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Buddle Findlay

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SP 20201
Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington

Simon Jensen

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Buddle Findlay

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Banking and finance.


Partner. Specialises in financial sector regulation, payments and clearing systems, and projects and advice for financial institutions. Simon is the winner of the 2016 Client Choice Award for the Banking category in New Zealand. For details about Simon's work highlights see here -


Simon has over 25 years' experience in the payments sector and is regarded as New Zealand's most experienced payments lawyer.

Simon provides specialist regulatory and governance advice to most of New Zealand's banks, the Crown, Payments NZ, credit card companies, large global entertainment and IT companies, infrastructure companies, finance companies, entrepreneurs, offshore banks and foreign governments.

Simon has advised on access to payment systems, designation of payment systems, mobile payments, cryptocurrencies, domestic debit, credit card interchange, payment gateways, merchant acquiring arrangements (global and domestic), interest rate setting agreements and market maker agreements for currencies and equities. As part of his practice Simon has managed a range of multidisciplinary and large legal projects and is comfortable implementing and following project managed disciplines.

Simon is an editor of Tyree's Banking Law in New Zealand 3rd edition. Simon has chaired sessions and spoken at conferences on banking regulation including on the impact of Basel III on New Zealand banks and the Reserve Bank of New Zealand's policy for resolving bank failure – the Open Bank Resolution policy.

Simon has had a number of papers published including:
• Steigrad v Bridgecorp: The Supreme Court Decision - Journal of Banking and Finance Law and Practice, March 2014
• Does Cyprus provide lessons for New Zealand's open bank resolution, and do we need to broaden the discussion - Co-contributing author to the New Zealand chapter of the Journal of Banking and Finance Law and Practices, June 2013
• Corporate governance and directors' duties in New Zealand: Overview - Co-contributing author – Practical Law, February 2013
• Managing insolvency risk in New Zealand's settlement before interchange payment system - Journal of Banking and Finance Law and Practice, June 2012.


• Member of the Institute of Directors
• President of the Banking & Financial Services Law Association


• BCom, LLB (University of Auckland)
• Admitted New Zealand 1983

New Zealand

Banking and finance

Within: Banking and finance

Buddle Findlay has 'a very, very strong finance practice, in which all of the partners are excellent in their own right and together make a formidable team'. One client notes that the firm is 'efficient and commercial in its approach and very good value for money'. The 'efficient, accurate and cost-effective' Paul Farrugia leads the team from Auckland, where key partners Miriam Andrews (who is 'a great asset - commercial, responsive and collaborative') and Peter Owles (who is 'exceptionally smart and a "go-to" person for any complex, structured transaction') are highly recommended. Farrugia and Andrews acted for Bank of New Zealand and ANZ Bank New Zealand in the provision of a NZ$100m syndicated loan to Xero Limited. Owles acted for ANZ Bank and a syndicate of banks in the restructuring of retirement village operator Summerset group's NZ$600m syndicated loans. Insolvency partners David Perry and Scott Abel also play key roles in the practice. New arrival from DLA Piper New Zealand Terence Ng brought his market-leading Asia practice to the firm in early 2018. 'One of the top senior associates in the market', Daniel Collins, joined from MinterEllisonRuddWatts. Simon Jensen in Wellington is president of the Banking and Financial Services Law Association.

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