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Shemira Jeevaratnam

Baker & McKenzie LLP


Shemira is a senior associate in Baker McKenzie's Sydney office. Her practice focuses on FinTech, corporate crime and financial services.

Practice Focus

Shemira predominantly works with institutional financial services organisations, global technology companies and FinTechs. She has completed four client secondments.

Shemira was chosen to complete a secondment in Baker McKenzie's San Francisco and Palo Alto offices. She was also chosen to represent Baker McKenzie's Asia Pacific offices in Germany at Bucerius Law School's Legal Technology and Operations Summer School.

Representative Legal Matters

  • First digital bank licence in Australia and creation of first ever neobank in Australia. Assisting on all aspects of APRA's first RADI licence, obtaining Australian financial services licence, Australian credit licence, governance, and negotiation of contracts with third party vendors. Coordination of cross-disciplinary Baker McKenzie team on technology, employment, corporate, and IP matters. Shemira also acts for the third digital bank licence recipient in Australia, as well other neobanks at various stages in the application process.

  • First-of-a-kind blockchain Ts&Cs. Co-drafting first-of-a-kind blockchain terms and conditions for global renewable energy company.

  • Digital Wallet expertise. Complex advisory work on several digital wallet products for leading multinational entities.

  • Creation of P2P products. Creation of multiple peer-to-peer (P2P) lending products. Advising on all aspects of financial services regulatory, anti-fraud and risk.

  • AML and Financial Crime. Advising the largest global payments companies, investment banks, foreign banks, and financial institutions on all aspects of highly technical AML and financial crime matters. This work includes advisory pieces, as well as practical tools for implementation and re-design of financial crime units.

  • Re-design and process implementation of AML processes for one of the largest global investment banking, securities and investment management firms.

  • AUSTRAC Investigations. Assisting financial institutions in responding to AUSTRAC regulatory interactions, design and implementation of remediation programs following investigations or audits, and advising on breach reporting processes.

  • Advising on regulatory aspects of the Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking Corporation (MUTB) on its AUD 4.13 billion (USD 3 billion) acquisition of Colonial First State Global Asset Management from Commonwealth Bank.

  • Investigations. Assisting with on-ground advice for multinational company in relation to regulator criminal investigation and seizure of documents.

  • Australian Consumer Law. Secondment to provide advice on various aspects of the Australian Consumer Law regime, including consumer guarantees.


  • New South Wales~Australia (2020)


  • University of New South Wales (BMedia, LLB Honours) (2018)
  • Columbia University (Human Rights Law in Practice,, Dean's List (1st place in course))