About Pointer Lawyers

Established in 2021 by Andrew Pointer, Pointer Lawyers is a boutique law firm, concentrating on managed investment funds and managed investment trusts and commercial law.

Andrew Pointer, Principal, has Australian and global managed fund, commercial law and management level business experience working in Sydney, Melbourne, USA and Hong Kong. 

Pointer Lawyers is a law firm with a difference. Experience matters.

Our advice includes fund set up requirements, licensing, recommending service providers, documentation and all aspects of compliance (AML, CTF, AUSTRAC, ASIC laws and policies and the Corporations Act).

Andrew Pointer, Principal, has top tier law firm experience at Minter Ellison, Corrs Chambers Westgarth (Australia) and Stephenson Harwood (Hong Kong).

Pointer Lawyers commercial advice includes pre-IPO and merger/acquisition due diligence; joint venture, consulting, distribution, agency, licensing, sale and purchase, supply, procurement, security, technology, service and lease agreements; director duty and board advice.

Pointer Lawyers is uniquely positioned to assist US fund, financial services and Fortune 500 global companies.

We typically advise global businesses, trustees, fund managers, foreign financial service providers (FFSP), property developers, investment managers, private clients and family offices.

We also offer a non-legal resident director service for global corporate and fund administrator clients establishing a company in Australia.

We take pride in our concise, clear legal writing, commercial insights and approach and being personable and affordable (normally fixed fee).

Our office is conveniently located in Martin Place, Sydney, in the heart of the CBD.

8 Pillars Operating Model

  • Clear and concise writing
  • Accurate
  • Timely
  • Information memorandum written to attract investors
  • A well-rounded commercial approach
  • A unique ‘one stop’ fund services model
  • Highly personable, easy to work with
  • Affordable and normally fixed fees

Pointer Lawyers advise on managed investment funds and managed investment trusts (MITs), particularly wholesale property and mortgage funds management, and compliance with financial services laws.

We also advise on a range of security trustee, commercial, company and property matters.

We can assist with AFSL applications and retail managed fund set up and advice, working collaboratively with other law firms as required to meet client needs.

The firm uniquely offers the value of a ‘one stop’ solution model for fund clients. The firm recommends a small circle of leading and trusted fund industry service providers to help your business establish and operate a fund. This includes trustees, custodians, tax advisers, fund administrators, registry and auditors (adopting a ‘no commissions’ policy).

Our office is conveniently located in Martin Place in Sydney’s CBD, in a separate office to and co-located with Urban Taskforce Australia.

About Andrew Pointer

Graduated in 1988 from the University of Melbourne, Law and Arts Degrees, admitted in 1989.

Andrew has 10+ years experience in funds management, trusts, company, commercial and property law, including as a trusts lawyer in Hong Kong.

He has been a senior lawyer for leading Australian law firms Minter Ellison and Corrs Chambers Westgarth and in Hong Kong for top UK/Hong Kong law firm Stephenson Harwood.

Andrew has provided funds management and trust advice to trustees, custodians, investment managers, investment and retail banks and private clients. This has included advising on REITs for a leading Australian Bank and wholesale and retail property and mortgage managed funds. He has also advised on a large range of property and commercial matters for major property developer and construction clients.

He was most recently, for over 18 months, Managing Director/CEO of a responsible entity, trustee and custody retail and wholesale managed fund Australian Financial Services (AFSL) holder business in Sydney. This involved a comprehensive understanding and application of financial services laws for both retail and wholesale fund managed investment schemes.

Andrew has had articles published in CCH law reports, one quoted as a source for a point of company law in Ford, Company Law (1990 edition).

He has over 20 years global business experience, including working in Hong Kong, New York and Houston, Texas. He has been in board management, director and business development roles in trustee, property, global corporate and fund administration businesses and in international trade for government.

Andrew worked in New York and Houston, Texas for a global fund and corporate administrator, as the US business development director and in a management capacity.

Andrew has held various Board and director positions and is resident Australian director of a US multinational company.

He is a Member of the Independent Compliance Committee Forum and actively engaged with the American Chamber of Commerce in Australia, Hong Kong Australia Business Association and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Married with 2 children. Andrew’s interests include squash, golf, test cricket, AFL, rugby union as a former state representative, politics, global business and WW2 history.

Working with Pointer Lawyers

Pointer Lawyers Pty Ltd ACN 646 673 805 / ABN 796 4667 3805, trading as Pointer Lawyers (an incorporated legal practice).

Our services are based on an engagement agreement. The precise scope of work, timing and estimated costs for each matter will be discussed and agreed in writing with you.

Typically, we will agree a fixed fee for work to be performed.

Our fees will depend on the nature and scope of the work. These may vary from fixed fee for certain projects or types of advice to hourly charges. We will always aim to be comparatively affordable and cost-effective.

Pointer Lawyers holds professional indemnity insurance (as required by statute) issued by LawCover, the NSW legal professional indemnity insurer.

Pointer Lawyers Pty Ltd liability is limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards Legislation and to its assets.

Please contact us if you require any further information.