Rachel Davies

Rachel Davies

Associate
Baker McKenzie

Biography

Rachel is a member of Baker McKenzie's Australian Funds Transaction Group and Asia Pacific and Global Funds Teams. Rachel also works closely with the Australian Baking & Finance Group, advising on financial services regulation and compliance and preparing documentation for retail banking products.

Practice Focus

Rachel is a funds and financial services lawyer who assists clients to undertake domestic and cross-border capital markets and M&A transactions. She works closely with the Firm's private equity, real estate and energy infrastructure groups on transactions such as fund formation, complex M&A transactions, privatizations, and structured investments. Rachel also advises investors in funds and other investment arrangements, including pension and sovereign wealth funds.

In addition to working in the funds sector, Rachel advises both cross-border and domestic clients on a range of matters related to financial services regulation and compliance.

Rachel also has experience in preparing documentation for retail banking products and providing related advice. Rachel has a particular interest in virtual payment systems, and has undertaken a digital secondment with a multinational fuel card and virtual payment processing provider to better understand this innovative area.

Alongside Rachel’s experience as a legal practitioner, she has externally published her research in respect of Australian taxation law and policy.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Advising investors (including government-backed pension funds) and asset managers in relation to acquiring and/or managing Australian investments. 
  • Advising on applying for and/or maintaining an Australian financial services license, Australian credit license or banking license. 
  • Advising on anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing matters. 
  • Advising on non-traditional payment systems and assessing compliance with Australian financial services laws. 
  • Advising on the listing of the HomeCo Daily Needs REIT on the ASX, the largest IPO of 2020. 
  • Advising a MIRA-led consortium in its acquisition of an 88% stake in AirTrunk and subsequent post-completion matters, obtaining a client service award from the Firm in the process. 
  • Advising a Canadian pension fund on a proposed reorganization of its Australian PPP investments. 
  • Advising a Canadian pension fund on Australian agricultural acquisitions and acquisition of an increased stake in a critical infrastructure facility. 
  • Advising an Austrian investor of an Australian institutional investment manager and private non-bank debt lender.

Professional Associations and Memberships

Law Institute of Victoria, Member
International Bar Association, Member
Victorian Women Lawyers, Member
Alternative Investment Management Association, Member

Admissions

  • High Court of Australia~Australia (2018)
  • Victoria~Australia (2017)

Education

  • College of Law (Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice) (2017)
  • University of Melbourne (JD) (2016)
  • University of New South Wales (Master Criminal Justice and Criminology) (2013)
  • University of British Columbia (BA) (2012)

Languages

  • English
  • Co-author with Professor Miranda Stewart, "The Gatekeeper Court: For the Revenue or For the Taxpayer?" in James Stellios and Pauline Ridge (eds), The Federal Court's Contribution to Australian Law: Past, Present and Future (Federation Press, 2018). 
  • Co-author with Professor Miranda Stewart, "The Gatekeeper Court: For the Revenue or For the Taxpayer?" (Working Paper, 2018).