Successful fund managers need to start somewhere. In this heavily regulated and scrutinised industry, understanding the regulatory landscape and receiving the right advice about how you should structure and operate your business is critical to your success. We assist a range of clients in establishing and growing their business, including fund and investment managers across a range of asset classes, platform operators, custodians, security/fixed income dealers, wealth and corporate advisers, and non-cash payment products, among others.
Our team publishes Financial Services Thinking and Fundamental to keep you up to date with the latest regulatory developments and challenges.
Assisting countless prospective and existing businesses on complying with the AFS licensing regime and financial services laws (including the AML/CTF laws) throughout the life cycle of their business and investment funds, from initial business structuring and product design, through to exit strategies and litigation and dispute resolution.
Advising a leading global litigation funding group on new legislation requiring compliance with the AFS licensing and managed investment scheme provisions of the Corporations Act.
Advising a leading Asian and emerging markets specialist headquartered in Singapore on establishing an Australian funds management business, including advising on all aspects of Australian funds management industry regulation, and advising UK and US-regulated entities on the expansion of their businesses into Australia.
Advising a leading Australian real estate development group on establishing a complementary funds management business.
Advising on the share sale to a US-based competitor funded by a global private equity investment firm, one of the largest in the US, including lengthy negotiation due to the COVID-19 economic impact, as well as a corporate restructure of multiple entities within the group, the registration of trade marks in Australia and overseas, and the variation of the group’s AFS licence.
Undertaking the AFS licence application for the joint venture vehicle involving an independent statutory authority to facilitate increased flows of finance into the clean energy sector.
Advising a major church organisation on the AFS licensing implications of issuing debentures and other financial products to church parishioners and external clients.
Advising on regulatory issues relating to proposed cross-border dealings.
Advising a national insurer on their application for an AFS licence in order to operate their innovative insurance company and assisting with obtaining APRA approval.
AFS Licensing Structuring & Establishment Offer Documents Finance Transactions and Acquisitions Financial Services Advisory Corporate Advisory Litigation and Dispute Resolution Exit Strategies
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‘Sean is a quality lawyer who understands our needs and is very easy and straightforward to deal with.’ Chambers Asia Pacific
‘Our overall impression is that they are a great firm that provides good advice in a timely manner.’ Chambers Asia Pacific Guide
‘McMahon Clarke is highly responsive with deep knowledge and experience in investment funds, and they are very commercial and practical at the same time.’ Chambers Asia Pacific Guide
‘McMahon Clarke’s team punches above its weight. It is a boutique funds practice which is very good at property funds and fund restructuring work.’ Chambers Asia Pacific Guide
‘Excellent understanding of the laws relating to funds management and policy documents. Commercial and practical advice.’ Chambers Asia Pacific Guide
‘Sean is a commercially savvy and broad-thinking lawyer who adds value to commercial contexts and produces documents that not only meet our purpose but are also easy to read, even for complex transactions.’ Chambers Asia Pacific
‘They looked at the bigger picture and the end result rather than point-scoring on items that were not critical to the outcome.’ Chambers Asia Pacific Guide
‘I am extremely happy ... they are fantastic and I cannot speak highly enough of them.’ Chambers Asia Pacific Guide
‘They see the big picture across all real estate sectors, including commercial, industrial, and residential, as well as alternative asset classes.’ Chambers Asia Pacific Guide
‘Langton is very commercially aware and always speedy with his responses' … 'he's also very knowledgeable about a wide range of legal issues and his client service is exemplary.' Chambers Asia Pacific
Recognised in Best Lawyers in Australia for Corporate Law
Partner Sean McMahon is named Lawyer of the Year for Investment Funds and Funds Management in Best Lawyers in Australia
Recognised for Real Property Law in Best Lawyers in Australia
‘They have a unique understanding of the legal and strategic issues involved in the acquisition, development, management, and disposal of properties by developers and managers.’ Chambers Asia Pacific Guide
‘They are respected in the funds management industry and are pioneers in managed investment schemes.’ Chambers Asia Pacific Guide
Partner Emma Donaghue is named in Best Lawyers in Australia for Banking and Finance Law
‘They can see the big picture across the investment fund life cycle and always consider the financial parameters.’ Chambers Asia Pacific Guide
We are ranked as leaders in our focus industry sectors – funds management and real estate
‘They have been very effective in partnering with us ... their service is first class and they make you feel they are an extension of your own team.’ Chambers Asia Pacific Guide
'Langton’s outstanding technically and experienced across all facets of funds.’ Chambers Asia Pacific