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 is a financial services specialist with particular expertise in financial services regulation. She 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 (including, among others, Westpac, Sharesies, TSB, Milford, and Generate). She supports numerous overseas clients with their regulatory obligations (including in relation to applicable exemptions) under New Zealand financial services law.

She regularly advises clients in relation to, and helps prepare, their offer documents, trust deeds, custody agreements, and investment management agreements. She also assists with the establishment of new schemes and/or funds. Maria advises on all aspects of the Financial Markets Conduct Act (FMCA) and the suite of financial services legislation generally. Her FMCA expertise includes discretionary investment management services, managed investment schemes, and the financial advice regime under the Act. In addition, Maria advises clients on the regulation of cryptocurrencies in New Zealand.

Maria has in-depth knowledge of the Insurance (Prudential Supervision) Act and the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Act (AML/CFT). She has assisted the wider Corporate team with several merger and acquisition (M&A) transactions involving insurance entities. Recently, Maria has advised clients on the new climate-related disclosures regime for large listed companies and financial institutions (also under the FMCA).

Her work involves regular engagement with the Financial Markets Authority (FMA) and Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE). She provides comprehensive and practicable advice to clients, including an understanding of the regulators’ approach to aspects of the financial services regime.




Member, Auckland Women Lawyers’ Association (AWLA)

Member, Institute of Finance Professionals New Zealand Inc (INFINZ)

Committee Member, Financial Services Council Regulation Committee


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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Counting leading domestic financial institutions among its key roster of clients, MinterEllisonRuddWatts ‘has a breadth of experience in investment funds that is second to none in New Zealand’. Noted for its transactional and regulatory expertise, the team advises on developing fintech and cryptocurrency matters, acting national and international crypto/blockchain clients, as well as retail platform offerings. With respect to the joint practice heads, as one client puts it: ‘Jeremy Muir is a standout partner in this space along with Lloyd Kavanagh and together, they lead a team of high-calibre individuals’. Kavanagh covers investment funds, financial services regulation and corporate governance, while Muir is at the heart of the fintech sector, advising on cryptocurrencies, digital tokens and coins, NFTs and other blockchain projects. Special counsel Alistair Robertson, who ‘brings his extensive in-house experience’ to the team, and senior associate Maria Collett-Bevan both possess demonstrable experience in financial services regulation. All named practitioners are based in the firm’s Auckland office.