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Tony Dhar
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Tony Dhar is a funds and financial services law specialist. He has extensive experience acting for leading Australian and global fund managers, institutions and government bodies.

Tony advises a broad range of industry participants including issuers and distributors of retail wealth management products, institutional and government funds, trustee companies, debt and notes issuers and listed investment companies. He also advises prudentially regulated businesses such as superannuation trustees, insurers and specialised financial institutions.

25 years in practice, his transactional expertise spans fund formation, investments and restructures, A-REIT listings, capital raisings, demutualisations and business sales and transfers.

He provides strategic advice on product development, fund structuring and investments, regulatory and governance matters, responsible entity and trustee duties. He also regularly advises clients on disclosure, financial services licensing and exemptions, member approval processes, deed interpretation and amendment, anti-money laundering and statutory approvals under FIRB, Financial Sector Shareholding and Insurance Act requirements.

His clients include such leading organisations as Australian United Investment Company, Capital International, Goldman Sachs & Partners Australia, Hertz, Interactive Data, Lazard, MyState Financial, Neuberger Berman, Southern Finance, and The Trust Company.

Tony has worked as an international lawyer in Singapore, and is a regular speaker and author on Corporations Act and funds management topics.

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.

13 June 2014

Minter Ellison has been "Highly Commended" for its innovation in corporate strategy by the Financial Times, which this week launched its inaugural FT Asia Pacific Innovative Lawyers Report.

6 June 2014

The Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Rules Amendment Instrument 2014 (No.3) (Cth) came into force on 1 June 2014, requiring reporting entities to make changes to their AML/CTF programs and customer due diligence procedures. The new rules follow extensive consultation by the Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre.

2 May 2014

On 28 April 2014, Australia entered into an Intergovernmental Agreement with the United States of America to improve international tax compliance and implement the US Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act. Exposure draft legislation has also been released by the Australian Treasury which will give domestic effect to our obligations under the IGA.

3 April 2014

The Tax Agent Services Act 2009 (TASA) has been amended, heralding significant changes to the way financial planners are regulated. Financial planners will need to understand the boundaries between providing purely financial product advice and a tax (financial) advice service, and to determine whether they need to register with the Tax Practitioners Board (TPB) as Registered (Tax) Financial Advisers from 1 July 2014.

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