John Batchelor is a Senior Managing Director in the Corporate Finance & Restructuring segment at FTI Consulting and is based in Melbourne. He has more than 18 years of experience in restructuring, corporate recovery and transaction advisory.
Mr. Batchelor was instrumental in the restructuring of Moulin Global Eyecare Holdings Limited and a number of its subsidiaries (HKEx: 389), which claimed to be the world’s third-largest eyewear manufacturer at the time of his appointment. Mr. Batchelor was involved in the negotiation and successful sale of the Moulin Group’s assets in the PRC, the winding up of Moulin’s subsidiaries and the sale of Moulin’s overseas business interests, including the Group’s majority interest in Eye Care Centers of America, which was sold in April 2006 for more than US$600 million.
Mr. Batchelor has also undertaken a Chief Restructuring Officer role of a large apparel manufacturer based in Hong Kong, was appointed joint Receiver and Manager over two of the aircraft previously operated by Oasis Airlines, and has been involved in restructuring a large Korean white goods manufacturer. He also led the restructuring of convertible notes in a large PRC property company valued at more than HK$1 billion.
More recently, Mr. Batchelor led a major due diligence project for a group of lenders that were looking to undertake the refinancing of a large listed oil and gas group with operations in India and Indonesia. Furthermore, he has also undertaken a number of transaction advisory and due diligence assignments for investment banks and funds throughout Asia. Of late this work has focused on the PRC and Mongolia where he has been involved in a number of successful projects.
From 2008 until 2012, Mr. Batchelor was on the Board of Sincere Watch (Hong Kong) Limited (HKEX:444). Since October 2014, he has been Chairman of the Board of Emerson Radio Corp (NYSE MKT :MSN).
Mr. Batchelor's portfolio of experience also includes acting as an independent director of a Cayman Islands registered hedge fund. In this role, he undertook an investigation and reported on a number of questionable transactions implemented at the behest of certain members of management. In addition to this, Mr. Batchelor has extensive experience in undertaking restructurings, liquidations and receiverships of BVI and Cayman Island entities with assets in Asia Pacific and the Middle East.
Prior to FTI Consulting, Mr. Batchelor was an executive director of Ferrier Hodgson. He began his career with Ferrier Hodgson in Melbourne in 1996 and he relocated to Hong Kong in 2004.
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