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Julia Avis
|Special Counsel

A commercial dispute resolution specialist and highly experienced commercial litigator, Julia Avis specialises in investigations, litigation and enforcement in corporate governance, market misconduct, securities class actions and the financial services industry.

Julia advises and represents ASX listed companies, non-executive directors, stockbrokers and financial institutions.

Julia's practice covers matters related to directors' duties, continuous disclosure, corporate governance, market misconduct, financial services regulation, investigation and enforcement. Her work often involves strategic liaison with regulators (particularly the Australian Securities and Investments Commission) when representing and assisting clients in relation to regulators' investigations, hearings and examinations, including responding to requests for documents and information. She also acts for financial services providers in ASIC administrative hearings relating to licensing and market misconduct issues.

Julia has conducted large and complex civil penalty proceedings and securities class actions. Her prestigious court experience includes acting for clients in the James Hardie complex civil penalty proceedings and the Sigma Pharmaceuticals Ltd securities class action. She also defends clients facing prosecution for market misconduct and other white collar criminal offences.

Julia regularly presents in-house seminars and training for clients on such topics as legal professional privilege, ethics, financial services compliance and conflict management. She was a Securities Industry Law and Ethics Taskforce Member, responsible for course materials in relation to Market Manipulation, Fraudulent Trading and Short Selling, from 2001 – 2004. She won the Law Institute of Victoria's Rogers Legal Writing Award in 2009.

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