Maria Collett-Bevan > MinterEllisonRuddWatts > Auckland, New Zealand > Lawyer Profile

PO BOX 105 249
New Zealand

Work Department

Banking and Financial Services


Senior Associate – Financial Services


Maria has particular expertise in financial services regulation, assisting with reviewing and drafting offer documents, trust deeds, custody agreements and investment management agreements.  She also advises on a range of issues related to offering securities and operating financial services or financial advisory businesses in New Zealand.

Maria works with retail and wholesale fund managers, trustee companies, insurers and other major financial institutions, advising on all aspects of the Financial Markets Conduct Act 2014 (particularly in relation to discretionary investment management services and managed investment schemes), the Insurance (Prudential Supervision) Act 2010, as well as financial advice and broking services regulation.

Maria started her legal career with Chapman Tripp, before working in offshore funds and banking for a Guernsey law firm.  Returning to New Zealand at the end of 2016, Maria joined our firm in August of that year.

Maria was admitted to the Bar New Zealand in 2011.




LLB (Hons First Class), University of Waikato (2010)

BDes (Photography), Victoria University of Wellington

Lawyer Rankings

New Zealand > Investment funds

(Rising stars)

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MinterEllisonRuddWatts’ impressive client roster includes New Zealand’s leading financial services entities including four of the five largest retail fund managers and the investment management arms of major banks. It is increasingly sought after by international institutions seeking to enter the New Zealand market with innovative financial products and services. It is also increasingly advising on the developing fintech and cryptocurrency spaces advising an exporter of digital token/coin services,  and a number of start-ups. As a funds expert of over 30 years, practice head and ‘seasoned professional’ Lloyd Kavanagh is an authority on governance, investment funds, Fintech incubation, and financial services regulation. Jeremy Muir specialises in fund establishment and private equity, venture capital, hedge funds and property investment. Senior associate Maria Collett-Bevan  and special counsel Alistair Robertson are the other key figures.