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Ewan MacDonald

Special Counsel

Ewan has worked in the financial services industry for more than 20 years, in both legal and non-legal roles. His practice focuses on assisting clients with Australian Financial Services (AFS) licensing and regulation, managed funds and structured products, investment management and custody.

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Experience

Ewan has represented the firm in a number of capacities. These include an appearance on our behalf before an Australian parliamentary joint inquiry relating to financial services. He also authored submissions to the Australian Government on financial services laws, including the Managed Investments Act 1998 and the Financial Services Reform Act 2001.

Ewan has presented at industry seminars and conferences in Australia and abroad on financial services law reform, property finance and managed investments.

Ewan's experience includes,

  • advised clients on complex matters involving the formation and restructure of listed and unlisted funds
  • helped clients launch new retail and wholesale fund-management businesses and products
  • advised clients on financial services licensing issues and applications
  • presented at industry seminars and conferences in Australia and internationally on financial services law reform, property finance and managed investments

Background

Ewan has authored a number of Freehills submissions to the Australian Government in relation to financial services laws, including the Managed Investments Act 1998 and the Financial Services Reform Act 2001.

He has presented regularly at industry seminars and conferences on a range of topics, including financial services law reform, property finance and managed investments. He has presented for such organisations as the Securities Institute of Australia, Butterworths, Australian Law and Finance, and the Real Estate Developers Association of Singapore. 

Ewan has authored a number of articles on financial services law reform, which have been published by such journals as CCH’s Australian Corporate News.

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