Biography

Peter is a partner in Gilbert + Tobin's Corporate Advisory group and leads the Fintech practice.

He is an expert and market-leading practitioner in fintech, financial services regulation and funds management.  Peter advises domestic and off-shore corporates, financial institutions, funds, managers and other market participants in relation to establishing, structuring and operating financial services sector businesses in Australia.

He also advises across a range of issues relevant to the fintech and digital sectors, including platform structuring and establishment, payment solutions, blockchain solutions and global crypto-asset strategies.

Peter has qualifications in law (honours) and commerce from The University of Newcastle.

Peter’s experience includes:

  • Xinja in relation to its establishment of one of the first neo-banks to operate in Australia.
  • The establishment and ongoing operation of The BRICKX Platform, which is an online platform for investors to buy and sell units (Bricks) in residential investment property trusts. The BRICKX platform was launched for wholesale clients in 2015 and retail clients in 2016.
  • Advising on the launch of ‘Tide’– a new blockchain based protocol that will facilitate the personal data economy by enabling organisations to monetise the information stored in their databases, whilst also addressing compliance with current and expected privacy regulation.
  • CoVESTA in relation to the establishment of a fractionalised asset investment platform.
  • Telegram, Havven (SNX), Tide, Agridigital, Chronobank, Incent, Lexium Capital, Quixxi, Lakeba and others in relation to digital token sales, crypto-asset strategies and exchange establishment, and a leading Australian financial sector business in relation to the development of clearing and settlement solutions using DLT.
  • Advising on the establishment of Tokenized, a platform for issuing, managing and trading security and utility tokens on the Bitcoin SV network.
  • The establishment of Graincorp’s Cropconnect grain marketplace.
  • Think Procurement in relation to its digital procurement platform.
  • The establishment of Nexus Initiative, a not-for-profit advisory and originator business.
  • PayPal, Intuit, MYOB, BPAY (including in relation to NPP and Osko), Tencent, Afterpay, Blueshyft, Daimler, Relaypay, Rev Australia, Ailo Holdings (Ray White Group), Moneytech, Havven, Westpac and Paid by Coins in relation to payment system solutions.
  • CBA in relation to the BEEM payments app.
  • BT in relation to the Panorama platform.
  • Money Place Limited in relation to the establishment of its marketplace lending platform.

Transaction experience:

  • Advising on regulatory aspects of transactions, including KKR in connection with its proposed acquisition of MYOB, Quadrant and Champ in connection with their proposed acquisitions of various Australian assets, PEP in connection with its proposed acquisition of The Trust Company, TPG in connection with its consortium bid for the GE Australia consumer business, proposed acquisitions of StatePlus Super by PEP and Carlyle, and IOOF in connection with its acquisition of part of the ANZ Wealth business.
  • A leading Asian institutional investor in relation to certain significant real estate investments in Australia.
  • Viva Energy in relation to the establishment of the Viva Energy REIT, Crescent Capital Partners’ in relation to its fifth fund and Global Credit Investments in relation to its first wholesale fund.
  • Oaktree in relation to its proposed debt investment in Blue Sky.
  • PayPal in relation to its proposed acquisition of HyperWallet.
  • Hastings Funds Management (Westpac) in relation to its acquisition of the Sydney Desalination Plant, its proposed takeover of Hastings Diversified Utilities Fund, its proposed acquisition of Port Botany and Port Kembla, its proposed acquisition of QML, its acquisition of the Port of Newcastle and its acquisition of TransGrid.
  • Westpac in relation to the proposed divestment of Ascalon, its acquisition of Lloyds’ Australian assets, the restructure of its funds management business, the trust scheme for the acquisition of Westpac Office Trust by Mirvac, financial services regulatory matters generally and also in relation to the management of the retail WOT instalment receipt program.
  • State Super in relation to compliance with regulatory obligations (including the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993 (Cth)) in connection with co-investments in renewables funds.
  • Blackstone in relation to the Australian regulatory aspects of its acquisition of the Thomson Reuters Financial and Risk business (including TradeWeb) and in relation to the trust scheme and company scheme of arrangement for the acquisition of Valad Property Group.
  • Investa in relation to the Oxford Properties Group takeover of the Investa Office Fund.
  • IPOs of Greenstone, Covermore, Pioneer Credit and iSelect.
  • ClearView in relation to the proposed sale of ClearView Wealth.
  • MetLife in relation to its proposed acquisition of Macquarie Life.

Regulatory advisory experience:

  • Advising corporates in connection with product development, financial services licensing issues, ASIC dealings and regulatory (including AML/CTF) compliance, including Greenstone, Westpac, CBA, NAB, EFTPOS, BPAY, The Northern Trust Company, RIA Financial Services, Telstra, Macquarie, Chant West, Jemena and AFEX.
  • Advising offshore clients on their Australian operations, including Blackstone, Park Hill, Oaktree, EQT, AlphaCat Managers, The Lazarus Partnership, Rockpoint Group, Crédit Agricole CIB, The Northern Trust Company, Fifth Third Bank, PJT Partners, Apollo, Lombard Odier, Carlyle, Federated Investors and HarbourVest.
  • Advising financial services sector participants in relation to regulation and establishment, including Jefferies, Crescent Capital Partners, HRL Morrison & Co, Southern Cross Partners, Allegro, BridgeLane Group, The Brick Exchange Pty Ltd, Blackbird Ventures, ClearView, Rainmaker, Greenstone, Evolution Healthcare, OneVentures, SquarePeg, AirTree Ventures, StartMate, Lazard and 5V Capital.
  • Advising clients in relation to financial services laws compliance, including Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank AG, Clearview, Partners Group, IronShore, International Personal Finance Plc, Westpac, Pepper Australia, SAI Global, Pioneer Credit and Insolve Capital.
  • British government in relation to Brexit and the position of Australian financial services regulation.

Peter has been recognised in the area of Funds Management. 

Best Lawyers Australia 2020

Peter ranks Band 1 for Fintech. 

Chambers 2019