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Lloyd Kavanagh

Lloyd Kavanagh



  • Corporate and Business
  • Banking and Financial Services
  • Capital Markets
  • Banking

WSG Practice Industries


WSG Leadership

Financial Services
Investment Funds
WSG Regional Council
Member 2020/ 2021
DealMaker Group
WSG in Asia Group
WSG Main Group
WSG Coronavirus Task Force Group
Ranked Band 1 for Investment Funds by Chambers Asia Pacific, Lloyd is a highly regarded opinion-leader on financial services and an expert in corporate governance.

Lloyd is acclaimed by commentators and clients in international research publications.

In recognition for his work on financial markets law reform, Lloyd was made a Fellow of the Institute of Finance Professionals New Zealand Inc. (INFINZ), the first lawyer to receive the accolade. His expertise is proven by being the co-author of Morison's Company and Securities Law and MinterEllisonRuddWatts' Corporate Governance White Paper. Lloyd is also a former member of the New Zealand Securities Commission.

Lloyd advises institutions and boutiques on investment funds, equity and debt offerings, and managed investment schemes of all types, specialising in public offers, M&A, and restructuring projects. He advises on securities regulation including Financial Markets Conduct, Financial Advisers, AML/CFT, bank and non-bank deposit-taker licensing, and insurance prudential supervision.


LLB University of Otago
AMP The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania

Areas of Practice

Banking | Banking and Financial Services | Capital Markets | Corporate and Business | Finance | Insurance | Investment Funds | Regulatory | Securities | Superannuation

Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

Band 1, Investment Funds Lawyer, Chambers Asia Pacific
Awarded an INFINZ Fellowship

Professional Associations

Chair, MinterEllisonRuddWatts (2017-2019)
Fellow, Institute of Finance Professionals New Zealand (INFINZ) Securities Law Review Working Group
Member, Institute of Directors in New Zealand (Inc.)
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
Board Member of MinterEllisonRuddWatts


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

FMA grants Australian Licensees Class Exemption
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, December 2020

On 18 December 2020, the Financial Markets Authority (FMA) issued the Financial Markets Conduct (Australian Licensees) Exemption Notice 2020 (Exemption Notice). The Exemption Notice follows the FMA’searlier consultation and then decision in principleto grant an exemption for certain Australian-licensed financial service providers from certain requirements under the incoming new financial advice regime...

MBIE Publishes Regulations to Support FSLAA and Other Changes
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, December 2020

Today, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) released various long-awaited suite regulations to support the Financial Services Legislation Amendment Act 2019 (FSLAA) and other recent legislation changes (such as the Trusts Act and tax disclosure)...

FMA Sets Expectations for Issuers of ‘Green’ and ‘Responsible’ Investment Products
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, December 2020

The Financial Markets Authority (FMA) has released guidance on financial products that integrate non-financial factors such as natural, social and human capital impacts along with financial returns (integrated financial products). The guidance sets out how the fair dealing provisions of the Financial Markets Conduct Act 2013 (FMCA) apply to integrated financial products...

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