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Daniel Knight

Senior Associate
Fax +61.3.9205.2055

Mr. Knight is a commercial and regulatory lawyer with a focus on the financial services industry. He advises a range of wholesale and retail fund managers, banks, financial advisers, superannuation fund trustees and other financial services firms.

Mr. Knight concentrates on commercial transactions in the industry and on advising clients about Australian licensing, disclosure, and compliance obligations. He regularly advises international fund managers about offering their products in Australia.

Mr. Knight also has extensive experience advising multinational organisations about bribery, corruption, and anti-money laundering (AML) issues and the governance and compliance measures necessary to prevent these issues from arising.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Law Institute of Victoria

Speaking Engagements

  • "Regulatory Update" – AIMA's Mid Year Regulatory Update & Ops Workshop, June 2017.
  • "Fintech Masterclass: AFSL Workshop For Fintech Startups", event hosted by NextMoney, April 2017.
  • "FinTech and Smart Contracts", K&L Gates Melbourne CPD Sessions, March 2017.
  • "FinTech – Industry Responses to Technology and Disruption", October 2015.
  • "Financial Services 2.0 – A Regulatory Perspective", October 2014.
  • "Financial Services Update", Australian Corporate Lawyers Association, Melbourne, October 2013. 
  • Establishing the Australian operations of a multinational peer-to-peer lender, including establishing a managed investment scheme to accept retail investment.
  • Establishing a wholesale quantitative hedge fund investing in Asian equities, including preparing disclosure documentation and negotiating prime brokerage arrangements. 
  • Assisting a Singapore listed real estate fund manager on the AUD410 million acquisition and development of commercial real property in North Sydney through an Australian Managed Investment Trust.
  • Advising a U.S. fund manager and an Ireland domiciled Undertakings for Collective Investment in Transferable Securities (UCITS) fund on the Australian financial services regulatory regime, including the types of activities which could be conducted without formal licensing.
  • Advising one of Australia's major retail banks with its financial planning dealer group and private wealth regulatory compliance.
  • Preparing Product Disclosure Statements for funds managed by a US hedge fund manager, including to address ASIC's disclosure benchmark requirements.
  • Assisting fund managers comply with Australia's OTC derivative reporting regime and international equivalents.
  • Advising a not-for-profit superannuation fund on a successor fund transfer resulting in it having approximately AUD3 billion in funds under management on behalf of 120,000 members.
  • Advising a global payment facility provider about the Australian regulation of non-cash payment facilities and assisting it to respond to inquiries from the ASIC.
  • Assisting a UK alternatives fund manager to obtain relief from the Australian financial services licensing regime in connection with the inclusion of its managed futures strategy on an Australian investment platform. 
  • Advising a managed fund platform operator about the implications of the Australian Federal Government's 'Future of Financial Advice' (FOFA) reforms. 
  • Assisting numerous clients apply for Australian Financial Services Licences and Australian Credit Licences. 
  • Advising a superannuation fund trustee on responding to the strategic implications of the Australian Federal Government's "'Stronger Super' reforms. 
  • Advising various entities about the application of the Australian Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Act 2006 (Cth). 
  • Establishing a special purpose lending vehicle to provide mezzanine finance to small to medium enterprises, using funds raised through a collateralised note program.
  • Assisting an Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) listed company prepare annual prospectuses for its unsecured deposit notes. 
  • Advising a boutique lender regarding its reverse mortgage loan book and the consumer credit licensing and disclosure issues relevant to the collection phase of this book, including assisting with responses to client complaints through the Financial Ombudsman Service. 
  • Assisting a multinational manufacturing company respond to bribery/FCPA investigations and enforcement activity and assisting the entity to implement compliance processes. 
  • Providing guidance to a global engineering firm on its anti-bribery compliance regime.