Michael Bracken


Michael is highly regarded for his corporate and commercial law expertise with a focus on financial services, insurance, reinsurance, capital markets, health and medical defence mutuals.

Experienced in advising insurers, non-bank financial institutions, financial services providers and intermediaries such as futures and commodities dealers and broking houses, payment system operators, health funds, health and medical service providers, medical defence mutuals, medical indemnity insurers and reinsurers. Michael also regularly deals with regulators such as ASIC, APRA, Treasury and ASX.

Prior to joining Meridian Lawyers, Michael spent 17 years as a highly regarded financial services and corporate advisory partner at TressCox Lawyers during which time he was appointed as Chairman for 4 years. He previously worked as Associate General Counsel at Ernst & Young for 7 years.

Michael was recognised by Best Lawyers Australia since 2017 for his expertise in Commercial Law. He was selected for inclusion in the Asia Pacific Legal 500 (2009/10, 2010/11, 2011/12 & 2012/13) for Corporate/M&A, the Asian In-House Handbook (2008/09) for Restructuring & Insolvency and in IFLR1000 Legal Guide (2015) for Financial Services Regulatory and M&A. Michael has been listed as a Leading Lawyer in the AsiaLaw Profiles (2015 and 2016) for Financial Services Regulatory, Banking & Finance (2014, 2015 and 2016) and for Insurance and M&A in 2018.


Michael has a special interest in corporate risk and governance and advises Boards on director liability, D&O and prudential and regulatory compliance.


Mar 8, 2019

INSIGHT: ASIC’s regulatory approach to enforcement post-Hayne

What to do if you receive an ASIC Notice Following on from our from our preliminary analysis of the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry  we predicted that one of the outcomes of the Recommendations of the Hayne Commission Final Report would be a likely increase in regulatory activity, […]

Feb 14, 2019

INSIGHT: Six axioms emerging from the Hayne report

A preliminary analysis of the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry. As foreshadowed in our previous Financial Services Insight, which deals with the Interim Report, the period of public hearings has been completed and Commissioner Hayne released the Commission’s Final Report on 4 February 2019. The Final Report includes […]