Financial Services and Regulatory

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HWL Ebsworth’s financial services group provides advice across the full spectrum of financial services law.

We have Australia’s largest team of senior legal financial services specialists dedicated to providing advice on bank products and payment systems. Our team has a broad perspective of regulation in the retail banking sector, advising a number of domestic and international banking institutions. Our depth of resources and the broad experience of our lawyers means we are able to provide you with timely advice – based on an in-depth understanding of the key issues; directed at how best to resolve them in the most commercial way.

Our working approach is highly collaborative and client focused – we work closely with our clients’ in-house legal and compliance teams to develop efficient processes and templates for streamlined delivery of advice which can be easily interpreted and applied.

In addition to this, our unique business model also allows us to provide you with our market leading practitioners at rates which are significantly lower than our competitors.

Our blue chip client base is evidence of the quality service we provide. Our clients include a multitude of ADIs including Australia’s largest banks and mutual financial institutions; the world’s leading retail banks operating in Australia; the world’s premier e-commerce companies and money remittance networks; domestic and international card schemes; mortgage broking networks; Australia’s principal automotive financiers; specialist credit card Institutions and the only provider of purchased payment facilities.


Our relevant experience includes acting on the following matters.

  • assisting clients to develop some of Australia’s most prominent white labelled programs, loyalty programs and distribution alliances for a diverse range of products and services;
  • advising on a diverse range of innovative and “first to market” products including peer to peer lending, multi-currency prepaidfunctionality for airline reward members, Australia’s first paperless loan contract and Australia’s first scheme prepaid NFC facility to be integrated into mobile phones;
  • assisting in the management and resolution of systemic compliance concerns including through a wide range of innovative solutions ranging from legislative change, test cases, pre-emptive settlements with regulators and no-action relief;
  • securing industry-wide licensing exemptions and product specific regulatory relief; and
  • assisting in document intensive projects affecting retail banking products including for regulatory change and organisational restructure.

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