Specialising in superannuation and pensions, general and life insurance, funds management, financial services reform and regulation, Michael provides regulatory and commercial advice to Australia’s leading financial services entities.
On behalf of his clients, he works closely with key regulators including the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission, and the Australian Taxation Office.
Having gained valuable client-side experience on secondments as in-house legal counsel at MLC/National Australia Bank and BT Financial Group, Michael has genuine insight into his clients’ needs.
Michael has published widely on financial services issues and is a regular speaker at industry conferences in Australia and abroad. He is a Senior Fellow at the University of Melbourne Law School and lectures in the postgraduate program. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Western Sydney University School of Law. He is on the editorial panel of the Australian Superannuation Law Bulletin and is also a co-author of the LexisNexis published report The Law of Superannuation in Australia.
Leading Lawyer – Financial Services Regulation and Superannuation (Band 1)
Leading Lawyer – Investment Funds
Best Lawyer – Financial Institutions
Best Lawyer – Funds Management
Best Lawyer – Regulatory Practice
Best Lawyer – Superannuation Law
Highly Recommended – Financial Services Regulatory & Investment Funds
In addition to his technical brilliance, Michael is commercially astute, highly respected and flawless in every dimension of his legal practice.
He is approachable, extremely knowledgeable and pragmatic,...I can rely on him to provide advice and sound, business-focused solutions.
Michael is technically excellent, responsive, approachable and able to deliver on commitments
Wins praise for being ‘pragmatic, amiable and knowledgeable’, with sources noting that his ‘experience in the field of financial services is extensive and reliable’ and endorsing his ‘ability to provide solutions that are appropriate for a commercial business’
He’s really good, very on top of the subject matter and he thinks more broadly
He's available, approachable, pragmatic, amiable and knowledgeable”
Deep industry knowledge and commercial insight ... technical brilliance ... highly professional, commercially savvy and impeccable in every domain of his legal practice
An incredibly helpful and practical lawyer
Corrs draws on its 'excellent industry knowledge' to provide 'advice that is well structured and to the point'. Superannuation and pensions specialist Michael Chaaya 'impresses with his responsiveness and approachable manner'
The 'outstanding' Michael Chaaya is recommended
He has excellent knowledge of superannuation and trust law as well as all associated legislation. He is a client-focused adviser who delivers advice in a pragmatic manner. He is a valued contributor to the industry and his knowledge is well respected
Clearly an expert in his field