Jeremy Muir > MinterEllisonRuddWatts > Auckland, New Zealand > Lawyer Profile

PO BOX 105 249
New Zealand

Work Department

Banking and Financial Services


Partner – Financial Services, Head of the Banking and Financial Services Division


Jeremy is a specialist financial services, funds and investment lawyer.

He is passionate about disruptive innovation in financial services through technology (FinTech). Jeremy is widely recognised as New Zealand’s leading lawyer for cryptocurrencies, digital tokens and coins, non-fungible tokens (NFTs), and other blockchain projects. From helping to develop the first NZD stablecoin to being appointed as one of two special advisers to the Finance & Expenditure Select Committee enquiry on cryptocurrencies, he is at the heart of this growing sector.

Jeremy also works with retail and wholesale fund managers (including KiwiSaver and superannuation), online platforms, trustee companies, derivatives issuers, and insurers. His clients include significant Australian and international businesses with interests in New Zealand. He has market-leading expertise in structuring private equity and venture capital (PE/VC) funds, as well as other alternative asset vehicles, including hedge funds, property funds, forestry schemes, and marinas.

An authority on the Financial Markets Conduct Act 2013 (FMCA), Jeremy assists with managed investment schemes (MIS) and financial services licences. He also advises on anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) rules, financial service provider (FSP) registration, non-bank deposit takers (NBDTs), insurance prudential supervision, fair dealing and conduct of financial institutions (CoFI), financial advice, client money and property services (including custody), equity crowd-funding and peer-to-peer lending. He is the author of the Lexis Nexis Practical Guidance text for Offers of Securities under the Financial Markets Conduct Act 2013.


English, French


Member, NZ Private Capital

Member, New Zealand Financial Innovation and Technology Association (FinTechNZ)

Member, Blockchain Association of New Zealand (BANZ)

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

Member, Financial Services Council NZ (FSC)


Certificat d’Etudes Juridiques Françaises et. Normandes l’Universite de Caen (2004)

PGDipEcon London (CeFIMs) (2003)

LLM (Hons First Class), University of Auckland (1999)

LLB (Hons), BA (French), University of Auckland (1996)

Lawyer Rankings

New Zealand > Investment funds

(Hall of Fame)

Jeremy MuirMinterEllisonRuddWatts

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.

New Zealand > Banking and finance

Counting a number of high-profile domestic and international banks among its key roster of clients, MinterEllisonRuddWatts handles regulation and compliance matters, leveraged finance transactions, financial restructurings, and infrastructure-related financings. Jeremy Muir jointly leads the practice alongside Steve Gallaugher, who has demonstrable experience in advising on acquisition, syndicated, corporate, projects and property finance matters.  Kate Lane covers a broad range of areas, from institutional finance to consumer finance, and has a keen interest in ESG-related matters. Wellington-based Chris O’Brien acts for various banks, major corporates, trustee companies, as well as public sector entities, while Michael Langdon is noted for his expertise in construction and development financings. Special counsel Simon Gray, who has a particular interest in the energy and infrastructure sectors, and senior associate Allison Hancock are further key contacts in the team. All named practitioners are based in the firm’s Auckland office, unless stated otherwise.