Banks and non-bank deposit takers
Advise a number of banks and financial institutions on the requirements imposed on registered banks under the Reserve Bank of New Zealand Act 1989 and the Non-bank Deposit Takers Act 2013.
Advised JPMorgan Chase, and the Bank of Baroda on their registration as a bank under the Reserve Bank of New Zealand Act.
Bloomberg financial regulation advice
Advise Bloomberg (and its associated entities) regularly on the application of New Zealand financial markets regulation to its products and services.
Credit Contracts and Consumer Finance (CCCFA) and Lending Responsibility Code
Assisted a number of clients on the changes they need to make to their customer documentation and internal risk management procedures to ensure compliance with the recent reforms to the CCCFA, including the introduction of the Responsible Lending Code.
Financial advisers, broking and custody regimes
Advise both domestic and offshore financial institutions on the registration, authorisation, conduct and licensing obligations imposed on financial advisers, brokers and custodians under New Zealand’s financial adviser and broking regimes.
HarMoney Limited P2P wholesale unit trust
Acted for the trustee establishing a master unit trust structure and a wholesale unit trust to provide funding to New Zealand's first peer-to-peer lending platform.
Insurance companies – prudential regulation
Advised a number of insurers on licensing requirements under the Insurance (Prudential Supervision) Act 2010, including liaising with the Reserve Bank of New Zealand and addressing structural and other issues.
Global Investment Banks
Advise our global investment bank clients regularly on all aspects of financial sector regulation (including cross-border securities law compliance). Our clients include Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Deutsche Bank, JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup, Credit Suisse, Rabobank, UBS and Bank of America Merrill Lynch.
Market Services Licensing regime applicants
Acted for a number of applicants (including derivatives issuers) in respect of their application for a market services licenses under the Financial Markets Conduct Act 2013.
Financial sector regulation publications
Authors of a number of global financial sector regulation guidelines and publications, including the Simmons & Simmons navigator materials.
Assisting clients with seeking Ministerial Exemptions under the AML Act
Assisted with seeking Ministerial Exemptions in a wide range of circumstances where strict compliance with the requirements of the AML Act would have created an undue regulatory burden for our clients in light of the purpose of the AML Act.
Liaising with the AML/CFT supervisors and the Ministry of Justice
The AML Act has been intentionally cast in very broad terms and has been in full force for less than four years, which means that ‘grey areas’ concerning the application of the AML laws inevitably arise from time to time. We help our clients by contacting the supervisors directly to get their views and guidance.
Assisting clients to resolve potential breaches of the AML laws
Provided legal advice on potential breaches and penalties and strategies for resolving the issues and managing contact with the supervisors, including in instances where our client’s internal controls have identified areas of non-compliance, and other cases where an AML/CFT supervisor has raised direct concerns about non-compliance.
Assisting clients with legal aspects of staff and management AML compliance training
Provided compliance training to reporting entities which are subject to the AML Act.