Mills Oakley nabs financial services partner from NRF

By Tony Zhang|13 August 2020
Mills Oakley

National law firm Mills Oakley has bolstered its financial services practice with the hire of Matthew Farnsworth from Norton Rose Fulbright in Sydney.

Mr Farnsworth joins Mills Oakley from Norton Rose Fulbright as a partner and has extensive experience in funds management and financial services law.


Mills Oakley CEO John Nerurker said that the firm was committed to building its financial services capability in Sydney.

“Sydney is undoubtedly the financial services capital of Australia and with the arrival of Matthew, we are well on our way to establishing an offering which meets the increasingly sophisticated needs of this sector,” he said.


Mr Farnsworth’s practice assists clients to establish, offer and operate retail and wholesale investment funds. He has advised on Australian Financial Services licensing, fund governance, product disclosure and fund restructures as well as ongoing regulatory developments in the sector.

The firm said he will bring his extensive experience advising Australian and international financial services clients across a wide range of transactional and regulatory matters.

Commenting on his switch, Mr Farnsworth noted that the firm’s culture and its commitment to financial services were major factors in his decision to join Mills Oakley.

“I am excited to be joining Mills Oakley and by the growth opportunities in the Sydney [financial services] practice,” Mr Farnsworth said.

This is Mills Oakley’s second senior financial services hire in Sydney this year. In March, the firm hired special counsel Geoffrey McCarthy, who joined with decades of deep experience in the regulation of financial services gained from service in senior ASIC roles involving enforcement, policy and law reform.

Mr Farnsworth will join the firm on 17 August.

Mills Oakley nabs financial services partner from NRF
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