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Kensington Swan

Work +64 4 472 7877
Fax +64 4 472 2291
Auckland, Wellington
Kensington Swan, David Ireland, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND

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David Ireland

Work +64 4 498 0840
Kensington Swan

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Banking and financial services law, Insurance law, Financial adviser law




David is an expert in financial services law with over 20 years of experience in the sector. Over the years, David has acted for a broad range of providers of financial products and services. His focus is on assisting his financial services clients develop and implement solutions to the challenges they face in their constantly changing and increasingly complex field of business. David’s expertise covers all aspects of the investment and insurance product life cycle, including product development and establishment, disclosure obligations, marketing, regulatory compliance, governance, administration issues, winding up, assisting those in the business of supervising or providing advice on financial products. Clients seek out David not only for his technical expertise and collaborative approach, but also for his strategic input. David’s broad range of expertise in the financial services sector, and ability to think outside the square, means he is well placed to help the firm’s clients devise commercially effective and legally compliant solutions.


David is the Chair, Workplace Savings NZ, Councillor since 2006, attaining a Workplace Savings Professional designation in 2011, Chairman of the Financial Advisers Code Committee appointed under the Financial Advisers Act 2008, a Senior Member, New Zealand Trustees Association, a member of the New Zealand Insurance Law Association, and a member of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia.


LLB, Victoria University of Wellington Year obtained: 1988 BCA (Accountancy), Victoria University of Wellington Year obtained: 1988 Admission date: 1989

New Zealand

Investment funds

Within: Leading individuals

David Ireland - Kensington Swan

Within: Investment funds

Kensington Swan 'is always abreast of the latest legal developments and is able to keep customers in mind whilst having immense technical expertise and industry knowledge, and providing  responsive and strategic advice', according to one client. Another client remarks that it is 'one of the best providers of legal services in this area, with real depth of industry knowledge'. The practice is based in the firm's Wellington office, where David Ireland and Catriona Grover are the co-heads. Grover 'brings invaluable technical expertise to the table; she has outstanding business acumen with experience across all areas of retail and wholesale funds, including KiwiSaver and superannuation, and takes a lead in the ever-changing fintech arena'. Ireland has 'a high profile and is great on financial-adviser obligations and distribution agreements'. Star senior associate Tom McLaughlin is 'very impressive - always available and able to give quick and insightful advice'. The practice acted for Kiwi Wealth Limited and Kiwi Wealth Investments Limited Partnership in the establishment of the award-winning Future You financial advisory tool, which included extensive advice on regulatory compliance.

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