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Geoff Ward-Marshall

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

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Senior Associate, Corporate


Geoff Ward-Marshall undertakes a wide range of corporate transactions with an emphasis on financial services and capital markets law. He has a strong interest in FinTech and its regulation in New Zealand.

Geoff regularly works with issuers, investment managers, supervisors, custodians and administrators on the establishment, operation and regulatory compliance of entities and offerings under the Financial Markets Conduct Act 2013. 

He has particular experience with private equity and venture capital vehicles and has regularly advised clients listed on the LSE, Euronext, the Channel Islands Stock Exchange, and the NZX.


New Zealand Law Society
Institute of Finance Professionals New Zealand Inc. (INFINZ)
Law Society of England and Wales (non-practising)
Guernsey Bar (non-practising)


Victoria University of Wellington, BA (History and Politics), 1995
Victoria University of Wellington, LLB, 1997
Université de Caen Basse Normandie, Certificat d'Études Juridiques Françaises et Normandes, 2008

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Investment funds

Within: Next Generation Partners

Geoff Ward-Marshall - 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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