Australia's financial institutions are experiencing more regulatory pressure than ever before. From greater capital requirements for banks and the fast paced development of data-based and digital financial services (Fintech and RegTech) to major product reforms in the banking and wealth industries, charting and navigating regulation has become the new-normal for the financial services sector.

KWM remains at the forefront of these key regulatory issues and a leading firm that clients, governments and their regulators turn to, to guide and shape the future of financial services

We advise both the private and the public sector on structuring, advancing and legislating the critical financial services regulatory reform that is shaping the Australian market.

We work in partnership with leading national and international financial regulatory bodies with a role in actually creating new laws and market infrastructure, and are undoubtedly the leading prudential regulatory practice in Australia. No other firm can claim to be involved at the same strategic level of focus and relevance as KWM, and we apply this understanding of the regulatory landscape to help financial institutions manage risk and achieve their objectives.

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