Our Litigation lawyers have a practical understanding of the challenges faced by the funds management and financial services industries. We provide useful risk management advice to try preventing disputes arising or escalating. But, if a dispute arises, we move quickly to resolve it efficiently through negotiation, mediation or, if necessary, the courts.
We are proud that our clients choose us to provide ongoing strategic and risk management advice once a dispute has been resolved.
Advising Vasco Trustees as responsible entity of the registered Heritage Lodge Scheme on Supreme Court proceedings seeking to injunct the sale of a management lot, as well as declaratory relief in relation to the scheme’s contractual right of first refusal, and its right to consent to the sale. The sale did not proceed, and the proceedings were resolved by consent order.
Obtaining orders from the AAT overturning ASIC's decision to cancel a large fund manager's AFS licence.
Advising many responsible entities and investors about how to call, plan for and run meetings designed to remove a responsible entity.
Advising the Centro MCS syndicate management business in the restructure of Centro Properties Group and Centro Retail Trust.
Successfully defending claims of misleading and deceptive conduct in an explanatory memorandum sent to investors during a hostile managed investment scheme takeover.
Obtaining novel orders to wind up a number of inter-related agribusiness managed investment schemes on behalf of a fund manager.
Acting for a fund manager to defend a claim that a heads of agreement constitutes a binding contract to sell land, including opposing a caveat registered over the land.
Acting for an AFS licence holder responding to a Freedom of Information request lodged by a major newspaper seeking to reveal details of communications with ASIC.
Acting for both licensees and authorised representatives in disputes concerning the scope of, and compliance with, authorised representative arrangements, including in proceedings seeking recovery of damages arising from provision of allegedly negligent advice to clients.
Acting for a licensee challenging the jurisdiction of AFCA to investigate multiple complaints stemming from the conduct of related parties of an authorised representative.
Acting for investors in a unit trust investigating a class action alleging misleading and deceptive conduct, conflicts of interest, and mismanagement by a responsible entity.
Successfully resolving a judicial advice application for a responsible entity.
Acting for corporate entities and individuals, including AFS licence holders, authorised representatives, and employees, in relation to ASIC investigations and notices seeking provision of information or attendance at examinations with ASIC.
Acting on behalf of recipients of ASIC notices in relation to the proposed imposition of orders banning the provision of financial services or acting as a director of a company.
Acting on behalf of trustees of listed and unlisted managed investment schemes to advise on the scope of their duties.
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‘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
‘They are respected in the funds management industry and are pioneers in managed investment schemes.’ Chambers Asia Pacific Guide
‘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
‘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
'Langton’s outstanding technically and experienced across all facets of funds.’ Chambers Asia Pacific
Congratulating Funds Management associate Taylor Green on being chosen as a finalist in the 2023 Lawyers Weekly 30 Under 30 Awards
‘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
‘Excellent understanding of the laws relating to funds management and policy documents. Commercial and practical advice.’ Chambers Asia Pacific Guide
Congratulating Real Estate associate Matt Dolan on being named ‘One to Watch’ in 2024 Best Lawyers in Australia
‘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
‘Our overall impression is that they are a great firm that provides good advice in a timely manner.’ Chambers Asia Pacific Guide
Partner Sean McMahon is named Lawyer of the Year for Investment Funds and Funds Management in Best Lawyers in Australia
We are ranked as leaders in our focus industry sectors – funds management and real estate
‘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
‘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
Recognised for Real Property Law in Best Lawyers in Australia
‘They can see the big picture across the investment fund life cycle and always consider the financial parameters.’ 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
‘Sean is a quality lawyer who understands our needs and is very easy and straightforward to deal with.’ Chambers Asia Pacific
Partner Emma Donaghue is named in Best Lawyers in Australia for Banking and Finance Law
Recognised in Best Lawyers in Australia for Corporate Law