Ben Friis-O’Toole is a senior associate in the firm’s dispute resolution & litigation and restructuring & insolvency practice groups in Sydney. He acts for individuals and private and public companies in a range of contentious and non-contentious matters.
Before joining the firm in 2017, Ben was Associate to the Hon. Justice N Perram, Federal Court of Australia and a lawyer in the disputes & investigations and restructuring & insolvency teams at Allens, where he spent six months on secondment in the Regulatory Response team at a leading Australian trading bank.
Ben holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws (Hons) from the University of Sydney and a Master of Law (Hons) from the University of Cambridge. He is admitted as a lawyer in New South Wales.
- dispute resolution & litigation
- restructuring & insolvency
- competition & consumer law, and
- white collar crime & investigations.
Since joining ABL, Ben has acted for individuals and private and public companies in a range of matters, including:
- former non-executive directors of Dick Smith in litigation relating to directors’ duties
- an individual in criminal cartel proceedings
- the Administrators of the Arrium Group
- a former director of Babcock & Brown companies in litigation relating to an investment in a US corporation
- group members in a class action relating to investments in an unlisted property trust
- private companies in oppression proceedings brought by a minority shareholder
- a leading global alternative investment adviser in relation to a contractual dispute concerning debt financing arrangements
- the responsible entity of a listed special purpose real estate investment trust in proceedings relating to member voting rights
- directors of various companies in relation to a dispute between two groups of investors in large cattle stations in Western Australia
- individuals in relation to examinations conducted by regulators and external administrators including liquidators
- a US-based individual in proceedings relating to obtaining evidence on commission, and
- payment-in-kind (PIK) noteholders in the Bis Industries restructure, effected under a scheme of arrangement.