Jon Ireland

Norton Rose Fulbright Australia

T:+61 2 9330 8773
T:+61 2 9330 8773
Jon Ireland

Jon Ireland



Jon Ireland is leading corporate and financial services lawyer based in Sydney, specialising in complex transactions, funds management and investment distribution. Jon leads the Australian funds and financial services practice. 

Jon provides advice to leading Australian and international financial services clients on the full range of corporate, commercial and regulatory issues facing these businesses. He has considerable experience advising them on significant strategic initiatives including cross-border transactions, entering the Australian market, acquisitions, disposals and restructuring of their businesses.

Jon also regularly advises on day-to-day funds management issues including fund structuring, disclosure, investment management and outsourcing arrangements. He has particular expertise in the area of investment distribution and has advised on strategic investments into on-shore and offshore pooled investment vehicles acting for institutional and advisory clients.

He has advised a global fund manager on the establishment of $2bn and $5bn fund-of-one registered schemes as part of the expansion of its Australian business. Jon has also advised on the negotiation of material outsourcing arrangements for a global investment bank and a scheme modernisation project for a leading Australian fund manager. Jon's experience also includes advising on the establishment of the Australian operations of a global diversified financial services business, including regulatory and corporate issues related to its expansion.

Jon's clients value his advice on recent law reforms, including around fees and costs disclosure (RG 97) and the incoming product design and distribution obligations. Jon is a regular participant on Financial Services Council working groups and has experience working with ASIC and Treasury on material law reforms.

Professional experience

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  • LLM, University of New South Wales (2012)
  • BA (Hons), University of Oxford (1997)
  • Admitted as a solicitor England and Wales 2001
  • Supreme Court of New South Wales 2004
  • Finalist: Lawyers Weekly Partner of the Year Awards (Financial Services) 2017
  • Financial Services Council Industry Excellence Award, 2016 and 2018
  • Recognised in Investment Funds by Chambers Asia-Pacific, since 2012
  • Listed as an expert in Funds Management in Best Lawyers, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015 and in Investments 2017 and 2018
  • English


Financial services monthly wrap up: December 2019 to January 2020

Publication | January 2020

Financial services monthly wrap up: November 2019

Publication | November 2019

ASIC's Review of RG 97

Publication | November 28, 2019

Sustainable finance

Publication | November 11, 2019