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Geraldine Williams
|Special Counsel

Geraldine Williams has extensive experience as a funds management and financial services law specialist.

With more than 20 years experience in major law firms, Geraldine has spent the last 12 or more years advising participants in the wealth and funds management industry in the structuring, establishment and offering of a range of managed investment products. Her expertise includes fund mergers and terminations; capital raising and stapling involving ASX listed trusts; meetings for member approvals; regulatory and compliance advice and documentation.
Geraldine’s specialist financial services expertise includes advising in connection with acquisitions and sales of business involving fund managers and financial services providers.

Geraldine regularly advises and provides documentation in connection with financial services licensing and exemptions; promotion, distribution and disclosure issues for a broad range of financial products and services including derivatives; ASIC relief applications and other dealings. She also advises in relation to the anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing regime.

Clients advised by Geraldine include domestic and overseas fund managers and, since being at Minter Ellison, Goldman Sachs & Partners, National Australia Bank, JBWere, AXA, Lazard and Neuberger Berman.

1 April 2014

The Corporations and Markets Advisory Committee (CAMAC) has released a broad discussion paper to review the establishment and management of schemes, which opens up all aspects of the legislative structure. This is a continuation of the review which produced the CAMAC July 2012 Report, and may provide a useful indication of the issues that the Financial System Inquiry will consider in relation to managed investment schemes.

13 January 2014

ASIC issued Class Order [CO 13/1621] on 7 January 2014 to exempt responsible entities (REs) from the application form requirements of section 1016A.

28 November 2013

On 27 November 2013 ASIC released its updated Information Sheet 155: Complying with requirements for superannuation products and simple managed investment schemes (INFO 155) The updated INFO 155 follows an ASIC industry review of shorter PDSs issued since the commencement of the shorter PDS regime in June 2012 and provides some useful comments as to how ASIC interprets and intends to regulate some of the more technical requirements and lodgement protocols of this regime.

21 November 2013

The government has released the draft Terms of Reference for the Financial System Inquiry and announced that it will be headed by David Murray, former CEO of the Commonwealth Bank. The Inquiry has one year to deal with a very large agenda covering all aspects of the Australian financial system.

10 October 2013

The new 'hedge fund' definition as set out in ASIC's Class Order 12/749 (as amended from 3 October 2013) is set out below together with some comments in relation to the changes.

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