Frank Tao

Frank accepts briefs in commercial and regulatory litigation, specialising in companies law and corporate insolvencies, banking and financial services disputes, and contentious regulatory proceedings.

Frank has acted for insolvency practitioners, directors and officers, and banks and financiers, across a broad range of insolvency-related investigations and process, proceedings and administrative actions. Illustrative matters include public examinations, voidable transaction claims, breaches of directors’ duties proceedings, contested applications for approval of remuneration, funding approvals, applications to discharge or replace existing insolvency practitioners, and regulator’s administrative actions against officeholders.

Frank commands a deep understanding of financial institutions and a range of financial products. He has managed banking disputes concerning regulated credit contracts and mortgages, to more esoteric products such as CDOs, CFDs, ISDAs and GMRAs. He is also familiar with organisational and operational issues in respect of financial institutions, including treasury/cost of funding disputes, compliance, and governance and management.

Before coming to the Bar, Frank practised as a solicitor for 10 years at Henry Davis York in Sydney and Linklaters LLP in London, specialising in banking, company and insolvency law. He is admitted to practise as a solicitor in Australia and in England & Wales. Whilst in London, Frank was significantly involved in several high-profile and multi-billion pound cases for the Joint Administrators of Lehman Brothers International (Europe), widely recognised as the world’s most complex administration. Frank also acted for large corporates defending contentious regulatory actions initiated by the UK Financial Conduct Authority and the Serious Fraud Office.

Frank was the Tipstaff to the late Hon. Justice Henric Nicholas, Supreme Court of NSW in 2009

Junior Counsel

Year of admission to practice in Australia: 2009

Year of admission to practice in England and Wales: 2016

Year of admission to the NSW Bar: 2019

Banking & Finance
Bankruptcy & Insolvency
Competition Law & Trade Practices
Consumer Protection
Contracts & Commercial Transactions
Corporations Law

Named as one of the Best Lawyers in Australia for Insolvency and Reorganisation Law 2025

Contact Details

Tel: 02 8915 2124


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