Pamela Hanrahan

Professor, Director (Research)

School of Taxation & Business Law - SJD, Melbourne | LLM (Hons), CWRU | LLB (Hons), Melbourne | BA (Hons), Melbourne | Australian legal practitioner

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About Pamela

Pamela joined the UNSW Business School as Professor and Director of Research in November 2015 after over 20 years working as a solicitor in private practice, an academic and a senior regulator in the areas of corporate law and securities regulation, investment law, and financial services law.

She has published widely in her areas of expertise, with particular emphasis on the governance of investment firms and intermediaries. She has taught corporations law at the undergraduate and graduate level in both law and business schools, and managed investments law and financial services law at the Masters level, for over a decade, and is a former director of studies in banking and financial services law for the Melbourne Law Masters.

In the financial services area, her books include Managed Investments Law & Practice (CCH, looseleaf, 1999 - 2016), which is the leading Australian text on the law of collective investment schemes, and Funds Management in Australia: Officers' Duties and Liabilities (LexisNexis, 2007). She is the author of numerous book chapters and refereed journal articles on the duties and liabilities of investment intermediaries and her work on the legal responsibilities of responsible entities and their officers is frequently referenced and has been cited with approval by the High Court of Australia.

In corporations and securities law, she is co-author of Securities and Financial Services Law (LexisNexis, 9th edition 2016) and lead author of the Australian, Singaporean, Malaysian and New Zealand editions of the corporations law textbook Commercial Applications of Company Law (OUP, first published 2000, 17th edition 2016). In 2014 she was the Australian Reporter to the International Academy of Comparative Law’s world congress on the law of close corporations, and her new book co-authored book, Corporate Governance, will be published by LexisNexis in 2016.

Pamela is admitted to practise in the High Court of Australia and the Supreme Courts of Victoria and New South Wales. In 2010-2011 she was the Australian Securities and Investments Commission’s Regional Commissioner for Queensland and from 2013-2015 she was the Registrar of Community Housing for New South Wales. She is a former member of the Corporations and Markets Advisory Committee’s ad hoc legal committee on managed investments and of the University of Melbourne’s central Human Research Ethics Committee. Pamela is currently a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia, a member of the Corporations Committee of the Law Council of Australia, a Senior Visiting Fellow in the Faculty of Law at UNSW Australia, a member of the Society of Investment Law, and an Associate of the Centre for Corporate Law and Securities Regulation at the University of Melbourne.