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Andrea Beatty

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Andrea is considered one of Australia’s leading financial services lawyers. She advises and represents clients including start-ups, Australian financial services licensees (AFSL) and Australian credit licensees (ACL) on all aspects of financial services regulation and corporate finance including licence applications, regulatory compliance projects and audits, regulatory enforcement defences, and regulator investigations and disputes.

Andrea advises domestic and foreign institutions on acquiring financial services and credit licences and exemptions and specialises in advising on structuring and establishing financial services and credit businesses including drafting plain English documents, procedures, systems audits and online web application processes.

Andrea’s experience includes advising clients on financial products and channels, including peer to peer lending platforms, crowd funding, payment systems, crypto currency, reward programs, gift cards and financial services acquisitions, disposals and alliances.

Andrea also has in-depth knowledge of privacy laws and regularly advises clients on data and privacy security and breach remediation.

Andrea is an AUSTRAC authorised external AML/CTF auditor, regularly developing and conducting independent reviews of AML/CTF programs.

Andrea regularly conducts training programs and full day workshops for clients including Australian Credit Licence and Australian Financial Services Licence compulsory responsible managers training, privacy training, regulatory updates and “Back to Basics” credit law, privacy, anti-money laundering and other training workshops.

Andrea is widely published and her authorships include the leading consumer law text ‘Annotated National Credit Code’ published by LexisNexis and the ‘Australia’ chapter in the Consumer Finance Law Review (Law Business Research Ltd UK).

Andrea is recognised in the 2017 edition of Chambers Asia Pacific for her expertise and has been listed in ‘Best Lawyers in Australia’ for Financial Institutions and Regulatory since the 2012 edition.

Andrea is a member of numerous financial services professional associations, including being the convenor of the legal stream for the annual Australian Retail Credit Association conference.