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Ben Drew

Ben Drew

Partner

I am acommercial disputes lawyer, advising principally in the financial services sector, both domestically and overseas. I regularly advises key stakeholders in relation to matters of contentious insolvency and bankruptcy. I also have considerable experience of successfully managing alternative means of dispute resolution.

About

I specialise in resolving disputes arising in the commercial world through a combination of litigation, arbitration, mediation and negotiation. My particular (but not exclusive) focus is in the financial services market. I have extensive experience advising on situations involving financial distress, insolvency and fraud and my ‘sweet spot’ is where these things exist in combination.

I enjoy gaining a deep understanding of my clients’ commercial objectives and red lines within any dispute or investigation. I find this helps us to achieve creative solutions, which really work. Building personal, trusted relationships is at the heart of my practice.

My clients include major financial services firms and banking institutions as well as leading insolvency practitioners. I am also a trusted advisor to a number of high net worth individuals and family-owned businesses.

Away from work, I have always loved sport. Increasingly, my pleasure comes from watching my family play rather than playing myself but I do still manage to huff and puff my way around the pitch on a Sunday morning for my local old men’s team. I have developed important, transferable resilience skills from a life as a Tottenham fan.

Expertise

We provide comprehensive advisory and transactional services to our clients. Our lawyers understand the regulatory environment in which both lenders and borrowers operate and the diverse range of financing structures now available.

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We provide practical solutions in contentious and non-contentious situations involving financially distressed businesses through our corporate restructuring and insolvency group. The team advises insolvency practitioners, banks, other lending institutions, stakeholders, troubled companies, directors and individuals on a variety of corporate insolvency-related issues.

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Our insolvency & restructuring team, comprising experienced contentious and non-contentious lawyers, has a reputation for providing practical solutions to business-critical challenges. We are known in the market for our 'pragmatic and responsive advice' to a range of stakeholders, including insolvency practitioners, debtors and directors.

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Working closely with clients to anticipate and deal with their business risks and objectives, we utilise the skills of a team of lawyers who are experienced in all types of dispute resolution. Our multi-national, bi-lingual team enables us to service clients wherever they are in the world while achieving the best results for their business.

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We have a track record for taking on complex, high value and cross-border disputes across a range of sectors. Our strong international focus is a key strength. Our team acts for corporates, high net worth individuals and other overseas lawyers. The practice is home to a several international desks including India and the Middle East.

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A highly experienced private wealth disputes team providing a one stop shop to clients in the sector and able to advise on any issue which may arise. Advising clients across-the-board, the team can strive to minimise the risk of disputes while having the expertise and experience to litigate at the highest level.

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Our civil fraud & asset recovery team is described as 'innovative and nimble'. Its members include those with industry and regional experience as well having regulatory, trusts, employment and insolvency specialisms.

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We advise international companies both in the UK and abroad in relation to conducting arbitration proceedings and enforcing international arbitration awards. Our team is also experienced in dealing with investor-state arbitrations under bilateral and multilateral investment treaties, including the Energy Charter Treaty.

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Through our extensive relationships with law firms around the world, our clients gain access to teams of lawyers worldwide with a deep understanding of the legal issues faced by businesses in the energy and resources sectors. We have particular experience of energy-related transactions in Africa and Eastern Europe.

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Fladgate understands the changing nature and dynamics of the professional services sector, from structures such as LLPs or incorporations to mergers and joint ventures, enabling us to provide advice and insight that extends beyond the routine aspects of business.

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Experience

  • Acting for a major international professional services firm in pursuit of commission payments owing in respect of their role in procuring and completing an extremely high value sale of an investment funds business.
  • Advising the Secretary of State appointed Trustees in Bankruptcy of an extremely sizeable and complex estate in relation to claims of fraud and deceit against a former office-holder.
  • Advising a major digital banking and e-commerce business in relation to solvency issues resulting from geopolitical and investor uncertainty in a wide-ranging defensive strategy.
  • Providing expert evidence to the Barcelona Court on English banking law in Spanish proceedings relating to the Defendant’s underlying funding arrangements with a UK investment bank.
  • Advising the Administrators of a multi-site wind farm business in conducting a full investigation into the conduct of former directors and the underlying bond-funding scheme and coordinating a detailed claims’ strategy.

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