Stephen Putnins

Special Counsel
Norton Rose Fulbright Australia

Stephen Putnins

Stephen Putnins



Stephen Putnins is a corporate and financial services lawyer based in Melbourne. He specialises in superannuation, funds management and investments. He also has experience in mutual and retail banking, major projects, derivatives, M&A, private equity, tax and shareholder class actions.

Stephen has over 15 years' of top tier private practice and in-house legal experience advising major Australian superannuation funds, global financial services institutions, banking and corporate clients on major projects, general corporate and operational matters, outsourcing, cross border transactions, acquisitions and divestments, investments, distribution, licensing, listings, governance, regulatory and compliance matters, tax, contractual negotiation and liaison with government entities and regulators, investor and member disputes and remediation.

Stephen advises across all asset classes and broad investment structures, local and global, for superannuation funds (accumulation and defined benefit), and in equities, hybrids, trusts, platforms and distribution, managed investment schemes, limited liability partnerships, debt instruments, bonds, private equity, direct and indirect property investments and public private partnerships (PPPs).

His unique significant in-house client experience includes a leading award winning super fund within Investments, a mutual retail bank, fund manager and insurer, and a global aid organisation.

Stephen has advised on governance related matters including the Modern Day Slavery Regime, moderated expert panel discussions, facilitated impact investing and Reconciliation Action Plans.

Stephen has presented on new design and distribution obligations in the financial services industry.

He has also advised board directors and executives on the Banking Executive Accountability Regime, to become the Financial Accountability Regime (FAR). He also advises on ESG related matters.

Professional experience

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  • Bachelor of Laws (Hons), Monash University (2004)
  • Honours Degree of Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting & Finance), Monash University (2004)
  • Bachelor of Commerce (Finance), Monash University (2001)
  • Postgrad Dip Legal Practice, Skills & Ethics, Monash University (2006)
  • Certificate in Geopolitcs, Deakin University (2007)
  • Supreme Court of Victoria 2005
  • High Court of Australia 2005
  • English