Shane Johnstone

Special Counsel - Financial Services

Shane has more than 25 years’ experience in the financial services area, with particular expertise in advising corporate trustees. He regularly advises licensed trustee companies on all facets of the corporate trustee role, including retail, wholesale, listed and un-listed debt issues, establishing and administering managed investment schemes and securitisation structures covering residential mortgage receivables, asset-backed receivables and motor vehicle receivables. Shane also advises on compliance issues arising under the Financial Markets Conduct Act 2013 and recently has assisted trustee companies with analysing (and submitting on) the new Trusts Bill.

Shane is a Special Counsel in our managed funds team, having joined us in mid-2016 from Guardian Trust where he was Head of Legal – Corporate Trusts. Shane joined Guardian Trust after 23 years at another national law firm, where he was Special Counsel from 2008 to 2015.

Shane is recognised by the New Zealand market as one of the market-leading corporate trustee lawyers, with excellent and long-standing relationships with each of the licensed supervisor/trustee companies: Guardian Trust, Covenant, Public Trust and Trustees Executors.

Professional background


  • New Zealand (1992)


  • LLB University of Auckland
  • BCom University of Auckland


  • Funds Management
  • Corporate Trusts
  • Corporate Bond Issues
  • Managed Investment Schemes
  • Securitisation


  • Ranked as a leading Investment Funds lawyer, Chambers Asia Pacific