Bryan Ventura

Senior Associate - Financial Services

Bryan is a Senior Associate in our Banking and Finance team. Bryan is proficient in financial markets conduct law (FMC Act), the AML/CFT Act, financial regulation, listing rules, M&A, capital raising, corporate and commercial law. He has experience in investment funds and traditional financial services (retail and wholesale) and FinTechs. He is an expert in virtual asset projects (cryptocurrency and blockchain) and their regulation.

Bryan’s clients include start-ups to medium & large corporates and financial institutions, both in New Zealand and offshore.  His work history includes working in-house at NZX (New Zealand’s first licensed securities exchange) and in private practice in New Zealand.

Bryan is the Chair of BlockchainNZ (which is part of the New Zealand Tech Alliance).

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Professional background

Recent work

Compliance with the Financial Advisers Act

In collaboration with MinterEllison Consulting, provided external assurance to TSB in respect of certain aspects of its compliance with the Financial Advisers Act 2008.

Cornerstone investment

Assisted Kiwi Wealth with its cornerstone investment in Movac’s Fund 5.

Launching into the NZ market

Assisted eToro with the launch of various services to the New Zealand market, which encompassed various financial regulatory and commercial matters.

Blockchain / crypto / VASPs

Assisting various blockchain / crypto projects with the launch or expansion of their projects.

Digital Identity’s AML/CFT report

Provided legal input to Digital Identity NZ’s report on the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Act 2009 and digital identity (report issued October 2020).

Admitted

  • 2014, New Zealand

Qualifications

  • LLB (Hons), BCom (Finance), University of Auckland

Affiliations

  • Member, Institute of Finance Professionals NZ Inc. (INFINZ)
  • Executive Council, BlockchainNZ

Specialisations

  • Funds management
  • Financial services regulation
  • FinTech
  • VASPs, blockchain / crypto