Bryan O’Connell

BEc, LLB, Grad Dip International and Comparative Law (Monash University)
Senior Fellow of Financial Services Institute of Australia (FINSIA) and
Fellow of The Chartered Institute of Bankers Scotland (CIBOS)

He has 30 years experience in the banking and finance industry working in Australia and globally.

Experience as a Banking and Finance Lawyer

Bryan worked in the first part of his career as a senior banking and international finance lawyer for some of Australia’s major leading banks (ANZ Bank and Westpac Banking Corporation) and in major private practice both in Australia and the United Kingdom. During this time, and over a period of 15 years, he practised in a wide area of banking and corporate law, specialising in international and trade finance, capital markets, treasury and related transactional work.

He also practised banking and corporate law in major law firms both in the UK and Australia with a particular focus on international finance and capital markets work. He acted for many international banks, global corporations, investment banks and other banks in relation to a wide variety of legal, regulatory, compliance and banking practice issues.

Experience as a Strategic, Marketing, Training and Business Development Consultant

For the last 15 years and currently, he has worked as a strategic and marketing consultant to the banking and financial services industry focusing on assisting banks, non bank financial institutions, professional bodies and other service providers with their strategic, marketing, business development and communication needs. He has acted for a range of banks, financial institutions, industry bodies, major corporations and IT companies providing analytical, strategic, business development, communication, training, learning/development programs and marketing services.

He has published many articles in the banking industry in the past including a regular column called “On the Cutting Edge” for the Australian Institute of Banking and Finance before it merged with the Securities Institute. He has also published many banking newsletters for the industry analysing a range of banking developments in Australia and the impact of the global financial crisis. And has also made a number of presentations at banking industry conferences in Australia and internationally and worked with major banking industry bodies in creating prestigious CEO forums both in Australia and the United Kingdom.

One of his major achievements over the last 10 years has been the establishment of B@nkfin as the provider of unique and innovative global business, professional development and relationship programs between banks, major financial service institutions and their senior executive across the globe.