Financial conduct risks, and situations involving fraud or some form of financial misconduct, are amongst the most confronting that any business can face. Resolving such cases successfully requires a blend of regulatory expertise, calm and thorough forensic strategy, and industry knowledge.
Our expertise covers a range of financial services regulatory matters (investigations, compliance advice, enforcement and civil disputes) including FMA proceedings, credit contract & consumer finance problems, Serious Fraud Office cases, banking and insurance mis-selling claims, directors’ duties and conduct, anti-money laundering (AML) and anti-bribery & corruption (ABC).
Acting for AML-CFT reporting entities ranging across the financial industry – from multi-national banks to card issuers, credit lenders, fund managers, forex, fin-tech & remittance firms.
The Financial Markets Conduct Act and other laws since the GFC give regulators powerful new tools. Consequently, fraud, securities and trading breaches, corporate governance, bribery, sanctions and financial crime compliance has leapt to the top of boardroom agendas. We integrate representation in enforcement action or investigations with advisory work to keep firms out of trouble, and assists clients in developing relationships and licensing/approval strategies with their regulators.
Gary is a competition/antitrust expert with over 20 years experience and is also widely regarded as New Zealand’s leading Anti-Money Laundering lawyer, having worked on specialist AML/financial crime matters since 2007.