251Mob 0408 290 197Email c.kintis@clarkekann.com.au

Chris Kintis is an experienced litigation lawyer, a dispute resolution practitioner and a nationally accredited mediator. He has extensive experience in the mediation and management of commercial disputes and has represented clients across a broad range of industries, including manufacturing, retail advertising, mining and resources, financial services, transport, construction, property, agribusiness, hospitality, information technology and e-commerce.

With a strong commercial grounding and a pragmatic manner, Chris takes a solutions-oriented approach to dispute resolution, partnering with clients to achieve the best possible strategic outcome for their business.He is able to quickly identify the key issues at the core of any dispute then develop the most appropriate strategy to resolve their dispute in a timely and cost-effective manner.

With over 20 years of litigation experience across all jurisdictions, Chris has an outstanding track record in effective 'dispute containment'. His knowledge of the law and its application, coupled with his superior negotiation and mediation skills, have seen the vast majority of his clients achieve a successful resolution without the need to proceed to trial – saving them considerable time and money along the way, and more importantly, allowing them to focus on their business.

In addition to his mediation and dispute resolution practice, Chris also has extensive experience in advising company directors in connection with complex regulatory and compliance issues and has represented clients in proceedings arising out of major corporate collapses, including One.Tel, HIH Insurance and NewCap Reinsurance Corporation.

Chris' skills and expertise have also been successfully applied to the resolution of numerous cross border disputes, in which he has acted for clients in the United States, United Kingdom, China, and in a number of South Pacific nations including Vanuatu, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, Nauru and Fiji.

Experience

Examples of Significant Cases:

  • American Diagnostica Inc v Gradipore Ltd (1998) 44 NSWLR 312 (patent infringement, confidential information, misappropriation of trade secrets, international arbitration under UNCITRAL rules) 
  • Mark Silbermann v CGU Insurance Limited; John Huyshe Greaves v CGU Insurance Limited; John David Rich v CGU Insurance Limited; One.Tel Limited (In Liq) v Rich & Ors (2004) 48 ACSR 231 (civil penalty proceedings, D&O Insurance; directors duties) 
  • ASIC v Rich & Ors (2005) 50 ACSR 500 (duties of Chair of board of listed company, civil penalties under Corporations. Act) 
  • Rivkin Financial Services Ltd v Sofcom Ltd (2004) 51 ACSR 486; (2005) 23 ACLC 42 (hostile take over bid, insider trading) 
  • Re HIH Casualty and General Insurance Limited (2005) 56 ACSR 295 (Scheme of Arrangement) 
  • Martin John Green in his Capacity as Liquidator of Arimco Mining Pty Limited (in liquidation) v CGU Insurance Limited & Ors (2005) 23 ACLC 545 (directors duties, D&O Insurance) 
  • R v Fodera [2007] NSWSC 1194 (misleading prospectus, Corporations Act, duties of finance director of a listed entity) 
  • Regina (Commonwealth) v Fodera [2007] NSWSC 1242 (re-insurance treaties, duties of a finance director of a listed entity) 
  • Ingot Capital Investments & Ors v Macquarie Equity Capital Markets & Ors [No. 6] (2007) 63 ACSR 1 (capital raising, misleading or deceptive conduct, liability in respect of issue of prospectus, duties of due diligence committee) 
  • Ingot Capital Investment & Ors v Macquarie Equity Capital Markets & Ors [2008] NSWCA 206 (appeal from first instance decision) 
  • Commissioner of Taxation v De Martin and Gasparini Pty Ltd [2011] FCA 286 (challenge to the validity of a garnishee notice issued by the Commissioner of Taxation) 
  • In the matter of RUS Holdings (Australia) Pty Limited [2012] NSWSC 1075 (shareholder oppression; statutory derivative action) 
  • Alceon Group Pty Ltd v Rose [2015] NSWSC 868 (proceedings involving a successful challenge to a guarantee and mortgage)
  • Shub v Mon Purse Pty Ltd [2017] NSWSC 1187 (construction of shareholders agreement)
  • Quantum Service and Logistics Pty Ltd v Schenker Australia Pty Ltd [2019] NSWSC 2 (restraint of trade)

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