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Funds Management Services

Financial Services Advisory

In an era of sweeping change and scrutiny, we advise national and international financial services groups, as well as both new entrants and leading industry participants, on all facets of financial services regulation and compliance. We work with our clients to achieve their commercial objectives and navigate the regulatory complexities as they plan for growth, while minimising business risk and the compliance burden.

We have assisted 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 product providers, among others.

Our team publishes Financial Services Thinking and Fundamental to keep you up to date with the latest regulatory developments and challenges.

Examples of our work:

Primewest Group (ASX:PWG)

Lead funds and financial services adviser to leading fund manager Primewest Group (now Centuria), including advising on establishing and launching its first open-ended retail investment fund – the Primewest Property Income Fund; advising on the establishment and proposed listing of the Primewest Commercial REIT; establishing funds to undertake mandated work on behalf of a Singaporean sovereign wealth fund; the Group’s first joint venture with BlackRock; and the Group’s participation in the acquisition of a $725 million property portfolio as part of a consortium of investors.

IFM Investors

Advising this leading fund manager in the restructuring of the IFM Specialised Credit Fund.

One Investment Group

Advising this leading independent funds management group on launching new funds and regulatory compliance.

Cashwerkz (ASX:CWZ)

Advising this listed group on regulatory compliance, including the launch of a new product (BondIncome).

Centuria Capital Group (ASX:CNI)

Assisting Centuria with launching several unlisted property funds, including all aspects of fund establishment, registration, and making offers to retail clients under PDSs, as well as advising on compliance with financial services laws.

Cromwell Property Group (ASX:CMW)

Acting on all aspects of Cromwell’s unlisted property funds business, including advising on the replacement PDS for the Cromwell Direct Property Fund; the rollover proposal for the Cromwell Property Trust 12; and regulatory issues, including compliance with RG 97 and the new design and distribution obligations.

Global litigation funding group

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.

Foreign financial services groups 

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 business into Australia.


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.

Cryptocurrency and digital wallets

Advising funds management groups on the establishment of managed funds that invest in crypto-assets, as well as the development and integration of digital wallets and non-cash payment products in their business.

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