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Expertise

Paul is a senior corporate and commercial lawyer who has over 18 years experience advising large industry and public sector superannuation funds in relation to their investments in Australia and offshore jurisdictions. He also has extensive experience in providing advice to trustees in respect to their own corporate and investment holding structures, regulatory compliance and governance and risk issues. 

Paul brings to his advice significant experience in the superannuation and financial services industry developed as a trustee director and chair of the risk and audit committee of Industry Fund Services and its subsidiaries. 

Paul provides advice to clients on a broad spectrum of commercial, superannuation and funds management issues including:

  • acquisitions and divestments of investments
  • trust and company incorporation
  • negotiation and drafting of outsourcing and other commercial agreements (including administration agreements, custody agreements, investment management agreements, co-investment agreements, securities lending agreements derivatives trading agreements, transition management agreements)
  • private equity, infrastructure, property and hedge funds (both domestic and foreign)
  • retail and wholesale managed investment schemes (registered or un-registered)
  • pooled superannuation trusts
  • capital markets
  • corporate law, trust law and superannuation law
  • directors’ and trustees’ duties
  • SIS, APRA, ASIC and other regulatory compliance
  • successor fund transfers 
  • shareholder, unitholder and limited partner rights (including negotiation of shareholder an unitholder agreements)
  • negotiation and drafting of outsourcing and other commercial agreements (including administration agreements, custody agreements, investment management agreements, derivatives trading agreements, transition agreements)
  • general commercial work
  • insourcing investment management functions.

Experience

Paul's experience includes:

  • acting for all 11 purchasers in respect to the acquisition of shares in Members Equity Bank Ltd and Industry Super Holdings Pty with an aggregate purchase price of $235 million
  • advising on structure and negotiating fund documents in respect of the establishment of a Guernsey limited partnership and a $500 million discrete mandate to invest in private equity assets
  • advising and negotiating key documents in respect of a $200 million discrete mandate for the purpose of investing in clean technology private equity ventures including the establishment for the client of a unit trust as a special purpose vehicle
  • project managing and negotiating the transfer of approximately $1 billion in equity and debt assets as part of a custody transition from NAB to JP Morgan
  • acting for the vendor of a major office space located in Parramatta and leased to the NSW Government, including unwinding of complex security trust and debt arrangements in order to facilitate the sale
  • acting for a public sector fund in respect of the purchase of Ohio State University Parking System.

Publications

10 May 2017 - Knowledge

Holding Redlich’s expert guide to the 2017 Federal Budget

#Corporate & Commercial Law

Our experts summarise the key budget announcements in the areas of transport; superannuation financial services; infrastructure; property; technology, media communications; workplace relations...

04 December 2018 - Knowledge

Inside track: Superannuation, Funds Management & Financial Services

#Superannuation, Funds Management & Financial Services

The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority has been powerless in enforcing honest behaviour by superannuation funds because it does not have the legislative muscle to enforce it, the financial services royal commission has heard.

19 November 2018 - Knowledge

Inside track: Superannuation, Funds Management & Financial Services

#Superannuation, Funds Management & Financial Services

The government made the announcement that more than $51 million would be given to pursue criminal prosecutions for financial misconduct. The Treasurer said the fund would be able to implement the findings of the commission and also act as a deterrent to misconduct in the financial services.