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Marianne Robinson
Marianne Robinson
Marianne Robinson Special Counsel

Marianne Robinson

Special Counsel

About Marianne

Marianne is one of Australia's leading advisers to a range of financial services sectors, including mutuals. She has advised this sector for more than 16 years and has been involved with the creation and regulation of many mutual and APRA regulated companies. 

Marianne has worked in in-house counsel roles, executive management teams and in private practice. She brings almost 39 years' experience advising on compliance and governance issues to our Corporate team's capability.

What she does

Marianne advises a range of clients, particularly those in the financial services, credit and non-cash payment-remittance sectors as well as options and binary options. Her expertise is in interpreting reform to assist clients in the commercial implementation of regulatory changes. Marianne works in the new areas of funds management and finance such as managed investment schemes (registered and unregistered), managed investment trusts (MIT) and the new Attribution MIT, wholesale venture capital investments work such as Venture Capital Limited Partnerships (VCLP) and Early Stage Venture Capital Limited Partnerships (ESVCLP) that form the core of the Innovation Australia program. She also works in the area of credit card surcharging and interchange fees, which is under reform in Australia.

Marianne designs and reviews corporate compliance programs and governance frameworks, governance charters, and various corporate policies and codes of conduct in line with the ASX Corporate Governance Council Principles and the Australian Standard. She also audits APRA entities for compliance with the Banking Act, Insurance Act, Life Insurance Act and SIS Act and related prudential standards obligations. Marianne works closely with boards and management to develop strategies and protocols to safeguard the company, its directors and personnel. She conducts compliance and risk management training programs for boards and senior managers.

Marianne develops policies and protocols dealing with conflicts of interest, bribery and corruption, trade sanctions, codes of conduct, privacy, anti-money laundering, director's duties, risk management strategies and APRA prudential standards across the ADI, life, general and superannuation spectrum.

Who she works with

Marianne advises a range of clients, particularly those in the financial services, credit and non-cash payment-remittance sectors. Her clients include those listed on the Australian, London and Chicago Stock Exchanges. Many are based overseas and are international companies who are either establishing in Australia or expanding their services into Australia.


Marianne has a Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) and a Master of Laws from the University of Sydney. She also has a Post-Graduate Diploma in Business Management from Charles Sturt University.

Marianne is authorised as an external AUSTRAC (Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre) auditor. She is admitted in the Supreme Court of NSW. 

Life before Sparkes

Before joining Sparke Helmore in 2015, Marianne was head of Compliance Solutions at DLA Piper. She has also held senior in-house legal and management roles.

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