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Maria Collett-Bevan

Maria Collett-Bevan

Senior Associate


  • Banking
  • Finance
  • Investment Funds
  • Regulatory

WSG Practice Industries


Maria is a Senior Associate in the Banking and Financial Services team, and is a financial services specialist. She has particular expertise in financial services regulation, assisting with reviewing and drafting offer documents, trust deeds, custody agreements and investment management agreements. She also advises on a range of issues related to offering securities and operating financial services or financial advisory businesses in New Zealand.

Maria works with retail and wholesale fund managers, trustee companies, insurers and other major financial institutions, advising on all aspects of the Financial Markets Conduct Act 2014 (particularly in relation to discretionary investment management services and managed investment schemes), the Insurance (Prudential Supervision) Act 2010, as well as financial advice and broking services regulation.

Maria started her legal career with Chapman Tripp, before working in offshore funds and banking for a Guernsey law firm. Returning to New Zealand at the end of 2016, Maria joined our firm in August of that year.

Bar Admissions

Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand, 2011


LLB (Hons First Class), University of Waikato, 2010
BDes (Photography), Victoria University
Areas of Practice

Banking | Finance | Investment Funds | Regulatory

Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

Ranked as a Rising Star – Investment Funds, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific

FMA Consultation on Advertising Financial Products
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, November 2020

Today the Financial Markets Authority (FMA) published a consultation paper seeking feedback in relation to its proposed guidance about advertisements for financial products under the Financial Markets Conduct Act 2013 (FMCA). The draft guidance is available online. The consultation paper and the consultation page containing details on how to make a submission can each be found on the FMA’s website...

Regulatory Update: Progress on Financial Advice and Conduct Regimes Despite COVID-19 Delays
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, October 2020

In this article, we examine the progress of key regulatory changes for insurers and other financial institutions, and the further delays resulting from COVID-19. When New Zealand finished the first lockdown in May, regulators indicated that proposed law changes would be delayed due to COVID-19 but remained optimistic that progress could be made towards the end of this year. However, with the second lockdown for Auckland in August, further delays are expected...

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