Funds management

Overview

We advise Australian and foreign fund managers across all asset classes on how to stay ahead of the continual regulatory changes in Australian financial services regulation, such as the latest FoFA developments, look through reporting requirements and AFS licensing requirements.

We're experts on all aspects of funds management and financial services regulation covering major investment vehicles and asset categories. Our advice extends to legal issues connected to investment vehicles, platforms and fund managers themselves.

They know our business well, so their advice is always relevant and to the point.
Chambers Asia-Pacific

Our team has experience advising on the full spectrum of arrangements for structured, alternative, listed and unlisted, domestic and cross border structures, products and platforms, including:

  • establishment and documentation
  • acquisition, merger, disposal, modification, reorganisation and termination
  • Australian financial services licensing
  • taxation and regulatory requirements
  • offer documentation, financial services guides and advertising
  • disclosure obligations
  • contract negotiation, compliance and outsourcing arrangements.

Experience

Recent matters

AllianceBernstein

Advising on the establishment of a series of Australian registered funds that are offered to the wholesale market and retail market through platforms and MDA providers.

Australian Chamber Orchestra

Advising on various issues (including licensing exemptions and disclosure documents) in connection with The ACO Instrument Fund, the only fund in Australia that offers investors the opportunity to invest solely in antique musical instruments.

Mason Stevens

Advising on becoming the responsible entity of a number of registered funds, as well as the establishment of new funds, registered and unregistered, to pursue investment strategies in the credit market.

SIV Compliant Funds

We have advised an international investment bank and an international asset manager on the establishment of Australian registered funds to be offered to Significant Investor Visa applicants. Our advice extended to the procedures to coordinate the visa application with the fund investment application (such as AML and complying with foreign investment laws).

International Investment bank

Advising on potential liquidity facilities and termination of a series of registered managed investment schemes.

Boutique fund manager

Advising on regulatory matters involving significant breaches in connection with registered managed investment schemes.

Recognition

"They perform very well and one thing I'd emphasise is that they're very responsive."
Chambers Asia Pacific, 2018
Austin Bell and Shelley Hemmings ranked as leading lawyers in the category of Investment Funds.
Chambers Asia Pacific, 2018
Austin Bell offers "a very good balance of the technical requirements and the practical concerns"
Chambers Asia Pacific, 2018
"They're very good, they have a high level of technical knowledge so I trust that they know the law."
Chambers Asia Pacific, 2018
Shelley Hemmings is "a really good technical lawyer," and "she has a lot of experience and the depth of knowledge is great
Chambers Asia Pacific, 2018
Shelley Hemmings is listed as a leading lawyer in Funds Management Law and Investment Law.
Best Lawyers Australia, 2018
Austin Bell provides “commercial, sensible and practical advice.”
Chambers Asia Pacific, 2017
Shelley Hemmings is described as “very knowledgeable.”
Chambers Asia Pacific, 2017
"They have capabilities across a range of areas and we have used them for financial product structures and offer documentation. For us, their main strength is in managed investment scheme work, where I have never dealt with another firm as capable."
Chambers Asia Pacific, 2017
"They have capabilities across a range of areas and we have used them for financial product structures and offer documentation. For us, their main strength is in managed investment scheme work, where I have never dealt with another firm as capable."
Chambers Asia Pacific, 2017
"They have provided a top-notch service and they have always been very responsive. The advice they provide is practical, accurate and framed in the commercial context. They have taken the time to get know our business intimately, which has inevitably improved the quality of advice we received."
Chambers Asia Pacific, 2017

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