Alistair Robertson

Alistair Robertson

Special Counsel


  • Investment Funds
  • Regulatory

WSG Practice Industries


New Zealand

Alistair is Special Counsel in our Financial Services team. He has a wealth of experience in financial services and banking regulation, managed funds, regulatory investigations and enquires, and conduct and culture related matters.

Alistair began his career in the United Kingdom. Upon moving to New Zealand in 2012, he was a Senior Solicitor at MinterEllisonRuddWatts, Alistair was Head of Compliance at ANZ Bank New Zealand before his return to the firm in 2020. As Head of ANZ’s regulatory compliance team, Alistair led a team of compliance managers providing compliance expertise and oversight across the full range of New Zealand financial services and banking regulation. He was also responsible for ANZ New Zealand’s regulatory affairs function, including responsibility for managing regulatory enquiries and investigations, and regulatory engagement.

Bar Admissions

2015, New Zealand
2009, England and Wales


Legal Practice Course (Commendation), College of Law
BA (Hons), Law, University of Cambridge
BA (Hons) (Philosophy, Politics and Economics), University of Oxford
Areas of Practice

Finance | Investment Funds | Regulatory


Regulation of the retail payments system: Proposed policy approvals
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, September 2021

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) has published details of additional policy proposals for the regulation of the retail payments system. A link to the cabinet paper is availableonline. This follows the Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, Hon Dr David Clark’s,announcementin May to introduce a Retail Payments Systems Bill (the Bill) with the aim of reducing merchant service fees...

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 The draft guidance is available online.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...

FMA Releases Supervision Insight Report
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, September 2020

The Financial Markets Authority (FMA) has published their findings on their monitoring of financial market participants' governance and culture. The report identifies a number of significant breaches of the rules and sets out a number of regulator expectations for governance and conduct frameworks. The FMA's media release and report are both available online...