Accounting firm Ernst & Young Australia has appointed a new partner for its “rapidly growing” Oceania financial services law team.
Nikki Bentley, a funds and investment management professional “with a particular focus on alternative investments”, and “over 20 years’ experience in financial services law in Australia and overseas”, has joined EY as a law partner.
In a statement, the firm said she “has previously advised many leading Australian and global financial services clients on a wide range of corporate, commercial and regulatory issues facing their businesses including, advising them on entering the Australian market, strategic investments and material outsourcing arrangements”.
Commenting on the appointment, EY Oceania wealth and asset management leader Antoinette Elias said the firm was “delighted” to have Ms Bentley onboard.
“Her appointment is yet another example of the ongoing EY commitment to provide quality legal, tax and advisory services to our clients in the financial services sector,” she said.
EY Australia financial services law partner Michelle Segaert added: “In just two years, the EY Oceania financial services law team has gone from strength to strength, with the team recently recognised as finalists in the Banking and Finance Team of the Year category at the 2019 Lawyers Weekly Australian Law Awards.”
“Nikki’s skills and experience are a welcome addition to the team, complementing and adding further depth to EY financial legal services and enhancing service offerings to clients,” Ms Segaert said.
Ms Bentley said: “The opportunity to be part of such a highly regarded team of financial services industry professionals was integral in my decision to join EY. The team is well placed to assist clients with the complex challenges they are currently facing in an ever-changing regulatory environment.”