Peter heads Gilbert + Tobin’s Restructuring + Insolvency group.

    He specialises in front-end restructuring and insolvency and has significant experience advising hedge funds, banks, special situations groups, investment banks, insolvency practitioners, creditors and debtors on all elements of restructuring, insolvency, liability management, workouts, banking and distressed debt transactions in a range of industries including financial services, energy, mining, mining services, property, construction, agriculture and manufacturing.

    Peter is admitted to practise in both Australia and the UK and gained significant international experience while working in Tokyo for a leading global law firm.  Prior to joining Gilbert + Tobin, he was a partner at a global law firm where he focused on front-end restructuring, insolvency and distressed debt.

    Peter is a member of the Australian Restructuring Insolvency and Turnaround Association and the Turnaround Management Association (“TMA”) and is on the Victorian TMA Committee.

    Recently, Peter has worked on many prominent and market leading restructuring and insolvency matters including Basslink, Greensill / GFG, Adaman Resources, Sargon, Toys R Us, Norske Skog, Mirabela Nickel, Nexus Energy, Arrium, LM First Mortgage Income Fund, Acquire Learning, Banksia Secured Investments, Timbercorp and Eastmark/One Denison.

    Peter is listed in Best Lawyers for 2017 - 2023 in insolvency and reorganisation law and 2022 - 2023 in distressed investing and debt trading including being named ‘Lawyer of the Year’ for distressed investing and debt trading in Melbourne in 2022.  He was also named as a rising star partner in IFLR1000 in 2021 in insolvency and reconstruction. He has been listed in Chambers Australia for a number of years and is presently listed as Band 2 in the 2023 Chambers Asia-Pacific guide for Restructuring and Insolvency.

    Peter is also a well-regarded author on restructuring and insolvency matters and has recently contributed to: The Restructuring Review – 15th Edition, Australian Chapter; International Insolvency & Restructuring Report 2022/23; and Getting the Deal Through – Insolvency and Restructuring – Australian Chapter - 2022/2023.

    Recognised in Band 2 for Restructuring and Insolvency

    The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2024

    Ranked Band 2 in Restructuring + Insolvency


    Peter was recognised in the areas of Distressed Investing and Debt Trading Practice and Insolvency and Reorganization Law.


    Peter was named as ‘Lawyer of the Year’ for Distressed Investing and Debt Trading Practice (Melbourne) in 2023 and also recognised in the area of Insolvency and Re-organisation Law.


    “Peter Bowden is fantastic at client management and highly commercial. I also appreciate that he brings the right person from G+T to solve the problem if he sees fit.”


    Peter was recognised as a 'Rising star partner' for Restructuring and Insolvency.

    IFLR 1000 2022

    "He is good at dealing with complicated scenarios and difficult stakeholders, and also good at dealing with matters ranging from SME matters through to larger restructurings."


    Peter was named as the sector winner for Turnaround (Australia).

    Finance Monthly Global Awards 2018