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Francis Ruggiero


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Francis Ruggiero – founder of Behan Legal

Francis Ruggiero

Francis is an accredited specialist in Business Law and was admitted to practice in 1981, commencing his legal career in the areas of commercial litigation and alternative dispute resolution. From 1987 until 2004, he practised at Behan & Speed, and was involved in establishing and implementing Quality Business Management for the legal profession in Australia, with extensive involvement on the Quality in Law national, state, and local executive committees.

In 2004, Francis Ruggiero embarked on the establishment of the Behan Legal group, which would focus on the business, corporate, and international areas of law. He is currently actively involved in establishing companies and intends to carry on business locally and internationally.

Francis practices in corporation law, focusing on structuring, business and personal asset protection, taxation, and dealing with the managing directors, CEOs and shareholders of each corporate client. This strategic consultation includes business plan and strategy development, and advising management teams on the formation of additional corporations and business structures, drafting policies and procedures, and structuring commercial and international transactions.

In 2006, Francis obtained his MBA in International Management to complement his global approach to working with his clientele.  

Admitted to Practice in the following Jurisdictions & Courts


  • Federal Court
  • High Court of Australia

State & Territory Supreme Courts

  • Melbourne
  • Sydney
  • Brisbane
  • Canberra
  • Northern Territory
  • Tasmania

Areas of Practice

International Contracts; (CISG), Distribution & Licensing, Ecommerce, Privacy, Trans border Dataflow, IT Governance, Corporate Governance, Corporations, Asset Protection, Re-Structuring, Superannuation, Trusts, Commercial & Civil Litigation (all jurisdictions), International Law, Insolvency & Bankruptcy, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Insurance, Property, Banking & Finance, Investment Planning, Trademarks, Trademark Enforcement, Intellectual Property, Merger & Acquisitions.  


  • MBA (International Management)
  • Law Institute of Victoria Accredited Specialist in Business Law
  • Certificate in Quality Management
  • QL Fellowship Award 2002



  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Chair-MBA Alumni Committee for Continuing Professional Development
  • Law Institute Mediation Panel
  • Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors
  • Law Institute of Victoria
  • Law Council of Australia
  • Enterprise 500
  • Docklands Chamber of Commerce
  • Port Melbourne Business Association
  • Law Institute Business Law Committee


  • Insurance Law Group of Australia
  • International Commission of Jurists
  • Executive Chairman Legal Practice Management (Law Institute)
  • Technology & Library Research Committee
  • Courts Practice Committee (Litigation Lawyers Section)
  • Executive to the Board of KPV Management of Schools (Victoria)
  • Australian Institute of Management
  • Victorian Chair of Quality in Law
  • Quality in Law National Committee
  • American Chamber of Commerce in Australia

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