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Bryan Ventura

Partner

Known for his unwavering dedication, personable nature and comprehensive understanding of the financial services and venture capital landscape, Bryan provides invaluable counsel to his clients, driving their success in the evolving world of FinTech, virtual assets and venture capital. He effortlessly combines his deep knowledge of the regulatory landscape with an acute understanding of technology relevant to FinTech and blockchain. Bryan’s commitment to client success is evidenced by his ability to comprehend their drivers and objectives, ensuring their needs are met effectively.

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, investment or digital platforms, payments, Web3 technologies, NFTs, decentralized finance (DeFi), tokens, stablecoins and VASP regulation. Bryan has advised on the launch of a metaverse.

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

He acts for a diverse range of clients in New Zealand and internationally including, Web3 companies, Virtual Asset Service Providers (VASPs), start-ups, medium and large corporations and financial institutions.

Bryan has held various leadership roles that have helped to support the growth and institutionalisation of NZ’s blockchain industry including the ex-Chair of BlockchainNZ, a Council Member of the International Digital Asset Exchange Association (IDAXA) and an active member of the Payments NZ Forum. Bryan is currently on the BlockchainNZ Council.

Prior to joining Hamilton Locke New Zealand, Bryan worked for MinterEllisonRuddWatts, Lowndes Jordan, Anderson Creagh Lai and DLA Piper. Bryan was previously an in-house lawyer at NZX and was company secretary of the NZX Clearing House. He has an excellent understanding of NZX Listing Rules and the capital markets.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Financial Services; Cryptocurrency; Fintech; Investment Funds; Startups; Venture Capital; Commercial law

 

QUALIFICATIONS
  • Bachelor of Laws (Hons) – University of Auckland
  • Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) – University of Auckland
  • Admitted to practice in New Zealand

 

SELECTED REPRESENTATIONS
  • Advising various blockchain/crypto/NFT/DeFi projects with the launch or expansion of their projects, including financial regulatory advice, capital raising and token issuance.
  • Futureverse’s series A funding round from 10T and Ripple, and the regulation of the Root Network.
  • Advising Techemynt on all aspects of its New Zealand dollar stablecoin – NZDs – including legal and regulatory structuring and documentation.
  • Advising Altered State Machine on all aspects of its seed round and ASTO token launch.
  • Advising a global VASP on its proposed launch of a fan token.
  • Advising Macquarie Asset Management on its purchase of AMP Capital’s GEFI business in New Zealand, including assistance with due diligence, sale documentation and financial regulatory matters.
  • Advising Implemented Investment Solutions on the establishment of new fund hosting schemes with Metrics Capital Partners (wholesale scheme) and Squirrel Money (retail scheme), respectively. The Squirrel Money scheme required advice on complex custody arrangements.
  • Advising eToro on its launch of various services into the New Zealand market including crypto trading services and encompassed various financial regulatory and commercial matters.
  • Advising TSB on certain aspects of its compliance with the Financial Advisers Act 2008.
  • Advising Digital Identity New Zealand on its report on the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Act 2009 and digital identity (report issued October 2020).

 

*The above representations were undertaken at previous firms.