Mutual Funds > New Zealand (2023)

1st class companies

Z. A. Piper New Zealand

praised for its "in-depth experience unparalleled in investment funds',Z. A. Piper New Zealandexercise'is small enough to always receive personal service, but large enough to call in extra expertise if necessary'. The team is mainly based in Wellington and is jointly managedAlexander McBethMutual Funds > New Zealand (1), which was hailed as "kaumatua of New Zealand mutual funds', iRachel Taylor. McBeth represents investment fund managers and regulatory compliance regulators, specializing in innovative investment products, start-ups and strategic matters, while Taylor advises on the design of managed investment programs. Other key team members are senior employeesNeisha Mistry, which is known for its expertise in workplace savings, and "extremely bright'Tom Barnes.

Head(s) of practice:

Alasdair McBeth; Rachel Taylor

Other important lawyers:

Neisha Mistry; Tom Barnes


"DLA Piper has unparalleled mutual fund experience."

Alasdair McBeth is the kaumatua of New Zealand investment funds. He has incredible knowledge and experience.'

"Tom Barnes is extremely smart."

'It's small enough to always receive personal service, but large enough to call in extra expertise when needed.'

"Alasdair McBeth and Racheal Taylor are fantastic to work with, along with Tom Barnes who is incredibly hardworking and resourceful."

"New Zealand's deepest, most experienced investment fund practice, with strong partners and senior staff working in this specialist area."

Alasdair McBeth and Tom Barnes always provide strong pragmatic advice and apply regulatory requirements wisely in a commercial context. Their experience and oversight of the wider industry greatly contributes to the efficiency and effectiveness of the advice and solutions they provide.'

"Alasdair McBeth, Rachel Taylor and Tom Barnes have one thing in common, which is that they have fantastic technical knowledge and can practically apply it to create solutions in a wide variety of situations."

Main customers

Select Wealth

Marsh limited

Bank of China

Russel Investments Limited

Allianz Australia Insurance Limited

Pinnacle Investment Management Pty Limited

MMC limited

Milford Asset Management

AA New Zealand

Fisher Funds

Steadfast New Zealand Limited

Steadfast Agencies Australia

Clarity limited

Tower limited

Public confidence

The New Zealand Guardian Trust Company Limited

Receivers Executors Limited

Convenant Trustee Services Limited

Perpetual Trust Limited

Chubb Insurance PSC Connect

BizCover Limited

Wedding life insurance

Administration of the State Pension Fund

Ngāti Whātua Orakei Whai Rawa Limited

Flint Wealth Limited

Brittannia Financial Services Limited /IOOF

Bank of New Zealand Officers Provident Association

Medical Insurance Company

i-Select Limited

Booster Financial Services Limited

Forsyth Barr Funds Management Limited

SmartShares Limited

Implemented investment solutions

Hongkong en Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited

Simplicity NZ Limited

Board of the Cook Islands Pension Fund

Macquarie Asset Management

Harbor Asset Management Limited

Investment Services Group

Golden wealth

360 equity

Partners Antipoden

Group Du Val

Council NZ Limited

Aurora Financial

Devon Funds

Wealth management for life


She likes to climax

  • Savjetovao Harbor Asset Management Limited has contacted Hunter Investment Management Limited and Implemented Investment Solutions Limited with the offer of Hunter Global Fixed Interest Fund.
  • Advised Smartshares on the registration of its first fund as a Passport Fund under the new Asia Region Funds Passport regime.
  • Acted for AMP on the New Zealand aspects of the sale of AMP Capital's Global Equities and Fixed Income (GEFI) business to Macquarie Asset Management, including assisting us with a significant portion of the financial services industry.

MinterEllison RuddWatts

Counting leading domestic financial institutions among its top clients,MinterEllison RuddWatts'has a wealth of investment fund experience that is unrivaled in New Zealand'. The team is known for its transactional and regulatory expertise and advises on fintech and cryptocurrency development issues, acting for national and international crypto/blockchain clients and retail platform offerings. As for the Joint Practice Manager, as one client puts it: “Jeremy MuirMutual Funds > New Zealand (2)is in this field together withLloyd KavanaghMutual Funds > New Zealand (3)and together they lead a team of high caliber individuals'. Kavanagh focuses on investment funds, financial services regulation and corporate governance, while Muir is at the heart of the fintech sector, advising on cryptocurrencies, digital tokens and coins, NFTs and other blockchain projects. Special AdvisorAlistaire Robertson, WHO 'he brings his extensive in-house experienceteam and a senior employeeMaria Collett-Bevanboth have proven experience in the regulation of financial services. All appointed practitioners are based in the firm's Auckland office.

