Clyde & Co, has hired Liam Hennessy as a partner in Brisbane, Australia, to join its financial services regulatory team. Liam, together with an experienced team of seven, will form part of the firm’s global corporate and regulatory offering.
Liam brings a wide range of corporate and financial services regulatory expertise to the firm including experience advising retail insurers, superannuation funds, funds managers, lenders and payment services, fintechs, and crypto providers and platforms. His experience spans complex financial services advisory work, regulatory projects, large scale remediation matters and regulatory investigations.
Liam’s team includes Special Counsel, Yvonne O’Byrne, and six associates. This represents a significant expansion of the firm’s financial services regulatory offering in Australia, which now covers commercial and retail insurance and reinsurance, insurance intermediaries, superannuation funds, fund managers, crypto exchanges, emerging fintech and insurtech firms, and crypto providers and exchanges.
Liam will work closely with other partners in the Asia-Pacific region, including Thomas Choo and Weiyi Tan in Singapore and Joyce Chan in Hong Kong, to help clients navigate emerging regulatory issues associated with the development of new financial products using blockchain and tokenisation.
Avryl Lattin, partner at Clyde & Co in Sydney, says: “Liam’s practice complements and enhances Clyde & Co’s expertise in financial services regulatory matters, not only in Brisbane but across Australia and, indeed, the wider Asia-Pacific region. Liam has an in-depth knowledge of complex financial services laws and is at the forefront of development of regulation in new areas, with a particularly impressive understanding of crypto assets and tokenisation. We’re delighted to welcome him and his exceptional team to the firm and look forward to working with them to deliver even more for our clients.”
Liam Hennessy adds: “I’m thrilled to join Clyde & Co and become part of a market-leading financial services regulatory firm that supports clients in Australia and globally, with their most complex, sensitive, and challenging financial services regulatory and corporate mandates. Clyde & Co is an ideal home for me and my team to further expand our practice – it has the capability, scale and cross-practice support to offer an unbeatable value proposition to the market. We’re excited to get started.”
Clyde & Co is the world’s pre-eminent insurance law firm, providing the highest quality advisory and dispute resolution services to insurers and their clients operating in both established and emerging markets. It provides a complete range of corporate, commercial, regulatory and advisory services.
Liam joins from Gadens, having previously worked at Clifford Chance and King & Wood Mallesons.