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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 2021/ 2022
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

Select Committee Reports Back on Climate-Related Disclosures Bill
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, August 2021

Today, the Economic Development, Science and Innovation Committee (EDSIC), a Parliamentary Select Committee, reported its findings on the Financial Sector (Climate-related Disclosures and Other Matters) Amendment Bill (CRD Bill).  The EDSIC summarised a number of amendments to the CRD Bill based on submissions received during the Select Committee stage which we summarise below...

FMA Releases Report Covering Fire and General Insurers Conduct and Culture
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, July 2021

The FMA has published its “Insurance conduct and culture: Fire and general insurers update”. The report covers the FMA’s findings from its evaluation of New Zealand fire and general insurers’ review of their operations to ensure a lack of conduct issues following the 2019 Life Insurer Conduct and Culture review. Links to the report and the FMA media release are available online...

AML/CFT Supervisors Release Updated Guideline for the Amended Identity Verification Code of Practice 2013
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, July 2021

On 16 July 2021, the Financial Markets Authority, the Department of Internal Affairs, and the Reserve Bank of New Zealand (Supervisors), released the updatedExplanatory Note: Electronic Identity Verification Guideline(Guideline) on the Amended Identity Verification Code of Practice 2013 (AIVCOP). The Guideline replaces the previousIdentity Verification Code of Practice – Explanatory Noteissued in December 2017 (Previous Explanatory Note)...

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