Melody Gao – Senior Lawyer

Melody is a Senior Lawyer and an integral part of the legal team at Sophie Grace.

If we had to describe Melody in a few words, we would say she is:

  • hardworking;
  • understanding; and
  • determined, but also very kind and funny.

Melody’s Journey to Sophie Grace

As a child, Melody constantly changed her mind about what she wanted to do when she grew up. Sometimes she imagined herself as a teacher, nurse, and even gardener but eventually she settled on becoming a lawyer.

“I studied Law and Actuarial Studies at Uni and after five years, I came to the decision that law was the right path for me. After gaining experience in a few different areas of law, I found I enjoyed financial services law and compliance the most – that is ultimately what lead me to this wonderful team.” Melody explains.

We are so glad to have Melody as part of our team at Sophie Grace. She is such a kind and caring team member who is always happy and smiling.

Melody’s Role

Melody assists both our English and Chinese-speaking clients in relation to the preparation, review and negotiation of legal agreements and disclosure documentation, with a particular focus on the CFD industry and wholesale funds. Melody is responsible for a broad network of Australian and international clients who are looking to either purchase or sell their AFS or credit licences and manages this process on their behalf.  Melody also assists Chinese-speaking clients in relation to their AFS and credit licensing and compliance needs.

Having worked at Sophie Grace since 2015, Melody is an experienced member of the team, and is responsible for managing a range of matters and working collaboratively with our Director on more complex legal projects.  Melody’s extensive knowledge of the financial services and credit industries enables her to impart invaluable expertise to her colleagues.

What are the Most Enjoyable Aspects of Melody’s Role? “I really enjoy interacting with a variety of clients. Seeing new ideas and products being brought to life and put to market and standing at the frontline with new financial products is great. Working in a team that is as well-supported and understanding of each other is definitely the best part.” Melody answers.

Outside of the Office

Melody spends her time away from the office travelling (pre-covid) and enjoying various outdoor activities.

Melody loves to spend quality time with her family and friends. At Sophie Grace we are big believers that having a healthy work/life balance is the key to having a happy and productive office culture.

Fun Facts

Melody has an adorable Frenchie called Manman which means ‘slow slow’ in Mandarin.

If Melody could travel anywhere in the world she would travel to all the beautiful places she has seen in history books.

Get in touch if you would like to work with Melody.

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