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Raphael Leibler

About Raphael

Raphael Leibler practices in the firm’s litigation & dispute resolution group. He has represented public and private companies, high-net-worth individuals and other high-profile clients.

Raphael has acted in a diverse range of commercial disputes, cross-border matters, personal and corporate insolvencies, activist shareholder campaigns and royal commissions. 

Raphael has also acted on behalf of numerous pro bono clients, including community organisations, schools and charities.

Raphael graduated from Monash University with a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws with first class honours. He joined the firm as a graduate in 2014, following his time as a speechwriter at the United Nations in New York. Raphael was admitted to practice in 2015 and appointed as a Senior Associate effective July 2019.

“Raphael is commercial, knowledgeable and strategic. He connects with his clients and delivers.”

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Practice focus

Raphael’s practice focuses on the following areas:

  • commercial litigation, principally in the Supreme, Federal and appellate Courts
  • corporate insolvency and restructuring
  • corporate governance, including board and shareholder disputes and directors’ duties
  • contractual, trust and trade practices disputes, and
  • royal commissions.

Experience

Raphael has acted in a range of matters, including:

Dispute resolution & litigation

  • Slea Pty Ltd: a founding shareholder in a major Australian mortgage aggregator, in complex oppression proceedings, derivative proceedings, and in proceedings to enforce pre-emptive rights in the Victorian Supreme Court, Court of Appeal and High Court
  • a prominent artist and gallery owner: in relation to a commercial dispute
  • a hotel portfolio owner: in relation to gaming licences issued by the Vanuatu government, and
  • a UK national: a former executive of a listed US company under investigation by the FBI and prosecuted by the New York State Attorney in relation to securities fraud.

Restructuring & insolvency

  • the Administrators of the Arrium Group, including in proceedings in the Federal Court:
    • to prevent a significant financier from enforcing cross-collateralised guarantees
    • in connection with meetings of creditors and communications with creditors, and
    • seeking relief from personal liability and directions in relation to agreements for the financing, construction and commissioning of beneficiation plants.
  • the United States Trustee of the Estate of Geoffrey Edelsten: acting for the Trustee in cross border insolvency matters involving the Federal Court of Australia and United States Bankruptcy Court, and
  • an international mining company: in relation to debt restructuring and reorganisation.

Shareholder activism

  • Solomon Lew and Premier Investments: in relation to the campaign for change on the board of department store Myer Holdings
  • Dr. Gary Weiss and Ariadne Australia: in the successful campaign at Dreamworld theme park owner Ardent Leisure Group, resulting in two board appointments and Dr. Weiss’s appointment as board chairman, and
  • Praemium CEO, Michael Ohanessian: in the successful spill of the Praemium board.

Royal commissions

  • the former leader of the Opposition: in the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption
  • Industry Super Australia and four leading industry superannuation funds: in connection with the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry, and
  • A listed aged care provider: in connection with the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety. 

General

  • the former leader of the Opposition: providing advice in relation to various matters with Leon Zwier, and 
  • Bruce McWilliam: providing advice with Leon Zwier.

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