Funds management


The investment fund industry is a specialist industry providing a wide range of investment products to retail, wholesale and institutional investors.  The industry is subject to specific regulatory and market requirements, with those requirements for retail purposes undergoing significant change as a result of the recently introduced Financial Markets Conduct Act 2013.

Our investment funds team brings together specialists from the private equity, M&A, real estate, securities law, corporate trust and tax practices that have the skills and experience to assist industry participants in the New Zealand investment funds market.

Our specialists advise private equity and financial firms on the formation of a wide variety of funds, including buyout, real estate, venture capital, infrastructure, mezzanine, distressed debt, hedge, secondary, hybrid, and funds of funds.

We have experience assisting and representing the managers of private equity funds, managed investment schemes, superannuation schemes and other group investment structures with their investments (both local and international), firm management, investor relations and regulatory and tax compliance issues.

We also advise brokers and financial service entities and are active in mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures involving investment fund managers and others in the financial services industry.


Work highlights

Advising HRL Morrison & Co

on the formation of Public Infrastructure Partners LP (the PIP Fund), and cornerstone investment from the Guardians of New Zealand Superannuation

Advising the Ministry of Economic Development

on the establishment of the New Zealand Fast Forward Fund

Advising Smartshares (a subsidiary of NZX)

on the establishment of fourteen new passively managed index tracking funds and one actively managed fund that has investment management outsourced

Advising Kiwibank

on all aspects of its funds management business, including the establishment of its PIE unit trust and Kiwisaver Scheme, and its arrangements to sell managed funds provided by AMP

Assisting Trustees Executors

with the establishment and administration of a suite of unit trusts for ASB Bank (including PIE compliant trusts)

Acting for Trustees Executors

on the establishment, listing and administration of Vital Healthcare Property Unit Trust

Our team

Paul Farrugia

Partner, Auckland
Board of Management

Paul specialises in banking and finance law and has a broad range of experience in domestic and cross-border financings with…

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