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Ben Mahoney

About Ben

Ben Mahoney practises in commercial and banking & finance law, focussing on large debt and equity financing and restructuring transactions. He has acted for major corporations, funds, entrepreneurs and family groups in a range of finance, capital raising, property development, restructuring & insolvency and general commercial matters, including joint ventures, shareholder arrangements and business acquisitions.

“Very active, very good at corralling a group of stakeholders and is across all the details.”

Client quote, Chambers Global

Ben is consistently ranked as a leading lawyer in the areas of property and corporate finance by Chambers Global  and The Legal 500 Asia Pacific  in which he has been highlighted for his “commercial, practical approach” and for possessing “versatile skills that include advising on debt and equity financings, and restructuring transactions”. Successive editions of The Legal 500 Asia Pacific recognise his expertise in the area of restructuring & insolvency, quoting sources describing him as “one of the most effective restructuring lawyers in Australia”. Ben is also recognised by Best Lawyers® International and The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2017 in the area of banking and finance law. In 2015, Ben was ranked by Doyle’s Guide  as ‘recommended’ in the category of ‘Leading Banking & Finance Lawyers – Melbourne, 2015’.

Ben joined Arnold Bloch Leibler in 1998 and was admitted to practice in 1999. A year later, he returned to Monash University to complete a Master of Laws (Banking and Finance). In 2002 and 2003, Ben worked in Jersey in the finance and capital markets group of Mourant Ozannes, an international offshore commercial law firm specialising in international finance and commercial law. On returning to Arnold Bloch Leibler in 2003, Ben was appointed as a senior associate. He became a partner in 2006.

Practice focus

Ben’s practice focuses on the following areas:
  • banking and finance transactions, including negotiating large debt and equity financing transactions, capital raising, property development finance, project finance, mezzanine finance and intercreditor arrangements;
  • large solvent and insolvent restructuring and workout transactions;
  • managed investment scheme and financial services law; and
  • general commercial and corporate transactions, including joint ventures, shareholder arrangements, business acquisitions and restructuring advice.

Experience

Ben has acted for major corporations, funds, entrepreneurs and family groups in a range of finance, restructuring and general commercial matters, including:

  • York Capital: in relation to a consortium’s acquisition of Standard Chartered Bank’s Hong Kong consumer finance business;
  • Redcape Property Fund: acting for a group of international funds in relation to the takeover and recapitalisation of Redcape via a distressed debt control transaction;
  • Värde Partners: in relation to a consortium’s acquisition of GE’s $8.2 billion consumer finance business;
  • Alinta Energy: acting for the senior secured lenders in relation to insolvency planning for the Alinta trust and creditors’ scheme;
  • Centro Properties Group: acting for the unsecured noteholders in the initial corporate restructuring;
  • KordaMentha: acting for the receivers of the Record Realty Group;
  • Orchard Group: in relation to the acquisition of Woolworth’s $850 million portfolio of regional distribution centres and numerous other financings;
  • Silicon Valley Bank and Partners for Growth: in relation to multiple acquisition and corporate debt facilities with Australian technology and biotech companies;
  • APN Property Group: in relation to the establishment of several $100 million plus wholesale development funds and associated debt facilities; and
  • A large number of Australian property groups and developers: in relation debt and equity financing transactions for property and portfolio acquisitions, development and construction facilities and joint venture arrangements.

Ben has also acted for a range of international financial institutions in an offshore environment (Jersey, Channel Islands) in relation to:

  • regulatory capital raising;
  • credit default swap structures;
  • receivables financing conduits; and
  • secured, guaranteed and/or credit-linked note programmes

Recognition & publications

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