HSF boosts financial services practice with MinterEllison hires

The new partners will operate from HSF's Sydney office

HSF boosts financial services practice with MinterEllison hires

Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has boosted its financial services practice with the addition of two Sydney-based partners from MinterEllison.

Maged Girgis and Andrew Bradley will join HSF as partners, working from the firm’s Sydney office alongside superannuation partner Michael Vrisakis and consultant Ruth Stringer to assist the firm’s financial services clients.

Girgis has been renowned as a financial service lawyer for almost 30 years. He specialises in superannuation and life insurance, financial services regulation, and governance and regulatory interventions and disputes.

He has advised clients across the financial services sector, such as life insurance companies, financial institutions, investment managers and employers. He has worked on numerous significant life insurance and superannuation fund matters throughout the country.

“Mag is one of the country's most respected financial services lawyers,” HSF corporate managing partner Carolyn Pugsley said. “His track record speaks for itself, and the depth and breadth of his expertise can perhaps only be matched by that of our existing partners in this space,”

A financial services specialist, Bradley has extensive expertise in financial services regulation. He has almost 25 years of experience in the financial services industry and has represented a wide range of clients, including superannuation trustees, life insurers, wrap platform operators, investment managers, administrators and custodians.

He also took on several in-house roles before shifting to private practice in 2006.

Pugsley described Bradley as “a next-generation leading superannuation lawyer with that essential combination of technical excellence and commercial sensibility our clients are seeking from their financial services advisors.”

“Joining Herbert Smith Freehills gives us the opportunity of creating something that is greater than the sum of its parts. With the continued consolidation of the financial services industry and clients increasingly looking for opportunities offshore, I am particularly excited by the prospect of working with the full range of HSF’s experts across its global network of offices,” Girgis said.

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