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DLA Piper New Zealand, Tracey Cross, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND

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Tracey Cross

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

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Partner, Financial Services


Tracey Cross leads the national financial services team in New Zealand. She has more than 20 years' experience in funds management, superannuation law, corporate governance and financial services regulation. She acts for a wide variety of product providers, supervisors, custodians, administration and investment managers and overseas issuers offering funds into New Zealand.

Tracey's experience includes scheme structure and establishment, compliance, advice on powers, authorities, discretions, services arrangements, and risk management.

She has been involved with KiwiSaver since its inception and has established many of the current KiwiSaver schemes. She actively advises providers and employees on their KiwiSaver obligations and opportunities.

Tracey routinely advises on regulatory compliance and disclosure for funds and trans-Tasman mutual recognition, and has been involved in the establishment of many compliance obligation programs and their successful integration into the business. She also advises providers and advisor groups on compliance and disclosure requirements under the Financial Adviser regime.

She has been at the forefront of the changes introduced by the Financial Markets Conduct Act. In particular, participating in various industry working groups, liaising with the Financial Markets Authority and Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment on industry issues, and proactively advising and guiding clients in respect of compliance with the new regime.

Tracey is a regular conference presenter on financial markets issues.


Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand, 1989


Chair of DLA Piper New Zealand Leadership Alliance for Women (LAW)
Fellow and Regional Council member of Financial Services Institute of Australasia
Institute of Finance Professionals New Zealand Inc
New Zealand Law Society
Women in Business Network Limited
Women in Super (NZ) Incorporated Management Committee (Former Chair)
Workplace Savings NZ


Victoria University of Wellington, LLB, 1988

New Zealand

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Tracey Cross - DLA Piper New Zealand

Within: Investment funds

DLA Piper New Zealand has 'institutional knowledge that is invaluable', according to one client. The firm assists licensed managers, supervisors, custodians and investment managers with regulatory matters such as the reporting requirements of the Financial Markets Conduct Act, distribution models, fund design and fund establishment. It is also busy with the implementation of the Asia Region Funds Passport in New Zealand, having been chosen as the only local firm to participate in the pilot program. It handles retail and wholesale investment funds and KiwiSaver matters, and also works with sovereign funds such as the Government Superannuation Fund. Tracey Cross in Auckland and Alasdair McBeth and Rachel Taylor in Wellington jointly lead the practice and are 'very strong on investment and superannuation issues'. McBeth recently advised online investment fund supermarket operator Investnow Saving and Investment Service on the purchase of a book of clients from Rabodirect. Special counsel Nicole MacFarlane and senior associates Neisha Mistry (who exhibits 'good attention to detail'), Geoff Ward-Marshall and Tom Barnes are also recommended.

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