Penny Sheerin

Penny Sheerin

Penny Sheerin

Partner, Auckland

Financial services regulation; Funds, KiwiSaver & superannuation

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T:+64 9 358 9817

M:+64 27 556 6516


BSc, LLB, Victoria University of Wellington


2002, New Zealand

An expert in financial services and funds management laws, Penny advises extensively on the full range of legislation affecting financial service providers, such as fund managers, insurers, financial advisers, brokers, discretionary investment management scheme providers, derivatives issuers, non-bank deposit takers and payments system providers.

She counsels clients on the establishment, restructuring, distribution and compliance of financial products, including KiwiSaver. Penny also advises on mergers and acquisitions and corporate restructurings in the financial services industry. She is experienced in obtaining licenses, and has managed numerous applications to, and negotiations with supervisors and regulators, including the Financial Markets Authority, Takeovers Panel, NZX, Companies Office and Reserve Bank of New Zealand.

Penny works with a wide range of clients, from large institutions both locally and internationally to boutiques and start-ups.

Recognised as a leading lawyer in Chambers Asia Pacific 2020 and Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2020.

Recent highlights

  • Advised on product design, establishment, restructuring and ongoing compliance of various managed investment scheme products (including tax efficient PIE structures) for clients including Westpac New Zealand and BT Funds Management entities, AMP entities, BNZ, Fisher Funds Management, Pie Funds Management, Nikko Asset Management, HSBC, First NZ Capital Investment Management, Russell and Trust Investments Management.
  • Led FMCA and FSLAA compliance and transitions for a range of clients, including obtaining licenses and preparing documentation, advising insurers and reinsurers on licensing and compliance with the Insurance (Prudential Supervision) Act including solvency standards, statutory funds and on regulated transfers of insurance products.
  • Drafted and negotiated numerous service provider, distribution, subscription, custody, registry and investment management agreements.
  • Advised on anti-money laundering law compliance, including preparation of compliance programme and risk assessments.
  • Advised on cross-border securities and financial services law compliance, including advising on mutual recognition regime for funds offered in New Zealand by Australian responsible entities such as Colonial First State Investments, Aberdeen Asset Management, Henderson, Schroders, Man Investments, Australian Unity Funds Management, Aurora Funds Management, Russell Investment Group and Ray White Investors.


Member of Aotearoa Circle Sustainable Finance Forum Leadership Group

Member of the Institute of Directors

Corporate & commercial; Corporate governance; Finance; Financial services regulation; Funds, KiwiSaver & superannuation; Insurance; Mergers & acquisitions





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