Hamilton Locke New Zealand Appoints Financial Services Partner, Bryan Ventura

Hamilton Locke New Zealand has appointed Bryan Ventura as its first Financial Services Partner in the firm’s recently launched Auckland office, further strengthening the capabilities and expertise of our team across New Zealand and Australia. Bryan will take up the title of Partner once he has completed the relevant New Zealand Law Society requirements.

Bryan is an experienced funds and financial services lawyer with in-depth expertise in the fintech, blockchain and cryptocurrency sectors. He has several years of in-depth expertise specialising in financial services and investment funds, focusing on FinTech, blockchain and cryptocurrency, including wallets, broking, platforms, payments, Web3 technologies, NFTs, decentralized finance (DeFi), tokens, stablecoins and VASP regulation.

His comprehensive knowledge spans financial markets regulation, including licensing under the FMCA (Financial Markets Conduct Act), Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) regulations and Financial Service Providers Register (FSPR). Bryan also has expertise in establishing various types of investment products and services.

Bryan’s expertise encompasses a wide scope of corporate and commercial law including capital raising, mergers and acquisitions, investment products, venture capital, property, retail MIS, investment funds and corporate structuring.

Jeffrey Lai, Country Head of Hamilton Locke New Zealand, said “We are delighted to appoint Bryan to Partner to lead our New Zealand Financial Services practice. With our colleagues in Hamilton Locke Australia, we are now able to provide financial services clients with a seamless trans-Tasman service. Bryan’s particular expertise enables us to become one of the leading law firms in the fintech, blockchain and cryptocurrency sectors.

Hamilton Locke’s Auckland office launched in January 2023 and is growing strongly. Following the recent acquisition of Morrissey Law + Advisory and our expansion into New Zealand with our recent announcement of Hamilton Locke New Zealand, Hamilton Locke continues to be recognised as Australia’s fastest growing law firm.