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Superannuation, Funds Management & Financial Services

Through actual superannuation fund board experience, we are conscious of the need for our input to add real value.

Superannuation, Funds Management & Financial Services

Our team is among the most experienced in Australia. Our lawyers have experience across the financial services spectrum, including in relation to managed funds, superannuation, insurance, custody, registry and administration. Our deep understanding of the sector means we can deliver advice that is timely, practical and cost-effective, because we can anticipate not only the regulatory and technical issues that may arise, but also be mindful of the political and competitive environment.

Expertise

  • compliance and regulatory issues
  • trust deed and constitution interpretation, reviews and amendments
  • governance issues, including director and trustee duties
  • fund establishments, restructures, mergers, rationalisations and closures, including successor fund transfers and transfers and amalgamations of life insurance business
  • acquisitions and disposals
  • insurance policy review, policy drafting and negotiation, and takeover arrangements
  • insurance claims and disputes, including death benefit allocations, total and permanent disability benefit claims, Superannuation Complaints Tribunal complaints and superannuation-related litigation
  • financial product development
  • financial advice and product distribution
  • investment, including direct investments, derivatives trading, infrastructure and property funds
  • communications and disclosures, including product disclosure statements, prospectuses, and periodic disclosure
  • licensing
  • breach reporting and other liaison with regulators regarding audits and investigations, compliance issues and queries.

Experience

  • experience advising large superannuation funds in relation to their investments in Australia and offshore and associated corporate and commercial issues
  • advice to trustees in respect of important operational fund documents such as trust deeds, administration agreements and custodian agreements.


APG Regional Regulatory Guide to Asset Management in Asia-Pacific

We collaborated with the ASEAN Plus Group in their inaugural issue of this guide to map the latest state-of-play in the asset management sector across some of the regional group’s jurisdictions, including Australia.

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Recent Posts

10 August 2022 - Knowledge

Climate change risk reporting – what can we expect?

#Planning, Environment & Sustainability, #Renewable Energy, #Superannuation, Funds Management & Financial Services

Australian companies currently do not need to report on their climate-related financial risks. With a growing appetite among investors, what can companies expect to see if Australia introduces mandatory sustainability reporting requirements?

05 August 2022 - Knowledge

Superannuation monthly update – July 2022

#Superannuation, Funds Management & Financial Services

A summary of key superannuation news, cases and legislative developments in the past month.

13 July 2022 - Knowledge

ESG investing – ASIC releases new ‘greenwashing’ guidance

#Superannuation, Funds Management & Financial Services, #Dispute Resolution & Litigation, #Regulatory

ASIC has released guidance setting out the main risks relating to ‘greenwashing’ sustainability-related investments, products and services and what those who offer such products can do to avoid it.

13 July 2022 - Knowledge

Superannuation monthly update – June 2022

#Superannuation, Funds Management & Financial Services

A summary of key superannuation news, cases and legislative developments in the past month.

05 July 2022 - Knowledge

High Court ruling clears up SMSF binding death benefit nomination question

#Private Client Practice, #Superannuation, Funds Management & Financial Services

A recent High Court decision confirms that self-managed superannuation fund (SMSF) members do not need to follow the binding death benefit nomination requirements prescribed in regulation 6.17A of the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Regulations.

15 June 2022 - Knowledge

Be warned (or reprimanded) – ASIC’s new powers against financial advisors

#Dispute Resolution & Litigation, #Regulatory, #Superannuation, Funds Management & Financial Services

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) has recently released Information Sheet 270, which deals with its powers to issue reprimands and warnings under the Better Advice Act.

03 June 2022 - Knowledge

Fees and costs disclosure in PDSs – a quick guide

#Superannuation, Funds Management & Financial Services

We provide a quick guide to assist you with drafting or restructuring PDSs to disclose fee and costs data in compliance with the ASIC Corporations (Disclosure of Fees and Costs) Instrument 2019/1070.

10 May 2022 - Knowledge

Cyber security becomes a regulatory concern

#Dispute Resolution & Litigation, #Regulatory, #Data & Privacy, #Superannuation, Funds Management & Financial Services

ASIC brings its first case against a financial services licencee for failures of authorised representatives to adequately manage their cyber risk.

10 May 2022 - Knowledge

Superannuation monthly update – April 2022

#Superannuation, Funds Management & Financial Services

A summary of key superannuation news, cases and legislative developments in the past month.

12 April 2022 - Knowledge

ASIC releases internal dispute resolution data reporting requirements

#Superannuation, Funds Management & Financial Services

The Australian Securities and Investment Commission has released a handbook to assist financial services licensees comply with the mandatory data reporting on their internal dispute resolution procedures.

05 April 2022 - Knowledge

Superannuation monthly update – March 2022

#Superannuation, Funds Management & Financial Services

A summary of key superannuation news, cases and legislative developments in the past month.

15 February 2022 - Knowledge

Superannuation monthly update – December 2021 & January 2022

#Superannuation, Funds Management & Financial Services

A summary of key superannuation news, cases and legislative developments in the past two months.