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Senior In-House Counsel – Financial Services

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An established global investment firm with almost 50 years of experience in applying leading equity and fixed-income investment strategies and market solutions for clients around the world.

  • Provide legal advice and support to the business on local and global regulatory issues arising in the context of the group’s asset management business, with a focus on ETFs.
  • Provide legal guidance and advice to the business for new investment product launches, including preparation of disclosure documentation and liaising with regulators and service providers.
  • Provide general regulatory advice, including interpretation and application of regulatory reforms to the business.
  • Review, negotiate, and draft amendments to Investment Management Agreements – working closely with internal stakeholders to provide commercial advice.
  • Prepare and review client and supplier/vendor contracts – including platform agreements, back office contracts, IT contracts, and other corporate contracts.
  • Liaise with and oversee work provided by outside counsel on a variety of legal matters ensuring the standards for service delivery and cost are met.
  • Collaborate closely with a global legal team across the organisation.
  • Partner with sales, client servicing, marketing, product development, research, and compliance departments to identify and manage any legal issues and risks.
  • Conduct reviews of marketing materials, client/consultant questionnaires, and ongoing due diligence requests.
  • Australian qualified lawyer with at least 8+ years post-qualification experience.
  • Experience in private practice with a reputable law firm specialising in funds management / financial services.
  • Demonstrated depth of experience with ETF products is essential for this role.
  • Experience with other investment vehicles (e.g., mutual funds, separate accounts) will also be considered.
  • In-house experience with an investment manager or financial services business (or a secondment) is desirable.
  • Ability to provide technically correct, but also commercial advice.
  • Ability to work with global legal colleagues across different jurisdictions and time zones.
  • Proficiency with Chapters 5C and 7 of the Corporations Act.
  • Detail-oriented and organized.
  • Familiarity with investment management agreements – negotiation, amendment, and compliance reviews.
  • Exposure to IDPS agreements desirable – wrap agreements and other platform agreements.
  • Exposure to securities class actions desirable – participation by funds.
  • General commercial and contract law experience.
  • Strong academic achievement at a reputable university.
  • Team player with the ability to work on own initiative, and manage multiple work streams and tasks reliably, without requiring close supervision.
  • Ability to collaborate with non-legal teams within the business and explain practical implications of the law clearly and simply.
  • Delegates appropriately.
  • Strong communication skills (verbal and written).

This is an exceptional opportunity for a highly capable and motivated lawyer with ETF experience to join a global investment firm with a strong reputation and a commitment to excellence.


If you meet the above qualifications and are interested in this opportunity, please click the “Apply” button, and we will be in touch shortly.

If you would like a confidential discussion first, please get in touch with Charlie Smirl at Dovetail Legal Solutions – charlie.smirl@dovetaillaw.com.au – to arrange an initial chat.