Mr Simon Jensen > Buddle Findlay > Wellington, New Zealand > Lawyer Profile

Buddle Findlay
New Zealand

Work Department

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