EY expands legal capabilities in financial services with new partner appointment

Friday, 5 April 2019

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EY today announced the appointment of Lisa-Marie McKechnie as Partner – Financial Services Law, bringing with her 17 years of experience in financial services, particularly in advising clients in the areas of superannuation and insurance, to the rapidly growing practice.

“We are delighted to have Lisa-Marie join our expanding financial services law team focused on servicing our financial services clients at this time of significant regulatory change and disruption,” said Michelle Segaert, Partner – EY Financial Services Law.

“Lisa-Marie is a rare breed of being both a superannuation and life insurance specialist. Her skills will complement our existing banking and finance regulatory, licensing and investment funds services.”

Lisa-Marie has previously advised a wide range of superannuation funds in the retail and industry space and has worked with several key life insurers and reinsurers assisting them with the complex challenges posed by the ever-changing regulatory environment.

“Financial services providers are facing a number of key challenges and there has never been a better time to offer clients the opportunity to access the broader services we have at EY,” said Ms McKechnie.

“I am excited to be joining Michelle Segaert and her team, and to have the opportunity to provide multi-disciplinary services to clients in an increasingly challenging business environment.”

Lisa-Marie is a regular presenter for both the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia (ASFA) and the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees (AIST) and is the NSW Chair of the Australasian Life Underwriting and Claims Association.

Growth of EY Financial Services Law

In the past 18 months, the EY Oceania financial services law has grown to 14 lawyers and paralegals and plans on expanding further throughout FY19 to FY20.

The continued growth has been driven by demand for integrated legal, tax and advisory services as clients seek cohesive, proficient teams working hand in glove to assist them with new product offerings and enhance their regulatory compliance and risk management frameworks.

“The success of EY’s financial services law practice can be attributed to the fusion of highly skilled lawyers with deeply specialised and concentrated financial services sector practice, and we are thrilled that Lisa-Marie has joined as a legal partner in the superannuation and life insurance space.

“Under Michelle’s leadership the financial services legal group has thrived, and we are very excited to add Lisa-Marie’s knowledge and experience to the depth of financial services law offerings at EY,” said Kirsty Keating, EY Oceania Law Leader.

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