Head(s) of practice:

Lloyd Kavanagh; Jeremy Muir

Other important lawyers:

Alistaire Robertson; Maria Collett-Bevan


“The team at MinterEllisonRuddWatts has a wealth of investment fund experience that is unparalleled in New Zealand. We use Minters for difficult and high-profile jobs, knowing that we get good commercial advice.'

Lloyd Kavanagh is a leading expert in the market. He is respected throughout the industry.'

“The MERW team has assisted with a number of sensitive matters over the past 12 months. They are clearly the leading team for New Zealand investment funds and related matters.”

"Jeremy Muir is an exceptionally patient, kind, considerate and innovative lawyer."

The investment fund office offers clients exceptional service and professional advice. They are leaders in their field, taking the time to understand our business and needs. They are commercially oriented, practical and very responsive.'

“Jeremy Muir is an excellent partner in this area, along with Lloyd Kavanagh. Together they lead a team of high caliber individuals.'

“Alistair Robertson has extensive knowledge of the financial services industry. He brings his extensive in-house experience and helps clients with key assessments of strategic projects.”

'Very responsive and knowledgeable team. I can respond well to the wishes of customers.'

Main customers

Grupa Macquarie

ASB Group Investments Limited

Aon New Zealand and Aon Holdings New Zealand

Icehouse Enterprises

Nuance Capital Limited en Nuance Connected Capital 1 LP

Dionic Limited

TSB Bank

Betere Bite Ventures

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

Milford Asset Management Limited

She likes to climax

  • Acting for Macquarie Asset Management in the acquisition of the New Zealand aspects of AMP Capital's global equity and fixed income businesses, increasing Macquarie Asset Management's assets under management by AU$60 billion.
  • Advising ASB Group Investments Limited (the fund management subsidiary of ASB Bank) on all aspects of the transaction to transfer the management rights of the ASB Superannuation Master Trust (SMT) funds to SmartShares Limited (the fund management subsidiary of the NZX).
  • Acting for Aon New Zealand and Aon Holdings New Zealand in connection with the sale of Aon's New Zealand KiwiSaver and Master Trust businesses.
Group 2 companies

Call gully

Call gullyits major clients include domestic banks, fund managers, trust companies, retirement programs, listed real estate funds and investment platforms, and has a proven ability in fund formation and sponsor representation, as well as transactional and advisory work. In the company's Auckland office, Practice ManagerHaydn Wongauses its expertise in business and financial services to advise on pensions and insurance, fund formation and portfolio rationalization. The office in Wellington is homeAmon Nuns, acting for Stride Property Group - which manages one of New Zealand's largest diversified real estate investment portfolios - while Auckland-based Special CounselKatie Dowfocuses on mutual funds, pensions, KiwiSaver and insurance matters.

Head(s) of practice:

Haydn Wonga

Other important lawyers:

Amun Nuns; Katie Dow

Main customers


ANZ bank

Craigs investeringspartners

The New Zealand Guardian Trust Company Limited


Convenant Trustee Services Limited

The first state investments

Guardian Pension Insurance New Zealand

Stride Realty Limited

Capital of Pearlfisher

NZ Financial Services Group Limited

Mercury Capital Fund 3

Vital Health Property Trust

AMP Investment Management Limited

New Zealnd Funds Management Limited

She likes to climax

  • Advised Pearlfisher Capital in connection with the establishment of Pearlfisher Capital First Mortgage Fund I.
  • Advised Pearlfisher Capital in connection with the establishment of Pearlfisher Capital First Mortgage Fund II.
  • Advising the Guardian Trust on a range of activities related to its role as overseer of managed investment schemes.

