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Maged Girgis
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Maged Girgis is one of the country's most respected financial services lawyers with more than 19 years’ experience as a specialist superannuation funds advisor.

Mag advises the full spectrum of financial services industry participants across all legal, regulatory and taxation issues. He acts for corporate, industry, public offer and public sector superannuation funds as well as employers, administrators, trustee companies, life insurers and investment managers.

Some of Mag’s long-standing clients include Allianz, AMP, Asteron/Promina, BT, First State Super, Hannover Life Re, IBM, ING/Onepath, Media Super, Perpetual, and NSW State Super Scheme.

Mag also brings invaluable industry experience to his specialist practice. Prior to joining the firm, he spent time as an in-house counsel for a large superannuation and life insurance provider.

Mag is a regular presenter at leading industry conferences and a Fellow of the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia. Mag is also a member of the Law Council of Australia Superannuation Committee.

27 January 2015

Recent publicity surrounding the exclusion or divestiture of stocks in carbon-intensive industries shows that leading investors are reviewing the financial risks (and opportunities) associated with climate change. However, with debate on climate change often pitched around ideological poles, many superannuation fund trustees are struggling to translate these developments into prudent governance practice, consistent with their statutory and general law duties. This article looks beyond the political debate to consider what recent developments on climate change mean for the legal obligations of fund trustees, and the implications for boardroom practice. In doing so, they note that focus on the outcomes of investment (or divestment) decisions may have obscured the key legal issue – that of diligent process.

10 December 2014

While many reforms recommended in the final report of the Financial Systems Inquiry can be implemented by Government, others require action by regulators or industry participants.

Updated 11 August 2014

The Australian financial services industry is undergoing significant reform aimed at improving the trust and confidence of Australian retail investors in the financial planning sector. The reforms are the Australian Government's response to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services' Inquiry into financial products and services in Australia.

2015