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.
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.