Dentons Kensington Swan

Praised as 'one of the top investment fund teams in the New Zealand market',Dentons Kensington Swanhas long-standing relationships with a number of public bodies, including the Ministry of Enterprise, Innovation and Employment and the Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets. The practice has a proven track record of working with pension and KiwiSaver schemes, as well as managed funds, and often assists offshore funds in facilitating investments in New Zealand.Catriona Groveris recognized by herexpertise in specialized fund managementand, according to one client, her ability to "thinking strategically and in an innovative way while providing impeccable service made her invaluable'. Grover runs the practice togetherDavid Ireland, which offers 'pragmatic advice' in connection with reforms in the regulation of financial markets. Senior employeeTom MacLaughlinis another key member of the Wellington-based team.

Head(s) of practice:

Catriona Grover; David Ierland

Other important lawyers:

Tom MacLaughlin


'Excellent commercial advice and excellent customer service. Specialized practice in financial services.'

'We mainly work with Catriona Grover, a very accessible person. We appreciate her expertise in specialist fund management.'

'One of the best investment fund teams in the New Zealand market.'

Catriona Grover is outstanding, in terms of her knowledge of the industry, her deep understanding of business and her focus on new and innovative ways of looking at things. She is at the forefront of changes in the fintech space and does not shy away from tough issues that require new ways of thinking. Her ability to think strategically and innovatively while delivering impeccable service has made her invaluable.”

“The team has robust processes in place to ensure that all legal advice leaving the building is timely and accurate.”

"Catriona Grover and Tom McLaughlin are great to work with because of their expertise, connection, patience and humor."

"Great team, partners have juniors in almost every job."

'David Ireland provides excellent customer service. Although it is a very technical area, he always gives pragmatic advice.'

Main customers

Kiwi Wealth Limited

ANZ Bank New Zealand Limited

Mercer (NZ) Limited

AMP Wealth Management New Zealand Limited

Fund Administration New Zealand Limited (FANZ)

Asset Managers Limited

Civic Financial Services Limited ('Civic') / Local Government Superannuation Trustee Limited

Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu ('Ngāi Tahu') / Whai Rawa Fund Limited

The New Zealand Guardian Trust Company Limited

NZ Council

Kernel Wealth Limited

Roger Dickie (NZ) Limited

She likes to climax

  • Advised Kiwi Wealth Limited on legal issues and document updates related to the reappointment as the default KiwiSaver service provider.
  • Advised AMP Services (N.Z.) Limited on legal matters and document updates related to Blackrock's appointment as investment advisor to discretionary asset management service AMP WealthView.
  • Mercer advised on strategic matters and updating documentation related to the appointment of an independent trustee for the leading wholesale trust, Mercer Investment Trust New Zealand.

Russel McVeagh

Russel McVeaghhe often works with fund managers, trustees, regulators, financial advisors, trustees, investors and employers and advises on the creation, operation, restructuring and closing of funds and investment schemes. According to a customer, the team'has extensive experience, which in combination with their commercial and practical approach results in quality results for clients'. In the company's Auckland office, Corporate Advisory PartnerDan Jonesleads the practice and advises on a range of issues faced by managed funds while serving as a special advisorSarah McQueendeals with compliance issues related to unit trusts, pension and KiwiSaver schemes and discretionary asset management services.

Head(s) of practice:

Dan Jones

Other important lawyers:

Sarah McQueen


'The team has extensive experience which, combined with their commercial and hands-on approach, results in quality results for clients. They need time to understand the customer's perspective and desired outcomes.'

Dan Jones has extensive commercial experience, with the ability to quickly identify key issues, clearly articulate impact/consequences and then shape risk-aligned advice to clients.’

Main customers


Citibank NA

Guardians of NZ Superannuation

JP Morgan

Currency Asset Management

Management of NZ funds

Oyster Management Limited

Pathfinder Asset Management Ltd

Pension investment council for the public sector

Westpac Bank New Zealand

Fisher Funds Management Limited

She likes to climax

  • Advised Kiwi Wealth on the sale of online investment platform Hatch to FNZ.
  • Advised NZ Private Debt Management Limited (a subsidiary of Private Capital Group) on the creation of one of New Zealand's first domestic private debt funds.
  • Advised Fisher Funds Management Limited on the acquisition of Aon's pension solutions business in New Zealand.
Level 3 companies

Anthony Harper

Anthony Harperexcels in real estate related investment funds, expanding into mortgage funds and acting for key market players including Silverfin Capital, Mainland Capital and First Mortgage Managers. The practice also has a proven track record in mutual funds and other managed investment programs, including insurance companies, domestic banks, fund managers, chartered regulators, real estate syndicators and other financial services companies on a major client list. Based in Auckland,'distinguished partner'Nick Summerfieldleads the team, where he focuses on investment funds, including KiwiSaver, capital markets and financial services regulation. Summerfield has also been praised for its "in-depth knowledge of the New Zealand regulatory space'.

