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  1. 19 May 2016

    FMA Update - 19 May 2016

    Helping businesses adapt to a new regulatory environment I joined the FMA as General Counsel in February and I’m excited to be at the forefront of the continuing evolution of New Zealand’s financial regulatory regime. As General Counsel, I have responsibility for our policy and governance, litigation and enforcement, corporate legal and internal audit teams. These teams contribute to fulfilling the FMA’s objectives and engage with industry in a var...


  2. 13 April 2016

    FMA Update - 13 April 2016

    IMF 2016 review of NZ In 2016 the International Monetary Fund (IMF) will be visiting New Zealand to conduct a Financial Sector Assessment Programme (FSAP) of this country’s financial system. New Zealand’s last assessment by the IMF was completed over a decade ago in 2003. This is a great opportunity for us to be benchmarked against international principles to show how much progress we have made since the last mission, and to receive some recommendati...


  3. 17 March 2016

    FMA Update - 17 March 2016

    Creating confidence in investors – it’s a partnership Confident, capable New Zealand investors are critical to the FMA’s purpose of promoting and facilitating the development of fair, efficient and transparent financial markets. Why? Because unconfident investors lack the ability and the will to actually invest – whatever the quality of markets.  For us, being a capable investor is about knowing what you want to achieve.  It’s also about know...


  4. 18 February 2016

    FMA Update - 18 February 2016

    Working together to raise industry standards Preparing for the licensing of MIS managers under the FMC Act has generated significant activity for us in this first part of the year.  Licensing requires significant work on the part of applicants as well, as they adjust to meet the new minimum standards. MIS licensing is last major plank of the FMC Act regime to fall into place, and we regard it as fundamental to the financial services sector and the wel...


  5. 9 December 2015

    FMA Update - 9 December 2015

    Seasons greetings It is with some surprise that I find myself writing for the FMA’s December Update. Either time is passing more quickly or I am getting old . . . or maybe we are all just busy? As we canter towards the summer break, we have several new people holding the reins at the FMA. The new structure and executive team kicked in on December 1st – with Nick Kynoch arriving as the new General Counsel in late January. I am very much looking forwar...