Mr Michael Chaaya > Corrs Chambers Westgarth > Sydney, Australia > Lawyer Profile

Corrs Chambers Westgarth
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Work Department

Corporate / Financial Services / Mergers & Acquisitions.




Michael Chaaya is known for his commerciality and being at the forefront of financial services reform and regulation. Specialising in superannuation and pensions, general and life insurance, funds management, financial services reform and regulation, Michael provides regulatory and commercial advice to Australia’s leading financial services entities. He is the chair of the Corrs Financial Services Industry Division Leadership Team and leads the financial services regulatory practice at Corrs. On behalf of his clients he works closely with key regulators including the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission, and the Australian Taxation Office.Having gained valuable client-side experience on secondments as in-house Legal Counsel at AMP, MLC/National Australia Bank and BT Financial Group, Michael has genuine insight into his clients’ needs. Michael has published widely on financial services issues and is a regular speaker at industry conferences in Australia and abroad. He is a Senior Fellow at the University of Melbourne Law School and lectures in the postgraduate program. With a strong involvement in the community, access to justice and pro bono activities, Michael was a finalist for the Law and Justice Foundation of NSW Justice Medal in 2007 and was awarded the Australian Centenary medal for service to the law, youth and community in 2003.


Law Society of New South Wales – Member Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees – Member Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia – Member ASFA Legal, Regulatory and Compliance – Sub-Committee Member Financial Services Council – Member National Children’s & Youth Law Centre – Director Australian Museum Director and Trustee, Board of Trustees Federal Government’s Tax Design Advisory Panel Member University of Sydney Law School – Guest Lecturer University of Melbourne Law School – Guest Lecturer International Pensions and Employment Benefits Lawyers Association – Member.

Lawyer Rankings

Australia > Banking and finance

Corrs Chambers Westgarth fields a team of dedicated specialists with notable expertise in property finance matters alongside knowledge of project finance, syndicated lending, acquisition finance and alternative lending mandates; the firm also has a distinct financial services regulatory practice. Rommel Harding-Farrenberg heads up the banking and finance team, while Robert Clarke and Mark Wilks lead the financial sponsors group and litigation practice respectively; Wiks focuses on financial services disputes. Brad Robinson is a key name for corporate finance work, Henry Self and Brad Husband jointly lead the property finance team from Sydney and Melbourne respectively, and Michael Chaaya and Fadi Khoury are notable contacts for regulatory advice.