Head(s) of practice:

Nick Summerfield


'Nick Summerfield is a pleasure to work with, he comes up with solutions and has in-depth knowledge of New Zealand regulations. He is businesslike and solution-oriented.'

'Nick Summerfield offers pragmatic and accurate advice and understands the business well.'

'Anthony Harper is a commercially aware company that provides good advice at a reasonable price.'

"Nick is approachable, gives pragmatic advice and doesn't overcomplicate things."

"The AH team is well connected to the industry and is therefore a strong supporter of our work, where we strive to demonstrate knowledge leadership on issues and our regulators."

“Nick Summerfield has become an important part of our team. We rely heavily on him to review and approve our prospectus documents. We are under constant time pressure and Nick always meets deadlines with a high degree of punctuality.'

“Usually we work with Nick Summerfield, a great partner. Nick is very responsive and also gives pragmatic advice that aligns with the way our business works. Nick is well connected to the industry, which is helpful in shaping our strategic thinking on things like regulatory advice.”

Main customers

AIA New Zealand

Westpac New Zealand Limited

Milford Asset Management Limited

Mercer (NZ) Limited

New Zealand Funds Management Limited

Pie Fondsenbeheer Limited

Silverfin Capital Limited

Mainland Capital Limited

The first established credit union

First Mortgage Managers Limited

Midlands Fund Management Limited

Rockfort Markets Limited

CTRL Investeringen Limited

BetterSaver Limited

First insurance limited

Public confidence

Convenant Trust Services Limited (Tricor)

Trustees Executors Limited (competent regulator)

She likes to climax

  • Supporting AIA New Zealand, New Zealand Funds Management Limited, BetterSaver Limited and others as they apply for a full license as part of the new financial advisory regime.
  • Support fund managers Milford, Midlands, Mainland Capital, Pie Funds, Silverfin and others with new mutual funds.
  • Supporting AIA New Zealand, First Credit Union, First Insurance Limited, Momentum Life and others in their response to the implementation of legislative reforms.

Lane Neave

Counting NZX-linked brokers, non-bank depository institutions, financial institutions, asset managers, chartered banks and commercial asset syndicates managers to the main client list,Lane Neavehas proven experience in structuring and setting up managed investment schemes. Based in Christchurch, practice managerClaire Evansgives clients "confidence in the firm's ability to provide comprehensive and appropriate advice" on limited partnerships and investment funds, and is often supported by associatesAlex Steen. The practice is well placed to advise on all aspects of capital raising, investment and financial markets.

Head(s) of practice:

Claire Evans

Other important lawyers:

Alex Steen


“For the investment fund engagements, the Lane Neave team worked to tight deadlines and helped drive the engagement forward. They made sure that documents could be processed very quickly and focused on enabling us to get the right results.'

"Claire Evans gave us confidence in the company's ability to provide comprehensive and appropriate advice on the details we needed."

'Alex Stone was able to provide appropriate advice and documents at short notice and was available at short notice where necessary to support various assignments.'

Main customers

Williams Corporation Kapitaal Limited

Williams Corporation Capital Partnership L.P

WC Syndicate Alpha LP

Resource capital limited

New Zealand public trust

Unity Credit Union

Erskine i Owen (Westland Property Syndicate LP, NZ Daycare Properties Fund LP i E+O Healthcare Properties Fund LP)

Hashbane Interactive Limited

Syft Technologies Limited

Pegasus Health (charity) Limited

Zincovery Process Technologies Limited

She likes to climax

  • He acted for Erskine and Owen as issuer for the creation of three wholesale commercial property funds: Westland Property Syndicate LP, NZ Daycare Properties Fund LP and E+O Healthcare Properties Fund LP.
  • Acted for a New Zealand entrepreneur in establishing a wholesale finance business through a $126 million tender for exchangeable preferred stock.
  • Acted for Unity Credit Union in connection with ongoing issuer obligations under the regulated offering.
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