Find Lawyers in Australia for Funds Management
Practice Area Overview
The practice of funds management law in Australia involves advising on the legal and regulatory requirements relating to the operation of funds. It is a complex area and often intersects with other practice areas, for example, corporate/mergers and acquisitions, tax, banking and finance, superannuation, and litigation.
Funds management lawyers assist clients with a range of matters including in relation to fund formation and capital raising, custody and administration, trust deeds, financial services licensing, corporate governance and compliance, mergers and takeovers of funds and businesses, and asset and investment management. Typical legal services provided include:
- Australian financial services licensing;
- business formation;
- fund structuring and formation;
- strategic tax structuring;
- investment management;
- fund transactional work;
- ongoing regulatory compliance and training;
- fund governance;
- finance or refinance of debt facilities;
- listing requirements for the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX);
- defending or launching takeover bids;
- regulatory investigations;
- fund and financial services-related mergers and acquisitions;
- reconstructions; and
- insolvency and litigation.
In providing these services, funds management lawyers may draft transaction and other documentation, prepare and submit applications on behalf of clients, review disclosure documents, and/or provide legal advice. They also may liaise with relevant regulatory bodies including the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC), the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA), and the Australian Taxation Office (ATO).
Funds management lawyers service a diverse group of clients across a broad range of industries including fund managers, investment managers, brokers, independent trustees, financial planners, research houses, corporate advisors, and financial service providers. Clients can be both domestic and international.
John has more than 25 years’ experience as a corporate and commercial lawyer. Having worked on deals in Australasia, Europe and the United States, John has extensive corporate and funds transactional experience. Primarily, his work has focused on property fund mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings and secondary capital raisings, fund restructurings, and the launch of wholesale and retail syndicates and joint ventures. He has substantial experience in structuring, managing a...
Expertise James is an experienced transactional corporate partner who specialises in: M&A such as off-market takeover bids, schemes, capital reductions and buy-backs and in preparing and negotiating offer, disclosure and shareholder meeting documentation and joint venture, pre-bid and implementation agreements funds management including advising on the structuring, establishment, offering and restructuring of unit trusts and other investment vehicles equity capital markets for example adv...
Loretta Reynolds has been a Partner of the firm since 1998 and was elected Chair in 2007. While her main focus is on her funds management/mergers & acquisitions practice, she also has executive responsibility for client development and relationships in all markets. Loretta is individually recognised in Chambers Asia Pacific (2013, 2014 – 2016) in the Private Equity category for her “ extensive experience in fund formation, handling of buyouts, and work for superannuation funds...
Adrian’s financial services law practice covers superannuation, managed funds, insurance, and financial advice. His work includes both advisory and transactional services. He works for a variety of participants in the financial services industry, including issuers, investment professionals, and service providers. Adrian is valued by his clients for his ability to balance the technical and commercial aspects of financial services law, and for his effective management and delivery of work.
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