Name: Amanda Banton
Firm Name: Banton Group
Country: Australia
Expertise: Commercial Litigation

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Professional Biography:

Amanda Banton is our exclusively recommended Commercial Litigation expert in Australia on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Amanda directly using the contact details listed above.

Amanda is one of Australia’s leading litigators, having worked in some of the most complex litigation in Australia.  She and her team have achieved almost half a billion dollars in recoveries for clients.

Amanda leads one of the largest private practices in Australia, including 17 professional staff.  Her practice encompasses some of Australia’s largest insolvencies and class actions, along with corporate and commercial litigation and advisory work.

Key insolvencies include Lehman Brothers Australia Limited, Forge Group Limited, Arrium, Heavy Plant Leasing, LM First Mortgage Income Fund, City Pacific and Equititrust, among others.

She has led numerous multimillion-dollar disputes in the Federal and High Court of Australia, including against a global investment bank and prominent rating agency (the only litigation in the world which has secured judgment against a global credit rating agency).

Amanda is results focused and ensures that she plays an active role in all litigation.  She is well respected for her ability to be across the detail whilst also being a great strategic thinker, having executed ground-breaking cases in which new precedents have been developed.

The Chambers and Partners Guide 2020 quotes that in respect of dispute resolution in Australia, Amanda Banton maintains her position as one of the most immediately recognisable names where the representation of class action plaintiffs is concerned. One client characterises her as a “very personable, very direct, good communicator” while another simply observes: “She’ll fight for you.” Peers identify her as “an adversary we respect” with “a great ability to recall the minute details of a transaction, even under high-pressure circumstances”.

Recently in the 2021 Asia Pacific Legal 500 Guide, it was noted that “Amanda Banton has a highly creative approach to litigation, is not afraid to take on forensically difficult cases, and has a first-rate strategic eye to overall litigation outcomes”.

Firm Overview:

Banton Group was established in 2020 by powerhouse lawyer, Amanda Banton. She is renowned for her pioneering litigation in relation to complex financial products, particularly involving collateralised debt obligations or synthetic collateralised debt obligations, including successful ground breaking claims against global ratings agencies and global and Australian financial institutions.

Banton Group specialises in large commercial dispute resolution, class actions, restructuring and insolvency litigation and advisory matters.   We are renowned for our direct approach to challenging and obscure legal problems on behalf of our clients.

Being strategic thinkers and results focused, our team brings together some of the brightest legal minds with worldwide experience.  Our team members have successfully recovered well over half a billion dollars in settlements and judgments, with recoveries almost always at the high end of the damages claimed.

Our lawyers have experience acting in some of Australia’s largest class actions and insolvencies and are experts in assisting clients with high-value and reputationally significant disputes and investigative matters.  Our practice also encompasses a broad range of regulatory matters, state and federal litigation, international arbitration, out-of-court restructurings, major private and public entity distressed transactions, multijurisdictional corporate collapses and court sanctioned schemes.

Banton Group will act on a contingency fee basis where appropriate in the Supreme Court of Victoria. We also have strong relationships with many litigation funders who we work with on a day to day basis. We can assist our clients in obtaining competitive funding for class actions, commercial and insolvency claims.

Consistent with our strong social conscience, Banton Group also acts in pro-bono matters where appropriate.