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Lloyd Kavanagh

Lloyd Kavanagh


New Zealand

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Lloyd is a banking and financial services lawyer with a particular focus on governance, managed funds, and financial services regulation. He leads the firm's financial services practice and has extensive experience in a wide range of investment products including equity and debt offerings, unit trusts, Kiwisaver and superannuation schemes, and securities and companies law advice. Recognised as a financial services expert, Lloyd leads the Minter Ellison Rudd Watts managed and investment funds group. He predominantly works with major banks, fund managers, and trustee companies, and has also acted for the FMA and the Ministry of Economic Development.

Lloyd is a former member of the New Zealand Securities Commission, and has a strong background in regulatory issues relating to the financial markets including the Reserve Bank Act, Securities Act, and Financial Advisors Act. He has extensive experience in a wide range of investment products including unit trusts, GIFs, superannuation schemes equity and debt offerings, as well as in corporate finance transactions.

Clients he regularly advises include AMP Capital Investors, AMP Financial Services, ANZ and OnePath, Brook Asset Management, Goldman Sachs (New Zealand), Guardian Trust, Macquarie, Milford Asset Management, NZ Bankers Association, Smartshares, Trustees Executors and Zurich. He has also acted for the Financial Markets Authority and the Ministry of Economic Development.

Lloyds's expertise has been recognised externally, with Asia Pacific Legal 500 2010 saying: "Lloyd Kavanagh provides intellectual horsepower aligned with commercial appreciation and strong networks", and ALB Banking and Finance Guide 2009 saying: "Lloyd Kavanagh was the expert when it came to managed funds."

A committed thought leader in the financial services area, Lloyd is a member of the INFINZ Securities Law Working Group and a recognised expert in securities law, the financial advisers regime and anti-money laundering/counter financing of terrorism financing. Lloyd has served, and currently serves on a number of boards. He is a co-author of Minter Ellison Rudd Watts' Corporate Governance White Paper.

Lloyd has presented seminars and spoken at conferences in New Zealand and Australia on AML/CFT, the new Financial Advisers regime, and the Financial Markets Conduct Bill/Securities Law reform well as other banking and financial services topics.


LLB (University of Otago)
AMP (The Wharton School)
Areas of Practice
Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

Awarded an INFINZ Fellowship in 2013 as recognition of his valuable and sustained contribution to public policy development relating to the New Zealand Financial Services industry
Leading individual - Chambers Global 2012 - 2014
Leading individual - Chambers Asia Pacific 2012 - 2014
"Clear and concise" investment funds specialist Lloyd Kavanagh is rated for the depth of his regulatory knowledge.

Listed lawyer, Corporate, Investment, Mutual Funds - Best Lawyers in New Zealand 2013 and 2014
Up & Coming Individual - Chambers Asia Pacific 2011/2012
Chambers Global 2013 said: "Lloyd is an established figure in matters relating to trusts and funds."
Lloyd won praise from a client, who said that he is "diligent and responsive, and provided spot-on advice in a nightmare situation." Chambers Global 2012
Asia Pacific Legal 500 2011 said Lloyd provides "intellectual horsepower aligned with commercial appreciation and strong networks"
A client praises Lloyd for his "pragmatic commercial legal advice backed by a strong intellect and occasional wry sense of humour" IFLR1000 2010
ALB Banking and Finance Guide 2009 said: "Lloyd Kavanagh was the expert when it came to managed funds."
IFLR1000 Guide 2009 notes "A client says: Minter's banking services team is focused, solutions oriented and commercial in their service delivery, underpinned by their demonstrable banking expertise." Another praises Lloyd Kavanagh for his "pragmatic commercial legal advice backed by a strong intellect and occasional wry sense of humour".

Professional Associations

Member, Institute of Directors in New Zealand (Inc.)
Member, Institute of Finance Professionals New Zealand (INFINZ) Securities Law Review Working Group
Former Director and Chair of Due Diligence Committee, AMP Services (NZ) Limited and AMP Superannuation (NZ) Limited
Former Board Member Latin American New Zealand Business Council
Former Member, New Zealand Securities Commission
Former Advisory Board Member, Transfield Services (NZ) Limited
Former Chairman and Director, Soprole SA and Prolesur SA - Chile


- Crown Deposit Guarantees - client seminar
- New Financial Intermediary Regime - Financial Intermediaries and Advisers - client seminar
- Analysing the New Role of the Securities Commission - Companies and Securities Law Conference Paper

Professional Activities and Experience

General Counsel, Landco Land Development Limited, New Zealand
Associate Director, M&A, Fonterra Co-operative Group, New Zealand
General Counsel, Fonterra Co-operative Group/NZ Dairy Board, New Zealand
Partner, another major New Zealand law firm
Associate, Allen & Overy, London

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