Financial crime

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Financial crime can have far-reaching consequences. We’ll help you avoid things going wrong, but be by your side if they do.

An allegation of financial crime requires immediate and expert advice.

With our knowledge of the banking and finance industry, our experience with regulators, and our litigation and dispute resolution expertise, we are ready to help. Our focus is on protecting the interests of your organisation and staff.

Calm in a crisis, we are adept at handling the challenging interplay between regulatory investigations, criminal prosecutions, and civil lawsuits. Often allegations of financial crime involve cross-border investigations. We draw on our extensive international networks to ensure you get the right help in the right place.

We represent financial institutions, other corporates, public sector entities, and directors and officers in significant litigation and regulatory matters. Our financial crime experience includes advising on investigations alleging misleading statements and omissions, fraud, accounting improprieties, bid-rigging, money laundering, and tax abnormalities.

We can help with:
  • Designing and implementing internal policies to protect against financial crime
  • Financial crime risk management including conducting internal reviews and self-assessments for clients and their boards
  • Organisational integrity, including allegations of white-collar crime
  • Advising on strategy including disclosures and self-reporting
  • Engaging with regulators
  • Representing clients in investigations and criminal prosecutions by the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE), Financial Markets Authority (FMA), the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), Inland Revenue, and the Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ)
  • Litigation and dispute resolution
  • Incident and crisis management, including managing media on high profile matters.


The ‘technically excellent, commercially savvy‘ and ‘highly responsive‘ team at MinterEllisonRuddWatts are best known for representing New Zealand’s leading corporates, banks, public sector bodies and high-profile individuals in a range of commercial litigation matters, spanning regulatory, white collar crime, insolvency and insurance-related disputes It also has a strong track record in cross-border mandates across the Asia-Pacific region. The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2022


Recent highlights
Cross-border white-collar and regulatory litigation

Working alongside a Magic Circle firm, advising a major international investment bank in relation to alleged currency rate manipulation in the UK and Asia.

Rogue trading

Advising an Australian multinational independent investment bank in respect of rogue trading by an employee, including managing external stakeholder concerns and internal employment matters.

Fraud investigations

Defending an individual named in court proceedings alleging fraud, and in respect of a related SFO investigation, on matters connected to FIFA funding (including obtaining name suppression, and withdrawal from the litigation, for our client).

Related expertise

Our lawyers provide clients with clear, strategic and commercial solutions that create lasting impacts to their business


  • Banking and finance

  • Civil fraud

  • Criminal fraud

  • Crisis management

  • Financial crime

  • Financial services

  • Inquiries and investigations

  • Investigations

  • Litigation and dispute resolution

  • Organisational integrity

  • White collar crime