Senior Associate, Wellington

Emma Geard

Emma Geard (1)


Emma specialises in financial services regulation, with a particular focus on prudential regulation and payments regulation.  She has experience advising a broad range of financial institutions on compliance with the Financial Markets Conduct Act 2013, payments regulation, prudential requirements and anti-money laundering obligations.

Emma has worked with a broad range of legal entities, including companies, trusts, building societies and credit unions advising on matters relating to capital raising, corporate governance, structuring and compliance.

Before returning to the law, Emma worked for a number of years in the social enterprise, impact investing and fintech sectors.

Work highlights

Advising the Treasury

on its indemnities in relation to the Reserve Bank's quantitative easing programme in response to COVID-19

Advising and co-ordinating the response of the New Zealand NBDT Sector

on the review of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand Act 1989

Advising New Zealand's large banks

on the enforceability of netting under ISDA Agreements

Advising the New Zealand's Community Trusts

on updating and modernising their Trust Deeds

Advising multiple overseas entities

on payments regulation in New Zealand

Acting for IMAGR

on its US$9.4m Series A capital raise with Japanese multinational conglomerate, Toshiba Tec as lead investor